Archive for April 2013

The brain really can be half asleep, claims research

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8476781/The-brain-really-can-be-half-asleep-claims-research.html Moments of absent mindedness such as losing your keys could be the result of tiny parts of the brain taking “naps” to recharge, a study finds.  Researchers discovered that contrary to popular opinion the brain is not always entirely asleep or awake but parts of it […]

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England ‘healthier than the US’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12674976 People living in England enjoy better health than Americans, despite less investment in healthcare, research published in the US has revealed. Across all ages, US residents tend to fare worse in terms of diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease markers, data on over 100,000 people show. […]

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Hypnosis has ‘real’ brain effect

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8359170.stm This is an article about a HullUniversity study published in “Consciousness and Cognition” on ten people who were “highly suggestible” and seven who weren’t. I had to look around a bit to find more details. Apparently their brains were scanned with an fMRI scanner which is […]

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Type 2 diabetes ‘cut’ after weight-loss surgery

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13052309 “The UK’s first large-scale study on the impact of weight-loss surgery has reported a large reduction in type 2 diabetes and other health problems. A year after surgery, the cases of type 2 diabetes fell by 50%, and on average patients lost nearly 60% of their […]

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One in ten Britons ‘taking pills to get to sleep’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8360923/One-in-ten-Britons-taking-pills-to-get-to-sleep.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12646090 From questioning 40,000 families, which must have been pretty tiring in itself, it appears that one in eight people sleeps less than six hours a night. Women are more likely to have problems getting to sleep within half an hour than men—24% compared to 18%. […]

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Cannabis link to increased risk of psychosis

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cannabis-link-to-increased-risk-of-psychosis-2229810.html A study published in the BMJ for over 1900 people aged 14-24 at the start of the study, followed up three and eight years later. ‘Sir Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at the Institute of Psychiatry, said: “This study adds incremental information to the already […]

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How top anaesthetist’s ‘fraudulent’ claims have put millions of NHS patients at risk

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362817/How-anaesthetists-fraudulent-claims-millions-NHS-patients-risk.html The influential German anaesthetist Joachim Boldt, who possessed a glowing international reputation for his work, is accused of forging various studies which encouraged the use of colloids. Colloids, used to increase blood volume, were thought, based on other studies, to be more dangerous than the alternative, crystalloids, […]

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Hypnosis ‘eases cancer op pain’

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6969298.stm This is infuriating, for reasons I shall explain shortly. 200 women due to receive operations for breast cancer at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine were either given 15 minutes of hypnosis or a conversation with a psychologist before the surgery. The conclusion was that those […]

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Laughter as medicine?

Laughter as medicine? I can summarise six articles for you: leg ulcers yes, hospital pain in children yes, blood vessels yes, weight loss yes, asthma no and yes, heart disease possibly, ankylosing spondylitis or maybe reactive arthritis possibly. Let’s start with asthma. Apparently over half of asthma […]

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Doctor slang is a dying art

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/3159813.stm It’s rare that reading a medical article can actually be enjoyable, but this was one of those few occasions where it’s at least possible, listing some of the abbreviations doctors use to describe their patients. Apparently the use of these is on the wane due to […]

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