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‘Women spend more time planning holiday than pregnancy’

‘Women spend more time planning holiday than pregnancy’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ideally, women should plan a pregnancy months in advance, experts say Some women spend more time planning their summer holiday than they do a pregnancy, a survey by baby charity Tommy’s suggests. Only one in five started taking folic acid before stopping contraception, while one in six didn’t take […]

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Image copyright Getty Images When you hear of a drug having side-effects you might think of a physical reaction like a rash or a headache. But according to a new US study, many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression. The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers – things lots […]

Tea towels ‘can cause food poisoning’

Tea towels ‘can cause food poisoning’

Image copyright Getty Images Multi-use of tea towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used for a month. They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping utensils and cleaning […]

NHS staff vote for 6.5% pay deal

NHS staff vote for 6.5% pay deal

Image copyright PA More than one million NHS workers in England will receive a three-year pay deal worth 6.5% after staff voted in favour of the offer. Hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will receive the rise. They should now get the money […]

Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Image copyright NHS Image caption Prof Sue Hill has been made a dame and Yvonne Coghill director of race equality at the NHS has been given a CBE In the 70th year since the foundation of the NHS, health workers make up one in eight of people recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. More […]

Premature birth test being trialled

Premature birth test being trialled

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists are trialling a blood test that may predict whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely. Preliminary results, published in the journal Science, suggest it is accurate in up to 80% of high-risk women. The team, at Stanford University, in the US, say it is also as accurate as ultra-sound […]

The children who hear ‘terrifying’ voices

The children who hear ‘terrifying’ voices

Media captionLaura Moulding first started hearing voices aged three One in 12 children is thought to persistently hear voices that are not there. Sometimes they tell them they are worthless. Now new research suggests the reaction of adults can affect the voices they hear in future. “It’s like being in a crowded room. All you […]

‘Miss! Are your classes making me blind?’

‘Miss! Are your classes making me blind?’

Image copyright Getty Images “Miss, miss! Are your classes making me blind?” It sounds like a ridiculous question, but it may actually be grounded in science. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, says there’s “strong evidence” that the longer we spend in education the more likely we are to need glasses. So […]

Holidaymakers warned to check travel advice on medicines

Holidaymakers warned to check travel advice on medicines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some cold remedies are banned in Japan so it’s worth checking the laws abroad Holidaymakers are being warned to check the rules on carrying medicines abroad to avoid falling foul of local laws. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said some commonly-prescribed medicines were “controlled drugs” in certain countries. […]

Young family’s life on the ‘Island of Grief’

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