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Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Image copyright Getty Images Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests. Researchers found that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, looked at […]

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images The new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of […]

Daughter’s death from sepsis ‘will stay with me forever’

Daughter’s death from sepsis ‘will stay with me forever’

Image copyright Welsh Ambulance Service A mother has described the harrowing moment she had to perform CPR on her daughter, who died of sepsis. Chloe Christopher, 17, from Cwmaman, Rhondda Cynon Taff, had been laughing with friends before being struck by the illness on New Year’s Eve 2014. The condition happens when the body fights […]

What is ‘Aussie’ flu and should we be worried?

What is ‘Aussie’ flu and should we be worried?

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is preparing itself for a bad flu season. One of the strains circulating this year – H3N2 – has been dubbed Aussie flu because it is the same strain that recently caused big problems for Australia. Australia’s 2017 flu season was the worst the country had experienced in nearly […]

Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

Image copyright Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Image caption An artist’s impression of how the new proton beam therapy centre at The Christie will look The first high-energy proton beam therapy centre run by the NHS is soon to open at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, allowing patients in the UK to access an important […]

Heart attack care dangerously unequal for women, study finds

Heart attack care dangerously unequal for women, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Fewer women who suffer a heart attack would die if they were given the same treatments as men, a new study found. Researchers analysed the outcomes of 180,368 Swedish patients who suffered a heart attack over a 10-year period. They found women were three times more likely to die than men […]

Ambulance A&E delays hit one in eight

Ambulance A&E delays hit one in eight

Image copyright Other Image caption At the busiest times, ambulances can find themselves stuck in long queues outside hospitals More than one in eight patients rushed to hospital in an ambulance this winter has faced a delay of more than 30 minutes on arrival, BBC analysis shows. Patients are meant to be handed over to […]

Breast size dissatisfaction ‘affects self-examination’

Breast size dissatisfaction ‘affects self-examination’

Image copyright Getty Images Women unhappy with their breast size are less likely to carry out regular self-examinations, a study suggests. The study, published in the journal Body Image, examined 384 British women. The research found these women were also less confident about their ability to detect a change in their breasts and slower to […]

Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England

Sharp rise in flu hospital admissions in England

Image copyright Getty Images There was a sharp rise in hospital admissions in England for confirmed flu cases in the last week of December, Public Health England figures show. There were 114 admissions to intensive care with confirmed flu and a further 421 people admitted to general wards – up from 61 and 66 the […]

Offer transgender patients egg freezing, experts say

Offer transgender patients egg freezing, experts say

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women and girls in the UK transitioning to become men should be able to have their eggs frozen by the NHS, the British Fertility Society has said. Current guidance says cancer patients should be given the chance to preserve their fertility before undergoing treatment that can make them infertile. But […]