Swine flu pandemic could trigger spate of heart attacks, doctors warn

The swine flu pandemic could trigger a spate of heart attacks if rates of illness surge as predicted this autumn, doctors warned.

Patients with heart disease are being advised to accept a vaccine against H1N1 swine flu as it becomes available next month in order to reduce the risk of fatal complications.

An estimated 5,200 people in England went down with the virus in the week before last compared with about 3,000 the previous week, suggesting that a predicted second wave of illness may be on its way.

Vitamin D can boost survival from cancer

Those who had higher levels of vitamin D - produced by the body in the presence of sunlight -when diagnosed with colon cancer were 50 per cent more likely to survive than those with low levels, researchers found.

A separate study also found that patients who had high levels of the vitamin when they were diagnosed with skin cancer were more likely to have thinner tumours.

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Aspirin can prevent inherited form of bowel cancer

A daily dose of aspirin can help prevent an inherited form of bowel cancer, a new study shows.

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Priory Warns of Effects Of Unemployment on Mental Health

With unemployment figures released today experts at the Priory Group are warning that one of the side effects of a higher number of jobless could be a surge in the number of people seeking treatment for depression.

Unemployment increased to 2.38 million in July and the figure this week is expected to be even higher and many commentators believe it will top 2.5 million.

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A Stem-Cell Discovery Could Help Diabetics

Researchers are inching ever closer to bringing the latest stem-cell technologies from bench to bedside — and are, in the process, learning more about some diseases that long have remained medical black boxes.

HydroGel hope for brain injury repair

An injectable hydrogel could aid recovery from brain injury by helping stimulate tissue growth at the site of the wound, researchers say.

Research on rats suggests the gel, made from synthetic and natural sources, may spur growth of stem cells in the brain.

The gel has been developed by Dr Ning Zhang at Clemson University, South Carolina, who presented her work to a conference on military health research.

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Swine flu death estimate 'reduced by two-thirds'

Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, estimated that 19,000 people would die from the virus under the "worst case scenario", a significant drop from the figure of 65,000 given in July.

He said the revised estimations, calculated by Government scientists, were "assumptions and not predictions".

They are based on one in three people across Britain becoming infected, and do not take into account what impact the swine flu vaccine, due next month, will have.

Swine Flu Test Kit From Indian Council of Medical Research

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has plans to develop a low-cost testing kit for testing the A/H1N1 infection. This information was told by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday.

Azad who was speaking to the reporters on Monday told that the virus infection, which has consumed 6 lives and infected about 864 people, is spreading in the country. He added that the government will be procuring an additional 22,000 swine flu testing kits.

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t+ Medical launch new blood pressure monitoring product

t+ Medical today announces that it has launched its new product t+ blood pressure lite which enables NHS healthcare professionals to effectively monitor their patients’ blood pressure without patients having to leave their home. t+ blood pressure lite is the latest in a range of products from UK based t+ Medical, which uses the mobile phone or internet to monitor and manage health conditions.
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