Category Archives: Health

Stephen’s Story: Teenage cancer patient raises £3m for charity as he reveals he ‘feels so, so, so good’

Stephen-SuttonThe total raised by terminally-ill teenager Stephen Sutton has now passed the £3 million mark.

The sick 19-year-old has now raised more than three times his initial target for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

News of the new fundraising landmark came as the teenager revealed he has been able to leave his sickbed for the first time in a week.

Updating his followers on Twitter, Stephen tweeted: ‘First time I’ve moved out of this room in a week. I’ve only been in a wheelchair to the end of the ward and back, but it feels so, so, so good.Continue reading

Coffee may reduce risk for type 2 diabetes

coffee-diabetesNeed an excuse to drink yet another cup of coffee today? A new study suggests that increasing coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes.

The apparent relationship between coffee and type 2 diabetes is not new. Previous studies have found that drinking a few cups or more each day may lower your risk – with each subsequent cup nudging up the benefit.

This most recent study, published in the journal Diabetologia, was more concerned with how changing coffee consumption – either increasing it or decreasing it over time – might affect your risk. Continue reading

Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS

nhsAt least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to an NHS study.

The deaths from acute kidney injury could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their medication, the researchers say.

Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA. Continue reading

Baby catches deadly meningitis infection from cat

A baby was left on the verge of death after contracting meningitis from a pet cat.

Sparkle Anderson was just three weeks old when she contracted the illness from the cat’s saliva.

She spent a month in hospital recovering from the disease, which was believed to have been transmitted when the pet, named Chesney, licked her bottle.

Her mother, Chelsea-Ann Dodd, 21, said: “The doctors said she was only the 39th person in the world known to picked up that particular strain of meningitis.

According to charity Meningitis Now, 10 per cent of bacterial meningitis cases end in death. It kills more UK children under the age of five than any other infectious disease.

The girl, now three, is said to have become fond of the cat, who lives with her grandmother.

“Chesney still lives with my mum and there’s no danger to worry about any more from them being in contact. In fact they follow each other around all the time when we visit,“ said Ms Dodd, of Winsham Somerset.

New NHS chief warns of the burden of an ageing population

nhsSaving the NHS from the burden of an ageing population and the rising cost of health care will require the “biggest effort” in the organisation’s history, its new chief executive will say.

Simon Stevens starts his new job in charge of NHS England and will use his first speech to warn that pressure on the health service is “intensifying”.

The way that care is delivered outside hospitals must be “radically” transformed to cope with the country’s growing elderly population, he will say. Continue reading

A cup of Earl Grey ‘as good as statins’ at fighting heart disease, study finds

twinings_early_geyDrinking Earl Grey tea could help guard against heart disease, it has emerged, after a study found that bergamot extract – a key ingredient in the hot drink – is just as effective as statins at controlling cholesterol.

Scientists believe bergamot, a fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Early Grey tea its distinctive flavour, can significantly lower cholesterol.

They say it contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can attack proteins in the body known to cause heart disease.

The study found bergamot could even be as effective as statins, used to control cholesterol but which can have side effects in patients. Continue reading