Men with low sperm counts at increased risk of illness,…

Image copyright Getty Images Men with low sperm counts are more likely to have a number of health issues that put them at increased risk of illness, new research suggests. A study of 5,177 men found those with low sperm counts were 20% more likely to have more body fat, higher blood pressure and more “bad” cholesterol. They were also much more likely to have low testosterone levels. The study’s authors said it showed that men with low sperm counts should also be tested for other health problems. Sperm dropRead More

More evidence essential oils ‘make male breasts develop…

Image copyright Getty Images A suspected link between abnormal breast growth in young boys and the use of lavender and tea tree oils has been given new weight, after a study found eight chemicals contained in the oils interfere with hormones. Gynaecomastia is rare, and there is often no obvious cause. But there have been a number of cases linked to use of these essential oils. The American study found that key chemicals in the oils boost oestrogen and inhibit testosterone. Not everyone will have the same reaction to anRead More

Hundreds of nurses ‘hit by student loan errors’

Image caption Ewout Van Sabben has been told he was overpaid £5,000 Hundreds of nursing students at nine universities have been hit with errors in their student loan payments, the Royal College of Nursing says. The students have been told they were mistakenly overpaid between £600 and £5,000 by the Student Loans Company and to expect no more payments this year. The letters came months after money was received and is leaving some students struggling to pay bills and rent. The Student Loans Company said it was aware of theRead More

TV anchor Andrea McLean: ‘Give menopausal women M badge…

TV presenter Andrea McLean has said menopausal women should be offered “M” badges to wear on public transport, similar to badges for pregnant women. Ms McLean, 48, who reached early menopause in her 30s, told the Daily Mail that fellow passengers should cut those suffering symptoms “some slack”. ITV’s Loose Women anchor said menopause was “as natural as pregnancy” and that the badges would improve awareness. She had a hysterectomy in 2016 after being diagnosed with endometriosis. Ms McLean said she was still dealing with menopause symptoms a decade later,Read More

Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s ambulance wait ‘catastr…

Image copyright Google Maps Image caption The hospital faces “catastrophe” over ambulance delays, it has been warned A hospital’s patients face “significant risk of harm on a daily basis”, ambulance service bosses have warned. In private letters to the trust running Worcestershire Royal Hospital, they say it is down to delays getting people off ambulances and into the site. In the correspondence – obtained by the BBC through a Freedom of Information request – the hospital is also said to risk a “catastrophic situation”. The trust said the experience ofRead More

Pharmacists funded to work in care homes in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pharmacists can check that medicines being taken by residents are the right ones for them NHS England is planning to fund the recruitment of 240 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work in care homes to try to cut down on unnecessary medicines taken by the residents. Care home residents often have one or more long-term health conditions, with some prescribed 10 or more medicines. Trials have shown that pharmacists reviewing medicines reduced their use and improved patients’ quality of life. In one trial, anRead More

How I saw Stephen Hawking’s death as a disabled person

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stephen Hawking’s work led many to become interested in astrophysics Stephen Hawking was a renowned scientist famed for his work on black holes and relativity. He published several popular science books such as A Brief History of Time. Professor Hawking was also a wheelchair user who lived with motor neurone disease from the age of 21. Yes, he was an award-winning scientist, but a lot of the coverage after Prof Hawking’s death has created a narrative of an “inspirational” figure who was “crippled” byRead More

NHS accused of fuelling rise in opioid addiction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Opioid painkillers include tramadol, codeine and morphine Doctors warn the NHS is fuelling an addiction crisis because of an increase in the prescribing of powerful painkillers. Nearly 24 million opioids, such as morphine, were prescribed in 2017 – equivalent to 2,700 packs an hour. A drugs counsellor and former user told the BBC the NHS was “creating drug addicts”. The Royal College of GPs said doctors would not prescribe opioid painkillers as a “quick fix”. Opioids such as morphine, tramadol and fentanyl are super-strengthRead More

Disabled girl’s Hoddesdon home adapted by volunteers

A group of tradesmen battled the Beast from the East to adapt a home for a disabled girl in Hoddesdon. Two-year-old Sadie Jenkins was born with a hole in her heart and needs a machine to help her breathe. Over the course of a week, volunteers from a group called a Band of Builders renovated the family home to include a downstairs bedroom and bathroom to help with Sadie’s overnight care. Source link قالب وردپرس

Platypus milk: How it could combat superbugs

Image copyright Laura Romin & Larry Dalton Platypus milk could help combat one of humanity’s looming problems, antibiotic resistance, scientists say. The weird creatures have a duck’s beak, venomous feet and are one of only two mammals able to lay eggs. Australian scientists discovered in 2010 that the semi-aquatic animal’s milk contains a potent protein able to fight superbugs. They’ve now identified why, and say it could lead to the creation of a new type of antibiotic. Platypus are monotremes – a tiny group of mammals able to both layRead More