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‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go "cold turkey". Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes.Research has shown only 4% of those who go "cold turkey" remain smoke-free after a year. But turning to nicotine replacement therapies, such
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Are drink-driving limits too high?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How many drinks takes you over the limit varies from person to person Have you ever decided to drive your car after a few drinks and wondered whether you were close to the limit - if it was safe?If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can drink a surprising amount of alcohol before you go above the current drink-drive limits.
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Making sure you get the right type of calorie

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The British Nutrition Foundation is launching a concept called the "quality calorie", to make people think more about the types of foods they eat. While most adults consume more than they need, simply counting calories and cutting down is not enough, it says.It wants people to look at nutritional values to select the best calories.Public Health England said excess calories were the root cause of
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Bacteria causes suspension of breast milk service

[ad_1] Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Volunteers use breast pumps to express milk and donate supplies A service supplying donated breast milk to premature and seriously ill babies across Ireland has been suspended after bacteria was found in the water supply. The Human Milk Bank moved from Irvinestown to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen in January.Routine testing of the cold water supply to the pasteuriser revealed the presence
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Yoghurts (even organic ones) ‘full of sugar’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say.The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets.The research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types.Only natural and Greek-style yoghurts could be classed as low in sugar.The study comes as government health officials are
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Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Midwives are calling for official guidance on how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy.One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no national target for what constitutes normal pregnancy weight gain. Regular weigh-ins fell out of favour in the 1990s when it was suggested that they cause pregnant women unnecessary anxiety for
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Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

[ad_1] Image copyright UCL Sick babies admitted to a neonatal unit after a difficult birth could benefit from a new bedside tool to detect brain damage, researchers believe. The team at University College London has developed a device which shines light into the brain to monitor oxygen and energy levels.Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) could help doctors assess brain damage earlier and tailor treatment.A clinical trial of the technology is now
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The man who has performed 23,000 post-mortems

[ad_1] Image caption Dr Richard Shepherd has conducted post-mortems for more than three decades Forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd has examined evidence in some of the most high-profile and tragic deaths in recent history - the 9/11 attacks, the 7/7 bombings, the deaths of Princess Diana and Stephen Lawrence. It has taken a mental toll."Two hundred damaged and dismembered bodies in one place leaves an image," Dr Richard Shepherd tells
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Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There was a spike in deaths in England at the start of this summer's heatwave, new data reveals. But statisticians say it is too early to tell how many of them can be attributed directly to the heat.On 25 and 26 June, when temperatures soared, there were 259 more deaths than the five-year average of 2,146 for those two days. It coincided with temperatures rising
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Mum’s fight to keep Southampton respite service open

[ad_1] The mother of a man with a rare genetic disorder has spoken of the value of respite centres after campaigning to keep one open in Southampton.The Kentish Road centre in Southampton, which Lisa Stead's son Harrison attended, closed in November 2017 due to budget cuts. Since the BBC investigation began, Southampton City Council has reversed its decision and reopened Kentish Road, but only at weekends. See more on Inside