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Antibiotics may speed recovery from child flu

The story

Giving birth by Caesarean reduces a woman's chance of having another baby, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Independent and The Sun report.

The source

A study of 25,000 mothers published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found 74 per cent of those who had a spontaneous vaginal delivery became pregnant again but only 67 per cent who had a Caesarean.

Expert view

Professor William Ledger, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Sheffield, said: 'You don't know whether Caesareans are causing infertility or if the women did not want more children. It may not be a sinister thing.'

'Jabs ease diabetic nerve pain'

The story

A course of injections could ease diabetic nerve pain, BBC News Online reports.

The source

University of Manchester researchers found increasing production of vascular endothelial growth factor in animals protected nerves from damage.

Expert view

Amanda Vezey of Diabetes UK said: 'This research is certainly promising but it is still in the very early stages and we await the results of the human trials with interest.'

'Cannabis may relieve IBD'

The story

Cannabis could treat inflammatory bowel disease, The Daily Telegraph and BBC News Online claim.

The source

A study in Gastroenterology found patients with IBD possessed numerous cannabinoid receptors in their guts, suggesting a drug to bind to these could be useful.

Expert view

Dr Richard Stevens, chair of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology and a GP in Oxford, said: 'This study just shows we have got cannabinoid receptors in the gut. It's not a clinical trial ­ just a piece of science that may lead to a therapeutic approach.'

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