Out-of-hours made the news today when several papers picked up on Pulse’s report on vacancies. ‘Nurses take on the out-of-hours duties that doctors refuse to cover’ says the Daily Mail, while The Telegraph emphasises the shortage of doctors in some parts of the country.
Meningitis B, beware – a vaccine against the infection is almost ready, after the results of a large scale trial showed that two doses of the vaccine produced an immune response in almost 100% of adolescents.
As most women already know, the pill can ease period symptoms, reports the Mail. Swedish researcher Dr Ingela Lindh said that through a detailed survey: ‘It was possible to demonstrate the influence of the contraceptive pills on the occurrence and severity of dysmenorrhoea.’ Quite.
While roses have always been romantic, now there is evidence that they really are good for the heart. A study by Lund University, Sweden, found that when obese patients drank a rosehip solution over six weeks, their blood pressure dropped an average of 3.4%.
Meanwhile, though, the pressure is on for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Two Roman Catholic midwives are taking the health board to court for allegedly failing to recognise that their unwillingness to supervise staff involved in an abortion was a conscientious objection.
And after breasts, the Department of Health may have another scandal on its doorstep. A professor of patient safety at Coventry University, Professor Brian Toft, warned that due to the way that medical devices were checked by the regulator, there was a chance that many other types of implant may be flawed.