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Growing resistance to antifungal drugs 'a global issue'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Candida auris is responsible for increasing invasive fungal infections in hospitals Scientists are warning that levels of resistance to treatments for fungal infections are growing, which could lead to more outbreaks of disease. Intensive-care and transplant patients and those with cancer are most at risk because their immune […]

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Singapore's measures to reduce short-sightedness

As global rates of short-sightedness – or myopia – increase around the world, Singapore is hoping to buck the trend with three simple but innovative solutions. Could these help to reduce the development of myopia in young children elsewhere? More stories from Crowdscience on BBC World Service Source link

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Mum wants postnatal depression awareness after dad's suicide

Image copyright Vicky Clayton Image caption Hugo was Vicky and John Clayton’s first and only child when he was born in 2013 Hugo’s mother wants to give him everything. But she cannot give him the thing he wants most in the world – his dad. John Clayton suffered postnatal depression after his son was born […]

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Chorley and Royal Preston hospitals on high alert almost '6 out of 7 days'

Image copyright Google Image caption Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation said it had been “exceptionally busy” this winter A hospital in Lancashire was at the highest level of alert 87 days out of 102 over the winter of 2017-18. The rest of the north west had 32 such “Opel 4” alerts, a potential for patient […]

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Dementia exercise programmes 'don't slow brain decline'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People with mild to moderate dementia took part in strength exercises Exercise programmes for people with mild to moderate dementia “don’t work”, according to researchers writing in the British Medical Journal. They found no improvements in thinking skills or behaviour in more than 300 people in their 70s who […]

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Dementia patients 'abandoned' by system

Image copyright Thinkstock Vulnerable people struggling with dementia have been abandoned by the care system in England, a charity says. The Alzheimer’s Society said people had been left to “fend for themselves” because of inadequate community care from the NHS and councils. To make its case, the charity published data showing there had been a […]

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Diabetes blood test 'could mean end to daily insulin jabs'

Image copyright Getty Images Doctors in Edinburgh believe a simple blood test they have introduced could allow some Type 1 diabetes patients to come off insulin. The Western General hospital team say the test has identified previously unrecognised variants of the condition. A routine screening programme was set up after medics discovered one patient had […]

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Sleep tips: Six ways to boost the chances of a good night's rest

Image copyright Getty Images Experts have found more evidence of the harm caused by disrupting our body clocks, linking it to depression and bipolar disorder among other things. The paper’s authors say it’s a warning to societies becoming less in tune with the body’s natural rhythms, which influence not only when we feel sleepy but […]

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Heavy-period drug can treat brain haemorrhage

Image caption Carolyn was 32 when she had a stroke A drug used for heavy periods could benefit patients with strokes caused by dangerous brain bleeds, experts says. Currently, there is no effective drug treatment. A trial in The Lancet found tranexamic acid stemmed bleeding and reduced the risk of death in the early days […]

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Singing dream for 11-year-old boy living with dementia

Josh Cullip has dementia because of a genetic disease, which is known to affect about 500 people worldwide. The 11-year-old, from Milton Keynes, was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick type C when he was a few weeks old. He says he keeps a “positive attitude” and dreams of becoming a singer when he is older. Source link

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Body clock linked to mood disorders

Image copyright Getty Images Disruption to the body’s internal clock may put people at increased risk of mood disorders, scientists say. A clock ticks in nearly every cell of the body. And they change how the tissues work in a daily rhythm. A Lancet Psychiatry study of 91,000 people found a disrupted body clock was […]