First batch of surgeon data revealed

27 June 2013 Last updated at 21:46 ET

By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News

Surgeons operatingOnly heart surgeons have published individual performance data so far

The first wave of new performance data for individual surgeons in England is being published in what is being hailed as a historic moment for the NHS.

Vascular surgeons have become the first of a new group of nine specialities to publish the information, including death rates.

It will appear on the NHS Choices website later. The other groups will follow in the coming weeks.

Hormone therapy, calcium may lower fracture risk

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK | Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:30pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women taking a combination of hormone therapy and calcium and vitamin D tablets after menopause were less likely to fracture their hip than those not taking hormones or supplements, in a new study.

“We always tell women to take calcium and vitamin D,” said Dr. Michele Curtis, a women’s health researcher from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

New labels tied to fewer child poisonings by OTC meds

By Kathryn Doyle

NEW YORK | Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:19pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fewer small children have been sickened or died from accidentally taking cough and cold medicines meant only for older ages, according to a new study of the effects of recent label changes on these over the counter products.

High doses of antihistamines can cause coma, seizure and abnormal heart rhythms in kids, and an overdose of the pain reliever acetaminophen can cause liver failure, according to the study’s lead author Dr. Maryann Mazer-Amirshahi of the department of emergency medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

New Therapy Helps Restore Speech After Stroke


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The Gupta Guide

Published: Jun 27, 2013

By Charlene Laino, Senior Writer, Gupta Guide
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Action Points

  • Adding inhibitory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to traditional speech and language therapy significantly improved language recovery in stroke survivors with aphasia.
  • Note that increases were largest for subtest naming and tended to be higher for comprehension, token test, and writing.

Doctors admit death pathway problems

26 June 2013 Last updated at 22:03 ET

Nick TriggleBy Nick Triggle Health correspondent

GeriatricDying needs to be addressed at medical school, say doctors

There are problems with a controversial regime that allows doctors to withdraw treatment in the last days of life, doctors have admitted.

Members of the British Medical Association said dying patients may have been put on the Liverpool Care Pathway when it was not appropriate because hospitals were offered financial incentives to use it.

They also said some patients had stayed on it for weeks without follow-up.

An independent review is expected soon.

Warnings over ‘unsafe’ diet pills

Greg DawsonBy Greg Dawson
Newsbeat reporter

Illegal slimming pills

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Slimming pills new

Government health officials say they’re increasingly worried about a rising number of counterfeit slimming pills being sold online to people in the UK.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says it has seized a record £12.2 million of fake and unlicensed medicines in the UK.

They say a large amount of these were unlicensed diet pills which often contain harmful ingredients.

A raid in Greater Manchester uncovered more than 12,000 slimming pills.

Newsbeat accompanied the MHRA on the raid.

High rate of head injuries seen among Canadian youth

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK | Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:25pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – One in five Canadian teens reported a serious head injury in a new study, a rate researchers say is much higher than previous studies have found.

In a survey of 8,900 students in grades seven through 12, close to six percent reported losing consciousness for at least five minutes or being hospitalized for head trauma in the past year, and 20 percent reported ever having that type of injury.

Take the test for HIV, take control

Have you ever been tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)? More than 1 million Americans are infected with HIV, yet approximately 1 in 5 of them don’t know it.

Medicare covers HIV screening for people with Medicare of any age who ask for the test, pregnant women, and people at increased risk for the infection (such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or people with multiple sexual partners).

Cells 're-grown' after spinal injury

25 June 2013 Last updated at 21:46 ET

By Helen Briggs BBC News

Spinal cord nerve cellsSpinal cord nerve cells

US scientists say they have made progress in repairing spinal cord injuries in paralysed rats.

Rats regained some bladder control after surgery to transplant nerve cells into the spinal cord, combined with injections of a cocktail of chemicals.

The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, could raise hopes for one day treating paralysed patients.

But UK experts say it will take several years of research before human clinical trials can be considered.