Should You Choose a Woman Doctor?

Dr. Barr said he once conducted a personal experiment, deciding to let his next patient talk as long as he or she needed to without interruption. As it happened, the patient was a woman in her 70s who had been reluctant to seek care and was there only to appease friends and family. She talked […]

The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

matter With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals. Elephants, like their forebears mastodons and mammoths, carry a unique gene whose proteins kill off potentially cancerous cells. CreditSCANPIX/Reuters Elephants ought to get a lot of cancer. They’re huge […]

Babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

Image copyright Getty Images Babies and young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests. Experts said infants were exposed to dirtier air in prams because they were lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes. They are also more at risk from the health […]

The radio ‘saved my little girl’s life’

Image copyright DMI Image caption Marieta was just one when she fell into a coma with severe malaria When Marieta was just a year old she developed a high fever and became really unwell. Her family thought she had fallen under a curse that in parts of rural Burkina Faso is believed to happen when […]

My Patient’s Sisters – The New York Times

It would be easy to dismiss this as the family’s lack of insight into the patient’s true clinical state, which was admittedly my first thought. But this wasn’t so. At one point, my patient’s face appeared to contort into a grimace. “Is she in pain?” I asked. “It’s hard to tell, but I don’t think […]

Vaping ‘can damage vital immune system cells’

Image copyright Getty Images Vaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers found e-cigarette vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boosted inflammation. The researchers “caution against the widely held opinion that e-cigarettes are safe”. However, Public Health England advises they are […]

Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks May Offer Benefits

First-time mothers who had labor induced at 39 weeks were less likely to need C-sections. Image Inducing labor at 39 weeks’ gestation may reduce the need for cesarean section, a randomized trial has found. Common practice has been to avoid induction of labor between 39 and 41 weeks, especially in first-time mothers. Evidence from observational […]

Norfolk hospital plans ‘in-patient’ care at home

Image copyright PA/Jeremy Durkin Image caption The hospital in Norfolk has been has been placed in special measures A hospital preparing for forthcoming winter bed pressures has confirmed plans to treat dozens of people classed as “in patients” at their own homes. Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has approved plans to trial its “virtual ward” later […]