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Blood-thinning drug not helpful in pregnancy

A treatment often given to pregnant women who have a raised chance of blood clots does not help the mother or baby, a good-quality study has found.

What do we know already?
As many as 10 in 100 pregnant women have a condition called thrombophilia, which makes them more likely to get blood clots. This increases their chance of several problems during pregnancy, including pre-eclampsia (a serious condition that often starts with high blood pressure for the mother), miscarriage, and babies being born at a low weight. The mother might also get a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs, which might travel to the lungs and become life threatening.... read more

Jul 25, 2014

Checking pulse may help prevent second stroke

People who have had a stroke may be able to help themselves avoid having another by learning how to recognise an abnormal pulse reading, according to new research.... read more

Jul 24, 2014

Epidurals linked to less postnatal depression

Women who have a pain-killing injection called an epidural when giving birth may be less likely to have postnatal depression, according to a new study.... read more

Jul 24, 2014

Dangers of too much salt for people with diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes have a high chance of heart problems. Now new research suggests that a high-salt diet makes heart disease even more likely - especially in people with diabetes whose blood sugar is poorly controlled.... read more

Jul 23, 2014

Dangers of 'third-hand' smoke

A study has found that house dust contains potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing substances from tobacco smoke. The level is highest in smokers’ homes, but these substances are also present in non-smokers’ homes and could pose a health risk. ... read more

Jul 18, 2014

What are the health benefits of organic foods?

A study suggests that organic foods could be healthier than non-organic options, finding that organically produced foods contain more of certain nutrients than conventionally produced foods.... read more

Jul 17, 2014

Asthma treatment may affect a child's height

Children who use an inhaled steroid for asthma may grow at a slower rate than children who don’t use this medicine. But the difference in growth seems to be small and is offset by the important benefits of this treatment.... read more

Jul 17, 2014

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