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‘Postnatal depression doesn’t only affect mums’

[ad_1] A university lecturer who suffered severe postnatal depression is calling for all new dads to be screened for history of mental illnesses.Prof Viren Swami, based at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, was diagnosed after struggling following the birth of his son two years ago."At one point it probably dawned on me that I was probably suicidal," the social psychology lecturer said. "I didn’t want to exist any more."A spokesman
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Care of 217 Spire patients reviewed amid surgeon probe

[ad_1] Image copyright Richard T Harris Image caption A review of patient care relates to a consultant's work at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull A private healthcare provider is reviewing the care of more than 200 patients after stopping a surgeon from practising.Spire Healthcare said it had contacted 217 people whose shoulder operations were carried out by orthopaedic consultant Habib Rahman.They have been offered consultation with an independent surgeon to
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Football ‘not just a game’ for devoted fans

[ad_1] A scientist has told BBC Radio 5 Live about research which shows the physical stress football fans experience that could be putting them at risk of a heart attack.Dr Martha Newson was part of the University of Oxford study which tested saliva from Brazilian fans during their historic loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup. It found levels of the hormone cortisol rocketed during the 7-1 semi final
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Coronavirus: World Health Organisation on China response

[ad_1] Dr Takeshi Kasai, World Health Organisation Regional Director for the Western Pacific, says China has a “stronger capacity” to deal with infectious outbreaks, compared to previous SARS outbreaks.Speaking to the BBC, Mr Kasai also gave advice on measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, including washing hands, employing proper cough etiquette and keeping a distance from those with symptoms.He urged those with symptoms who had spent time in
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Devoted football fans experience ‘dangerous’ levels of stress

[ad_1] Image copyright Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images Image caption Brazil fans were emotional following their country's defeat to Germany in 2014 Devoted football fans experience such intense levels of physical stress while watching their team they could be putting themselves at risk of a heart attack, research suggests.The Oxford study tested saliva from Brazilian fans during their historic loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup.It found levels of the
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NHS manager gloated over coverage of care home death

[ad_1] Image copyright Livermore Family Image caption Doreen Livermore, pictured with her great-grandson Michael, suffered from dementia An NHS trust said it was "saved" from scrutiny over the death of a care home resident because of the death of former Monty Python star Terry Jones.In an email, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) cited coverage of the case this week and claimed it had "got away with it again".The email
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NHS pledges elderly rapid response community teams

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Rapid response teams of nurses, physios and care staff are to be on hand within two hours to help sick older people at home in England under new plans.The community crisis teams will be officially piloted in seven areas this year, with the plan to roll out the model across the country by 2023.Several places have already introduced similar teams and reduced A&E demand.But unions
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East Kent Trust: Hospital baby deaths ‘could have been prevented’

[ad_1] Image copyright Family handout Image caption Harry Richford. here with parents Sarah and Tom, died at just seven days old At least seven preventable baby deaths may have occurred at East Kent NHS Foundation Trust since 2016, a BBC investigation has discovered.Significant concerns have been raised about maternity services at the trust. The BBC has spoken to more families who had major problems with the service, but are unwilling
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Problem gambling: Why do some people become addicted?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Taking risks is a fundamental part of human nature.Whether it is gambling on a slot machine or riding a skateboard, every day we choose to engage in activities which offer both a potential risk and a potential reward. We are motivated to take these risks by the release of dopamine. This feel-good chemical activates the same pleasurable reward pathways in our brains as eating our
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Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images One of the abiding images of any virus outbreak is people in surgical masks.Using them to prevent infection is popular in many countries around the world, most notably China during the current coronavirus outbreak where they are also worn to protect against high pollution levels.Virologists are sceptical about their effectiveness against airborne viruses. But there is some evidence to suggest the masks can help prevent