Prescriptions for benzodiazepines are rising in primary care, and their frequent combined use with opioid analgesics may be contributing to medication-related deaths, a finding that goes largely unreported, according to researchers.
Postsurgical pain scores were highly correlated with reports of overall patient satisfaction during hospital stays, in a new finding that was true for some types of surgery more than others. The researchers stressed the importance of improving patient care in the peri-operative setting in alignme...
A woman has won a High Court battle to stop her dead husband's frozen sperm being destroyed.
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread in the African and South American highlands, traditionally havens from the disease, scientists say.
Vision scientists report that dogs have an area of their retina that strongly resembles the human fovea. What's more, this retinal region is susceptible to genetic blinding diseases in dogs just as it is in humans.
Using iron ions and chemistry found in the adhesive proteins of a certain mollusk, scientists have developed a hydrogel actuator that moves when its pH is raised. Hydrogels are soft networks of polymers with high water content, like jello. Because of their soft, gentle texture, they have the pote...
Doctors have upgraded the immune system of 12 patients with HIV to help shield it from the virus's onslaught.
A "catastrophic" situation is developing in England with many vulnerable elderly people being denied care, campaigners say.
Pregnant women who eat a 'prudent' diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and who drink water have a significantly reduced risk of preterm delivery, suggests a study. A "traditional" dietary pattern of boiled potatoes, fish and cooked vegetables was also linked to a significantly lower ris...
Exposure to passive smoking in childhood causes irreversible damage to the structure of children’s arteries, according to a study. The study is the first to follow children through to adulthood in order to examine the association between exposure to parental smoking and increased carotid intima...
The introduction of a sugar tax may be necessary to curb obesity rates, the chief medical officer for England tells MPs.
Exposure to passive smoking in childhood causes lasting damage to the structure of children’s arteries, say researchers.
Studies examining the potential health benefits of moderate drinking generally focus on average levels of drinking rather than drinking patterns. A new study shows that, among older moderate drinkers, those who binge drink have a significantly greater mortality risk than regular moderate drinkers...
Experts unveil their recommendations to improve health care for prisoners both during incarceration and after release. From a public health standpoint, they argue, it's shortsighted to regard prison populations as separate from the community. More than 95 percent of prisoners will return to the c...
Anger may trigger a heart attack or stroke, with a "danger window" of about two hours following an outburst, say researchers.