Assisted Reproductive Technologies May Pose Heart Risks for Babies

Blood pressure levels were significantly higher in a group born with fertility treatments than in controls. Image Children born by assisted reproductive technologies may be at risk for high blood pressure in adolescence, Swiss researchers report. Previous studies in both animals and humans have suggested that conception by assisted technology is associated with premature aging […]

Australian paramedics grant dying man’s ice cream wish

Image copyright QUEENSLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE Image caption Ron McCartney, 72, was being transported to palliative care Australian paramedics have been thanked for fulfilling a terminally ill man’s desire for an ice cream sundae on his final trip to hospital. The gesture happened last week but has been shared publicly in a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) […]

NHS ‘female parts’ gynaecology definition slammed

Image caption Gynaecology was referred to as “female parts of the body used to make babies” in a health policies report A “demeaning” health report had been criticised for using “childish wording” to define gynaecology. The document, presented to councillors in Leicestershire, described the discipline as “related to the female parts of the body used […]

Rx for British Doctors: Use Plain English Instead of Latin

LONDON — Doctors have long been chided for their seemingly unintelligible handwriting. Now, they are being urged to drop the Latin. In an effort to improve written communication with patients, an initiative unveiled this week by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges — which represents 250,000 doctors in Britain — is encouraging doctors to ditch […]

The Best Sport for a Longer Life? Try Tennis

Playing tennis and other sports that are social might add years to your life, according to a new epidemiological study of Danish men and women. The study found that adults who reported frequently participating in tennis or other racket and team sports lived longer than people who were sedentary. But they also lived longer than […]

Lack of exercise puts one in four people at risk, WHO says

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The transition towards more sedentary jobs in wealthier countries is likely to be making people less active, experts say Very little progress has been made in reducing levels of inactivity worldwide, experts have warned. A WHO report estimates that more than a quarter of people worldwide – 1.4 billion – […]