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All 18 care homes saved from closure

16th April 2014

BBC News - Health

All 18 NHS residential care homes in Northern Ireland that were earmarked for closure are to remain open.

How can music make your ears bleed?

16th April 2014

BBC News - Health

How loud does it have to be for your ears to bleed?

Early op 'may have saved man's life'

16th April 2014

BBC News - Health

A businessman who died after complications following a cancer operation "would probably have survived" if he was re-operated on sooner, an inquest hears.

PET scans may improve brain injury diagnosis

16th April 2014

NHS Choices: Behind the headlines

“PET scans could predict extent of recovery from brain injury, trials show,” The Guardian reports. Evidence suggests that the advanced scanning devices may be able to detect faint signs of consciousness in people with severe brain injuries.The paper reports on a study that examined how accurate two specialised brain imaging techniques were at diagnosing the conscious state and chances of recovery in 126 people with severe brain damage. The people were scanned using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans, which use a radioactive tracer to highlight cell activity, and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans, which show blood flow in the ...

Cannabis linked to brain differences in the young

16th April 2014

NHS Choices: Behind the headlines

“Using cannabis just once a week harms young brains,” the Daily Mail reports. The newspaper reports on an US study that took one-off brain MRI scans of a group of 20 young adult recreational cannabis users, and a comparison group of 20 non-users. They compared their brain structure, focusing on regions that are believed to be involved in addiction. They found differences between users and non-users in shape and volume of the nucleus accumbens and amygdala; areas of the brain involved in reward and pleasure responses, emotions, memory, learning, and decision making. However, a case could be made that the ...

Beard trend 'guided by evolution'

16th April 2014

BBC News - Health

The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.

The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD, and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought review

16th April 2014

Society: Mental health | guardian.co.uk

David Adam's punchy explanation of the mental torment of OCD is well-intentioned, but lacks subtletyAn Ethiopian schoolgirl called Bira, David Adam begins his story, once ate a wall of her house. "She didn't want to, but she found that to eat the wall was the only way to stop her thinking about it By the time she was 17 years old she had eaten eight square metres of the wall more than half a tonne of mud bricks." She had parasites, constipation, a lot of pain and sores in her throat from all the swallowing. "In tears, she walked to ...

Under 16s 'shut out of safe havens'

16th April 2014

BBC News - Health

Children suffering a mental health crisis in England are being forced into police custody because 35% of NHS "places of safety" ban under 16s, figures suggest.

Warning over bowel cancer screening

16th April 2014

BBC News - Health

Bowel cancer screening uptake needs to improve, campaigners say, after figures showed just half of people eligible in England come forward for the test.

VIDEO: Lord Tebbit turns children's writer

16th April 2014

BBC News - Health

Lord Tebbit, the former Tory minister and party chairman turns his hand to writing a children's novel, the central character being a 14-year-old boy left paralysed after a car crash.