Author - Rita Dune

Menstrual cups ‘as reliable as tampons’

Menstrual cups 'as reliable as tampons'. GETTY IMAGES Women can be assured that menstrual cups are as leakproof as tampons and pads, say researchers who have carried out the first, large scientific review of sanitary products. Menstrual cups collect rather than absorb period blood. They fit into the vagina but, unlike tampons, are reusable. Although they have been gaining in popularity, the review found awareness of menstrual cups among women was relatively low. The work, published in the Lancet Public Health journal, looked at 43 studies involving [...]

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy. Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Tafida Raqeeb's mother said her daughter was "completely healthy" before her sudden brain injury The parents of a five-year-old girl in a coma have begun a legal challenge after doctors said it was in her best interests to be allowed to die. Royal London Hospital doctors have said there is no hope Tafida Raqeeb will recover from the traumatic brain injury she suffered in February. But clinicians at a hospital [...]

Are sugary drinks causing cancer?

Are sugary drinks causing cancer? GETTY IMAGES Sugary drinks - including fruit juice and fizzy pop - may increase the risk of cancer, French scientists say. The link was suggested by a study, published in the British Medical Journal, that followed more than 100,000 people for five years. The team at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité speculate that the impact of blood sugar levels may be to blame. However, the research is far from definitive proof and experts have called for more research. What counts as a [...]

Anaesthetic devices ‘vulnerable to hackers’

Anaesthetic devices 'vulnerable to hackers'. The problem affects anaesthetic machines used in many hospitals around the world A type of anaesthetic machine that has been used in NHS hospitals can be hacked and controlled from afar if left accessible on a hospital computer network, a cyber-security company says. A successful attacker would be able to change the amount of anaesthetic delivered to a patient, CyberMDX said. Alarms designed to alert anaesthetists to any danger could also be silenced. GE Healthcare, which makes the machines, [...]

Antrim Area Hospital: Man dies after serious adverse incident

Antrim Area Hospital: Man dies after serious adverse incident. The incident occurred on Saturday 6 July at Antrim Area Hospital A man has died following a "serious adverse incident" at Antrim Area Hospital. The Northern Health Trust confirmed on Tuesday that the man, who was a patient, died on Saturday 6 July. The BBC understands the man walked into a room where large equipment is stored and was seriously injured. He was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, but later died. The [...]