Author - Rita Dune

Post-natal PTSD: ‘I relived childbirth over and over again’

Post-natal PTSD: 'I relived childbirth over and over again' A woman left with PTSD after the birth of her daughter says she relived the trauma "over and over again" as she cared for her newborn. Anna Simpson described the emergency C-section as the most frightening experience of her life. A study has suggested up to 28,000 women a year in the UK could be affected by maternal post-traumatic stress disorder. NHS England said it was "improving mental health support for new mums". Ms Simpson, [...]

Weight gain in 20s to late 40s linked to early death

Weight gain in 20s to late 40s linked to early death. Gaining weight between the age of 25 and around 47 increases the risk of early death, a study finds. Study finds that maintaining normal weight across adulthood is important for preventing premature deaths in later life Gaining weight in your 20s, 30s and late 40s increases the risk of an early death by more than a fifth, according to new research.  A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that [...]

Genetic tests: Experts urge caution over home testing

Genetic tests: Experts urge caution over home testing. GETTY IMAGES People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned. The University of Southampton team, writing in the British Medical Journal, warn results can be unreliable. The geneticists said the tests could be wrongly reassuring - or lead to unnecessary worry. 23andMe, one of the companies offering tests, said there were "many cases" where results had prompted further checks and preventative treatment. The research does not cover genetic screening [...]

Head injuries: Cheap drug ‘could save thousands of lives a year’

Head injuries: Cheap drug 'could save thousands of lives a year'. Pam Foley took part in the trial after a head injury in a road accident A cheap and widely available drug could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide if it was routinely given to people brought into hospital with head injuries, UK doctors say. Tranexamic acid helps stop bleeding in and around the brain when blood vessels have been torn. A large international study in The Lancet now suggests it improves [...]

Asylum seekers ‘too afraid’ to seek NHS care, report says

Asylum seekers 'too afraid' to seek NHS care, report says. Watchdog says people failing to seek care over fear of upfront costs and of data being shared with the Home Office The NHS’s obligation until recently to share data with the Home Office has deterred many asylum seekers from accessing healthcare. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Asylum seekers who need NHS care have been left in “considerable fear” because of the government’s “hostile environment” policies, according to the human rights watchdog. In a highly critical report the [...]