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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, [...]

Home DNA kits can be ‘misleading’ over future health risks – report

Home DNA kits can be 'misleading' over future health risks - report. Report says genetic data is complicated, and can easily be misinterpreted and should be discussed with a doctor. DNA testing kits tests promise insights into ancestry and disease risks Over-the-counter DNA tests could lead to people making poor or wrong assumptions about their future health, according to a new report. The genetic testing kits, available in shops or online, suggest insights into ancestry, disease risks and information on personality, athletic ability, and [...]

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 [...]

Baby girl born on the migrant caravan now in intensive care

Baby girl born on the migrant caravan now in intensive care Stuart Ramsay met 51-day-old Juana and her parents three days ago, before her condition worsened. Juana, like many others, fell ill with a mild cough initially but her condition has deteriorated. All you can hear above the sound of oxygen machines pumping and the bleep of monitors in the baby ward of Tijuana's main hospital is the hacking cough of a mother staring at her desperately ill baby daughter. Juana is only [...]