Primary Care Services

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 [...]

GP surgeries need a slice of new development funding to meet demand

GP surgeries need a slice of new development funding to meet demand, NHS warns. The National Health Service said it was essential that Broadland District Council allows developer contributions to go towards primary healthcare services in the area. Photo: Denise Bradley GP surgeries in Norfolk could struggle to meet demand if they continue to miss out on funding from new housing developments, NHS England has warned. The National Health Service said it was "essential" that Broadland District Council allows developer contributions to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]