Hundreds of transplant patients at risk from killer germ after donor organs were contaminated

Hundreds of transplant patients at risk from killer germ after donor organs contaminatedBacillus cereus bacterium found in the fluid used to transport organs from donors to recipients Effects of the bug include vomiting, stomach cramps and – in rare cases – deathExperts say there is no choice but to continue using the contaminated solution as there is no alternative | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 30 March 2012 Hundreds of transplant patients could be at risk of potentially fatal infections after the chemical used to preserve donor organs was contaminated with bacteria.

Elderly people with dementia "more likely to suffer falls" if they are given anti-depressants in care homes

Elderly people with dementia 'more likely to suffer falls' if they are given anti-depressants in care homesResidents taking SSRIs three times more likely to suffer an injury-causing fall Alternative psychiatric treatments to be investigated Elderly people with dementia are at greater risk of suffering a fall if they are given anti-depressants in care homes, say experts. It is known that the medication can cause a range of side effects including dizziness and blurred vision, but a move to newer drugs, known as known as selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), was hoped to reduce these symptoms

Acupuncture really can reduce stress levels, scientists claim after alternative therapy experiment

Acupuncture really can reduce stress levels, scientists claim after alternative therapy experimentAcupuncture “reduces” levels of protein linked to stressScientists believe this explains the sense of well-being patients receive from ancient Chinese therapy Acupuncture really does reduce stress levels, scientists have found. In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers discovered that the ancient Chinese therapy reduces levels of a protein linked to chronic stress. While the study was carried out on rats, scientists believe it may help to explain the sense of well-being many people receive from the therapy.