The Western diet really IS a killer: People who eat white bread, butter and red meat are most likely to die young


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The Western diet really IS a killer: People who eat white bread, butter and red meat are most likely to die young Those who ate fried and unhealthy food had doubled risk of early deathKey culprits include red meat, white bread, butter, cream and sweet foods Findings 'help explain' why heart disease is still the UK's biggest killer By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 18:20 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:08 GMT, 17 April 2013 The typical Western diet, high in fat and sugar, really does lead to an early grave, new research suggests.

Playing music to premature babies helps them sleep and improves their breathing, claim doctors


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Why playing music to premature babies 'helps them sleep and improves their breathing'New study claims music can puts newborns into a quietly attentive stateAlso improves sucking behaviours which are important to help them feedSound of instrument or a parent singing is better than nursery rhymesResearch by Beth Israel Hospital in New York across 11 American hospitals By Daniel Bates PUBLISHED: 16:47 GMT, 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 15 April 2013 Soothing: The sound of music can make a newborn sleep better and puts them in a quietly attentive state Playing live music to a prematurely born baby can slow its heartbeat and make the child breathe more easily, according to a new study.

How a bowl of pasta with tomato sauce and salad could cut your risk of having a stroke


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How a bowl of pasta with tomato sauce and salad could cut your risk of having a stroke For every seven grams of fibre that a person consumes their risk of a first stroke falls by seven per centFibre reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levelsSources include whole grains, fruit and vegetables .

Plans for three-parent IVF babies a step closer after fertility watchdog gives the go-ahead


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Plans for three-parent IVF babies a step closer after fertility watchdog gives the go-ahead Technique uses two eggs to stop transfer of genetic diseases to the childBut critics have labelled it 'Frankenscience', with unknown side effects Fertility watchdog today advised the Government on how to move forward By Fiona Macrae and Nick Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 12:00 GMT, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:19 GMT, 21 March 2013 Britain could become the first country to sanction the creation of babies with three parents.

NHS diabetes care "lottery": Thousands could face blindness, strokes and death because of variations in treatment


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1m an hour 'lottery' of NHS diabetes care: Thousands face complications including blindness, strokes and even death because of 'shocking' variations in treatmentFailures are leading to premature deaths according to Parliamentary groupAlmost half of sufferers not getting nine recommended annual checks By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 01:31 GMT, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:21 GMT, 20 March 2013 Thousands of people with diabetes are being failed by ‘shocking variations’ in NHS treatment, warn MPs.

1m an hour "lottery" of NHS diabetes care: Thousands face complications including blindness, strokes and even death because of…


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1m an hour 'lottery' of NHS diabetes care: Thousands face complications including blindness, strokes and even death because of 'shocking' variations in treatmentFailures are leading to premature deaths according to Parliamentary groupAlmost half of sufferers not getting nine recommended annual checks By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 01:31 GMT, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:31 GMT, 20 March 2013 Thousands of people with diabetes are being failed by ‘shocking variations’ in NHS treatment, warn MPs.

Overweight heart disease patients are 30 per cent LESS likely to die early than their thin counterparts


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Overweight people with heart disease are 30% LESS likely to die early than their thinner counterparts Obese patients are 15 per cent less likely to die youngOne reason may be because overweight patients receive more aggressive treatment By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 18:32 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 19 March 2013 Overweight heart disease sufferers are 30 per cent less likely to die early than their healthy weight counterparts It's widely believed that being overweight is bad for your heart and can lead to premature death.

Premature twins died after being given 10 times too much morphine, nursing tribunal hears

Premature twins died after being given 10 times too much morphine, nursing tribunal hears Alfie and Harry McQuillan were born at 27 weeks in October 2010Were in a 'good condition' despite being born so early, inquest heardPrescribed morphine to stabilise them but instead given 'excessive dose'Died at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital two days later Nurse in charge, Joanne Thompson, now facing disciplinary hearingAccused of letting less senior member of staff administer wrong dose heard.

The brother and sister born with a record-breaking gap of just six and a half months

The brother and sister born with a record-breaking gap of just SIX AND A HALF months Sadie Budden, 31, had Sienna and Ronnie just six and a half months apartFamily holds record for the closest age gap between siblings in the UKSienna was born extremely prematurely at just 26 weeks , at 26 weeks, Miss Budden woke at 5am with contractions.

Pollution threat to mums-to-be: One in every 20 cases of pre-eclampsia blamed on higher levels of air pollution


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‘Pollution threat’ to mums-to-be: One in every 20 cases of pre-eclampsia blamed on higher levels of air pollutionPre-eclampsia can threaten the life of both mother and babyPollution could be a factor in up to 2,000 cases every year in the UK By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:06 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:07 GMT, 7 February 2013 Threat: Air pollution to trigger potentially fatal pre-eclampsia in expectant mothers, a study has found Exposure to air pollution could trigger potentially fatal pre-eclampsia in pregnant women, researchers have warned.