Hygienic? No, your doctor"s rubber gloves could infect you with a superbug

Hygienic No, your doctor's rubber gloves could infect you with a superbug | UPDATED: 00:51 GMT, 21 August 2012 The probability of someone cleaning their hands drops by a third when they use gloves Like most patients, you probably think the sight of a medic wearing latex gloves is a good thing.

The drugs DO work: Painkillers are more effective than massage, TENS machines and hypnosis during labour

The drugs DO work: Painkillers are more effective than massage, TENS machines and hypnosis during labour | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 14 March 2012 New findings: Taking drugs to relieve pain in labour works better than alternatives such as massage, TENS machines and hypnosis, research has found Taking drugs to relieve pain in labour works better than alternatives such as massage, TENS machines and hypnosis, new research has found.

Blood donors turned away due to new safety ruling that bans nurses from tapping skin to raise vein

Blood donors turned away due to new safety ruling that bans nurses from tapping skin to raise veinSarah Midwinter, a donor of 30 years, was turned awaySkin cannot be touched once it has been cleaned in case infection is spread in non-clinical environments Incident sparks concern over shortage of donors Sarah Midwinter was told that skin tapping is now banned in non-clinical environments A woman, who has given blood for 30 years, was stunned when she was turned away from a donor session because of a new safety ruling.

Maggots clean wounds faster than surgeons

Maggots clean wounds faster than surgeons – as long as patients can stomach it Maggots may trump scalpels when it comes to cleaning large wounds that won”t heal easily, such as those seen in diabetics, according to French researchers. To allow such wounds to heal, doctors usually remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes, a process they call debridement.