Category Archives: Medicine

Moderate drinking in pregnancy ‘harms IQ’

Moderate drinking in pregnancy 'harms IQ'

Researchers from Oxford and Bristol universities looked at the IQ scores of 4,000 children as well as recording the alcohol intake of their mothers. They found “moderate” alcohol intake of one to six units a week during pregnancy affected IQ. Experts said the effect was small, but reinforced the need to avoid alcohol in pregnancy.

Vegetative patient Scott Routley says ‘I’m not in pain’

Scott Routley, 39, was asked questions while having his brain activity scanned in an fMRI machine

A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to tell scientists that he is not in any pain. It’s the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-injured patient has been able to give answers clinically relevant to their care. Scott Routley, 39, was

‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ Protects the Heart from Adrenaline Overload

Broken Heart Syndrome

A condition that temporarily causes heart failure in people who experience severe stress might actually protect the heart from very high levels of adrenaline, according to a new study published in the journal Circulation. The research provides the first physiological explanation for Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also called “broken heart syndrome” because it affects people who suffer

Hard to stomach: Doctors remove hairball weighing FOUR POUNDS from intestines of student, 19, who ate her locks and chalk during lessons

Hard to stomach: Doctors remove hairball weighing FOUR POUNDS from intestines of student, 19, who ate her locks and chalk during lessons

When a teenager complained that she hadn’t been able to eat or drink for days, doctors decided they should look into the problem. And what they found would put anyone off their dinner – a ball of hair weighing almost four pounds stuck between her stomach and small intestine. Medics in India discovered that the

The Boy Who Can’t Forget: Aurelien Heyman, Jill Price and Bob Petrella demonstrate their marvellous memories

The Boy Who Can’t Forget: Aurelien Heyman, Jill Price and Bob Petrella demonstrate their marvellous memories

Can you remember what you did yesterday? How about last month? Or what about on the 17th June 2008? Well the subject of Barnaby Peel’s documentary The Boy Who Can’t Forget certainly can as we meet 20 year old Durham University student Aurelien Heyman who given a date is able to tell you what day