Feelgood Friday: A Few Bits of Medical Good News

Like most weeks, there’s been a lot of bad medical news in the press. Babies dying unnecessarily, junior doctors going on strikes, the NHS ihas no money.

Here’s a few stories that show it’s not all been doom and gloom:

  1. Yet another reason to big up breast feeding this week. According to new research, breast feeding halves the chance of gestational diabetes becoming Type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that can come on in pregnancy, and is linked to Type 2 diabetes later on in life
  2. For as long as doctors have been putting devices in to open up the arteries in peoples hearts, these devices have been getting clogged up. A new analysis of previous data shows that drug-releasing devices get clogged up less than devices which don’t ($)
  3. According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, British five year olds are at the skinniest levels ever measured. 9% of Reception Year children are obese, with 22% classed as overweight.
  4. The Government is launching a review into when gay and bisexual men should be allowed to give blood. Currently, men who have slept with another man are only to give blood if they’ve been celibate for 12 months. The decisions comes as welcome news to campaigners who say the current policy has not kept up with the medical evidence.

Despite what the papers normally tell you, it’s not always grim in the medical world. If you spot a story that you think should be in next week’s round-up, please get in touch.

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