Hip replacement deaths drop by a half since 2003

“Death rates following hip replacement surgery fell by half in England and Wales,” reports the BBC News website. Its headline is based on a new study in The Lancet which looked at data from the National Joint Registry (NJR) over the course of eight years. The registry is an NHS database recording outcomes in artificial joint operations such […]

Study demonstrates far-reaching impact of maternal deaths on children in Tanzania

Maternal health advocates often point out that when a mother dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, her surviving family members, particularly her children are left to face a range of negative effects. And, indeed, substantial quantitative evidence from around the world has reinforced this claim: there is little doubt that maternal deaths are strongly […]

Nearly half of women at risk of preterm birth do not receive cheap drug that could prevent millions of newborn deaths

A major international study of more than 303,000 births in 29 low-income and middle-income countries has found that only half (52%) of women who are eligible to receive a simple, effective, low-cost treatment to prevent death and disability in their newborn babies are getting it. Use of antenatal corticosteroids was highly variable ranging from 16-20% […]

Half of eligible women going without drugs to reduce newborn deaths

Low-cost antenatal steroid injections can prevent death and disability in newborn babies, but a new study finds only half of eligible women are able to access these drugs. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

High-salt diet linked to 1.6 million heart deaths

"Salty diet ’causes 1.6 million deaths worldwide each year’," reports The Daily Telegraph. It goes on to quote a researcher saying this is "nearly 1 in 10 of all deaths from cardiovascular causes worldwide". This scary-sounding headline has a grain of truth in it, but the science it’s based on doesn’t prove that salt is […]

New research characterizes in-flight pediatric deaths: 90% of deaths in children under age 2

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that lap infants may be at greater risk for death on a commercial airline flight. The study analyzed pediatric medical emergencies on flights worldwide between January 2010 and June 2013 and found 90 percent of deaths occurred in children under the age of 2. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

UK failing to reduce child, youth deaths as quickly as other wealthy countries

The UK has failed to match the gains made in reducing deaths among children and young adults by 17 other high-income countries in the European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway (EU15+) in the 38 years since 1970. The findings reveal that despite the UK having been in or near the top 25% (best quartile) for […]

Hip replacement cement linked with deaths

"Toxic NHS hip implants blamed for more than 40 deaths," The Daily Telegraph reports. Other media sources similarly report how surgical "cement" used in some hip replacements has been linked to the deaths. This news is based on a study looking at risk of death or severe harm associated with partial hip replacements involving cement […]

Midwives can avert two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, says UN

Midwife training in northern Nigeria. Some 73 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are responsible for 96% of global maternal deaths and more than 90% of newborn deaths. Yet, these same countries are home to only 42% of the world’s health workforce. Increasing the number of midwives could prevent as many as two-thirds of […]

ONS suggests that one in four deaths are ‘avoidable’

“1 in 4 deaths could have been prevented,” The Times reports. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 23% of deaths could have been prevented through better care, more effective treatment and healthier living. The news is based on an ONS bulletin titled Avoidable Mortality in England and Wales, 2012 (PDF […]

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