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Nerf guns can lead to serious eye injuries, doctors warn

Bullets from Nerf guns can cause serious eye injuries, doctors from a London eye hospital are warning. They treated three people with internal bleeding around the eye, pain and blurred vision after they were shot with the toy guns by children. Writing in BMJ Case reports, the doctors recommended wearing protective eye goggles and said the safe age limit for the guns may need to be reviewed. Hasbro warns players not to aim Nerf guns at the eyes or face. On its packaging, it also advises that only bullets designed…

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Vaginal seeding after Caesarean 'risky', warn doctors

New mothers should not embrace the trend of “seeding” their babies with vaginal bacteria, say doctors. It exposes children born by Caesarean section to bacteria that could have coated their bodies if they had been born vaginally. The idea is bacteria help train the immune system and lower the risk of allergies and asthma. But doctors in Denmark and the UK said there was too little evidence and it may be doing more harm than good. Being born by Caesarean section is linked to a higher risk of some immune-based…

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Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S., which believes treatment plans should be left to doctors and their patients. About 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human…

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Women shouldn't have to thank doctors for believing them

American TV personality Maria Menounos stunned fans when she announced last month that she was in recovery from surgery for a nonmalignant brain tumour, which she discovered while her mother was battling brain cancer. Perhaps most surprising was how quickly Menounos was treated. She explained to People magazine that when she told her mother’s doctor about her symptoms – headaches, dizziness, slurred speech – he immediately investigated what was wrong. Many women are not so lucky. As medical technology improves, proper diagnosis still depends on doctors asking their patients the…

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Teach pupils about breastfeeding, say Royal College doctors

Schoolchildren should be taught about the importance of breastfeeding, doctors say. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says the UK has one of the lowest rates of the practice in Europe – with just a third of babies receiving breast milk at the age of six months. They argue breastfeeding in public is still “often stigmatised”. The Royal College recommends the subject is covered in personal, social and health education (PSHE) classes. It advises that mothers should be encouraged and supported to breastfeed exclusively for up to six…

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Sian Hollands death: Mum slams Darent Valley Hospital doctors

A woman whose daughter died because of doctors’ failings says medics have not had the “decency” to apologise. Sian Hollands, 25, died from a pulmonary embolism at Darent Valley Hospital, Kent, in November 2015. A coroner ruled in April her death was “due to the failures of the doctors” in examining, diagnosing and treating her. One doctor is being investigated by the General Medical Council, but the hospital has confirmed he continues to practice. Ms Hollands’ mother Nicole Smith said she is furious no-one has faced sanctions. Kent Police launched…

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