Soldiers are to be issued blood-clotting injectors to save lives on the battlefield. The new autoinjector will allow soldiers to self-administer life saving drugs at the push of a button. The government plans for the technology, once proven by soldiers, to be used by all first responders in Britain, in a bid to reduce deaths from rapid blood loss such as after knife attacks.
It is hoped the autoinjectors could also be used worldwide, as they can be administered by untrained users such as midwives in less developed nations where experts say a third of postpartum deaths are down to blood loss.The Defence Secretary said the £5 million investment in the technology would have “an immediate impact in terms of reducing the number of deaths on the battlefield”. “This funding shows our commitment to ensuring those serving on the frontline get the best treatment as rapidly as possible”.
The human body holds around five litres of blood and if half is lost severe shock can set in, possibly leading to death. When the body bleeds it naturally forms a clot, but then tries to break down that clot. The autoinjector uses Tranexamic Acid (TXA), a naturally occurring molecule, which prevents the body from breaking down any clots formed after a major trauma.
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Wright, 43, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, said: “You can’t train all soldiers to do intravenous administration so it was an obvious idea to put it in an autoinjector so everyone can carry it and administer it when they need to.” “This is something you could give to every police officer, lifeguard or other first aider. “Postpartum hemorrhage kills lots of women worldwide after childbirth. This could stop a third of those deaths if given to midwives around the world.”
An NHS scheme that has enabled GP practices to free up more time for doctors to see their patients is to be extended following a successful pilot.’
Unhealthy diet causes one in seven deaths in Britain every year, a Lancet study suggests. The research found lack of fruit and fibre is taking the heaviest toll, fuelling conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The study by the University of Washington identified lack of wholegrain, nuts and fruits as the worst elements of the British diet. Continue reading
Drinking a bottle of wine increases women’s cancer risk as much as smoking 10 cigarettes, research suggests. The British study says that for men, drinking a bottle of wine a week increases the absolute risk of cancer equivalent to smoking five cigarettes weekly. Continue reading
Antibiotics advertised on social media are being sold at the wrong dose to people too embarrassed to visit a sexual health clinic. A BBC reporter was sold unlicensed drugs to treat sexually transmitted infections by a man who said he got them from his uncle’s pharmacy. The man, who fled when confronted, said he had several celebrity clients. Government medicine regulator Alastair Jeffrey said taking the pills was “not a gamble I’d be willing to take”. Continue reading
Feature: No-deal Brexit may disrupt insulin supply with disastrous consequences
Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-28 22:36:21|Editor: yan
LONDON, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — Alexander Shedden is the father of two children who both have type 1 diabetes and rely on timely supply of insulin for treatment, but the possibility of a no-deal Brexit threatens to put his children’s lives in danger.
The flu vaccine is so far proving more effective in children than in adults in the UK, mid-season figures suggest. The nasal spray flu vaccine is 87% effective in children aged two to 17 against the main circulating flu strain, influenza A(H1N1)pmd09, Public Health England data indicates. Meanwhile, the flu vaccine is 39% effective against the same strain in adults aged 18 to 64. Continue reading
England will be the first country in world to have no new HIV cases, the health secretary said today. Matt Hancock told a global summit that the goal is “now within our grasp” with the capital already surpassing targets which were set by the United Nations. The Health Secretary said medical breakthroughs, including medication to treat and prevent the spread of disease, meant Aids is no longer a death sentence. Continue reading
Scientists say they have discovered the secret behind why some people are skinny while others pile on the pounds easily. Their work reveals newly discovered genetic regions linked to being very slim. The international team say this supports the idea that, for some people, being thin has more to do with inheriting a “lucky” set of genes than having a perfect diet or lifestyle. Continue reading