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Study: Screening relatives of aortic disease patients can cut deaths

Study: Screening relatives of aortic disease patients can cut deaths

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Aug. 2 (UPI) -- If relatives of patients with aortic diseases are genetically tested, it could cut down on the number of deaths from them, according to research analysis. Researchers, who were led by scientists at the University of Leicester in England, found that 30 percent of relatives of patients with thoracic aortic diseases have an underlying genetic predisposition to developing the disease -- 33 percent of first-degree relatives, 24 percent of second-degree ones and 15 percent of third generation. Specific gene mutations were observed in 25 percent of the screened families. The findings were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The research through last December included 53 studies with a total of 2,696 relatives screened, including 49 percent genetic,...
Gosport hospital deaths: Police announce new probe

Gosport hospital deaths: Police announce new probe

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A new police investigation is to be held into the deaths of patients who were given painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.An inquiry found in June more than 450 patients died after doctors gave them "dangerous" levels of the drugs.Three previous investigations into 92 of the deaths by Hampshire Constabulary resulted in no charges being brought.The new probe will be led by Assistant Chief Constable Nick Downing, head of serious crime at Kent and Essex Police. The inquiry by the Gosport Independent Panel said the quality of previous police investigations had been "consistently poor".It found whistleblowers and families were ignored as they attempted to raise concern...
Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers 'shortened 456 lives'

Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers 'shortened 456 lives'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found.An independent panel said, taking into account missing records, a further 200 patients may have suffered a similar fate.The report found there was a "disregard for human life" of a large number of patients from 1989 to 2000.It said Dr Jane Barton oversaw the practice of prescribing on the wards.There was an "institutionalised regime" of prescribing and administering "dangerous" amounts of a medication not clinically justified at the Hampshire hospital, the report said.Prime Minister Theresa May described events at Gosport as "deeply troubling" and apologised to fami...
Gosport hospital deaths: Independent panel findings due

Gosport hospital deaths: Independent panel findings due

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Families of hundreds of people who died at a scandal-hit hospital hope a report published later could end a decades-long wait for the truth.The report follows several inquiries into the prescribing of sedatives at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.A fresh review, led by former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones, spoke to more than 100 families and analysed 800 death certificates.Relatives said they hoped it would end their "harrowing" wait for answers. Bishop Jones chaired the Hillsborough Independent Panel whose work in examining documents and evidence led to the new inquests into the deaths at the 1989 disaster.He said the Gosport Independent Panel's report, which was commiss...
Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees

Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees

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A tree regarded as the icon of the African savannah is dying in mysterious circumstances.International scientists have discovered that most of the oldest and largest African baobabs have died over the past 12 years.They suspect the demise may be linked to climate change, although they have no direct evidence of this.The tree can grow to an enormous size, and may live hundreds if not thousands of years.The researchers, from universities in South Africa, Romania and the US, say the loss of the trees is "an event of an unprecedented magnitude".Revealing the findings in the journal, Nature Plants, they say the deaths were not caused by an epidemic."We suspect that the demise of monumental baobabs may be associated at least in part wi...