Posts Tagged ‘The Times’

Get the tape measure out, new mums… apparently, big headed babies are brighter!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

According to scientists (is there a more chilling phrase?!) there is a link between the size of babies’ heads at birth, and their future success… larger head circumference and brain volume is associated with higher intelligence.

The finding is among the first made by UK Biobank, a long term study of 500,000 Britons to discover the links between their genes, their physical and mental health and their path through life.

“Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic profile scores, including . . . intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability,” said the researchers in a paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. (And no, I haven’t read the paper… I read an article in The Times newspaper 🙂 )

Incidentally, I have a teeny tiny head. When I worked as an Air Stewardess, I had an extra-small sized uniform hat, and still had to sew a lining of felt into the brim to get it to fit 🙂

Me in the galley of a 'plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

Me in the galley of a ‘plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

If you can’t remember whether you took your pills this morning…

Monday, May 16th, 2016

…don’t worry: soon your medicine will be able to answer the question for you. I’ll admit, when I first read an article in The Times newspaper with this headline that went on to say pills will “soon be able to tell if you have taken them”, I checked the top of the paper to see if the date was the 1st of April!

A US company, Proteus Digital Health, has developed a tiny sensor the size of a grain of sand that sends out a signal when ingested. The minuscule device, which can be attached to pills, contains a silicon circuit that transmits a signal to a patch worn by the patient. The patch will then contain a record of the dates and times when people take their medication.

*Science alert!* The sensor gets it’s power source from a coating of copper on one side and magnesium on the other. When these enter the gut they get wet and, as in a battery, the metals act as an anode and cathode and cause a charge to pass.

It all sound very high-tech and futuristic! Obviously keeping track of your medicine times is very important, so if you can’t wait for this technology to become available, we have the perfect solution.. the Get Well Wheel.

Just turn the dial to record the time you take your medicine. No science, no patch required!

No science, no batteries required… no problem!

 

 

 

Mothers with poorly children more likely to look for advice online than see a GP.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

An Article in The Times newspaper yesterday said that Mothers with ill children are more likely to seek advice online than see a GP.

20% of mothers questioned would go to the Doctor first, whereas 29% would ask their mother, and 26% would look online. It’s suggested that the waiting time to see a GP is a big factor.

I suspect most Mums would do everything- try to get a GP’s appointment, and in the meantime ask around for advice and experience? This certainly seems to be the case on Facebook- parents waiting to take their child to the Doctor will often ask for advice on their timeline or in local groups in the meantime.

I think people have always done this -asked family, friends and neighbours, it’s just that now with Social Media it’s possible to ask a lot more people for their opinions, a lot quicker!

Government advice is to make more use of pharmacies to help with diagnosis, but when a child is too poorly to take into town or covered head to toe in a rash this isn’t always practical, and at least by asking around you feel that you’re doing something!

To keep track of baby medicine times, use a Baby Medicine Wheel to set the time when baby is given medicine.

NHS to filter out pregnant smokers?

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I read in The Times newspaper this week that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has recommended that midwives give women a carbon monoxide test in early pregnancy, to establish whether they are smoking or not. Apparently not all Mums-to-be  tell the truth about giving up smoking in pregnancy! The test will be a breath test, and women found to have high carbon monoxide readings will be referred to “smoking cessation services”.

Some members of  The Royal College of Midwives, however, are not keen on the idea, and The Times reported that a source said they feel such a test could damage  relations between women and their midwives. Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, said the test could help show women the potential damage to unborn babies, but said the final decision must lie with the woman.

What do you think? A sensible measure to try to reduce the 21% of women who smoke during pregnancy (risking low birth weight and associated health problems) or Nanny State gorn mad?

Air-born baby!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A news article in The Times today caught my eye, telling of a little baby boy who was delivered at 1,000 ft in a search and rescue helicopter! The mother had gone into labour at her home on the island of Unst, (Britain’s most northerly inhabited island), and was being flown to  Lerwick when her 7lb baby boy was delivered mid-flight by a winchman paramedic.

In a previous life career I worked as an Air Stewardess, and we did have training in ’emergency childbirth’ which thankfully I never had to use (although I seem to remember it consisted mainly of supplying hot towels and asking over the PA System if there was a Doctor on board!)

 Congratulations to the family on their new addition, and I very much hope they take this wonderful opportunity to give the bairn an appropriate name (or middle name) to mark his dramatic entry into the world!