Court of Appeal says Addenbrooke's Hospital violated patients rights over DNR order
Hundreds of asthma sufferers are dying needlessly because of inadequate care, according to a study published today.
The government has been accused of failing to tackle widespread confusion over the imposition of "do not resuscitate" orders.
Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has confirmed that a baby given a suspected contaminated nutrition drip has died.
It's the third baby to die after 23 became ill after the incident was first reported.
A spokesman for the Cambridge University Hospital Trust said: "We can confirm that a baby has died after receiving contaminated nutritional fluid (TPN). Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them during this very difficult and emotional time."
Two other babies who were ill are stable and reported to be doing well. The hospital says it's confident that no other newborns have contracted the bug, bacillus cereus.
The spokesman added: "“A consultant neonatologist has spoken to all of the families on the unit. The babies on the unit have been closely monitored for any signs of infection since we withdraw the contaminated feed."
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a woman's rights were violated when a "do not resuscitate" notice was placed on her records at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, without her being consulted.
David Tracey, says his late wife was subjected to an unlawful DNR order at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. The hospital is accused of breaching the human rights of terminally ill Janet Tracey, 63, because it did not consult her before the order was placed on her records.
A daily "tomato pill" can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease, research has shown.
The findings suggest that a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes may contribute to the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
Participants in the study were given a supplement called Ateronon that contains seven milligrams of the tomato ingredient lycopene.
Of 36 patients with heart disease, those taking the pill every day for two months saw their blood vessels widen by 53%.
This was due to improved functioning of the endothelium, the inner wall cell lining of blood vessels, scientists believe.
The tomato pill had no effect on healthy volunteers whose blood vessels were already "normal".
Lead scientist Dr Joseph Cheriyan, from Addenbrooke's Hospital and Cambridge University, said:
"There's a wealth of research that suggests that the Mediterranean diet - which includes lycopene found in tomatoes and other fruit as a component - is good for our cardiovascular health.
But so far, it's been a mystery what the underlying mechanisms could be.
"We've shown quite clearly that lycopene improves the function of blood vessels in cardiovascular disease patients.
It reinforces the need for a healthy diet in people at risk from heart disease and stroke."A daily 'tomato pill' is not a substitute for other treatments, but may provide added benefits when taken alongside other medication.
A new machine unveiled in Cambridge today could soon offer the latest breakthrough in the fight against cancer - by allowing doctors to see whether treatment is working within just a few hours.
Clinical trials will now begin with a "hyper-polariser" at Addenbrooke's Hospital.
It should mean doctors will no longer have to wait months to see if a tumour has shrunk before they can tell if cancer treatment has been effective.
Claire McGlasson reports.
It's known for its pioneering heart and lung surgery and now the government has confirmed that Papworth Hospital will be moving to its new site at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge.
It's hoped that by bringing the two hospitals together it will create a world leading healthcare and science hub.
The new Papworth will be built on a greenfield site next to Addenbrooke's while the money to pay for it will come from a private finance initiative.
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Papworth Hospital is set for a £165 million move to Cambridge to be on the same site as Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Here are a selection of artist impressions of the new site: