HEALTH NOTES: Mum’s vitamin mix cuts risk of child obesity

Expectant moms can cut the risk of their children becoming obese in half by taking a mix of common vitamins.

A study found that the children of mothers who took a powdered drink containing probiotics, vitamins B2, B6, B12 and D were half as likely to be obese at age two as those whose mothers took a standard pregnancy supplement took.

The study’s co-author, associate professor Shiao Yng Chan, from the National University of Singapore, says: ‘These early events can influence how the child responds to an unhealthy lifestyle.’

A study found the children of mothers who took a powdered drink containing probiotics, vitamins B2, B6, B12 and D were half as likely to be obese by age two (stock photo)

Gadget that spots Parkinson’s decline

Devices that can detect Parkinson’s symptoms in real time are now available on the NHS.

The motion sensors, usually worn on the wrist, can measure things like stiffness and involuntary tremors – both common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The debilitating disease affects around 153,000 people in the UK. There is currently no cure, although it can be treated with physiotherapy and levodopa – a medicine that helps with coordination.

The device sends a patient’s data back to their doctor, helping them see if symptoms are getting worse and, if necessary, suggest a different treatment.

Tracking movement data over time rather than at medical reviews, which can only happen once a year, is expected to help doctors make better choices about patients’ care.

3D printers are being used to create life-size models of patients’ livers to help surgeons in Southampton tackle a deadly bile duct cancer that is notoriously difficult to treat.

Bile ducts are small tubes that connect the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine. Cancer in this area of ​​the body, called hilar cholangiocarcinoma, affects just 1-2 people per 100,000 a year in the UK, but the hard-to-reach location makes it difficult for surgeons to remove tumours.

So doctors used information from scans to create 3D models that allow them to see the tumor before surgery so they can decide whether it is safe to operate or not.

Bile ducts are small tubes that connect the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine (stock photo)

Bile ducts are small tubes that connect the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine (stock photo)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved a new medicine, Omjjara, to treat the symptoms of anemia in people with a rare blood cancer.

Four out of ten people with myelofibrosis – a type of bone marrow cancer – have moderate to severe anaemia, where a lack of iron affects the level of red blood cells, causing fatigue and shortness of breath.

Research shows that 25 percent of patients on Omjjara reduced their symptoms by half. The tablet works by blocking a protein that keeps iron in the liver and prevents it from being absorbed through food.