Deaths from asthma are rising and doctors are at a loss to explain why. Any new explanation is welcomed and will be analysed thoroughly, such as that from Canadian researchers, who have found that asthmatics who use major tranquillisers are more than three times as likely to die, or have a near-death experience, as asthmatics who don't use them. Patients who had recently stopped using the tranquillisers were almost seven times as likely to have a life-threatening crisis. The scientists urge any GP treating an asthmatic who also takes this class of drugs to monitor them carefully.
Support for mothers who breastfeed in public has come, surprisingly, from a leading supermarket. Sainsbury's says that customers who complain about breastfeeding in the store's restaurants should be offered the option of moving tables - leaving the mother undisturbed.Reuse content