Identify sepsis in patients by using early warning scores, doctors are urged

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General practitioners and hospital doctors should all use an early warning score system when they suspect that a patient may have sepsis to help improve the recognition of cases, a report recommends.

Nearly half (45%) of patients with sepsis admitted to hospital with no other obvious problem either died or were left with a disability, an audit of cases in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has found.

Breast feeding may cut risk of diabetes in high risk women

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Women with gestational diabetes should be encouraged to breast feed exclusively for at least two months to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, say researchers.

A prospective cohort study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that breast feeding exclusively for two months halved the risk of diabetes in women with gestational diabetes.