Welcome back to this week’s edition of the news summary at The Medic Portal. This blog brings you the key health news stories that occurred from 18th to 26th March. This week, scientists have developed a method of producing an unlimited supply of red blood cells, figures show that the number of children under four being hospitalised for tooth extractions has risen and the contraceptive pill has been shown to protect women against some cancers.
Research published this week has shown that the contraceptive pill protects women against some cancers for over 35 years after they stop taking it. The research, which was published by the University of Aberdeen, found that the contraceptive pill had a protective effect against ovarian, endometrial and bowel cancer. However, there was a slight increase in the risk of developing breast and cervical cancer. The statistics indicate that for every three women who would have developed ovarian cancer, one has been protected by the pill.