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Archive for June, 2011

Low calorie diet offers hope of cure for type 2 diabetes

People who have had obesity related type 2 diabetes for years have been cured- at least temporarily, by keeping to an extreme low calorie diet for two months British scientists report. The discovery, reported by scientists at Newcastle University overturns previous assumptions about type 2 diabetes which was thought to be a lifelong illness. In […]

Measles cases pass total for 2010

The number of cases of measles in the first five months of this year have surpassed the total for the whole of 2010, according to new data. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reported 496 cases of measles in England and Wales up to the end of May this year, compared with 374 for the whole […]

Silicone breast implants are relatively safe find US regulators

Silicone breast implants are relatively safe despite frequent complications and a small increased risk of the disease lymphoma, US drug regulators have found. In a new report, the Food and Drug Administration said the risks were well enough understood that prospective patients could make informed decisions. But it found as many as one in five […]

Drugs treatment policy for England doomed to failure

Government policies for treating drug addicts in England are flawed and “doomed to failure”, a think tank says. The Centre for Policy Studies says rehabilitation is a better use of the £3.6bn now spent on treating users with drug substitutes like methadone and keeping them on benefits each year. But it says plans to reward […]

Organ donor register passes 18 million pledges

The number of people registered as organ donors in the UK has reached “staggering” levels, according to the NHS Blood and Transplant. A record 18 million – nearly one out of every three – people now say they are willing to donate their organs. But the organisation said even more people needed to register. Although […]

Cancer Drugs Fund massively underspent interim report finds

Only 56% of the government’s £50 million interim Cancer Drugs Fund – or just under £27.5 million – was spent by Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) in England during the time the Fund was available from October 2010 to March 31, 2011, new figures show. This spending rises to just over £32.5 million (65%) if anticipated […]

Legal highs becoming bigger issue than illegal drugs

Legal highs are becoming a bigger problem than illegal drugs with many young people wrongly believing they are safe. Alan Andrews, an ex-heroin addict who runs a Llanelli-based drug intervention centre, said some legal drugs were stronger than illegal counterparts. The programme has investigated the issue of legal highs, more than a year after the […]

Home care provider Southern Cross given four months to find solution

Home care provider Southern Cross has reached an agreement that gives it four months to find a solution to its financial difficulties. Southern Cross will continue to run all 751 care homes during that time. The process will be overseen by a restructuring committee consisting of representatives from the Darlington-based company and its 80 landlords. […]

Sexually transmitted diseases numbers droop

For the first time in over a decade there has been a drop in the number of new sexually transmitted infections in England new research reveals. The Health Protection Agency says although the reduction is small – only 1% down from the 424,782 cases diagnosed in 2009 – it is significant and a step in […]

NHS patients’ medical data hacked

NHS patients face a potential security breach after computer hackers gained access to health service passwords. The group, which calls itself LulzSec, said that it had accessed a system that handles sensitive patient data. Last week it stole a million data records from a Sony website. It published an email showing that it had informed […]