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Archive for July, 2011

Alcohol advisory body stacked with drinks industry lobbyists

Drinks industry lobbyists now make up almost half the members of a key body tasked with advising ministers on alcohol policy, research papers show. Seven out of 16 members of the Government and Partners Alcohol Working Group are from industry, up from just a couple last autumn. Critics believe it is evidence that the Coalition […]

Making music can help overcome depression

It might not have worked for such legendarily gloomy composers as Beethoven, Schumann or Morrissey, but according to academics making music can help overcome depression. Researchers found that adults who were given music therapy sessions, in which they played drums or instruments such as xylophones, showed fewer symptoms of depression or anxiety than those who […]

Women’s cancer rates higher in Britain than Europe

More British women are developing cancer than the average across Europe a leading charity claims. Official figures suggest almost a fifth more women in this country develop the disease before the age of 75 compared with those on the continent. The World Cancer Research Fund, which unearthed the data, fears that the difference could be […]

Hundreds of preteen children treated for eating disorders

Almost 600 children below the age of 13 have been treated in hospital for eating disorders in the past three years, new figures have revealed. The statistics include 197 children between the ages of five and nine – with cases within this age group almost doubling over the period. Experts blamed the trend on a […]

Labour own goal on postcode lottery claims

Deprived areas in England will lose out to affluent parts of the country under health spending reforms Labour has claimed- despite repeatedly creating those same postcode lotteries when they were in power. Changes to funding formulas means poor health rates will be given less consideration when cash is allocated, the party said. It suggested areas […]

Fertility doctors attack unethical £20 IVF raffle

A nationwide lottery offering couples the chance to win IVF fertility treatment was strongly criticised. At its launch, a UK-based charity offered people – couples or singles of both sexes – the chance to win £25,000 for a round of IVF treatment at a “top clinic”, in return for a £20 ticket. The lottery is […]

Drinking wine could help to stop sunburn

Drinking wine or eating grapes could protect you from sunburn, according to a new study that found a chemical in the fruit can limit cell damage. Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are the leading environmental cause of skin complaints, premature ageing, sun burn and even skin cancer. But in another nod towards the […]

NHS rationing operations- cataracts, hips, knees and tonsils in the firing line

Hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money. Two thirds of health trusts in England are rationing treatments for “non-urgent” conditions as part of the drive to reduce costs in the NHS by £20bn over the next four years. One in three […]

UK has too many hospital births

Maternity services across the UK need a radical rethink, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says. It wants the number of hospital units cut to ensure 24-hour access to care from senior doctors and says more midwife-led units are needed for women with low-risk pregnancies. The National Childbirth Trust welcomed the report but says […]

NHS pays £20 for a loaf of bread that costs £2 in a supermarket

The NHS is spending more than £20 for a loaf of gluten-free bread, 10 times more than the £2 charged for a standard small (400g) gluten-free loaf in Sainsbury’s. Gluten provokes painful inflammation of the bowel in people who have an immune-response allergy to the protein, found in wheat, rye and barley products. The condition […]