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Archive for March, 2012

Aspirin a day cuts cancer risk after just three years

People can significantly reduce their chances of being diagnosed with cancer by taking an aspirin a day for as little as three years, according to new research.The cheap drug not only appears to stop cancers developing in the first place, but also prevents them from spreading to other parts of the body, the new work […]

Cooling stroke victims brains could save as many lives as drugs

Cooling the brains of people who have just had a stroke could have as dramatic effect on reducing deaths and long term disability as ‘clot-busting’ drugs new reserach has found.Reducing a patient’s body temperature to 35C induces a kind of hibernation in the brain that helps protect it from damage, pilot studies indicate. The technique […]

Low staffing levels harms elderly care nurses warn

The care of the elderly is being compromised in UK hospitals because there are too few nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing.Research by the union suggested everything from basic communication to care for the dying was suffering. And it called for minimum staffing levels to ensure standards improved, arguing one nurse for every […]

A scandalous waste of money in the National Health Service

The public want taxes to be spent on patient care, not paper-shuffling- Telegraph Editorial.The astonishing levels of pay for agency doctors employed by the NHS, revealed in our investigation, provide further evidence of how dysfunctional the health service bureaucracy has become. Nor do these findings suggest that the EU Working Time Directive, limiting doctors’ working […]

NHS reforms approved by Parliament

The bitter 14 month parliamentary battle over the NHS finally came to an end last night after the Government comfortably fended off a last desperate attempt by Labour to delay the health legislation.MPs have approved the last amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill – leaving the way clear for Royal Assent to be […]

MS sufferers have new drug hope by quango

The first pill for MS sufferers is set to be approved for use on the NHS.The National Institute for Curbing Expendtiture (NICE) has overturned previous draft guidance on the drug Fingolimod after the price was discounted and has now ruled that a proportion of people with multiple sclerosis should be treated with it. MS is […]

PIP breast implants- the latest news and information

Worries about the breast implants made by PIP have emerged since news of a major investigation into the France firm.Initially it was thought that around 40,000 women in the UK had the implants but yesterday the Department of Health said new evidence meant a further 7,000 women in the UK might have them. About 95% […]

New Alzheimer’s drug Donepezil slows progression

More than 100,000 people in the UK suffering the “savage” effects of advanced Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from drug treatment to slow its progression. Scientists have shown for the first time that drugs used to slow the disease in its early stages also work when the condition is advanced, greatly extending the population who could […]

Yogurt might prevent a heart attack

Recent research has investigated the human digestion system and found that the contents of the alimentary canal may be a matter of life or death.Your digestive system is home to roughly 100 trillion microbes – about 10 times the number of cells in the major organs. A team co-led by Prof Jeroen Raes of the […]

Diabetes amputation rates show huge regional variation

Amputation rates for diabetes patients are 10 times higher in some parts of England than in others, according to a study highlighting the postcode lottery in diabetic care.Researchers say the figures highlight the importance of ensuring the right specialist care. The findings coincide with an NHS report putting the annual cost of diabetes-related amputations at […]