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Archive for April, 2012

Inadequate NHS diabetes care causing patients harm

NHS diabetes care is ‘inadequate’ and some patients come to further harm due to poor care in hospital, a leading specialist says.Dr Gerry Rayman, national clinical lead for inpatient diabetes, warned many hospitals had no specialist diabetes nurse. He said many hospital patients had diabetes, and called the situation ‘quite alarming’. Diabetes accounts for 11% […]

Men set to live as long as women new research suggests

The gap between male and female life expectancy is closing and men could catch up by 2030 according to research at the Office for National Statistics.Prof Les Mayhew said the difference between the sexes peaked at nearly six years in the 1970s. Life expectancy is going up all round, but the rates for men are […]

Prostate cancer symptoms

Prostate cancer symptoms are unfortunately difficult to spot in the early stages of growth.Only when the cancer has advanced will symptoms usually appear- which is a bad cancer sign and contributes to the approximately 10,000 deaths in the UK every year. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you must see a medical professional […]

Measles strategy misses targets

Global efforts to cut the number of deaths from measles have fallen short of World Health Organization (WHO) targets. An analysis published in the Lancet said deaths had fallen by 74% between 2000 and 2010, but the target was 90%. Outbreaks in Africa and delays in vaccination programmes in India have stalled progress, researchers say. […]

One in four women buy wrong medication online after misdiagnosing themselves

Women with embarrassing medical problems are misdiagnosing themselves after consulting search engines. They have bought the wrong medication after misdiagnosing themselves on the internet and one in ten has suffered unpleasant side effects as a result, research suggests. Half of women have diagnosed themselves online and bought a treatment without checking with pharmacists if it […]

New coins could cause more skin problems

Fears are being raised that new 5p and 10p coins which are being introduced into circulation could cause skin problems.The coins are made from steel but plated in nickel, replacing the current cupro-nickel version which contains 75% copper and 25% nickel. Dermatologists told the British Medical Journal the move could cause problems for people who […]

Home births more cost effective Oxford research concludes

Planned births at home and in midwifery units are more cost-effective than giving birth in hospital, particularly for women who have given birth before University of Oxford research concludes.The research, in the British Medical Journal, compared the costs of giving birth in different places and the health outcomes for mother and baby. More than 60,000 […]

Breast cancer gene increases prostate cancer risk four fold

A faulty gene that increases the chances of breast cancer in women has been found to raise the risk of prostate cancer in men four fold.Men with a strong family history of either cancer in their family could be offered genetic tests to discover if they are carrying a faulty BRCA1 gene so their health […]

Positive outlook on life linked to lower risk of heart attacks

Having a positive attitude to life may reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke a major review of research has found.People who are able to enjoy simple pleasures, have a sunny disposition and positive outlook on life are less likely to have heart attacks and strokes, it has been found. It was […]

Arthritis suferrers face postcode lottery for care

Some health authorities are spending less than a pound a day helping people with arthritis and other joint problems, while others spend three times that, according to a review that has found a postcode lottery of care.The survey by the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) has found an almost three-fold variation in the amount of […]