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Archive for July, 2012

Three times variation in number of patients GPs send for cancer tests

Thousands of cancer patients may be treated too late because some GPs are three times less likely to refer them to a specialist, official figures have revealed for the first time.Some family doctors are referring three times more patients with cancer symptoms to specialists than others, raising fears that large numbers of people are missing […]

Curries to be tested for cancer cures

A chemical found in curry is to be tested for its ability to kill bowel cancer tumours in patients.Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, has been linked to a range of health benefits. Studies have already shown that it can beat cancer cells grown in a laboratory and benefits have been suggested in […]

6,000 patients die a year due to poor staff checks

Six thousand patients are dying every year because hospital staff are not properly monitoring vital signs.The health of patients is deteriorating and going unnoticed because important signs, such as blood oxygen levels which can predict heart and lung problems, are either not being recorded at all or often enough. Bedside health charts are not designed […]

Patients swamp A&E as GPs cut surgery hours

Hospital Accident and Emergency departments are being swamped by patients who cannot visit GP surgeries or NHS walk-in centres, leading to longer waiting times.The reduction in opening hours is forcing some patients to wait up to three weeks for a GP’s appointment. Information provided by almost two thirds of NHS primary care trusts indicated that […]

Physiotherapists and podiatrists to be able to prescribe drugs

Physiotherapists and podiatrists are to be able to prescribe their patients with medicines including painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, it has been announced by the Department of Health.It will mean that podiatrists and physiotherapists will no longer have to refer their patients back to a doctor if medication is needed. Physiotherapists and podiatrists will join some […]

Doctors fear catastrophes on hospital wards at weekends

One in eight doctors does not think hospitals provide high quality care at weekends and “catastrophes” are feared on wards because staff cover is so poor.A survey of senior doctors has found that many are concerned about the care patients receive at weekends, when most hospitals only have a skeleton staff. One respondent to the […]

Sex really does make men fall asleep

Men automatically fall asleep after having sex because their brains are programmed to shut down, scientists claim.Researchers from the French government took scans of men’s brains during and after sex to monitor changes in their mental activity. They found that the cerebral cortex, which governs conscious thought, switched off during orgasm. Two other areas, the […]

NHS pays out record £1.2 billion in claims

The NHS has paid out a record £1 billion in litigation claims in one year.A surge in the number of claims made by NHS patients or their families led to the health service paying out £1.2 billion for its clinical negligence compensation bill between 2011 and 2012. The payouts, which represent legal costs and compensation […]

Diabetes blood pressure control warning

Half of people with diabetes are failing to keep control of their blood pressure, risking “damaging” complications, figures suggest.The analysis of NHS data in England by Diabetes UK showed the number of people not hitting their target has been stuck at about 50% in recent years. High blood pressure increases the risk of conditions such […]

Breast cancer linked to bra size

Women with larger breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer scientists now believe.A study of more than 16,000 women found those with a larger bra size were at greater risk of the disease. The link could be down to the sex hormone oestrogen that can trigger the growth of mammary glands and tumours. The […]