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Archive for December, 2012

Health Direct wishes you a healthy New Year

Health Direct wishes you a healthy New Year.Health Direct wishes you a happy and healthy New Year for 2013.

Norovirus winter vomiting bug claims a million people

The number of sufferers of the winter vomiting bug Norovirus in England and Wales have topped a million the latest figures from the Health Protection Agency suggest.It said there were 3,538 lab-confirmed cases up to 16 December – but that for each another 288 go unreported. The figure is 83% higher than at this stage […]

Top Christmas health risks

With the festive break on us  here, in no particular order, is my personal selection of the top Christmas health risks. High lights- low lights It may look festive but dragging a tree – plastic or wooden – into your living room and covering it with electric lights and tiny glass baubles is asking for […]

Health Direct wishes you a Merry Christmas

Health Direct wishes you a Merry Christmas.Health Direct wishes you a happy and healthy Christmas.

New cancer treatment uses Trojan Horse strategy

A new experimental “Trojan horse” cancer threatmenty has completely eliminated prostate cancer in experiments on mice, according to UK researchers.The team hid cancer killing viruses inside the immune system in order to sneak them into a tumour. Once inside, a study in the journal Cancer Research showed, tens of thousands of viruses were released to […]

Hospitals closed by winter vomiting bug Norovirus

Hospitals around the UK have been closing wards to visitors in the hope of preventing the spread of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.Birmingham’s City Hospital, Maidstone Hospital in Kent, and George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, all have patients with the infection. The Health Protection Agency has said a 72% rise in cases was unexplained. […]

Fear of being sued is ruining modern medicine

Doctors are too scared to deviate from evidence based medicine and innovation is being stifled claims Lord Saatchi.Lord Saatchi was spurred into launching a medical Bill after his wife Josephine Hart died of ovarian cancer The mantra that young, fledgling doctors repeat to themselves endlessly is “evidence based practice”. On the face of it, this […]

Cameron rejects drugs review

David Cameron has rejected a royal commission review to consider decriminalising illegal drugs.In response to the report by the home affairs select committee, David Cameron said the current policy was working in Britain. The committee highlighted Portugal’s approach, where people found with drugs are not always prosecuted.  It also asked ministers to monitor cannabis legalisation […]

Third of patients in A and E wait more than four hours

A survey by the healthcare regulator found waiting times are getting worse in several key areas in England’s Accident and Emergency (A and E) departments.One third of patients said they were in A&E for longer than four hours in total, up from a less than a quarter in 2004, and a third of patients also […]

Office party hangovers cost British business £259 million

British workers who overdo it at their Christmas party cost the economy tens of millions of pounds in lost man hours a survey has calculated.Researchers found that one in four workers will work fewer than four hours the day after being inflicted with “hangovers” following their end of year celebrations. The research, concluded that the […]