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Archive for February, 2015

Simple skin test may diagnose Alzheimer and Parkinson disease

Scientists have proposed a new simple idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Their work which is at an early stage- found the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain in such disorders can also be found in skin. Early diagnosis is the key to preventing the loss of brain tissue […]

Smoking kills two thirds of smokers

The risk of death from smoking may be much higher than previously thought – tobacco kills up to two in every three smokers not one in every two according to new research. The study tracked more than 200,000 Australian smokers and non smokers above the age of 45 over six years. Mortality risk went up […]

A&E waiting times- rise in waiting more than 12 hours

More patients had to wait over 12 hours for treatment at seven of Northern Ireland’s A&E departments in January. Department of Health figures show that 380 people waited more than 12 hours, compared to 92 in the previous month. In January, 54,910 people went to emergency departments compared to 56,656 in December. The Ulster Hospital […]

Winter deaths- why are they higher this year?

There has been a considerable increase in the numbers of people dying in England and Wales so far this year. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that in the first six weeks of 2015 just over 82,000 deaths were registered- which is 23% higher than the average from the previous five years. The ONS […]

Obese could lose benefits if they refuse treatment

People who do work because they are obese or have alcohol or drug problems could have their benefits cut if they refuse treatment. David Cameron has launched a review of the current benefits system, which he says fails to encourage people with long term, treatable issues to get medical help. Some 100,000 people with such […]