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Send heavy drinkers for liver scan, GPs told

After the festive season- when people often over indulge there is a new warning on the damage that alcohol does. Women who regularly drink more than three-and-a-half bottles of wine a week should get their livers checked, says new draft advice for England. For men, the threshold is five bottles of wine a week or […]

Prostate cancer laser treatment truly transformative

Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as “truly transformative”. The approach, tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, but without causing severe side effects. Trials on 413 men – published in The Lancet Oncology – showed nearly half of them had […]

Scottish life expectancy still lowest in UK

Life expectancy for Scottish men and women has continued to improve – but they still die younger on average than people anywhere else in the UK. Statistics from the National Records of Scotland put life expectancy at 77.1 years for baby boys born in the past three years, and 81.1 years for girls. This was […]

NHS will miss targets on foreign patient cost payments

The government is expected to fall well short of its target of recovering £500m a year from overseas visitors treated in NHS hospitals in England. The Department of Health has “refined” to £346m its target for 2017-18, says the National Audit Office. Some £289m was paid in 2015-16; £73m in 2012-13. A new “surcharge” for […]

DVLA making unfair health driving licence decisions

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is not making fair decisions about medical fitness-to-drive cases, a report has suggested. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report found “major failings” in eight drivers’ cases. It said people’s lives had been put on hold for years because of flawed decision-making and poor communication. The DVLA said […]

Hospital staffing levels affect death rates

Fewer patients die after emergency surgery in hospitals that have more doctors and nurses. The research, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, analysed data involving nearly 295,000 patients. The findings stood despite patients at these hospitals being sicker and suffering more complications. Researchers also found death was more likely following a weekend admission, which […]

Alcohol detox centre saves NHS millions

The NHS could save £27 million a year by changing the way it deals with alcoholic patients. Alcohol abuse costs the NHS £3.8 billion a year, £145 for each UK household. One in three of all A&E admissions are alcohol related- but on a weekend that can rise to 70%. Dr Chris Daly, the lead […]

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 […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder- SAD winter blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) describes a type of depression with a seasonal pattern, usually occurring during winter. A lack of light is thought to affect the part of the brain that rules sleep, appetite, sex drive, mood and activity levels. Patients experience lethargy and a craving for sugary snacks. In 1984 psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal first […]

Food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water

 The huge rise in food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water according to new research.Food allergies have risen sharply over the past 20 years, with 1-2 per cent of adults and 4-6 per cent of children thought to be affected. The number of children admitted to hospital for food-related anaphylaxis (a life-threatening […]