The smoking ban has led to a sharp fall in heart attacks

Major research suggests that the introduction of a smoking ban has resulted in a 40 per cent fall in the number of people suffering from heart attacks as the result of passive smoking. Heart attack rates in the UK have fallen by up to 42 per cent since the 2007

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Suicide gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells

A new gene therapy technique is able to modify prostate cancer cells so that a patient’s body attacks and kills them, US scientists have discovered. The technique causes the tumour cells in the body to self destruct, giving it the name ‘suicide gene therapy’. Their research found a 20% improvement

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NHS trust failed to investigate hundreds of deaths

The NHS has failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011 according to a new report. It blames a “failure of leadership” at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and thatĀ the deaths of mental health and learning disability patients were not properly examined. Southern Health said

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Antibiotic resistance- world on cusp of post antibiotic era

The world is on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”, scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed. They identified bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort – colistin – in patients and livestock in China. They said that

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Healthier lifestyles could cut cancer cases by a third

About a third of cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if people ate healthily, exercised more and cut down on alcohol according to new research. Exercise is an important way of keeping fit and cutting body fat, which is linked to the risk of developing cancer. Data from

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Sugar Tax- how will it work?

A new sugar tax on the soft drinks will be introduced in the UK the chancellor announced yesterday. The move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the fight against child obesity. So how will the sugar tax work? The levy is squarely aimed at high sugar

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Good News on World Cancer Day

The cancer death rate for men fell by 12% and for women 8% between 2003 and 2013. In 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people died from cancer. In 2003, it was 312. Improvements in diagnosis and treatment are thought to be the reason. The death rate for men fell

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David Bowie thanked by end of life care doctor

A doctor specialising in end of life care hasĀ  thanked David Bowie helping people to talk about death. Dr Mark Taubert, palliative care consultant at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff, said it prompted a “weighty” discussion with a dying woman. His letter, published on the blogs website page of the

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UK end of life care- best in world

End of life care in the UK has been ranked as the best in the world with a study praising the quality and availability of services. The study of 80 countries said thanks to the NHS and hospice movement the care provided was “second to none”. Rich nations tended to

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Assisted Dying Bill- MPs reject right to die law

MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives

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