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Parents Of Girl With Rare Cancer Launch Appeal

Parents Of Girl With Rare Cancer Launch Appeal

The parents of a one-year-old girl desperately sick with an extremely rare form of leukaemia have said time is running out to find her a stem cell donor.

Margot Martini’s form of leukaemia is so rare her consultant haematologist has only seen three cases in the last decade.

Her parents Yaser, 43, and Vicki, 38, from Roehampton, southwest London, are making an urgent, worldwide appeal to find someone with the right tissue type to save her life.

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Obesity: Scale Of Problem ‘Underestimated’

Obesity: Scale Of Problem ‘Underestimated’

Britain’s obesity epidemic is worse than feared and urgent action is needed to tackle the problem, experts warn the Government.

The true scale of Britain’s obesity crisis may have been seriously underestimated, a report has found.

The National Obesity Forum said the UK is in danger of surpassing predictions of a 2007 report which estimated that 50% of the nation would be obese by 2050.

The organisation’s latest report calls read more

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Dementia: 15-Minute Test To Spot Signs Early

Dementia: 15-Minute Test To Spot Signs Early

A new study backs the wider use of a home-based test designed to help doctors detect memory and thinking problems.

Around 800,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK

Around 800,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK

Test that can be completed in 15 minutes has been developed to help doctors spot the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

The test can be filled in online or on paper and tests language ability, reasoning, problem solving and memory.

It is designed to tackle one of the greatest challenges facing the health service in the read more

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If Sugar is The ‘New Tobacco’… What Are The Alternatives?

If Sugar is The ‘New Tobacco’… What Are The Alternatives?

  • Refined sugar, sucrose, is made up of two molecules, glucose and fructose
  • Fructose excess converts to fatty acids and causes unhealthy reactions
  • Here we examine an array of healthier natural sugar substitutes

Given this week’s headlines describing it as the ‘new tobacco’, you might be forgiven for thinking sugar is toxic – but in fact we simply need to moderate our intake.

‘Refined table sugar, sucrose, is made up of two molecules – glucose and fructose,’ says nutritionist Laura Thomas. ‘Glucose is absorbed and used by all organs, while fructose read more

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NHS ‘needs £1bn’ for longer GP opening hours

NHS ‘needs £1bn’ for longer GP opening hours

More than 20,000 extra GPs, nurses and other NHS staff are needed if the Prime Minister wants his plan for longer surgery opening hours to work, the head of the Royal College of GPs has warned.

In her first major TV interview since taking up the post, Dr Maureen Baker said that GPs needed an extra £1bn of taxpayers’ money to recruit sufficient staff to keep practices open seven days a week.

Without the extra money, the NHS risks becoming unsustainable as GPs and hospitals struggle to cope with the extra demand from patients over the winter months, she said.

“If we were to move to read more

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Call For Widespread Test To Detect CJD

Call For Widespread Test To Detect CJD

MPS have launched an inquiry to check the safety of donor blood after hearing new evidence on the human form of mad cow disease.

The Commons Science and Technology Committee was responding to a study that revealed one in every 2,000 people in the UK could be carrying variant CJD.

Christine Lord’s son Andrew died from the disease which causes degenerative brain disorder.

She said: “Every single minute of the day there was relentless pain and memory loss. He was unable read more

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Third Of GPs Agree With £10 Charge For A&E Visits

Third Of GPs Agree With £10 Charge For A&E Visits

A third of GPs are in favour of making people pay if they make unnecessary visits to hard-pressed accident and emergency departments.

A new survey asked GPs whether people should pay £5 or £10 for each visit, with the money being refunded if their attendance was found to be justified.

The poll was carried out by the Press Association for Doctors.net.uk, an online network for doctors, and involved canvassing 800 GPs across England.

One in three (32%) family doctors said introducing read more

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Row Over NHS ‘Too Powerful To Criticise’ Claim

Row Over NHS ‘Too Powerful To Criticise’ Claim

The chairman of the NHS watchdog has sparked a political row after saying the health service has become “too powerful to criticise”.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) boss David Prior says people have become scared of complaining about poor care.

He warned the service’s perceived status as a “national religion” fuelled the problem and some areas of care were “out of control” because honesty about failings was not read more

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France Implants Its First Artificial Heart

France Implants Its First Artificial Heart

An artificial heart that can give patients up to five years of extra life has been successfully implanted for the first time.

The heart, powered by watch-style batteries that can be worn externally, was put into a patient at Paris’s Georges Pompidou Hospital.

It uses a range of “biomaterials”, including bovine tissue, to reduce the likelihood of the body rejecting it.

Unlike previous artificial hearts, created mainly for temporary use, the design by the read more

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