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Cancer Increase Is Due To Ageing Population

Cancer Increase Is Due To Ageing Population

Cancer Increase Is Due To Ageing Population. Nearly a third of a million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, according to a UK charity.

Some 330,000 people were diagnosed with some form of the disease in 2011 – an increase of almost 50,000 per year over a decade. Researchers say an ageing population is one of the reasons for the increase.

Jessica Kirby from Cancer Research UK said: “People’s risk of cancer goes up significantly as we get older; the more older people we have in our population the more people will develop cancer.” read more

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Parents Of Girl With Rare Cancer Launch Appeal

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. read more

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Obesity: Scale Of Problem Underestimated

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. 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?

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 is metabolised only by the liver. Our bodies can deal with only small amounts – an excess converts to fatty acids and causes biochemical reactions detrimental to our health.’ read more

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NHS needs £1bn for longer GP opening hours

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. read more

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Call For Widespread Test To Detect CJD

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. 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

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. read more

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Row Over NHS Too Powerful To Criticise Claim

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 tolerated. read more

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France Implants Its First Artificial Heart

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. read more

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