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21/05/2010Warning over statin side-effects
New concerns have arisen over the possible side-effects of the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins. Research suggests that some forms of the drugs, which are taken by millions of Brits to help prevent strokes...
21/05/2010Asda to sell non-profit cancer drugs
Cancer sufferers with private medical insurance will soon have another avenue to follow in the pursuit of potentially life-saving drugs following Asda's announcement that it is to begin stocking them at its...
21/05/2010Doctors warned not to ignore patients' right to die
Doctors have been warned that they risk being banned from practicing medicine if they ignore a patient's right to die by refusing treatment. According to the General Medical Council (GMC), dying patients...
21/05/2010Botched operation cover-up allegations at Milton Keynes Hospital
The cover-up of botched operations and a series of other damning allegations have been made against Milton Keynes Hospital in Buckinghamshire. According to Maggie Southcote-Want, a former director of nursing...
20/05/2010'Health bomb' warning over 14 hours a day spent sitting down
A study has revealed that people spend an unhealthy amount of time sitting down. The combination of commuting to work, a day at the office and an evening spent watching TV or on the computer means the average...
20/05/2010Processed meat linked to higher heart disease risk
Regularly eating processed meats such as bacon and ham can increase a person's chances of suffering from heart disease, according to new research. A team of scientists from Harvard University found that...
20/05/2010Smallpox vaccine 'slows development of HIV'
The eradication of smallpox may have unwittingly contributed to the spread of HIV during the past 40 years. That is according to new research by a team at George Mason University in Virginia, US, which found...
20/05/2010Animal antibiotics leading to resistant urinary tract infections
Overuse of antibiotics in the farming industry may be leading to urinary tract infections (UTIs) in humans that are resistant to medication. Scientists from the University of Hong Kong found evidence to...
20/05/2010Moderate drinkers healthier than those who stay teetotal
Those who drink moderately tend to be healthier than both heavy drinkers and people who do not drink at all, it has been found. According to a new study, adults who enjoy the equivalent of between one and...
19/05/2010Staff shortages force overnight A&E closure at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy
Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife, has been forced to temporarily close its accident and emergency department during the night due to a shortage of staff. The Scottish hospital has shut the ward every...
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