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14/12/201119 per cent of children aged 10 to 11 are now obese
Latest statistics reveal that obesity levels have increased in children aged 10 and 11 in England, and are now at an all-time high. The National Child Measurement Programme assesses the height and weight of...
14/12/2011One in 50 babies have a birth defect, more than double previous estimates
A new comprehensive report has revealed that more than one in 50 babies have a birth defect in England and Wales, more than double the previous estimate of one in 80. Previous estimates, based on data from...
14/12/2011Patient care slips as NHS doctors are forced to exceed European working laws
An audit has shown that doctors are breaching the European Working Time Directive, which limits adults to working no more than 48 hours on average over a 17 week period. The audit, carried out by the...
13/12/2011Cancer vaccine for 70 per cent of cancers could be on the market by 2020
A vaccine that could prevent 70 per cent of lethal cancers has been developed by scientists, with hope that it could be on the market by 2020. Researchers from the University of Georgia and the Mayo Clinic...
13/12/2011NHS postcode lottery limits availability of cancer drug Avastin
The NHS Postcode Lottery describes the huge variation in the National Health Service (NHS) across the UK, with some patients being refused lifesaving drugs because of where they live. Former soldier Mark...
13/12/2011NHS staff making frequent mistakes when administering drugs
A new report has highlighted the frequent mistakes made by medical staff when administering drugs to patients with swallowing difficulties in hospitals. Researchers from the University of East Anglia...
12/12/2011Cancer treatment costs rising as UK population ages
A new report has warned that the cost of diagnosing and treating cancer patients will rise by two thirds over the next ten years. Experts have now warned that cancer survival rates in the UK could fall...
12/12/2011NHS under pressure as alcohol related admissions double in 10 years
New figures have shown that the number of hospital admissions caused by drinking have more than doubled since the year 2002, raising fears about an alcohol epidemic in the UK. Local Alcohol Profiles for...
12/12/2011NHS workforce shrinks by 2 per cent under budget cuts
New figures show that the NHS workforce shrank by 2 per cent in the year leading up to August 2011, reflecting the £20bn worth of cuts needing to be made by 2015. Publication Nursing Times compared average...
09/12/2011OFT urges more competition in the private healthcare sector
A full Competition Commission inquiry into the private healthcare sector has been put forward by the Office of Fair Trading to improve the market for consumers. A review by the commission could force...
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