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News from November 2011

11/11/2011Eating high fibre foods lower risk of bowel cancer
A new study in the British Medical Journal has shown that eating fibre and whole grains significantly reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.  People with private health insurance could also gain...
10/11/2011NHS postcode lottery now limits access to cancer treatment
Where you live in England will affect your chance of surviving cancer, as the latest example of the NHS postcode lottery shows that patients in the North of England without health insurance are three times...
10/11/2011Hinchingbrooke NHS Hospital to be managed by private firm Circle
A £1bn 10 year deal has been made between a private sector firm and a struggling NHS hospital. This is the first case in the UK of a non-state provider managing a full range of NHS district general...
10/11/2011Breast cancer drug Faslodex rejected for use on the NHS
Breast cancer drug Faslodex (Fulvestrant) has been refused for use on the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). However, patients with private health insurance could...
09/11/2011Put the clocks back to help prevent child obesity and diabetes
A study has suggested that not putting the clocks back would help in the fight against childhood obesity, since children are influenced by daylight rather than the weather when choosing to play outdoors. This...
09/11/2011Cancer gene test will enable targeted cancer treatment
Scientists in the US have found a way to screen cancer patients for a wide range of cancer-causing genetic mutations. This method could soon be used in routine clinical practise, leading to the development...
09/11/2011Avoid disgraceful elderly care and neglect in the NHS with PMI
A new report published by the Patient Association has highlighted 16 cases of alarming levels of care elderly patients received in NHS hospitals in England, a problem which could be avoided with private...
08/11/2011Stroke diagnosis improved with development of electronic headband
Scientists have developed an electronic headband which could help doctors diagnose a stroke within five minutes, reducing the risk of brain damage from the condition. Scientists at the University of...
08/11/2011Poor NHS staff attitude and behaviour highlighted in hospital complaints
A Good Health Investigation has highlighted the large number of complaints made about NHS staff attitude and behaviour in 2010. We compare the hospitals with the worst record with nearby private hospitals, to...
07/11/2011NHS Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge makes 4 major health errors
Addenbrooke’s Hospital , part of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has made four major health blunders in the past six weeks. Classified as ‘never events’ by the NHS, the leading...
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