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25/04/2012Hi-resolution 3D images of tissue could help fight cancer
British scientists have created a technique to generate 3D images of a piece of tissue, which could be used to help spot and treat cancer . At present, tissue samples have to be cut into very thin slices and...
24/04/2012Cancer patients missing out on effective treatment on the NHS
Cancer patients may be missing out on the most effective treatments on the NHS because of poor access to new biomarker tests, according to a new survey. 100 oncologists took part in an online survey...
24/04/2012Life expectancy improves for men as they live healthier lifestyles
Plummeting smoking rates and improved heart disease treatment means that the gap between male and female life expectancy is closing, according to an adviser for the Office of National Statistics. Professor...
24/04/2012Postcode lottery affecting arthritis care in the NHS
A new survey has revealed that there is an almost three-fold variation in the amount of money primary care trusts spend on arthritis  patients across England. The survey by the Arthritis and...
23/04/2012Breast cancer gene BRCA1 increases risk of prostate cancer
A faulty gene that increases the risk of breast cancer has also been found to increase the risk of prostate cancer. The faulty BRCA1 gene increases the risk of developing breast cancer by five-fold. Whilst...
23/04/2012Avocado oil has anti-ageing properties
Avocado oil may have anti-ageing properties like those attributed to olive oil, says a team of scientists from Mexico. Consumption of olive oil is often associated with low levels of chronic disease in some...
20/04/2012Breakthrough asthma drug proves successful in clinical trials
Experts say a new asthma drug could be ‘one of the biggest breakthroughs in the last 20 years’ after promising results from a clinical trial. Asthma is a condition that affects the airways. It causes...
20/04/2012Scientists believe salicylate gives aspirin its cancer preventing properties
After numerous reports that aspirin can protect against cancer , scientists are coming closer to finding out the reason why. Salicylate is the compound that aspirin breaks down into after it’s ingested....
20/04/2012Hope for blindness cure after scientists restore sight in mice
British scientists have successfully restored the sight of blind mice, bringing us a step closer to new treatment for patients with degenerative eye disease. Scientists are developing a treatment for...
19/04/2012NHS waiting times rise by 6 per cent for elective surgery
The Patients Association is calling for the Government to take action to cut NHS waiting times after research by the body revealed a 6% increase in them last year. A Freedom of Information request from the...
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