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19/04/2012Breakthrough study shows breast cancer is not one but 10 different diseases
What we call breast cancer should actually be thought of as 10 different diseases, according to a landmark international study. The exciting discovery means that tailored drugs could soon be used to target...
18/04/2012Watchdog NICE rejects breast cancer drug Avastin
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has turned down drug Avastin for the treatment of  breast cancer on the NHS. In draft guidance, NICE said it did not recommend Avastin...
18/04/2012Brits underestimate the amount of sugar in fruit juice and smoothies
A study from Scottish researchers has shown that people in the UK underestimate the amount of sugar in drinks which are perceived to be ‘healthy’, like fruit juices and smoothies. Researchers at Glasgow...
18/04/2012Foreign doctors to undergo language tests before working in NHS
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has put forward a plan that will see foreign doctors undergoing rigorous language tests before being able to work for the NHS. Currently, only doctors from outside the EU must...
17/04/2012Curcumin could prevent heart attacks after surgery
Extracts from turmeric spice may help ward off heart attacks in people who have had recent bypass surgery, according to a small study in Thailand. Curcumin, the substance which gives turmeric its hallmark...
17/04/2012Experimental prostate cancer treatment has fewer side effects
A new and experimental technique to treat prostate cancer may have fewer side effects than traditional treatment. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with about 36,000 diagnosed with the...
16/04/2012Breast cancer sufferers in London to access Avastin on the NHS
Women in London with aggressive forms of breast cancer are to get NHS access to drug Avastin through a special cancer drugs fund set up by the government. Avastin is a tumour-starving drug that works by...
16/04/2012A brisk walk could help alleviate symptoms of depression
Researchers in Scotland have found that going for a brisk walk could alleviate symptoms of depression . Depression is quite common and affects about one in ten adults at some point in their lives. It can...
16/04/2012Doctors launch campaign to tackle obesity in the UK
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has launched a new campaign to tackle obesity, after warning that it is “a much bigger problem for the UK than HIV was”. A quarter of women (24%) and over a fifth of...
13/04/2012Traditional Chinese herbal medicine could be toxic
Traditional Chinese herbal medicines contain ingredients derived from endangered animals, toxic plants and livestock, according to a genetic audit. 15 samples of traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) seized by...
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