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31/08/20121 in 5 patients suffer avoidable harm whilst in hospital
In some NHS trusts more than 20 per cent of patients suffer avoidable accidents, health complications or mistakes whilst in hospital. According to a report by The Telegraph , NHS officials have admitted...
31/08/2012It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle say researchers
It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle say researchers, as a new study shows that being active in your seventies can make a big difference to life expectancy. Being sedentary, overweight, a...
30/08/2012Cancer patients are being 'let down' by the NHS in London
According to a report from a leading cancer charity, London has the worst NHS cancer patient experience in England. The league table, produced by Macmillan Cancer Care, is based on the Department of...
30/08/2012UK residents see an increase in healthy life expectancy
Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that people in the UK are spending more of their lives in good health. Healthy life expectancy (HLE) for UK residents increased by more...
30/08/2012Even after quitting, heavy smokers are twice as likely to suffer a fatal brain bleed
Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day triples your risk of brain haemorrhage, and the risk is still high even after quitting, say Korean researchers. A subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) is a type of stroke...
29/08/2012Effects of MS on nerve cells mirrored when listening to loud music
Listening to loud music through headphones causes a similar effect on nerves as multiple sclerosis does, according to a new study. Loud noises are well known to cause hearing problems such as temporary...
29/08/2012Cancer charity concerned over availability of new cancer drugs
A leading cancer charity is concerned over the availability of cancer drugs in the UK, as more treatments are being turned down by NICE and not being made accessible through the Cancer Drugs Fund. A report by...
28/08/2012Breast cancer drug Avastin turned down for use on the NHS
Breast cancer patients will now only be able to access Avastin through private health insurance or through the Cancer Drugs Fund, after NICE turns it down for widespread use on the NHS. Avastin...
24/08/2012Private firms invited to bid for the running of South London Healthcare Trust
A bidding war could soon begin between NHS organisations and private companies for the contract to run the bankrupt South London Healthcare Trust. South London Healthcare Trust runs three hospitals in the...
24/08/2012Green tea extract effective at shrinking cancerous tumours
Scientists have found a way to make green tea extract effective at shrinking cancerous tumours. A green tea extract could shrink cancerous tumours Green tea has long been suspected of having...
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