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News from February 2012

21/02/2012NHS postcode lottery affecting diabetes health checks
After a report last year that 24,000 diabetes related deaths could be avoided with better NHS care, figures reveal that around 1.3 million diabetes patients are missing out on essential health checks. ...
21/02/2012Prostate cancer drug Abiraterone will be accessible for free on the Welsh NHS
Abiraterone, one of the few drugs available to men in the final stages of prostate cancer , will be funded for free by the Welsh NHS. Abiraterone has already been turned down for use on the English...
20/02/2012Pancreatic cancer drug MRK003 shows promise in early trials
Early trial results for new drug MRK003 show huge promise for treating pancreatic cancer . After recent news that eating processed meat increases your risk of pancreatic cancer , a new trial is testing the...
20/02/2012An hour of exercise a day can improve brain function in children and the elderly
A new study has shown that children who are fit are better at multitasking and performing difficult mental tasks than their less fit counterparts. Children and the elderly who exercise regularly have...
20/02/2012Experts predict 210,000 preventable deaths from alcohol over the next 20 years
Alarming new predictions suggest that there could be 210,000 preventable deaths from alcohol in England and Wales over the next 20 years if the current laws are not reformed. Writing in The Lancet, experts...
17/02/2012NICE requests more information from Allergen about Botox treatment for chronic migraines
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has requested more information before it can recommend Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines on the NHS. In 2010 the Medicines and Healthcare...
17/02/2012BMA urges flexibility over NHS 111 deadline to ease pressure on health services
The British Medical Association has written to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley expressing its ‘serious concerns’ about the rollout of the NHS 111 phoneline in England. This comes after the Royal College of...
17/02/2012Successful trial of drug-releasing microchip could end daily injections for osteoporosis sufferers
Scientists have developed a microchip that can be successfully implanted under the skin to control the release of drugs, ending the need for painful daily injections for osteoporosis sufferers. The...
16/02/2012Addenbrooke's Hospital cancels six cancer patient operations because it was 'too full'
Addenbrooke’s Hospital , part of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, had to cancel the operations of six cancer patients because the hospital was ‘too full’ to take any more patients. ...
16/02/2012GPs and senior doctors warn of substandard care in their local NHS hospitals
Two damning surveys carried out by Pulse Magazine and the Royal College of Physicians reveal that a significant number of GPs and senior doctors regard the care in their local hospital as ‘dangerously...
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