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16/02/2012Scientists combat dementia with curry spice curcumin
A spice commonly found in Middle Eastern recipes such as curry could be used to combat dementia, according to a study published in the journal PLoS One. Curcumin, a spice found in curry, can be used to...
15/02/2012Scientific breakthrough shows an aspirin a day really does keep cancer at bay
A scientific breakthrough by Australian scientists reveals that aspirin and other household drugs may hold the key to curing cancer. The humble aspirin could play a key part in future cancer treatment ...
15/02/2012The hidden purpose of the NHS reform is privatisation, says professor of public health
A letter from a professor of public health has voiced concerns that the hidden purpose of the Health and Social Care Bill is to privatise health services in Britain. Allyson Pollock, professor of public...
15/02/201223 per cent of NHS outpatients had a hospital appointment postponed in 2011
A new NHS survey has revealed that thousands of patients waiting to see a specialist in England have had their hospital appointment changed to a later date more than once. Figures from a survey of 72,000...
14/02/2012Breast cancer drugs Herceptin and Tyverb turned down for use on NHS again by NICE
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has rejected breast cancer drugs Herceptin and Tyverb in a particular combination with hormone therapy for use on the NHS. GlaskoSmithKline’s...
14/02/2012Nearly half of under-35s suffer from high blood pressure due to unhealthy lifestyle
A new study has suggested that seven in ten British adults and almost half of under 35s have blood pressure above healthy limits. Experts are now warning that if people don’t make essential lifestyle changes,...
13/02/2012Study shows that DNA scans benefit lung and colon cancer sufferers
Scientists are closer than ever to developing personalised medicine, as a new study shows that more than half of lung  and colon cancer patients may benefit from high-speed tests that detect DNA flaws....
13/02/2012Eating over 2,100 calories a day doubles risk of cognitive impairment in the elderly
Researchers have found that eating over 2,100 calories a day can double the risk of cognitive impairment among elderly people. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a syndrome characterised by mild memory loss....
13/02/2012NHS managers want to charge for minor Freedom of Information requests
NHS managers are looking to limit the public’s ability to use the Freedom of Information Act, making them pay for all but the most minor enquiries. At the moment, public authorities can only charge those...
10/02/2012Chemotherapy during pregnancy does not harm the unborn child
Chemotherapy during pregnancy does not necessarily harm the unborn child, according to a ground-breaking new report. The study, published in the Lancet Oncology journal, shows that children born to women...
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