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10/02/2012Scientists reverse effects of Alzheimer's in mice using skin cancer drug bexarotene
Scientists have reversed the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using an already licensed skin cancer drug. Destructive plaques commonly found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients were broken...
09/02/2012NHS faces a 15 million pound bill as clinical negligence claims rise by 9 per cent
The NHS faces a £15.7bn bill as the number of clinical negligence claims made against it rise by 9 per cent in the last year. The £15.7bn cost is equivalent to one seventh of the health service’s annual...
09/02/2012Fasting paired with chemotherapy significantly slows the growth of cancer cells
An interesting new study indicates that starvation paired with chemotherapy can significantly reduce the growth of cancer cells, matching or improving the effects of chemotherapy alone. Scientists at the...
09/02/2012Coronary heart disease gene is passed from father to son
Up to one in five men is carrying a gene from their father that increases their risk of coronary heart disease by 50 per cent. A study has found that men can inherit a form of heart disease from their father...
08/02/2012Smoking is bad for the male brain
A new study has shown that men who smoke suffer a faster cognitive decline than their non-smoking counterparts, suggesting that lighting up is bad for the brain. Male smokers suffer faster cognitive...
08/02/2012Hospital superbug C. difficle source is unclear, say scientists
Scientists cannot explain how 75 per cent of people catch the superbug C. difficile, after a study showed that only a quarter of infections in one hospital system were traced to contact with a suffering...
07/02/2012Translating into 120 languages costing the NHS 23 million a year
A new report has revealed that the NHS spends £60,000 a day on translation and interpretation, totalling over £23m last year. Think tank 2020Health collected data from 247 NHS trusts using Freedom of...
07/02/2012Three cups of green tea a day help prevent disability in the elderly
After we reported that black leaf tea lowers high blood pressure and cuts risk of heart disease, a new study has shown that green tea could help prevent functional disability in the elderly. Green tea...
06/02/2012UK twice as likely to gamble with health than with money
A new survey has found that Brits are twice as likely to gamble with their health than with their money or their career. AXA Wealth carried out a survey of 2008 adults, and found that nearly a fifth (18%) of...
06/02/2012Brits are unaware of alcohol health risks, including mouth cancer
A new survey has revealed that too many Brits are unaware of the health risks of surpassing the recommended daily alcohol limits. The NHS currently recommends that men drink no more than 3 to 4 units of...
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