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20/06/20122,000 breast cancer cases in Britain attributed to night shift work
Nearly 2,000 breast cancer cases every year in Britain can be attributed to night shift work, according to a new study. Just last month, Danish academics revealed that women working at least three night...
19/06/2012Musculoskeletal problems caused by working overtime on smartphones
People are risking their health by working overtime on smartphones, tablets and laptops. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy carried out an online survey of 2,010 office workers. It found that nearly...
19/06/2012Heavy tea drinkers are more likely to develop prostate cancer
Men who drink more than seven cups of tea a day are more likely to develop prostate cancer , according to a new study. Heavy tea drinkers have a 50 per cent higher risk of developing the disease. However, it...
19/06/2012Restricted access to elective operations for patients without health insurance
91 per cent of primary care trusts (PCTs) in the NHS are limiting access to at least one type of operation, including hip and knee replacements and cataracts removal. A study conducted by GP magazine found...
18/06/2012Herb foxglove used to protect against high blood pressure
The herb Foxglove could be used as a drug to protect against high blood pressure and heart failure. Foxglove has been used since the 13th century to cleanse wounds, and Native Americans brewed its dry...
18/06/2012NHS managers discriminating against adults with mental health problems
Only a quarter of people under the age of 65 with mental health problems are receiving care, according to a new report. The Mental Health Policy Group- a team of psychologists, doctors, NHS managers and...
15/06/2012Skin cancer drug Zelboraf turned down for use on the NHS
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has made a preliminary decision to turn down a skin cancer drug for use on the NHS. Melanoma is a form of advanced skin cancer that kills around 2,000...
15/06/2012Half of patients wait over 48 hours to see their GP
New figures from the government reveal that half of patients have to wait longer than two days to see their GPs. In 2010, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley scrapped a target that said that everyone should be...
14/06/2012New breathalyser detects early signs of cancer in your breath
Scientists have developed a new device that can detect the early warning signs of breast and lung cancer in your breath. Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology unveiled their new breathalyser...
14/06/2012Children's meals at leading food outlets contain more salt than the RDA
Some of the leading pub and fast food chains are offering children’s meals containing more salt than the recommended daily allowance. It is well known that salt increases the risk of high blood pressure,...
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