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14/06/2012Bowel cancer patients from deprived areas less likely to survive
Bowel cancer patients living in the most deprived areas are less likely to survive than more affluent patients. According to a study of 4,300 patients who had surgery for bowel cancer, those living in...
13/06/2012Fish oil supplements may NOT lower risk of dementia
Taking fish oil supplements may not lower your risk of developing dementia, according to a large new study. Previous research has suggested that omega-3 fatty acids, particularly those in fish oil, can help...
13/06/2012Diesel fumes as dangerous as passive smoking, says World Health Organisation
The World Health Organisation has announced that exhaust fumes from diesel engines do cause cancer . The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, had...
12/06/2012SMEs reluctant to address mental health issues like depression with staff
Small business owners in the UK do not feel confident enough to recognise and address physical or mental health problems among their staff. A survey by Bupa shows that 41 per cent of small business owners...
12/06/2012Sleeping less than 6 hours a night increases risk of stroke
Sleeping for less than six hours a night is a significant risk factor for stroke, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham assessed 5,666 middle-aged adults for up to...
12/06/2012Adding Avastin to chemotherapy helps slow ovarian cancer progression
Adding cancer drug Avastin to chemotherapy helps slow progression of ovarian cancer, according to a new study. Avastin is designed to shut down blood vessels that fuel tumour growth. It is licensed and can be...
12/06/2012NHS reforms lead to large drop in public satisfaction with the NHS
Public satisfaction with the NHS has dropped by 12% for the first time in 30 years. Experts believe the fall is largely due to the NHS reforms and increased spending cuts. The King’s Fund think-tank sponsored...
08/06/2012The WHO warns that gonorrhoea could soon become untreatable
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that there could soon be no effective treatment against the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea. In its third warning about gonorrhoea in three years, the...
08/06/2012American ginseng alleviates fatigue in cancer patients
The herb commonly known as American ginseng has been shown to help cancer patients with fatigue during and after treatment. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic looked at 340 patients who were either post cancer...
08/06/2012Drug RoActemra successfully treats rheumatoid arthritis in clinical trials
Clinical trials of a drug for rheumatoid arthritis prove four times more successful for patients than the most widely prescribed alternative. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This is when your...
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