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21/03/2012Deaths from liver disease reach record highs in the UK
More evidence is building about the negative effects of alcohol on British society, as a report reveals that deaths from liver disease in the UK have reached a record high. The report from the National End of...
21/03/2012America is at risk of a measles epidemic caused by London 2012 Olympics
An official warning has been issued by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) that America is at risk of a measles epidemic caused by tourists returning home from the London 2012 Olympics. Last...
21/03/2012Daily dose of aspirin can prevent and slow the growth of cancer after just 3 years
Private medical insurance holders will be interested to hear that an aspirin a day cuts the risk of cancer after just 3 years, according to a breakthrough new study. Recent research has shown that a daily...
20/03/2012Royal College of Nursing says the elderly are still being neglected in the NHS
The latest survey from the Royal College of Nursing shows that older patients are being let down by a shortage of nurses in the NHS. The RCN, representing 400,000 nurses, has called for guaranteed minimum...
20/03/2012Hibernation could reduce deaths and long-term disability in stroke victims
Scientists are planning a large-scale study to prove that inducing hibernation in stroke victims can reduce deaths and prevent long-term disability. Reducing a patient’s body temperature from 36.8 degrees...
20/03/2012Electroconvulsive therapy treats depression by reducing hyperconnectivity in the brain
Scientists have discovered that controversial electroconvulsive therapy for the severely depressed works by ‘turning down’ an overactive connection between areas of the brain. Electroconvulsive therapy, or...
19/03/2012A can of soft drink a day increases the risk of heart disease in men by 20 per cent
A can of sugary soft drink a day can increase a man’s risk of heart disease by 20 per cent, according to a large scale study carried out in America. Scientists analysed data on almost 43,000 men who took part...
19/03/2012Scientists discover gene mutation that can lead to obesity
Scientists have discovered why a mutation in a particular gene can lead to obesity, by observing its effects in mice. Scientists believe they have found the ‘gluttony gene’ which fails to tell your brain...
19/03/2012NHS spends over a billion a year recruiting agency doctors to cover staff shortages
An investigation by a leading newspaper has revealed that NHS trusts are paying over £1 billion a year on agency doctors to cover staff shortages caused by the European Working Time Directive. The European...
16/03/2012White rice linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Eating excessive amounts of white rice raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a large scale new study. A U.S led review looked at four studies involving 350,000 people. Two of the studies...
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