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07/03/2012Diabetes amputation rates vary widely across England in another example of the NHS postcode lottery
The NHS postcode lottery, a term describing the variation in NHS trusts across the country, has extended to diabetes care, with amputation rates 10 times higher in some parts of England than in others. ...
07/03/2012Hospitals are denying smokers and obese patients treatment on the NHS
The NHS has been accused of trying to save money by denying smokers and obese patients treatments like cataract surgery, joint replacements and IVF, unless they change their lifestyle. Smokers are being...
06/03/2012Drug has been given European license for treating heart failure, but has yet to be approved by NICE
A lifesaving new pill has been licensed by European safety regulators for treating heart failure , but has yet to be approved for use on the NHS. Ivabradine, also known as Procoralan, is already licensed in...
06/03/2012New drug could cure rheumatoid arthritis by 'blindfolding' white blood cells
Scientists have discovered a possible new method of treating rheumatoid arthritis , using a drug that ‘blindfolds’ white blood cells. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that your immune...
05/03/2012Scientific breakthrough could reverse damage caused by liver disease
Scientists have discovered how to enhance the production of key cells needed to repair damaged liver tissue, an important step in developing treatment for liver disease. Liver disease is the fifth...
05/03/2012Staff in the NHS are claiming millions in compensation for minor injuries
A leading newspaper has revealed that NHS staff are claiming nearly £20 million a year in compensation for minor injuries, money which is paid for by the taxpayer. Figures obtained through Freedom of...
05/03/2012Sedentary women are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
Experts have revealed that women who stay seated for long periods of time every day are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes . Researchers from the University of Leicester Departments of Health Sciences...
02/03/2012Babies born just a few weeks early at higher risk of health problems like asthma
Scientists have shown that babies born just a few weeks early have a higher risk of health problems in infancy. Babies born just a few weeks early are at a higher risk of asthma and wheezing Research...
02/03/2012Vitamin A supplements could prevent melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer
A daily dose of vitamin A could help prevent against skin cancer, according to a study carried out by U.S researchers. Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research discovered...
02/03/2012Cheap antibiotic minocycline successfully treats schizophrenia
A cheap antibiotic is to be trialled in the UK as a treatment for schizophrenia after being successfully tested on patients in Japan, Pakistan, Israel and Brazil. Antibiotic minocycline has...
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