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News from May 2012

31/05/2012British Medical Association strike will halt elective and routine NHS treatment
The first strike by doctors in the NHS for nearly 40 years will take place on the 21st June, with all non-urgent care postponed for 24 hours. In a British Medical Association ballot of over 104,000 members,...
31/05/2012Simple blood test could replace repeat biopsies in cancer patients
A simple blood test could replace repeat biopsies in cancer patients, according to scientists. Researchers from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute have developed a blood test that allows...
31/05/2012Reducing alcohol RDA to half a unit a day would save more than 4,500 lives a year
Current guidelines on alcohol consumption are too high, say scientists. People should drink no more than three small glasses of wine a week to save more than 4,500 lives a year. At the moment, safe drinking...
30/05/2012Scientists boost antioxidant effects of chocolate with innovative ingredient
Chocoholics will be pleased to hear that an anti-ageing chocolate bar may soon be hitting the confectionary market. Flavonoids, a group of chemical compounds with antioxidant properties, are derived from a...
30/05/2012Third of people would lie on insurance application form to lower premiums
According to a new survey, a third of people would consider lying on an insurance application form in order to keep their premiums down. When investing in income protection , health insurance or life...
30/05/2012All children over 5 should be vaccinated with the flu jab, say government advisers
Government health advisors recommend that all children should be vaccinated against flu from the age of five to stop them spreading the illness among their families. Under new plans, put forward by a panel of...
29/05/2012Aviva launches healthy living app on Facebook
Aviva has launched a healthy living app to encourage Facebook users to become fitter and healthier. Aviva Health 100 is available to all Facebook users. It invites people to answer a short quiz about their...
29/05/2012Female sex chromosome involved in development of bowel cancer
Scientists have discovered for the first time that the female sex chromosome is involved in the development of bowel cancer. Chromosomes determine everything from our hair colour to our sex. In most animals,...
29/05/2012An aspirin a day keeps skin cancer away, new study suggests
An aspirin a day may protect against skin cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer. Research has already shown that bowel cancer patients who take a daily aspirin could cut their...
24/05/2012Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy increases risk of childhood obesity
A new survey has suggested that children tend to have more body fat during childhood if their mother has low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy. Low vitamin D status has already been associated to obesity...
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