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Female lung cancer cases top 20,000

Cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 a year in the UK for the first time since records began. The figure for 2012 represents a rise from 14,000 in 1993, according to the data compiled by Cancer Research UK. It means the rate of lung cancer in the female population has risen by […]

New drug may delay Alzheimer’s decline

New research of how a new drug could slow the pace of brain decline for patients with early stage Alzheimer’s disease have emerged. Data from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly suggests its Solanezumab drug can cut the rate of the dementia’s progression by about a third. The results, presented to a US conference, are being met […]

Elderly being trapped in hospital warns Age UK

Elderly people are being “trapped” in English hospitals in ever greater numbers as there is nowhere else for them to go. Age UK said it was bad for patients’ health, a waste of NHS resources and a huge cost to taxpayers. Its analysis shows patients spent a total of nearly 2.5 million days stuck in […]

Cosmetic surgery cooling off period suggested

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures should give patients time to think before agreeing to go ahead. The General Medical Council (GMC) has produced the guidance to make surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as facelifts, breast implants, dermal fillers and Botox, safer. It will now consult doctors and the public about the guidance, however plastic […]

Prostate cancer gene targeted by drugs

Scientists have published a comprehensive genetic map of advanced prostate cancer. The study, published in the journal Cell, shows that nearly nine in 10 men had gene mutations that could be targeted with drugs. The study was led in the UK by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) London in collaboration with several […]

Skin cancer linked to package holiday boom

A boom in cheap package holidays in the 1960s is partly behind the “worrying rise” in skin cancers in pensioners, Cancer Research UK suggests. The charity says that although all ages are at risk, many older people would not have been aware of how to protect themselves four decades ago. Figures show that 5,700 over […]

A&E waiting times- rise in waiting more than 12 hours

More patients had to wait over 12 hours for treatment at seven of Northern Ireland’s A&E departments in January. Department of Health figures show that 380 people waited more than 12 hours, compared to 92 in the previous month. In January, 54,910 people went to emergency departments compared to 56,656 in December. The Ulster Hospital […]

NHS plans for earlier cancer diagnosis to save lives

Patients are to be given the option to refer themselves for cancer tests, as part of an NHS England bid to diagnose an extra 10% of people early. The NHS said it would start testing new ways of speeding up diagnosis, including offering patients the option to book appointments directly with a hospital or testing […]

NHS hospitals are gridlocked

Hospitals like the Cheltenham General Hospital are being closed to new patients and routine operations- but why? Primarily hospitals are all about flow- as new patients arrive, others must move on through the system and, eventually, leave. But what has happened in the past month is that the system has stalled. Last year more than […]

Big variations in NHS surgery due to postcode lottery rationing

The number of patients undergoing common NHS surgical procedures varies widely across England because of postcode lottery funding restrictions.Local NHS rationing of hernia repair, hip and knee replacements, cataracts and varicose vein surgeries has led to a “postcode lottery”, say researchers. Writing in the Lancet, they warned such policies could be “storing up problems for […]