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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 […]

NHS failing to direct patients to dentists

NHS patients are still facing problems finding an NHS dentist in England, research suggests. A survey found some patients were confused by charges for dental treatment as access to dentistry within the NHS has been a long running problem. To help patients navigate their way round the system, NHS Choices now provides details of which […]

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 […]

Younger people having more strokes

There has been a big rise in the number of working age men and women having stroke. In England in 2014 there were 6,221 hospital admissions for men aged 40-54 – a rise of 1,961 on 14 years earlier according to reserach by the Stroke Association. Experts said unhealthy lifestyles were partly to blame for […]

GP services face retirement crisis

GP services are facing a crisis- with a third of doctors considering retirement in the next five years a BMA poll suggests. The survey of more than 15,000 UK GPs also found over a quarter were considering working part time and one in 10 said they were thinking about moving abroad. BMA GP leader Dr […]

Hospital charges to rise for non EU patients

Visitors from outside the EU who receive treatment in NHS hospitals in England are now charged 150% of the cost. The charges however only apply to non EU citizens settling in the UK for longer than six months. The new rules from the Department of Health came into force on 6 April. However primary care […]

New government should boost nurse numbers

Immediate action must be taken by the next government to increase the number of NHS nurses, a report has warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said there were fewer nurses now than in 2010 if midwives, health visitors and school nurses were not included. It said government cuts to nurse training places in 2010 […]

Simple skin test may diagnose Alzheimer and Parkinson disease

Scientists have proposed a new simple idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Their work which is at an early stage- found the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain in such disorders can also be found in skin. Early diagnosis is the key to preventing the loss of brain tissue […]

Smoking kills two thirds of smokers

The risk of death from smoking may be much higher than previously thought – tobacco kills up to two in every three smokers not one in every two according to new research. The study tracked more than 200,000 Australian smokers and non smokers above the age of 45 over six years. Mortality risk went up […]