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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 […]

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 […]

Poor diabetes care in England leading to preventable deaths

Poor diabetes care in England is leading to preventable deaths, record rates of complications and huge costs to the NHS. Diabetes UK says the disease is the fastest growing health threat of our times and current care models are not working to get on top of the problem. The NHS spends a tenth of its […]

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 […]

IVF success rates may be boosted by time lapse embryo imaging

Time lapse imaging- which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.The article Retrospective analysis of outcomes after IVF using an aneuploidy risk model derived from time-lapse imaging without PGS was reported in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, can be used to select embryos at low risk […]

Dementia affects 80% of care home residents

More than 320,000 of the 400,000 people living in care homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland now have dementia or severe memory problems, the Alzheimer’s Society charity estimates.It said the figure was almost 30% higher than previous estimates because of the rise in the ageing population and improvements in data collection. Of 2,000 adults […]

Postcode dementia care is disgraceful according to the Alzheimer Society

There is a “disgraceful” variation in the number of proportion with dementia being diagnosed across the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. About 800,000 people in the UK have some form of dementia, but most have not been diagnosed. Estimates by the charity suggest only 32% were diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire compared […]

Sexual healthcare at risk from NHS changes

In April 2013 many health services are being put out to private tender – and will be overseen by amongst others the GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).But CCGs will not commission sexual health or public health services such as obesity and smoking prevention. This function will fall to local councils, and elected officials. The directors […]