The current generation of children faces a far higher risk of cancer later in life due to their unhealthy habits, a specialist has warned.Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones said western countries should prepare for an "explosion" of weight-related cancers.The president of the European Society for Paediatric Oncology said governments should act now.An estimated 300 million adults worldwide are curren Read More »
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Schemes which pay GPs for not sending people for hospital care are bad for patients, says the British Medical Association (BMA).Some doctors have struck deals with local health bosses to cut the number of referrals they make.However, the BMA said that all decisions should be driven by the needs of the patient.The Department of Health said that incentive schemes should make sure that people were t Read More »
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Simply measuring a woman's resting pulse rate can predict how likely she is to suffer a heart attack, says a study in the British Medical Journal.US researchers looked at the records of around 129,000 postmenopausal women who had no history of heart problems.They found that those with the highest heart rates were significantly more likely to suffer a heart attack than the women with the lowest ra Read More »
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The arrival of the "swinging 60s" may have heralded a rise in sexually-transmitted cancers, say researchers.Rates of anal, vulval and vaginal cancers rose for "baby boomers" born in the decades after the Second World War.The culprit is the human papillomavirus (HPV), acquired during sex, said the King's College London study. Up to three out of four people will be infected, it estimates. The Briti Read More »
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Thousands of people with mental health problems are ending up in jail rather than receiving treatment, the Prison Reform Trust has said.Offering mental health and social care instead of custody would relieve pressure on prisons and could cut reoffending rates, the trust argues.It says figures show one in 10 inmates has a "serious mental health issue".The government said it had made it clear that Read More »
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Many pregnant women who smoke do not approach doctors for help to quit because they think they will be "judged", a poll suggests.Around 17% of women in England smoke during pregnancy, despite the risks to their unborn child.The NHS is launching a new campaign to try to persuade them to ask for help to give up their habit.Two in five of those smoking during pregnancy said they did not admit their Read More »
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Hospitals around the UK are reporting an increase in the numbers of injuries from falls because of the snow.The Department of Health says all the public services are under pressure and the NHS is working extremely hard to minimise the impact on patients.It praised some trusts for postponing non-urgent surgery because of the severe winter weather.And stressed it was important for everyone to think Read More »
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Thirty-thousand packs of fake life-saving drugs may have been consumed by NHS patients, the BBC has learned.A senior official from the government's medicines watchdog said the case must lead to tightening of the law.The Medicines Health products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) issued four emergency drugs recall notices in June 2007 - its highest state of alert.An MHRA official told BBC File On 4 30,0 Read More »
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