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MPs have written to Northern Ireland's health chief to express concerns that cancer services in the region are falling behind the rest of the UK.Members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said they were concerned about screening services, waiting times and the lack of an up-to-date cancer strategy.Committee chair Dr…
Tens of thousands of cancer patients, including many who are terminally ill, will face further "hardship, stress and anxiety" if they are forced to transfer to Universal Credit (UC), a leading charity has warned.Some 26,000 sufferers receiving benefits face financial difficulty and worry if they are forced to move to…
People with a genetic predisposition to strokes may be able to ward off the condition with a healthy lifestyle, a new study suggests.Adopting a healthy diet, not smoking, not being obese and taking regular exercise can reduce a person's risk of the life-threatening medical condition, regardless of whether they have…
Half of premature deaths have been linked to risk factors such as smoking and obesity in a new study.An unhealthy diet, not exercising enough, alcohol and drug use, high blood pressure and environmental factors such as air pollution were also to blame, researchers said.While overall rates of premature death have…
Treating men suffering from prostate cancer with radiotherapy on top of regular treatment could extend the life of patients with advanced forms of the disease, research has suggested.One of the largest ever clinical trials into prostate cancer found an 11% increase in the survival rate of some patients.It showed that…
GPs are being urged to "prescribe movement" to patients with some of the most common conditions.Those with cancer, depression, dementia and type 2 diabetes are among those who should be targeted by healthcare workers including family doctors, health officials said.Patients will be asked about physical activity levels, informed about how…
More evidence has come to light about patients "reversing" their Type 2 diabetes by changing their diets. A new article details how three patients in Canada were able to stop their diabetes medication after following a "therapeutic fasting" diet. It comes after Labour's Tom Watson (pictured) claimed he had reversed…
A medicine which helps to improve the quality of life for patients with an aggressive form of leukaemia is one of four drugs approved for use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has accepted Gemtuzumab ozogamicin, also known as Mylotarg, for the treatment of acute myeloid…
An incurably-ill man has ended his life in a clinic in Switzerland, according to two campaign groups who supported his UK legal challenge. The 54 year-old man, who can only be identified as Omid T, died at a Lifecircle clinic on Thursday morning, Humanists UK and My Death-My Decision (MDMD)…
Theresa May told how her goddaughter died from cancer as she outlined plans to spare thousands of others the "pain of losing a loved one before their time". The Prime Minister said a new cancer strategy will be a key part of the NHS's long-term plan, with early detection vital…
Half of women will develop dementia, Parkinson's disease or have a stroke in their lifetime, new research suggests. About a third of men aged 45 and one in two women of the same age are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a…
Researchers are looking into whether drugs that already treat a range of conditions could help people with motor neurone disease (MND), after a former rugby star helped raise £250,000 for their work. The money received from Doddie Weir’s My Name’5 Doddie Foundation could help to cut years from the waiting…
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