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An aspirin a day not only helps keep cancer at bay, it may also play a life-saving role in treatment, new research suggests. A review study involving hundreds of thousands of cancer patients found that in some cases survival chances were significantly increased by taking the painkiller. Compared with other…
An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study suggests. GPs should ask their patients about herbal and supplement usage to identify potential side effects, according to the authors of a small…
The first UK patient has received radiotherapy using a machine which could one day cure some cancers in a single treatment. The Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London are only the third centre in the world to use the technology, which can track the shifting…
Breast cancer patients should be given better mental health support, charities have said. More than eight in 10 (84%) women diagnosed with the disease in England were not warned about the possible long-term emotional impact it will have, according to a survey by Breast Cancer Care. A third (33%) revealed…
The number enduring lengthy waits for some surgical procedures in Northern Ireland was higher than in England this year, NHS statistics revealed. More than 10,000 patients were on the list for over a year for non-urgent procedures, statistics researched by Ulster Unionist health spokesman Roy Beggs said. The equivalent in…
The link between smoking and multiple sclerosis (MS) is "clearer than ever", with those who smoke more likely to develop the condition and become disabled more quickly, a charity has warned. The MS Society said it has completed a major evidence review into the connection between smoking and the chronic…
People in the UK have a higher risk of dying early from conditions such as cancer, heart disease and stroke than in Italy, France, South Korea and Australia, a major study has found. The research revealed that a 30-year-old woman in the UK has a 9% chance of dying from…
Almost 4,000 women were identified in 2016 as not having been sent routine invitations for breast screening, an MSP has highlighted. Conservative MSP Jamie Greene raised the figures, contained in a review published in December that year by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), as he sought assurances the screening programme’s IT…
A mum from Neath who went on a course to learn how to cope with chronic pain is now helping others - by becoming a tutor on the very same course. Angela Funning (pictured) spent three years in a wheelchair because of fibromyalgia and hypermobility. She said: "I was in…
Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are facing soaring care costs, with many unable to pay for the care they need, a charity has warned. The MS Society has estimated that people with the condition will be forced to shell out more than £110,000 over 25 years for care. Many patients…
A new initiative to halt the development of a life threatening infection in older people with mental health problems has been launched at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. To mark World Sepsis Day on Thursday, new medical boxes have been introduced on the Maelor Hospital’s Heddfan Older Person’s Mental Health Unit, which…
The lives of babies and children could be saved if parents are given consistent, explicit advice about recognising meningitis and septicaemia (otherwise known as sepsis) from health professionals, a charity has suggested. The Meningitis Research Foundation said most children with meningococcal meningitis or sepsis display only non-specific symptoms in the…
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