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Crowdfunding appeals for cancer treatment are fuelling the use of alternative "quack" therapies, experts have warned. About £8 million has been raised for alternative cancer treatments on UK crowdfunding sites since 2012, according to figures published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The findings have led to calls for sites…
Research carried out on behalf of the All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) has shown that seven in ten people believe that if palliative care could help them they would like a health care professional to discuss it with them. In this, Palliative Care Week (9 to…
A groundbreaking trial to prevent and manage Type 1 diabetes has been launched by a health board. Doctors hope a new drug will help regrow lost insulin-producing cells in the bodies of patients suffering from the chronic disease. The Clinical Research Facility at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have…
The decision not to make a drug which slows the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) available on the NHS is "deeply disappointing", a charity has said as it launched a petition against the move. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) announced on Monday that it was not…
Children and young people with a form of leukaemia will have access to a groundbreaking treatment after NHS England secured a deal with the drug manufacturer. Tisagenlecleucel, a form of chimeric antigen receptor T-Cell (CAR-T) therapy, has been shown to cure some patients with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. NHS…
Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes has described the "heartbreaking" experience of losing her mother to blood cancer as she campaigns to raise awareness of the disease. The double gold medal winner spoke out as it emerged that more than half of British adults could not name any symptoms of the…
More than half of British adults cannot name any symptom of blood cancer despite it being one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the UK, a charity has warned. Bloodwise said it found just 1% of people questioned said they were "very confident" they could identify common symptoms, even…
Children with cancer are having to travel twice as far and spend twice as much on journeys for treatment than adults, research has revealed. Children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent found young cancer patients and their families face average travel costs of £180 a month for their "cancer commute" of getting…
The number of adults aged 65 and over needing round-the-clock care will rise by over a third to more than one million during the next 20 years, experts have suggested. The number of over-85s requiring 24-hour care will almost double to 446,000 in England by 2035, according to a new…
Older hospital patients with dementia may be "suffering in silence" because they are unable to communicate the pain they are in, a new study suggests. Experts from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London set out to investigate the link between pain and delirium among people…
A "new generation" cancer therapy has been rejected for widespread NHS use by health officials. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) published draft guidance stating that axicabtagene ciloleucel, also known as Yescarta, is not recommended for NHS use for patients with aggressive sub-types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The…
A weight-loss pill has been hailed as a potential "holy grail" in the fight against obesity after a major study showed it did not increase the risk of serious heart problems. Researchers say lorcaserin is the first weight-loss drug to be deemed safe for heart health with long-term use, which…
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