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Emojis could be used to live monitor the progress of cancer patients, according to new research. Positive and negative reactions, recorded using an app on Apple Watches and iPhones, could be used by doctors to see if patients need help in between appointments, a clinician has said. The feedback would…
The parents of baby Charlie Gard, who died after being at the centre of a High Court treatment battle, have launched a foundation to provide a "brighter future" for other sick children. Connie Yates and Chris Gard (pictured) say the Charlie Gard Foundation aims to invest in research and provide…
Up to 850 women in England and Wales could benefit from a targeted pill that treats ovarian cancer after it was approved for use on the NHS through the Cancer Drugs Fund. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said niraparib will be made available to adults with…
A new blood test which scientists say is able to detect certain types of cancer several years before a person falls ill has been hailed as a breakthrough. A trial of around 1,600 people found the non-invasive procedure to identify DNA markers works with up to 90% accuracy, the authors…
Tessa Jowell's battle to improve care for cancer patients in her final days as she was dying from a brain tumour is to be shown on television. Behind the scenes footage recorded in April and early May with the former culture secretary, a driving force behind the 2012 Olympics, will…
The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the letter in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) to mark Children's Hospice Week. The national awareness initiative is…
A pioneering new golf project that enables people to continue enjoying their golf when diagnosed with dementia is set to launch in Scotland. With the support of Life Changes Trust and Mearns Golf Academy, Golf In Society will be piloting golf days that keep people living well at their local…
A grandmother's "painful death" from cancer could have been avoided, the health ombudsman has said. Pamela North, from Dagenham in Essex, died after a hospital's nine-month delay to diagnose her bladder cancer, according to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman concluded that with prompt and proper investigations, Mrs…
Artificial intelligence will be used to help stop 22,000 cancer deaths a year by 2033, Theresa May will say in a speech setting out how science can transform health. Medical records, along with information about patients' habits and genetics, will be cross-referenced with national data to spot those at an…
New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented. The largest study of its kind, led by the University of Exeter, found that even small reductions in heart disease risk factors helped…
The Government is "losing control of cancer care", with waiting times for treatment soaring over the past eight years, Labour has said. Research carried out by the party found that one patient waited 541 days for treatment following a GP referral in 2017 - against a target of 62 days.…
Prue Leith has shared her backing for assisted dying after watching her own brother endure a "very painful, miserable death". The Great British Bake Off judge has revealed she is supporting Guernsey's step towards legalising assisted dying when its parliament debates whether to allow terminally ill people to end their…