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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…
Life expectancy in Scotland has fallen for the first time in 35 years, official figures have revealed. Males born in the period 2015 to 2017 can expect to live until the age of 77, new data from National Records of Scotland (NRS) showed, while girls born over the same period…
People in Scotland’s most deprived neighbourhoods are almost a quarter more likely to die alone at home than others, new research says. The research says those living in the most deprived neighbourhoods are 24% more likely to die alone at home than those in the least deprived areas. Those living…
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…
Nearly a quarter of ambulance trusts have no systems for holding advance care plans for patients, a charity has warned. Compassion in Dying, which helps people prepare for the end of life, said this could result in paramedics not being aware of, and therefore failing to respect, a patient's stated…
The Tory head of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee has dismissed proposals for a "Care Isa" that are reportedly being considered by the Government. Sarah Wollaston said the Isa, which would be immune from inheritance tax, would not solve the crisis in social care "at all" and would…
A ruling that a man with an extensive brain injury should be allowed to die without his family going before a judge has been upheld by the UK's highest court. From June 2017, the 52-year-old financial analyst, who can be identified only as Mr Y, was in a prolonged disorder…
A judge in the specialist Court of Protection has ruled, without analysing evidence at a hearing, that a woman in a permanent vegetative state should be allowed to die. Mr Justice Williams decided that medics can withdraw feeding by artificial means after privately analysing written submissions from lawyers representing a…
A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was being sedated when handled to reduce his agitation. They said he should move to a children's hospice and…
An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's Madeleine Moon said current rules were too restrictive, arguing that allowing a clinical judgment to determine when…
Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategies of 4% of Health and Wellbeing Boards, according to analysis conducted by experts at King's College London. Meanwhile only half of…
The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range of professionals who support people with learning disabilities have the…
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