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Offering youngsters mental health counselling in primary school could help to prevent pupils from skipping school, cut crime and lead to higher employment, according to a report. It concludes that early help, such as one-to-one mental health support, can help boost the life chances of children and bring economic benefits.…
Only one in seven women who are at high risk of breast cancer are taking a preventative drug, a new study suggests. Researchers found that six in seven women with a family history of breast cancer opt out of taking tamoxifen as a preventative medication. In 2013, the National Institute…
Exercise could increase the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND), research suggests. People who are physically active are more likely to go on to suffer from the condition, with those who exercise vigorously at the greatest risk, according to a study published in the Journal Of Neurology Neurosurgery And…
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding what causes motor neurone disease and a common form of dementia. Motor neurone disease is a progressive and terminal disease that damages the function of nerves and muscle, while frontotemporal dementia is a form that causes changes in personality and behaviour along with…
Dame Tessa Jowell "feels a deep sense of responsibility" to give a voice to patients and pave the way for other cancer sufferers, her daughter has said. Jess Mills said she was inspired by her mother's "ferocious sense of mission", as the Labour peer became the first patient to donate…
The first study examining the role of feedback in health research projects involving patients and members of the public (PPI research*) has found that a fifth of PPI contributors never received feedback on how their input has shaped the research project. The NIHR-funded study, which has been published in the…
Scientists have pinpointed nearly 80 genes which they believe could help explain why some people are more susceptible to depression. A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic codes of 300,000 people to identify areas of DNA which may be linked to the condition. They…
Weaknesses in prostate cancer that could be targeted by drugs have been identified by scientists, in the most comprehensive study of its kind. An international team, led by the Institute of Cancer Research in London, analysed genetic information from the tumours of nearly a thousand patients, and found 80 potential…
A new "state-of-the-art" cancer research facility will be built at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, on a site which was devastated by fire. The blaze started on the roof of the Paterson building, home to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, on April 26 last year, causing significant structural damage.…
Theresa May has set out plans to help ensure that prostate cancer patients are "treated earlier and faster". The Prime Minister has pledged £75 million towards clinical trials for the disease which will focus on improving early diagnosis and survival rates as well as exploring options for different treatments for…
A major health data resource will be able to dramatically expand potential research into mental disorders after receiving responses from thousands of members of the public on mental health. UK Biobank originally recruited 500,000 volunteers whose health data is used in scientific research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment…
Nine leading universities from across the UK will be the recipients of multi-million pound grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to help researchers harness the power of data science for mental health research. Funding for the grants, which totals £10 million, was secured by the MRC as part of…
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