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  • Cancer patients face treatment cuts and delays due to lack of staff, warns doctor

According to a leaked memo to staff at Churchill Hospital in Oxford, seen by The Times, Dr Andrew Weaver also suggested that the number of chemotherapy cycles offered to patients may need to be cut back from six to four.

10 January 2018

  • NHS hospital bans sugar from its meals to tackle staff obesity

A hospital in Manchester has become the first in Britain to ban sugar from its restaurant in an attempt to tackle growing concerns about obesity among NHS staff.

Tameside hospital has removed all added sugar from the meals it prepares for visitors and health service workers, and taken sugary snacks and fizzy drinks off its menu. The only drinks visitors can buy are tea, coffee, milk and water.

9 January 2018

  • NHS crisis: ‘I live in fear I’ll miss a seriously ill patient and they will die’

This winter crisis has hit the NHS, with hospitals having to cancel appointments and extend a ban on non-urgent surgery until the end of the month. The pressure, caused by flu, bad weather and more patients with breathing problems, takes its toll on staff who work tirelessly to keep the health service going. We spoke to staff about how this can affect their emotions.

11 January 2018



  • More children having teeth out in hospital in England

Dentists have accused the government of having a “short-sighted” approach to tooth decay in England after hospital operations to remove children’s teeth increased to nearly 43,000. There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 – up from 40,800 the previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show.

13 January 2018

  • Dodgy hips? Get Robodoc to fix them! British surgeons to use motorised machines to help fit hip replacements

British surgeons are performing hip replacements with the help of a revolutionary robot ‘assistant’, allowing pinpoint accuracy that means the implants could now last for ever. Artificial hip joints typically last between ten and 20 years and can wear out during a patient’s lifetime, depending on when people first have the procedure and how active they are.

13 January 2018

  • 58% Of People Are Drinking Alcohol To Deal With Day-To-Day Pressures

Pouring a glass of wine after a long day or heading to the pub is a common habit, but a revealing new study has shown almost three in five (58%) of us are turning to alcohol to cope with everyday life. The Drinkaware/YouGov survey, which looks at adult drinking patterns in the UK, also reveals 38% of men and women who had drunk alcohol in the last year had done so to forget their problems at least some of the time.

15 January 2018

  • Is marijuana a medical miracle? The truth is, we still don’t know

The movement to legalize medical marijuana has its roots in the 1980s and early 1990s, the worst days of the US Aids epidemic. The disease was a death sentence, and stricken young men sought out marijuana for relief and solace. So today, med can be understood as a folk remedy, an awkward compromise between the plant’s widely acknowledged medicinal properties and an unworkable legal situation.

15 January 2018

  • Winter death rates jump by 6% amid flu outbreak: Official figures show 7,100 more people died in three month period than in previous years

Death counts have spiked by more than 7,000 in the midst of the worst winter health crisis seen for years. Official figures show the number of deaths in England and Wales this winter are up 6 per cent compared to the average seen over the last five years. The data shows 125,800 people died of any cause between October 1 and December 22 – compared to 118,700 for the same period in previous years.
15 January 2018



  • Obesity linked with disability after joint surgery

People who undergo joint surgery, such as joint replacements for arthritis, are more likely to become dependent in the years following surgery if they are obese, researchers say. Further research is needed to know why this happens and how to prevent it, the study team writes in British Journal of Anaesthesia.

9 January 2018

  • Breast cancer survival ‘unaffected by faulty gene’

Young breast cancer patients with faulty BRCA genes have the same survival chances as those without, a study has found. The researchers, who looked at almost 3,000 women, also found outcomes were the same whatever kind of treatment women had – including mastectomies.

12 January 2018



  • Despite Setbacks, Drugmakers Have Plans to Fight Alzheimer’s

“The mood is definitely negative on anything near-term, [but] there continues to be interest in this space,” said Mark Ginestro, a principal for health-care and life sciences strategy at KPMG in San Francisco. “It’s too big of a market to ignore. People are going to continue to go after it despite the roadblocks.”

8 January 2018



  • GPs Are Going Above And Beyond To Make Sure People Have The Flu Jab

Healthcare professionals are working around the clock to ensure people are vaccinated against the flu this year – particularly as cases of Australian flu are on the rise. Some people have received text messages from their local practices inviting them to have the jab for free, while others have been invited to walk-in flu clinics on weekends to cope with increased demand.

9 January 2018

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