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Calls for mandatory health information on alcohol labels. Calls for mandatory health information on alcohol labels.
The Royal Society for Public Health is calling for change in alcoholic drinks labelling, citing a public "awareness vacuum" on how alcohol affects health. The society wants it to be mandatory to include the government's guideline to drink no more than 14 units a week. Drink manufacturers could also warn of the link with health conditions such as bowel and breast cancer. But a drink indust...
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Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’. Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’.
Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives. UK experts said it was "enormously exciting". Tumours release tiny traces of their mutated DNA an...
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Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer's. Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer's.
Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs would be lost. The Alzheimer's Society called the news "disappointing" and a "heavy blow" to those living with dementia. Companies should be encouraged to in...
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Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO. Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO.
Gaming addiction is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation. Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition "gaming disorder". The draft document describes it as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour so severe that it takes "precedence over other life interests". Some countries had al...
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UK's most googled health issue of 2017 revealed. UK's most googled health issue of 2017 revealed.
"What is cancer?" is the UK's most googled health question in 2017 (so far), data reveals. According to experts at Google Trends, other pressing health issues searched for online by British people this year were diabetes, blood pressure and a condition called sepsis. We've set out to answer some of these questions for you. What is cancer? The simplest way to describe it is abnormal cells...
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'I beat type 2 diabetes with 200-calorie drinks'. 'I beat type 2 diabetes with 200-calorie drinks'.
Nearly half of patients have reversed type 2 diabetes in a "watershed" trial, say doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow. People spent up to five months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss. Isobel Murray, 65, who had weighed 15 stone, lost over four stone (25kg) and no longer needs diabetes pills. She says: "I've got my life back." The charity Diabetes UK sa...
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Some cancer patients have PTSD years after diagnosis, study finds Some cancer patients have PTSD years after diagnosis, study finds
A fifth of cancer patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a Malaysian study has found. About one-third of these still had consistent or worsening PTSD four years after diagnosis. The researchers said PTSD needed to be identified, monitored and treated early. Becki McGuinness, who was diagnosed with bone cancer, said the resulting PTSD and depression were the biggest cha...
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Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy
Bacteria living in the murky depths of the digestive system seem to influence whether tumours shrink during cancer therapy, say French and US researchers. They tested the microbiome - the collection of microscopic species that live in us - in cancer patients. Two studies, in the journal Science, linked specific species and the overall diversity of the microbiome to the effectiveness of immun...
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'Handful of changes' make cancer 'Handful of changes' make cancer
British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showed the answer was a tiny handful, between one and 10 mutations depending on the type of tumour. It has been one of the most hotly debated issues in cancer science for decades. The findings, published in the journal Cell, could improv...
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Gene test 'narrows down breast cancer risk' Gene test 'narrows down breast cancer risk'
A gene test informing women how likely they are to develop breast cancer could soon be used on high-risk groups. The Manchester researchers behind the test said it could reduce the number of women having surgery to remove their breasts, by narrowing down their risk. The test, on blood or saliva, looks at 18 genetic variants known to affect the chances of getting breast cancer. Cancer char...
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