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'One-stop shops' set to speed up cancer diagnosis 'One-stop shops' set to speed up cancer diagnosis
"One-stop shops" aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis are being introduced across England. The aim is to catch the disease earlier and prevent patients from being referred for several tests for different forms of the illness. Patients often face delays when they have non-specific symptoms. NHS England says this is a "step change" in the way people with suspected cancer are diagnosed and ...
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Tai chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia Tai chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia
Tai chi is as good as - or even better than - aerobic exercise for aiding people with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia, a study has suggested. The US trial of 226 adults with the condition showed that those who practised the martial art improved significantly more than those doing aerobic exercise over a 24-week period. Its low-impact movements mean people of any age or fitness level ...
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First steps taken for vaccine pills First steps taken for vaccine pills
UK scientists have taken the first steps towards creating new vaccine treatments in pill form. The Cardiff team has made a prototype oral flu vaccine, which unlike standard inoculations does not need to be stored in a fridge or freezer. They hope it could pave the way for needle-free inoculations for lots of different diseases that would be easier to use in developing countries. However, ...
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Alzheimer's researchers win brain prize. Alzheimer's researchers win brain prize.
Four dementia scientists have shared this year's 1m Euro brain prize for pivotal work that has changed our understanding of Alzheimer's disease. Profs John Hardy, Bart De Strooper, Michel Goedert, based in the UK, and Prof Christian Haass, from Germany, unpicked key protein changes that lead to this most common type of dementia. On getting the award, Prof Hardy said he hoped new treatments c...
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Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function. Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function.
Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested. The study of 6,000 people by a team from Norway's University of Bergen, found women appeared to be more badly affected than men. They said cleaning chemicals were "unnecessary" and microfiber cloths and water were "enough for most purposes". UK experts said people should keep their homes wel...
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First human eggs grown in laboratory. First human eggs grown in laboratory.
Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team say the technique could lead to new ways of preserving the fertility of children having cancer treatment. It is also an opportunity to explore how human eggs develop, much of which remains a mystery to science. Experts said it was an exciting breakthrough, but more wor...
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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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