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GPs are being urged to "prescribe movement" to patients with some of the most common conditions.Those with cancer, depression, dementia and type 2 diabetes are among those who should be targeted by healthcare workers including family doctors, health officials said.Patients will be asked about physical activity levels, informed about how…
More evidence has come to light about patients "reversing" their Type 2 diabetes by changing their diets. A new article details how three patients in Canada were able to stop their diabetes medication after following a "therapeutic fasting" diet. It comes after Labour's Tom Watson (pictured) claimed he had reversed…
A medicine which helps to improve the quality of life for patients with an aggressive form of leukaemia is one of four drugs approved for use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has accepted Gemtuzumab ozogamicin, also known as Mylotarg, for the treatment of acute myeloid…
An incurably-ill man has ended his life in a clinic in Switzerland, according to two campaign groups who supported his UK legal challenge. The 54 year-old man, who can only be identified as Omid T, died at a Lifecircle clinic on Thursday morning, Humanists UK and My Death-My Decision (MDMD)…
Theresa May told how her goddaughter died from cancer as she outlined plans to spare thousands of others the "pain of losing a loved one before their time". The Prime Minister said a new cancer strategy will be a key part of the NHS's long-term plan, with early detection vital…
Half of women will develop dementia, Parkinson's disease or have a stroke in their lifetime, new research suggests. About a third of men aged 45 and one in two women of the same age are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a…
Researchers are looking into whether drugs that already treat a range of conditions could help people with motor neurone disease (MND), after a former rugby star helped raise £250,000 for their work. The money received from Doddie Weir’s My Name’5 Doddie Foundation could help to cut years from the waiting…
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…
An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study suggests. GPs should ask their patients about herbal and supplement usage to identify potential side effects, according to the authors of a small…
The first UK patient has received radiotherapy using a machine which could one day cure some cancers in a single treatment. The Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London are only the third centre in the world to use the technology, which can track the shifting…
Breast cancer patients should be given better mental health support, charities have said. More than eight in 10 (84%) women diagnosed with the disease in England were not warned about the possible long-term emotional impact it will have, according to a survey by Breast Cancer Care. A third (33%) revealed…
The number enduring lengthy waits for some surgical procedures in Northern Ireland was higher than in England this year, NHS statistics revealed. More than 10,000 patients were on the list for over a year for non-urgent procedures, statistics researched by Ulster Unionist health spokesman Roy Beggs said. The equivalent in…
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