Prostate cancer: New urine test hope

Prostate cancer: New urine test hope

Image copyright Getty Images An experimental new urine test can reveal if men with early prostate cancer will probably need aggressive therapy or can be left untreated but monitored, UK researchers say. Current PSA blood tests cannot do this, meaning many men experience unnecessary worry, investigations and treatment. The prostate urine risk (PUR) test looks […]

Child obesity drive ‘stalled by Brexit’

Child obesity drive ‘stalled by Brexit’

Image copyright Getty Images The drive to tackle child obesity has stalled with a raft of measures stuck in Brexit backlog, it is being claimed. A ban on energy drink sales to under-16s, clearer calorie labelling and a crackdown on junk food advertising were all promised by ministers when they launched the revamped obesity strategy. […]

Do you know the hygiene hot spots in your home?

Do you know the hygiene hot spots in your home?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When preparing raw food, surfaces have to be cleaned thoroughly afterwards People should be focusing on how to prevent harmful microbes from spreading in their homes rather than cleaning the bits that look “dirty”, a Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) report says. Washing hands, cloths and surfaces at […]

Pret allergy death: Parents ‘delighted’ by ‘Natasha’s law’ plan

Pret allergy death: Parents ‘delighted’ by ‘Natasha’s law’ plan

Image copyright The Ednan-Laperouse Family Image caption The law, which will apply to England and Northern Ireland, is set to come into force in 2021 A law protecting allergy sufferers will be introduced following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. The teenager died after an allergic reaction to a Pret A Manger baguette. Under “Natasha’s law”, […]

Twelve died in Essex Strep A outbreak

Twelve died in Essex Strep A outbreak

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most people affected are “elderly and had been receiving care for chronic wounds” Twelve people died during an outbreak of a rare contagious bacterial strain, it has emerged. A total of 32 people have been infected across Essex with the invasive Group A streptococcal (iGAS) infection. The outbreak began […]

Residents in care homes ‘missing out on dental care’

Residents in care homes ‘missing out on dental care’

Image copyright Getty Images The teeth of people living in care homes in England are being left to rot, dentists say. The warning comes after the Care Quality Commission found that residents did not always have access to dentists and were not getting the support they needed to look after their teeth. Its inspectors visited […]

Gambling addiction clinic to help addicts aged 13 to 25

Gambling addiction clinic to help addicts aged 13 to 25

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Jack Ritchie took his own life seven years after he began gambling at school The NHS is to open its first clinic for young gambling addicts. The National Problem Gambling Clinic will aim to offer support to people aged 13 to 25. It is part of an expansion of […]

Power and endurance training ‘key to all-round fitness’

Power and endurance training ‘key to all-round fitness’

Image copyright Getty Images Team sport players are as good at endurance as long-distance runners and as powerful as bodybuilders – and it is down to their blend of training, a study suggests. The key is to combine strength and endurance training, researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University say. Cycling, running or swimming is recommended for […]

Dwarfism drug aims to boost healthy growth

Dwarfism drug aims to boost healthy growth

Image copyright Jenn Short Scientists hope a new type of medication could boost healthy growth in children born with dwarfism. Sam Short, nine, from south London has been on the treatment for three years as part of an international trial. It is experimental but experts hope the drug can stop some of the medical complications […]

‘Living drug’ offers hope to terminal blood cancer patients

‘Living drug’ offers hope to terminal blood cancer patients

Image caption Mike Simpson says his cancer is on the run NHS patients with lymphoma have for the first time been given a pioneering treatment that genetically reprogrammes their immune system to fight cancer. Mike Simpson, 62, from Durham, says his cancer is now “on the run”. The therapy, called CAR-T, is a “living drug” […]

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