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Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

Image copyright Getty Images The number of elderly people in the UK diagnosed each year with cancer is set to rise by 80% in less than 20 years, a report predicts. Cancer Research UK estimates that by 2035 about 234,000 over-75s will get cancer each year – up from 130,000 now. The charity also said […]

Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’

Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’

Media captionHundreds of lives were cut short due to prescribed opioids at Gosport War Memorial Hospital More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found. An independent panel said, taking into account missing records, a further 200 patients may have suffered a similar fate. […]

Drug ‘reduces hearing loss’ after childhood cancer treatment

Drug ‘reduces hearing loss’ after childhood cancer treatment

Image copyright Philly Simpkin Image caption Ollie struggles to hear in big crowds and has to sit at the front of the class Ollie, 12, wants to learn to play the drums but he can’t after losing some of his hearing following cancer treatment when he was only a few months old. Now scientists have […]

Charlie Gard’s parents want ‘Charlie’s Law’

Charlie Gard’s parents want ‘Charlie’s Law’

When Charlie Gard died, his parents said their son would make a difference to people’s lives for years to come. Chris Gard and Connie Yates have spent the months since his death developing ‘Charlie’s Law’. They have worked with doctors, ethicists and politicians to try to find a way to avoid other families being taken […]

Cough syrup recall over mould risk from ingredients

Cough syrup recall over mould risk from ingredients

Image copyright MHRA Parents are being urged to check bottles of own-brand blackcurrant cough syrup because of a problem with one of the ingredients. This could cause mould to grow, which could make children unwell or cause a reaction, medicines experts said. No cases have been identified so far but eight products are being recalled […]

Over 40s health check to include dementia advice

Over 40s health check to include dementia advice

Image copyright Getty Images People over 40 in England will be given advice on dementia as part of their free NHS health check. Guidance on how to reduce the risk of dementia will be given to patients at GP surgeries and through community health programmes. Public Health England (PHE) said up to one-third of dementia […]

Children in England consuming ‘twice as much sugar as recommended’

Children in England consuming ‘twice as much sugar as recommended’

Image copyright Getty Images Children in England have already consumed more than their recommended sugar intake for 2018, according to Public Health England survey – and we’re only halfway through June. Four to 10-year-olds are eating more than twice as much sugar as they should per day, equivalent to 13 sugar cubes. That amounts to […]

Babies most likely to be born at 4am, study finds

Babies most likely to be born at 4am, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Four o’clock in the morning is the time most babies are born spontaneously in England, with the majority arriving between 01:00 and 07:00, a study shows. While planned C-section births tended to happen on weekday mornings, births after induced labours were more likely to occur around midnight. Overall, more than 70% […]

Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis

Gene therapy reverses rat’s paralysis

Media captionParalysed rat picks up sugar cube after gene therapy repairs spinal cord Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards the goal of giving paralysed people control of their hands again. The team at King’s College London used gene therapy to repair damage in the spinal cord of rats. The animals could then […]

Cannabis addiction ‘rising among women and over 40s’

Cannabis addiction ‘rising among women and over 40s’

Image copyright diego_cervo Image caption Cannabis addiction is rising among women Addiction to cannabis is rising among people above the age of 40, and women in particular, according to a study by the University of York. In the past 10 years, the number of women citing the drug as their sole concern at treatment centres […]

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