Waiting times for routine surgery ‘getting worse’

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 | No Comments

Number of patients waiting over 18 weeks rose by 79.5% in 2015 Waiting times for elective surgical procedures in England are getting worse, according to a report by the Patients Association. The total number of patients waiting over 18 weeks in 2015 reached 92,739, up from 51,388 in 2014. Excluding the figures for bariatric and […]

Alcohol ‘causes seven types of cancer’

Posted on: September 8th, 2016 | No Comments

Drinking alcohol is a direct cause of seven types of cancer, researchers have found. The study, published in the scientific journal Addiction, said there is more than simply a link or statistical association between alcohol and cancer that could be explained by something else. There is now enough credible evidence to say conclusively that drinking […]

Brisk daily walk ‘cuts heart disease by a quarter in women under 50’

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 | No Comments

A brisk walk a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by a quarter in women under 50, research shows. The study found that even if women are overweight they can still reduce their risk of heart disease by taking exercise. Although deaths from heart disease among women aged 25 to 54 are low […]

Nine in 10 employees ‘underestimate chances of being unable to work’

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 | No Comments

Many would rather ‘take the risk’ than pay for income protection UK employees are underestimating how common it is to be unable to work due to serious illness or injury, according to research from Canada Life Group Insurance. Nine in 10 (89%) UK employees believe the number of people off work for more than four […]

One in three employees have experienced mental health problems

Posted on: August 24th, 2016 | No Comments

The number of people who have experienced mental health issues while in employment has climbed from a quarter to a third over the last five years, research shows. Despite this, the majority of employees still do not feel that people experiencing mental health issues are supported well enough at work. The CIPD, the professional body […]

Office work ‘as deadly as smoking’

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 | No Comments

Five million deaths a year are linked to lack of physical activity Office workers must exercise for one hour a day to combat the harmful effects of sitting at their desks, according to a study published in The Lancet. Research of more than one million adults found that sitting for at least eight hours a […]

High body mass index ‘increases risk of diabetes’

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 | No Comments

Having a high body mass index (BMI) increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes but does not increase the chances of a heart attack or an early death, a study has found. Researchers looked at 4,000 genetically identical twins in Sweden to evaluate the risks associated with obesity. Professor Peter Nordström, of Umeå University, […]

Cancer sufferers in the UK ‘could lose access to drugs’

Posted on: August 20th, 2016 | No Comments

Cancer patients in the UK could miss out on drugs available in other countries under new arrangements for deciding which medicines the NHS will pay for, the charity Breast Cancer Now has warned. The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), which was closed in March after it overspent, was a pot of money to pay for new […]

Cancer patients twice as likely to survive 10 years than in the 1970s

Posted on: August 19th, 2016 | No Comments

Cancer patients are on average twice as likely to survive at least 10 years after being diagnosed with the disease than they were at the start of the 1970s, a report shows. Macmillan Cancer Support said the improvements in survival are partly due to earlier diagnosis as well as more refined treatment. The report, Cancer: […]

More patients ‘face crippling pain as NHS rationing spreads’

Posted on: August 18th, 2016 | No Comments

Senior surgeon warns of lengthening waiting times! Increasing numbers of patients will suffer crippling pain as rationing spreads across the NHS, one of Britain’s most senior surgeons has warned. Stephen Cannon, vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said bans on all but the most urgent treatment would become commonplace without major changes to […]

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