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General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health ‘injustice’

General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health ‘injustice’

Image copyright Getty Images The 1983 Mental Health Act would be scrapped and replaced with new laws governing treatment, under Conservative plans for England and Wales. The Equalities Act would also be reformed to tackle discrimination against people with mental health problems, the party has pledged. The party is also promising 10,000 more staff working […]

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Ian Paterson was convicted of intentionally wounding nine women and one man The Conservatives have pledged to hold an inquiry into the actions of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, if the party is returned to power. Paterson, 59, who exaggerated or invented cancer risks in patients, was convicted of 17 […]

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Charges for mental health prescriptions for students should be scrapped, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has told Newsbeat. If you’re 19 or over and study in England you must pay £8.60, the prescription rate, for each item. According to official figures, one in 50 students in England has registered a mental health condition with […]

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Image copyright PA Image caption MRI scanners are used to detect prostate cancer A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer. Cancer researchers in Europe analysed blood from 265 men with the disease. They found those with multiple copies of a particular gene did not respond […]

Female shop mannequins are ‘medically unhealthy’ and ‘unrealistic’

Female shop mannequins are ‘medically unhealthy’ and ‘unrealistic’

The bodies of female shop mannequins are “unrealistic”, a new study in the Journal of Eating Disorders suggests. Researchers looked at the displays in female fashion shops in two UK cities. They concluded that if people were the same size as the mannequins they would be “considered medically unhealthy”. “There is clear evidence showing that […]

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests. Scientists say it could be because higher levels of a blood-clotting protein are present in people with A, B and AB blood. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at […]

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Image copyright J SHAO Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal. The fusion of biology and technology was used to control blood sugar levels in mice with diabetes. The idea, described in Science Translational Medicine, could be applied to a wide range of diseases and drug […]

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Hospital authorities have been accused of failing to protect patients from Ian Paterson Hundreds of patients will seek compensation after a breast surgeon was convicted of carrying out needless operations, solicitors have said. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women […]

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Image copyright Thinkstock The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a “huge waste of money” and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer […]

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Media captionSevere bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide A cheap drug has been shown to stop women bleeding to death, in a discovery that should change practice around the world, say researchers. Every year, 100,000 women die from massive bleeding in the moments after giving birth. But an international study, […]

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