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October 29, 2014 No Comments

Why we are on the verge of diabetes & tuberculosis epidemic

Experts warn that the world needs to ‘wake up’ to an emerging epidemic of diabetes and tuberculosis. Figures show that diabetes triples the risk of a person developing TB and with cases ‘skyrocketing’ around the world, doctors said there was a risk that the progress made in the fight against tuberculosis over the last few decades would be reversed.


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October 28, 2014 3 Comments

Is a diabetes cure really on the way?

Without a doubt, all this research is important. More than 400,000 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes – 29,000 of them are children.

October 23, 2014 5 Comments

Can a new plan ease fears over the struggling NHS?

A new report by Chief Executive Simon Stevens lays out a way forward for the NHS – but will it assuage concern over the private sector’s role in the health service?

October 22, 2014 9 Comments

US warns against womb surgery tool – why is it still in use here?

Doctors have said that a power tool called a morcellator, used to remove fibroids in the womb, may actually be putting women’s lives at risk by increasing the risk of a rare cancer.

October 13, 2014 10 Comments

‘We’ve been carrying the NHS and now this’

The NHS is facing its worst financial crisis in a decade and any extra demands would require finding savings from elsewhere. Many managers are saying those “elsewheres” do not

October 6, 2014 3 Comments

First British womb transplant ‘by spring’

It was the first live birth from a womb transplant – baby Vincent had been born from a womb donated by a 61-year-old friend of the new mother. But when will such transplants come to

October 2, 2014 5 Comments

GP recruitment crisis: a chronic problem in search of a cure

Relentlessly criticised, blamed for the A&E crisis, asked to work longer hours: being a GP just does not have the allure that it once did.

October 1, 2014 3 Comments

Tories and Labour failing to deal with NHS funding shortfall

While there is a belief in some quarters that there is still room for efficiencies to be made, if you talk to NHS managers many will say they have sliced and diced as much as they dare.

September 24, 2014 4 Comments

Labour’s health policy: eight months to fill in the blanks

Although this was not quite 24 hours to save the NHS, certainly rescuing it from David Cameron was the theme. And how is he going to do this? Integration. Not terribly catchy.

September 23, 2014 1 Comment

Time to start talking about the NHS?

The NHS is not always a big election issue. But – fuelled by winter A&E crises – it look set to be high up there with the economy in next year’s general election.

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