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News Archives, November 2004
Tuesday, 30 November 2004 10:04
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worry can make you old before your time
Researchers, from the University of California, found that stress plays a major role in the premature aging of cells, which makes them more vulnerable to disease.

The study focussed on 58 mothers, some of whom were caring for a chronically-ill child and experiencing higher levels of stress.

The researchers, found that stress appeared to have a major impact at a cellular level - dramatically affecting molecules believed to play a key role in cell ageing.

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Tuesday, 30 November 2004 09:46
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HRT to be used only in the short term
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have reviewed data surrounding Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and stroke, they say it should be used only in the short term to relieve menopausal symptoms.

Increased knowledge about the dangers of long-term use of HRT in the last two years has led to falling numbers of prescriptions and widespread confusion among women and the medical profession.

Now the (RCOG) has reviewed all the data surrounding HRT to make a series of recommendations which appear in its new book Menopause and Hormone Replacement.

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Tuesday, 30 November 2004 09:36
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drug for lung cancer tested
Trials began at 70 centres all over the country to test a new drug, Tarceva, on patients with advanced lung cancer.

The drug, taken orally as a simple white pill, targets a molecule with a key role in the growth and extended lifespan of cancer cells.

The trial, funded by Cancer Research UK, will also gather information which could help doctors target the drug at the patients who will benefit the most.
   

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Tuesday, 30 November 2004 09:28
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Stem cells to cure urinary incontinence
Scientists are successfully treating stress incontinence with a transplant of the patient's own stem cells.

Research on stem cells - the ultimate in self-medication - is still in its infancy. But Ferdinand Frauscher of the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, told the Radiological Society of North America yesterday that he had taken stem cells from the arms of 20 women, aged from 36 to 84, and multiplied them in a laboratory culture. He then injected them into the wall of the urethra and sphincter muscle, in effect strengthening the muscle.

The outpatient treatment took 20 minutes, and within 24 hours patients reported that "leaks" had stopped.

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Monday, 29 November 2004 15:54
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Hospitals to scrap star ratings
Star ratings, the controversial system for assessing the quality of hospitals, primary care services and ambulance trusts, are to be abandoned, the Government will announce today.

Hospitals and other NHS organisations will be subject to spot checks and unannounced visits as part of a new way of regulating the health service that will do away with the much-criticised star rating system.

Sir Ian Kennedy, the chairman of the Healthcare Commission, said the new system would provide detailed information on safety and quality of care at individual hospitals, for the first time giving patient the opportunity to make informed choice.

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Monday, 29 November 2004 12:29
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Milk link to ovarian cancer
Research, by Sweden's Karolinska Institute, claims that consuming large amounts of milk may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

A study of more than 60,000 women found drinking more than two glasses of milk a day significantly upped the risk of the most serious form of the disease.

The reason why milk may increase the risk of ovarian cancer is unclear, but one theory is that lactose, a type of sugar found in milk, may overstimulate production of hormones which encourage tumour growth.

Cancer Research UK spokeswoman Kate Law said yesterday: 'Previous research has also suggested a diet rich in whole milk, yoghurt and cheese may put women at higher risk of ovarian cancer’.

'But the picture is far from clear.'

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Monday, 29 November 2004 11:41
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Working when ill with a cold could kill
Staff who struggle into work with a cold is not an act of dedication but a short-cut to heart disease, a study by British civil servants have found.

A ten-year study of 10,000 Whitehall workers, conducted by University College London, has revealed that working even with a common cold can put undue strain on the heart.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, head of the survey, said that “presenteeism” leads to an increase in coronary heart disease. “So many people force themselves into work when they are not well and have little knowledge of the consequences”.

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Saturday, 27 November 2004 11:46
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Support needed for nurses
Nurses are struggling to cope with violent patients because of a lack of support and counselling in the NHS.

One in three nurses experiences some form of physical attack each year, but many others also suffer verbal abuse.

A study, led by Dr Phil Leather and Dr Angeli Santos at the university's Institute of Work, Health and Organisations (I-WHO), found the problem was common within NHS wards.

They said attacks on staff can affect the quality of care a victim delivers.

The Royal College of Nursing called on more to be done to protect nurses.

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Saturday, 27 November 2004 11:24
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Dentists to improve hygiene
Dentists and GPs have been urged to toughen up their hygiene procedures in an effort to prevent spreading blood-borne infections.

A study by the Scottish Executive found that dental surgeries routinely failed to meet basic hygiene standards.

The Executive report was carried out by the Glennie Group, chaired by John Glennie, chief executive of NHS Borders.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Mac Armstrong said there was no need for public alarm.

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Saturday, 27 November 2004 11:11
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Coffee break for baldies
Professor Peter Elsner, of Germany’s Jena University, found that caffeine can stop men going bald.

He found caffeine had the biggest effect on men whose roots were sensitive to testosterone, one of the causes of hair loss.

He said: “We found that the caffeine negates the effects of the hormone, and as a result means the hair loss is stopped”.

But the bad news is you would have to drink between 60 and 80 cups of coffee a day to have any effect. The best way is to smear it on your head so it reaches the roots.

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