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Christie cancer hospital’s £4.5m proton beam therapy donation

Image copyright Christie HospitalImage caption The Christie began treating patients in the NHS’s first PBT centre in December A businessman and philanthropist has donated £4.5m to The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester. The money will support the hospital’s high-energy proton beam therapy (PBT) clinical trial for patients with mouth and throat cancer. Ian Taylor, who […]

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Listeria outbreak: Derbyshire man named as victim

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Five people have died after nine cases linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients were confirmed A cancer patient whose death has been linked to the listeria outbreak has been named. Ian Hitchcock, 52, was being treated at Derby’s Royal Hospital after being diagnosed with liver cancer last […]

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Long working hours ‘linked to stroke risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Working long hours is linked to an increased risk of stroke, researchers say. Long hours were defined in the French study as more than 10 hours on at least 50 days per year. People who did long hours for more than a decade were at the greatest risk of stroke, they […]

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Early brain ‘signs of Parkinson’s’ found

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have identified the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear. Scans of a small number of high-risk patients found malfunctions in the brain’s serotonin system, which controls mood, sleep and movement. The King’s College London researchers say the discovery could […]

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The gay men breaking blood donation rules

Image copyright Getty Images Men who have sex with men are barred from giving blood in England, Scotland and Wales for three months after sexual activity – but some are deciding to break the rules. “It galls me every time I hear an advert on the radio asking for people to give blood, when there’s […]

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Listeria outbreak: More affected hospitals named

Image copyright Getty Images Eight hospitals in seven NHS Trusts have reported cases of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads eaten by patients, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed. The list includes Leicester Royal Infirmary and two hospitals in Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, along with hospitals in Derby, Liverpool, Manchester and Wexham. Nine […]

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What does personalised medicine mean for you?

Image copyright Getty Images Medicine has always been personal to some extent – a doctor looks for the best way to help the patient sitting in front of them. But with advances in technology, it is becoming possible to use the most unique of characteristics – our genomes – to tailor treatments for individuals. Genomes […]

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‘One tiny wound cost me my hand’

A firefighter has been telling how a training accident led to a four-year battle to save his injured hand. Hydraulic fluid entered Ian McDonald’s system during an exercise at Bishopbriggs fire station, in East Dunbartonshire. He proceeded to slowly destroy the tissue to the point where his hand had to be amputated. He has now […]

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Can cannabis treatments save my child?

Scottish parents are smuggling prescription cannabis into the country to give to their seriously ill children. BBC Scotland’s Disclosure programme has followed mums travelling to Holland to get drugs they believe can make a huge difference to epilepsy seizures suffered by their sons. The situation raises multiple dilemmas – for the mum smuggling prescription cannabis, […]

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Trust me, I’m a disabled doctor

An A&E consultant, a psychiatrist, and two junior doctors swap notes on being disabled in the medical profession. Emergency medicine consultant Dr Cieran McKiernan speaks on the perils of self-diagnosis. He lost his leg after failing to treat a blister which became a 5cm-sq hole in his foot. Trainee GP Dr Hannah Barham-Brown’s wheelchair means […]