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  • Canadian women have highest rate of lung cancer deaths in developed world

    December 4, 2013 12:14 PM 24

    A new report shows Canadian women have the highest rate of lung cancer deaths in the western world. (Thinkstoc …A new report shows Canadian women have the highest rate of lung cancer deaths in the western world. The report, based on data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, shows that Canada's lung cancer mortality rate among

  • Family hits out at Serco over fall (From Herald Series)

    December 4, 2013 11:58 AM 10

    An elderly woman was left fighting for her life after falling from bed during her first night in hospital. Joy Saunders suffered a major brain haemorrhage after the incident but solicitors say that despite her incoherent speech and nasty facial bruising, proper tests were not carried out for two days. The 76-year-old, from Ipswich, has required 24-hour

  • Heroin addict given heart transplant on NHS blasted by judge for STILL taking the drug and leading a life of crime

    December 4, 2013 8:34 AM 17

    A heroin addict has been condemned by a judge for abusing and dealing in drugs after his life was saved by an NHS heart transplant operation. Derek Gates, 38, was cleared for surgery by doctors even though his heart problems were caused by drug addiction. But instead of mending his ways, he responded by stepping up his criminal behaviour. Gates went back on heroin

  • Pump May Cut Transplant Numbers

    December 4, 2013 6:12 AM 17

    The new device is being tested on patients with severe alcohol-related liver failure and could help cut the number of transplants. A new pump the size of two matchboxes could help patients with liver damage avoid having to have transplants, potentially saving the NHS millions of pounds. The groundbreaking technology is being trialled on a group of patients

  • Liver disease: pump provides relief

    December 4, 2013 3:08 AM 17

    Patients at the Royal Free Hospital in London are testing a device that provides relief from a common side-effect of liver disease. The pump siphons off excess fluid that can build up in the abdomen after liver failure and diverts it to the bladder so it can be urinated out. Doctors say the pump could buy time and may even allow the liver to recover

  • Exercise 'is good dementia therapy'

    December 4, 2013 1:50 AM 20

    People with dementia who exercise improve their thinking abilities and everyday life, a body of medical research concludes. The Cochrane Collaboration carried out a systematic review of eight exercise trials involving more than 300 patients living at home or in care. But it did help them carry out daily activities such as rising from a chair, and boosted

  • Stafford Hospital review: Ivy Bunn death investigated

    December 3, 2013 6:05 PM 11

    A second criminal inquiry into the death of a patient at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital is under way. Ivy Bunn, 90, died at the hospital in 2008, following a fall a week earlier. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has already prosecuted the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust following the death of 66-year-old Gillian Astbury. HSE head of operations Peter

  • Private sector access to NHS pension

    December 3, 2013 4:44 PM 23

    The government may extend the NHS pension scheme to private companies or charities who mainly look after health service patients. It has begun a consultation on proposals to allow access to the pension scheme from April 2014. It says opening up NHS services in England to greater competition means the issue of fair dealing over pensions should be addressed

  • New Rotherham Hospital’s Chief to Help Build Commitment and Passion Among Staff

    December 3, 2013 1:42 PM 13

    The new chief executive of Rotherham Hospital has showed seriousness to make a difference with the help of commitment and passion of staff to ensure its recovery. Louise Barnett has become the interim chief executive and is expected to match the pace of Michael Morgan. Mr. Morgan has played a crucial rule to effectively stand by the Rotherham NHS Foundation

  • Cornwall's NHS 111 helpline to begin in February

    December 3, 2013 8:40 AM 10

    The NHS non-emergency 111 number will be launched in Cornwall in February by the South Western Ambulance Service. The facility - which replaces NHS Direct - is for patients with urgent but not life-threatening symptoms. NHS Direct, which was initially earmarked to run the helpline in Cornwall, said it was financially unsustainable and pulled out in June. The ambulance