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  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS pays out over Essex train suicide

    January 7, 2014 12:57 PM 21

    An NHS trust has admitted more could have been done to help a Norfolk man who threw himself in front of a train in Essex. Peter Bane, 48, from Happisburgh, died when he was hit at Witham railway station on 16 February 2010. The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust paid an undisclosed amount to his family in an out-of-court settlement. His widow said he was "let down"

  • Some patients visiting A&E 50 times a year

    January 7, 2014 8:03 AM 20

    Some patients are going to A&E units in the UK more than 50 times a year, a BBC investigation shows. Data from 183 sites obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed nearly 12,000 people made more than 10 visits to the same unit in 2012-13. Doctors warned that the issue, while confined to a minority of patients, was adding to the mounting pressures

  • 'Sticky balls' may stop cancer spreading

    January 7, 2014 7:01 AM 26

    Cancer-killing "sticky balls" can destroy tumour cells in the blood and may prevent cancers spreading, early research suggests. The most dangerous and deadly stage of a tumour is when it spreads around the body. Scientists at Cornell University, in the US, have designed nanoparticles that stay in the bloodstream and kill migrating cancer cells on contact

  • Stone age junk food diet of acorns and pine nuts caused our ancestors' teeth to rot and decay

    January 7, 2014 3:09 AM 33

    A junk food diet of acorns and pine nuts may have given our ancient ancestors toothache long before the arrival of fizzy drinks and sweets. Researchers from London's Natural History Museum studied the teeth of 52 skeletons dating back between 13,700 and 15,000 years. Evidence of decay was found in more than half the dental specimens examined, with only three

  • Colchester Hospital: Acting chief executive resigns

    January 6, 2014 6:27 PM 25

    The acting chief executive of a hospital at the centre of a police investigation has resigned. The police inquiry at Colchester Hospital started after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found staff were "pressured or bullied" to change data. A subsequent NHS England investigation found "serious failings in cancer services". Sue Barnett, who stepped up when chief

  • Grandmother had her face chewed off by her own dog after she was knocked unconscious when she fell down the stairs

    January 6, 2014 12:39 PM 35

    A grandmother who had her face chewed off by her dog can finally see again after 100 operations to restore her sight. Grandmother Wendy Hamriding knocked herself unconscious when she fell down the stairs and woke in agony two hours later covered in blood. Her dog Cassie, a Rhodesian Ridgeback cross, had desperately tried to rouse her - then became more frantic

  • New memorial for Scots organ donors created in Edinburgh

    January 6, 2014 12:08 PM 25

    It will be designed and developed by artist Alec Finlay, with input from donor families, recipients and health care professionals. Very little space remains on the current Scottish donor memorial, the Loveseat, which is situated in Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. It was established in 2000 and is fashioned out of native Scottish hardwoods

  • Asthma: Altering diet may ease symptoms

    January 6, 2014 10:57 AM 21

    Fruits, vegetables and whole-grains might be an unlikely treatment for asthma according to animal studies. The extra fibre changed the nutrients being absorbed from the gut, which in turn altered the immune system. The researchers argue the shift to processed foods may explain why more people are developing asthma. The airways are more sensitive to irritation

  • Throat cancer deaths up 50 per cent in 40 years: Obesity, smoking and drinking blamed for steep rise

    January 6, 2014 7:01 AM 18

    Numbers of people dying from oesophageal cancer - cancer of the gullet or food pipe - have risen by almost 50 per cent in the last 40 years according to new figures. Around 7,600 people - 13 in every 100,000 - died from oesophageal cancer in 2011, compared to around 3,800 in 1971 (eight in every 100,000). For men, death rates have jumped by 65 per cent since

  • Patient data to be collected from GPs

    January 6, 2014 2:29 AM 14

    The NHS in England is to start collecting anonymised patient data on care by GPs for the first time. Hospital data is already collected but NHS England says extending the initiative to general practice means it will be possible to get a full picture of disease and treatment patterns. Leaflets explaining the scheme, and how people can opt out if they wish, are being