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Prostate Cancer – Getting Checked In Richmond

  Screening all men for prostate cancer could cut deaths from the disease by up to 20%, a recent study has found. This calls the current NHS position into question, which has argued that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings are unreliable and have been known to produce false positive results in the past. The team of American researchers

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Cervical Cancer Screening – How Aware Are You?

  The number of eligible women who attend cervical cancer screening appointments has dropped from 75.7% to 72.7% since 2011, according to the results of a new survey from University College London. Worryingly, this study found that of those women failing to attend appointments, nearly one quarter are unaware that cervical cancer screening exists. In light of

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HIV Treatments Showing Signs Of Success

  Improvements in HIV treatment means that young people diagnosed with HIV may now have near-normal life expectancies, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal. This news comes after a research team at the University of Bristol studied data from 18 North American medical investigations into HIV-1 – the world’s most

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Prostate Cancer – New Targeted Therapy

  A newly developed blood test could help target treatment for men in the advanced stages of prostate cancer. In recent years, genetic testing has become more common in cancer treatment as it can be used to tailor treatment to individual patients. This new test will help by identifying men who do not respond well

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Health Checks – Don’t Miss Out!

  NHS research has shown that patients with learning disabilities in England are missing out on essential health checks including cancer screening, blood pressure checks and mental health assessments. The report observed and compared the activities of patients both with and without learning disabilities from GP practices across the UK. NHS guidelines recommend that people

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How genes could help treat cancer and heart disease

A new discovery by scientists has found that certain effects of genes could help in the treatment of cancer and heart disease, by being able to modify blood supply. The gene is related to the growth of blood vessels and could see the development of new treatments to help patients combat the diseases in different

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Red hair and skin cancer: Could you be at risk?

With temperatures finally increasing after what feels like a very long winter, a lot of our focus turns to sun protection. Protecting skin from sun damage should be a concern for everyone, but new research from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and University of Leeds has found that those who carry the red hair gene

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Could gene discovery revolutionise breast cancer treatment?

A new breakthrough in breast cancer research could pave the way for more personalised treatment for patients as well as shed some light on the causes of cancer. The scientists behind the research believe they have come to understand the genetic events which lead to breast cancer, in what could be a significant development towards

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Become A “Well Woman” This International Womens Day

Next week, on 8th March, International Women’s Day takes place. Whilst this year’s theme is to Pledge for Parity, it also serves as a good reminder to take care of our health and encourages us to take steps to become ‘well women’ through getting checked out and educating ourselves on women’s health issues.   March is Ovarian

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How The Immune System Could Be Key In Beating Blood Cancer

There’s cause for celebration in the medical community, as a small but significant step may have been taken in the battle against cancer through immunology. The news was released during the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC. There, Doctor Stan Riddell of the Seattle based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research

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