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NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system

The NHS has been ranked the number one health system in a comparison of 11 countries. The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival. The research by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, looked at countries across the world, including the ...

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Childhood obesity may lead to hip disease, suggests research

Obesity may put children at increased risk of hip disease, a condition that can cause life-long morbidity, suggests new research. Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) is the most common hip disease of adolescence. The condition always requires surgery, can cause significant pain, and often leads to a hip replacement in adolescence or early adulthood.   “Ultimately this study helps us ...

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£3.4m Pencoed radiology and imaging academy plan unveiled

A new academy to train radiologists and imaging professionals is to be created in Wales with £3.4m of Welsh Government funding. The new National Imaging Academy for Wales will be based in Pencoed, Bridgend, and is due to be up and running by mid-2018. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething will announce the plan on Friday. He said the academy would “play ...

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Mediterranean diet may cut colorectal cancer risk by 86%

Consuming a Mediterranean diet — rich in fruits and fish — while decreasing the intake of soft drinks may help prevent the risk of developing colorectal cancer by nearly 86 per cent, a study has showed. Colorectal cancer develops from intestinal polyps and has been linked to a low-fibre diet heavy on red meat, alcohol and high-calorie foods.   “We ...

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Most docs lack time, compassion for patients

The ethics and values among the physicians are eroding gradually as most physicians do not give required time to the patients, causing a sense of dissatisfaction among the patients and their relatives, health experts have said.   They also pointed out that some physicians do not attend the patients in a friendly and cordial manner, often affecting the patients–doctors relations ...

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Cycling to work can reduce stress, get your day off to a better start

New Canadian research has found that cycling to work can help get your day off to a better start, reducing stress and even boosting work performance. Carried out by researchers from Concordia’s John Molson School of Business, the study set out to look at how different forms of commuting — cycling, driving a car and taking public transport — affected stress ...

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‘Ban parents from leaving engines on’, says guidance

Parents should be banned from leaving the car running while waiting outside school gates, to cut air pollution, according to official health guidance. The guidance also calls for councils to set up clean-air zones that could ban the most polluting vehicles or introduce charges. The authors have called for “clean air” to be given the same importance as “clean water”. ...

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Hospital long waits highest since 2008

The number of patients in England waiting longer than 18 weeks for routine treatment is the largest since September 2008, official figures show. The data showed there were over 382,000 patients waiting longer than the target timeframe in April out of a total of 3.78 million on the waiting list. Problems also continued to be seen in waiting times for ...

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Eating red onions may help combat cancer

Dark red onions, known as the richest source of dietary flavonoids, may help fight off cancer of the colon and breast, a researcher has suggested. “We found that onions are excellent at killing cancer cells,” said Abdulmonem Murayyan, doctoral student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.   “Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. ...

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Chikungunya: 23 areas at higher risk in Dhaka

Residents at 23 neighbhourhoods in Dhaka were at a greater risk of being infected with Chikungunya, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research or IEDCR gave a list of the locations while presenting a research paper at the Secretariat on Thursday. Health Minister Mohammed Nasim was present in the event. ‘Aedes ...

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