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Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England is at its highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England show. It is estimated more than four million people were waiting for operations in June – a figure last seen in 2007. The rise is partly because of growing demand and the NHS performing more procedures. But some ...

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Study says skinny legs may up death risk by 300 per cent

If you have a lean body shape with normal body mass index but with skinny lower legs, you may be at three fold increased risk of dying from cardiometabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, a research has claimed. According to the study, lean people who are metabolically unhealthy, but have normal weight, might be at a ...

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Gender equality is a far cry in Sri Lanka despite early democracy

In comparison with other South Asian countries, Sri Lanka has had a head start in representative democracy, having secured universal adult suffrage way back in 1931 under colonial rule. In the first-ever elected 58-member State Council in 1931, there were two women members — Adeline Molamure and NaysumSaravanamuttu. Sri Lanka then went on to steal a march over other countries ...

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Poor sleep may point to onset of Alzheimer’s disease: study

Poor, disrupted sleep may indicate the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in people who are otherwise healthy, a study warns. Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US found that people who reported worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than people who did not have sleep ...

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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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