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24/10/2014
Financial Times
By: Presswatch
Geneva talks thrash out plan to fight Ebola

Pharmaceutical leaders including Sir Andrew Witty, GlaxoSmithKline chief executive, and international donors were yesterday thrashing out details to accelerate development of vaccines and treatments for Ebola.
 
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24/10/2014
Daily Mirror
By: Presswatch
A solution at last for autoimmune misery

Researchers believe they have discovered how to 'switch off' autoimmune diseases and it is hoped that the breakthrough could pave the way for a new treatment for MS, improving the lives of millions around the world. A team from the University of Bristol discovered how to convert cells from being aggressive to protecting against disease, rather than the body's immune system destroying its own tissue by mistake.
 
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24/10/2014
The Independent
By: Presswatch
DNA finding for cancer researchers

The search for cancer treatments has taken a significant step forward with a new insight into how cells multiply. Dundee University researchers have identified the process by which DNA unwinds and duplicates, ensuring that only a single copy of each chromosome is made.
 
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24/10/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Lazy lifestyle can be as deadly as smoking

A report from Public Health England (PHE) has warned that couch potato lifestyles are as dangerous as smoking, and contribute directly to one in six deaths. The study said that the UK has one of the lowest levels of activity in the western world, and that if the UK population don't change their habits, the welfare state could collapse under the burden of self-inflicted diseases.
 
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24/10/2014
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
340,000 elderly will be denied care in new cuts

The Government said last night that vital help for elderly people will be restricted to only those who need help with two tasks or more. Councils have been told to provide home helps and other assistance only if people are unable to complete two or more essential daily tasks. Councils have been told to provide home helps and other assistance only if people are unable to complete two or more essential daily tasks.
 
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24/10/2014
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
The Guardian reports that Health ministers from all three main Westminster parties yesterday refused to commit to an extra £8bn funding sought by the chief executive of NHS England in a report looking at the looming cost pressures facing the NHS in the next five years.

Daily Mail reports that campaigners have warned that cancer patients in Wales are being denied life-saving new treatments being made available to those in England. The Labour-run Welsh government's refusal to fund the drugs has left patients with no choice but to move across the border, where they have a chance of getting help through the Cancer Drugs Fund, or raid their savings. Last night Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt compared the state of the NHS in Wales to the Mid Staffordshire scandal, and said an inquiry was now needed into shocking revelations over 'care failures and cover-ups'.

The Daily Mail reports that the NHS in Wales has been accused of 'wasting' hundreds of thousands of pounds on trade union officials rather than treatment for patients, freedom of information figures showed.

The Evening Standard reports that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has called on clinical commissioning groups to stop restricting fertility treatment for childless couples.

Evening Standard reports that Ed Miliband has warned that more than 1.2m Londoners are forced to wait a week or longer to see their GP. The Department of Health has said it is booting GP access in other ways.

The Independent reports that the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged in the wake of calls for a ban in parks and public squares that Britain should "aspire" to be a country where nobody smokes. Responding to the publication of a landmark NHS report, he said that "remarkable progress" was being made in reducing smoking rates and agreed with one of his own MPs who suggested Britain should aim to be "smoke-free". Asked by Conservative MP Bob Blackman to comment on Labour plans to tax tobacco companies, during a House of Commons debate of the NHS's report yesterday, Mr Hunt revealed that he would like to see Britain one day go entirely "smoke-free".
 
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