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29/07/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Mounting delays for urgent cancer referrals 'risking lives', charity warns
The number of patients suffering long delays waiting for treatment for major cancers has increased by over a quarter in one year, official figures show. The figures, from NHS England's annual report on cancer waiting times, show that 5,419 patients waited at least 62 days to start treatment for urological cancers in 2013-14, compared with 4,331 the year before. Under NHS targets, 85 per cent of all patients given an urgent referral for suspected cancer are supposed to start treatment within two months. In May the overall performance fell below 85 per cent for the first time.
 
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29/07/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Five-minute jog could add another three years to your life
Running for just five to 10 minutes a few times a week could add three years to your life, according to US researchers. A study over 15 years of 55,000 people aged between 18 and 100 found that joggers overall were 30% less likely to die during the period than couch potatoes. They were 45% less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke. But those who only took a gentle trot three times a week cut their chance of death from a heart attack or stroke by 61%, slightly more than those who ran twice a week. The findings are published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
 
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29/07/2014
Daily Express
By: Presswatch
Scientists find the 'appetite switch' to turn off your greed
An "appetite switch" that blocks the desire to eat has been discovered by scientists. Researchers say the discovery of the "fat gene" means control of the appetite could be "rewired" to stop people over-eating. The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, was carried out at the California Institute of Technology.
 
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29/07/2014
The Times
By: Presswatch
Mothers with ill children more likely to seek advice online than see a GP
A study of 2,000 parents suggests that mothers are increasingly turning to Google or their own mothers rather than a GP for advice on a sick child. Twenty per cent of the mothers questioned would turn first to their doctor if their child became ill, whereas 29% would ask their mother and 26% would seek guidance online. The study also found that 41% of mothers questioned a doctor's diagnosis if it differed from online advice, and that 58 per cent left the surgery feeling that they were "paranoid".
 
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29/07/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Ministers dishonest over 'GM babies', warns Lord Winston
Lord Winston has accused the government of misleading the public by refusing to acknowledge that babies born through a new, controversial IVF technique will be "genetically modified". A Department of Health spokesman said: "There is no universally agreed definition of genetic modification in humans. People who have organ transplants, blood donations or even gene therapy are not generally regarded as being genetically modified".
 
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29/07/2014
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
Andy Burnham has called for a moratorium on the signing of new NHS contracts with the private sector until after the general election, saying voters are facing the "forced privatisation" of the health service; More NHS hospitals and youth services should be taken out of public hands and owned by the people who run them as mutuals, Francis Maude, the cabinet office minister, has said; Thousands of doctors are leaving the NHS every year for the rewards of shorter hours and higher wages in warmer climes, figures reveal; Cancer patients undergoing lifesaving chemotherapy are being targeted by 'cowboy' parking squads at NHS hospitals, it was claimed last night.
 
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