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01/02/2013
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Summary
Jeremy Hunt has announced that Lewisham Hospital will be left with a reduced A&E department under a reorganisation of services, meaning that patients with life-threatening conditions and women with "higher-risk" pregnancies will have to travel further for treatment at other hospitals. The reorganisation follows the financial collapse of South London Healthcare NHS Trust, which ran up debts of more than £200m. It was having to make large repayments under private finance initiatives...The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has ruled that the ovarian cancer drug Avastin is too expensive to be prescribed on the NHS. Data submitted by the makers, Roche, suggest it can still the progression of ovarian cancer that has spread to other parts of the body for four months longer than standard treatment. Nice's experts said data relating to one in three patients on the clinical trials were not available as participants had dropped out, and this may have affected the results...Doctors have been cleared to provide medical records to patients who want to travel abroad for assisted suicide at clinics such as Dignitas in Switzerland, new guidelines make clear for the first time. Campaigners for euthanasia said the new guidelines provided "much needed clarity" and would bring an end to cases of doctors refusing to hand over records for fear that they could be accused of assisting suicide and be struck off.


 
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01/02/2013
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Anxious, depressed? Your GP knows a book that can help
Patients suffering anxiety, depression or relationship problems will be offered books on prescription from GPs to help improve their mood. Other areas covered include disturbed sleep, social phobias and eating disorders. Each book has been assessed as "effective" in helping combat mental health problems, and the scheme is backed by the Royal College of GPs and the Department of Health.
 
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01/02/2013
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Diabetes warning over selenium
Researchers at Warwick medical school have found that selenium, a food supplement commonly recommended to help prevent heart disease could cause diabetes. Scientists studied data from around 20,000 adults found that the supplement did not reduce the risk of heart disease in well-fed populations, while too much selenium might lead to developing type-two diabetes. Prof Saverio Stranges, who wrote up the study in The Cochrane Library, a journal, said that taking selenium supplements was "probably neither beneficial nor harmful", but that scientists could not rule out an increased risk of type-2 diabetes in some people who take them.
 
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01/02/2013
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Marriage is healthy option for wives too
Marriage is good for women's health, not just men's, according to a study that shows both husbands and wives are far less likely to die of a heart attack than single people. A Finnish study found that both single men and single women were about two-thirds more likely to suffer a heart attack or unstable angina than those who were married. Among patients who did suffer such heart problems, those who were single were up to two and a half times more likely to die within 28 days than married people, regardless of gender.
 
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