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09/04/2013
The Independent
By: Presswatch
More GPs want to retire early
A survey of 364 GPs for Pulse magazine has found that more than ever are considering early retirement because of increased workloads and changes to their NHS contracts and pensions. About 43 per cent of respondents hope to retire earlier than they intended five years ago, while just under half said their plans had not changed. Their average age of intended retirement is 61.
 
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09/04/2013
The Independent
By: Presswatch
NHS heart surgery to resume at Leeds hospital
Children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary will restart tomorrow, NHS England announced last night. NHS England has announced a "phased restart" over the next month, beginning with lower-risk cases, after being assured by independent experts of the quality of surgery and staffing levels. A second stage of the review will look at other areas - such as how complaints from patients are handled - and "where improvement may be necessary", Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of NHS England, said.
 
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09/04/2013
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Sell legal highs at chemist's, urges former drugs tsar
Drugs known as "legal highs" should be sold by pharmacists in the same way as alcohol in pubs, former chief drugs adviser Prof David Nutt declared yesterday. Britain should follow the model adopted in New Zealand and allow legal highs to be sold to over-18s over pharmacy counters, so that "if you then decide to overdose, at least you know what you're overdosing on". Speaking to the British Neuroscience Association, Prof Nutt said the main danger of drugs bought on the internet is that users cannot be sure what they contain.
 
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09/04/2013
The Times
By: Presswatch
Nutrient in common weight-loss pills can clog up the arteries, scientist say
Scientists suggest that a nutrient found in red meat and also sold as a weight-loss supplement and muscle builder may damage the heart. Carnitine is metabolised by bacteria living in the gut into TMAO, another chemical previously blamed for thickening the arteries.
 
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09/04/2013
The Times
By: Presswatch
Gene worsens the risk in prostate cases
Scientists suggest that thousands of men with prostate cancer need immediate surgery or radiotherapy if they carry a gene that means their tumours are likely to be more aggressive. The Institute of Cancer Research stated that men with the dangerous gene mutation should be offered radical treatment immediately, rather than being advised to wait and see. Men with the BRCA2 mutation lived 6½ years after diagnosis, compared to 12¾ years for those without, the research suggests.
 
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09/04/2013
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Thousands of care home residents told to pay more or move out
Soaring numbers of elderly people are being forced to rely on handouts from friends and family to stay in care homes near their loved ones. A third of those who are entitled to state help with care home fees - perhaps because they have exhausted their life savings on such bills - are being forced to meet spiralling costs themselves, charity Age UK said.
 
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