Alzheimer’s could be spotted 20 years before the first symptoms appear

Source: Telegraph Spotting the earliest signs of Alzheimer's could lead to new treatments for preventing the onset of dementia, scientists believe Changes in the brain can give an early indication that Alzheimer's will develop. Source: ALAMY Alzheimer's could be spotted in people 20 years before the first symptoms appear, scientists have found. Researchers at [...]

Cheap epilepsy drug could prevent nerve damage in Multiple Sclerosis

Source: Telegraph The anti-seizure drug phenytoin was found to protect neural tissue in MS patients with optic neuritis, potentially preventing the onset of blindness An MRI scan revealing multiple sclerosis. Source: Alamy A cheap epilepsy drug which is already prescribed on the NHS could prevent nerve damage in people with Multiple Sclerosis, a new [...]

Rise in serious incidents at English mental health trusts

Source: BBC Source: SPL More than 8,000 serious incidents were reported by mental health trusts in England last year - an increase of more than a third over a two-year period. The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Liberal Democrats, include a rise in unexpected deaths and suicides. The NHS [...]

Patients given hip implants made the wrong size

Source: Telegraph Metal-on-metal implants were introduced in the UK in the 1990s when they were promoted as offering better mobility than replacements which use a metal ball and plastic socket. Source: Telegraph Hip implants which have left thousands of British people in pain were manufactured incorrectly at a factory in Yorkshire, The Telegraph [...]

UK is ‘vulnerable’ to next Ebola outbreak

Source: BBC Source: SPL The UK is vulnerable to epidemics such as Ebola because of a gaping hole in the country's ability to manufacture vaccines, a group of MPs has warned. The Science and Technology Committee said the UK "lacks the capacity" to produce enough to protect people. And they said the government's response to [...]

Infected blood scandal: Government proposes more money for victims

Source: BBC Source: PA The government wants to increase the amount of money on offer for those affected by the blood contamination scandal by a further £100m, public health minister Jane Ellison has said. Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s. Ms [...]

Diabetes: Government and NHS too slow to act, say MPs

Source: BBC Source: PA MPs have criticised the Department of Health and the NHS in England for being "too slow" to act in preventing and treating diabetes. A report by the Public Accounts Committee says variations in the care of both type 1 and 2 diabetes mean the annual cost to the health [...]

Pharma ‘cash call’ for new antibiotics

Source: BBC More than 80 pharmaceutical companies have called on governments to develop new ways of paying them to develop antibiotics. In a joint declaration, at the World Economic Forum, they said the value of antibiotics "does not reflect the benefits they bring to society". Source: SPL In return, they have promised to invest [...]

16 health trends to look out for in 2016

Source: Independent Source: Independent High-spec supplements Vitamins go premium, with comprehensive packs and delivery services to make sure you’re deficient in nothing. Inner Me offers age-tailored packs with vitamins, minerals, Omega 3 and probiotics, while subscription company Vitl has daily doses of vitamins, krill oil, Co-Enzyme Q10 and supergreens. Sirts Forget counting calories, [...]

Exercising during cancer: ‘Stop telling patients to slow down’ charity says

Source: Independent  Source: Independent   Over 331,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year Telling cancer patients to “take it easy” may cause them to miss out on the benefits of exercise, a charity has warned. By advising those diagnosed with the disease to stop being active, family and friends  - [...]