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Hunt For HIV Cure, Turns To Cancer Drugs

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Hunt For HIV Cure, Turns To Cancer Drugs

  The outstanding progress in boosting the immune system to treat cancer may help unlock a cure for HIV, according to scientists meeting in Paris. The body's normal defences struggle to clear the body of HIV and cancer. But the rapidly emerging field of immunotherapy has seen some patients with terminal cancer go into complete remission. The hope is that a similar approach could clear someone of HIV, although some experts have urged caution. HIV treatment requires daily antiretroviral drugs to kill any active virus. Left unchecked, HIV can destroy the immune system, causing Aids. A cure is currently impossible...

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NHS Cyber Attack - how to protect yourself

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NHS Cyber Attack - how to protect yourself

The risk of being infected by ransomware similar to the recent NHS type, can be reduced significantly by taking the usual computer security steps Installing new patches and computer updates, avoiding dubious websites and downloads, and backing up important files are key steps to prevent this Many experts think this type of attack and demands for payment to release your files back ( which these criminals rarely ever do by the way ! ) will become more and more common Watch Out !!!

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GP Shortage

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GP Shortage

Some medical practices are being forced to close after failing to recruit GPs as the number of vacancies soar to 12.2%, research suggests. The survey was carried out amongst 860 GPs and found that the average time taken to recruit a GP partner has risen from 6.6 months to 7.4 in the last year. The research, carried out by the GP news magazine Pulse, found that 18% of GPs said they had to give up recruiting in the past 12 months after being unsuccessful. While some practices are having to resort to hiring non-GPs to fill the gaps, others have...

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New Advanced Prostate Cancer Blood Test

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New Advanced Prostate Cancer Blood Test

According to various media reports, an experimental blood test could help personalise treatment for advanced prostate cancer. The findings need confirming in clinical trials, but if it works the test could save some men from treatment that may not work. The test, developed by scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, detects DNA released by cancer cells into the bloodstream. Men whose blood samples carried multiple copies of a particular gene tended to do worse when treated with the main drugs for the standard treatment for advanced prostate cancer.

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Binge Drinking - triggers abnormal heart rythms

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  Research from university of Munich tested around 3000 people, with real time alcohol consumption monitoring and found heart arrhythmias occurred in 30.5% of the group – sinus tachycardia, where the heart beats at over 100 beats per minute, occurred in 25.9%; other arrhythmias were present in 5.4% of the group  Each increase in breath alcohol of 1g per kg doubled the risk of  sinus tachycardia The conclusion is simple, the study found binge drinking is associated with an increased risk of having an irregular heartbeat.  I'm off to the pub !

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