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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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Cancer Drugs Money - A waste of time ?

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Cancer Drugs Money - A waste of time ?

The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a "huge waste of money" and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer drugs the NHS was not funding. The researchers found only one in five of the treatments was of benefit. Of the drugs where there was some evidence of benefit, the average was an extra 3.2 months of survival

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High BMI & Waist Size- Links To Prostate Cancer

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Researchers at Oxford University said for every four-inch increase in waistline, the risk of developing the disease goes up by 18%. The team also found having a high body mass index (BMI) ups the risk of dying from prostate cancer. Scientists looked at data on almost 150,000 men with an average age of 52 from eight countries in Europe. After 14 years, they found over 7,000 of them had developed prostate cancer, of which 943 men died.

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