Treat Sepsis with the same importance as Heart Attacks

Suspected sepsis in patients must be treated as an emergency in the same say heart attacks are, England’s health watchdog says. National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidance urges medics to consider sepsis early on when treating any patients unwell with infections. The problem, caused when the body’s immune system overreacts to infection, leads … More Treat Sepsis with the same importance as Heart Attacks

Modern Lifestyle to Blame for Rising Obesity Rates

It looks like the primary culprit behind the obesity epidemic may be the modern-day environment, and not genes, new US research suggests. Americans were more likely to pack on more pounds if they were born later in the 20th century, regardless of whether they had a high genetic risk for obesity, said senior researcher Maria … More Modern Lifestyle to Blame for Rising Obesity Rates

HPV Cervical Cancer Test Introduced in England

The NHS in England is introducing a ‘superior’ test for cervical cancer, following a successful pilot scheme. Experts say it is a switch that could pick up an extra 600 cancers a year. Women invited for a routine smear test will now automatically be checked for an infection called HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), which has … More HPV Cervical Cancer Test Introduced in England

Millions of NHS Patients to Get Access to Life-Saving Personal Technologies – the Good News and Bad News

Today’s UK newspapers are running a story that millions of patients will get access to life-saving gadgets that can diagnose conditions in less than a minute, the NHS chief executive, Simon Stevens, will announce today to a conference of more than 1,000 NHS managers in Manchester. What is being trialled is the unveiling of a … More Millions of NHS Patients to Get Access to Life-Saving Personal Technologies – the Good News and Bad News

Is Coffee Carcinogenic?

The cancer risk of coffee has been downgraded, with experts concluding there is inadequate evidence to suggest it causes the disease. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, had classed coffee as “possibly” carcinogenic since 1991 due to a link to bladder cancer. The expert group has now decided … More Is Coffee Carcinogenic?