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  • Blood test predicts head cancerSubscription

    25 January, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Researchers have developed a simple blood test that can predict a patient's risk of head and neck cancer caused by smoking.

  • Cannabis linked to respiratory symptomsSubscription

    12 February, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Long-term cannabis smoking leads to respiratory complications, a systematic review has concluded.

  • Asthma symptoms linked to 'off-label prescribing'Subscription

    8 March, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Off-label asthma prescriptions for children cause increased symptom levels, research has shown.

  • Brisk walk cuts cigarette cravingSubscription

    14 March, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009

    A five-minute walk is enough to significantly reduce tobacco cravings, according to UK researchers.

  • Corticosteroids 'increase admission risk'Subscription

    2 April, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009

    COPD patients given inhaled corticosteroids are 70% more likely to be hospitalised for pneumonia than other patients with the condition, a study has shown.

  • Smoking increases psoriasis riskSubscription

    31 October, 2007

    Smoking increases the risk of psoriasis, a study conducted on nurses has found.

  • Smokers less likely to have advanced IPFSubscription

    12 November, 2007

    A study has found that smokers were less likely than non-smokers to have advanced symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

  • Medication and counselling help teenagers stop smokingSubscription

    12 November, 2007

    A combination of the medication bupropion plus counselling helps teenagers stop smoking in the short term, a study has shown.

  • All nurses 'will get masks' in event of flu pandemicSubscription

    22 November, 2007

    The government plans to double its stock of antiviral drugs and buy surgical masks for all nurses, under new measures to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

  • NICE approves allergy asthma injectionSubscription

    29 November, 2007

    NICE has approved omalizumab (Xolair), a fortnightly injection for the treatment of allergic asthma in adults and children over 12 years, which data suggests could halve acute asthma exacerbations. The institute said it should only be used if the asthma was still severe and unstable despite efforts to control it with other therapies, and should be used alongside current asthma medications. ...

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