Issue : March 2010
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Poem submitted by Simon McKeown
“A revolutionary treatment for gout could result in a new form of therapy for a range of other medical conditions – such as diabetes and obesity”, The Independent reported.
The board of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has requested it be stripped of its foundation status to help regain public trust, it has emerged.
Breast cancer screening programmes save two lives for every woman subjected to ‘unnecessary’ treatment by the procedure, researchers have claimed.
More people in Scotland are being treated in hospitals than ever before with total of 1.4 million patients seen in 2008-09, 50,000 more than the previous year, official statistics have revealed.
Chocolate cuts heart attack and stroke riskSubscription
Eating just one square of chocolate a day can cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by 39%, researchers have said.
If new methods of treating gonorrhoea are not found quickly there is a danger the sexually transmitted infection could become antibiotic-resistant according to experts.
Prescriptions per person doubleSubscription
The number of prescriptions dispensed in the last two decades had doubled from eight a year to 16 despite most people living longer and healthier lives, a study has shown
Eating blackcurrants could “help millions of people with asthma”, according to the Daily Express. The newspaper said that the “superfruit” could help by “working with the body’s immune system to reduce inflammation in the lungs”.
Care bill funding drops 'death tax' planSubscription
The government will rule out today what critics have branded a “death tax” to fund social care for the elderly.