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Older cancer patients rethink call

Older cancer patients rethink call

19 December 2012 Last updated at 19:52 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News All older cancer patients should get physical and mental health tests so they are not unfairly written off as too old for treatment, a report says. The assessments were recommended by a joint Macmillan Cancer Support, Age UK and Department of Health review Continue reading

Fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy

Fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy

ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2012) — A new study from USC researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumors. Prior work by USC professor of gerontology and biological sciences Valter Longo, corresponding author on the study and director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, has shown that short-term fasting protects healthy cells while leaving cancer cells vulnerable to the toxic effects of chemotherapy. Continue reading

Fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy

Fasting makes brain tumors more vulnerable to radiation therapy

ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2012) — A new study from USC researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumors. Prior work by USC professor of gerontology and biological sciences Valter Longo, corresponding author on the study and director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, has shown that short-term fasting protects healthy cells while leaving cancer cells vulnerable to the toxic effects of chemotherapy. Continue reading

Funding boost for genetics centre

Funding boost for genetics centre

26 August 2012 Last updated at 19:58 ET A centre for research into genetics at Edinburgh University is to benefit from almost £60m of funding. Continue reading

Predicting treatment response in central nervous system diseases: Simple way of avoiding dangerous side effects?

Predicting treatment response in central nervous system diseases: Simple way of avoiding dangerous side effects?

ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) — The commonly-used epilepsy drug, valproic acid (VPA), can have a highly beneficial effect on some babies born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic killer during early infancy. But in about two-thirds of such cases it is either damaging or simply has no effect. Continue reading

Be brave on NHS, politicians told

Be brave on NHS, politicians told

19 June 2012 Last updated at 21:09 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News Politicians need to be braver when it comes to putting the case for change in the NHS, particularly over the closure of services, health leaders say. Mike Farrar, of the NHS Confederation, which represents managers, said there had been a “chronic failure” so far Continue reading

Winter death toll ‘is unchanged’

Winter death toll ‘is unchanged’

22 November 2011 Last updated at 06:19 ET The number of extra deaths last winter in England and Wales was virtually unchanged from the previous year, according to official statistics. The Office for National Statistics data compares the number of deaths during the winter months with the average in other parts of the year Continue reading

Nightcap ‘good for older women’

Nightcap ‘good for older women’

6 September 2011 Last updated at 23:39 ET By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News Women who enjoy an alcoholic drink in the evening tend to be healthier as they move into old age, research shows. Continue reading

NHS ‘poorly prepared for obese’

NHS ‘poorly prepared for obese’

25 July 2011 Last updated at 19:02 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News The NHS is poorly prepared to treat obese patients, an analysis of patient safety records suggests. The Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust team reviewed nearly 400 cases submitted to the National Patient Safety Agency to identify what mistakes were being made. The researchers highlighted a range of issues, including problems with drug doses, ventilation and surgery Continue reading

Car seat for ‘the older driver’

Car seat for ‘the older driver’

28 May 2011 Last updated at 20:11 ET By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News Car manufacturer Ford is developing a car seat for older drivers that keeps a check on their heart. With more of its customers now falling into the over-65 age bracket, it says it makes “good business sense” to focus on the health of its drivers Continue reading