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Deadly ‘self-eating enzymes’ blocked

Deadly ‘self-eating enzymes’ blocked

24 January 2013 Last updated at 06:03 ET By Smitha Mundasad BBC News Digestive juices normally used to break down food can turn against the body and start damaging it when people are critically unwell, research suggests. The study undertaken in rats looks closely at why the body starts to shut down when facing overwhelming illness. And this research could help explain why vital organs often fail during sepsis and shock, University of California researchers say Continue reading

Merge NHS and social care – Labour

Merge NHS and social care – Labour

23 January 2013 Last updated at 22:44 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News The NHS and social care budgets in England should be combined to create a super pot to meet the needs of the ageing population, Labour says. The money – worth £119bn this year – could be used to provide more joined-up care across the hospital, mental health and care sectors, the party believes. In a speech on Thursday, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham will say the current arrangements are outdated. Continue reading

Merge NHS and social care – Labour

Merge NHS and social care – Labour

23 January 2013 Last updated at 22:44 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News The NHS and social care budgets in England should be combined to create a super pot to meet the needs of the ageing population, Labour says. Continue reading

Patients face specialist ops wait

Patients face specialist ops wait

24 January 2013 Last updated at 06:52 ET By Owain Clarke BBC Wales health correspondent Hospitals in England providing specialist care for Welsh patients have been told to delay some operations. BBC Wales can reveal that health managers have threatened not to pay English trusts if they treat patients too quickly. As part of a drive to save money, hospitals have been told to delay some operations, including heart surgery, until the end of March Continue reading

Cancer fear raised over horsemeat

Cancer fear raised over horsemeat

24 January 2013 Last updated at 07:06 ET A drug that can potentially cause cancer in humans may have entered the food chain via horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs, Labour claims. Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said “several” UK-slaughtered horses had tested positive for the carcinogen phenylbutazone. Agriculture minister David Heath said all meat was checked to ensure it was fit for human consumption. Continue reading

Cancer fear raised over horsemeat

Cancer fear raised over horsemeat

24 January 2013 Last updated at 07:06 ET A drug that can potentially cause cancer in humans may have entered the food chain via horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs, Labour claims. Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said “several” UK-slaughtered horses had tested positive for the carcinogen phenylbutazone. Agriculture minister David Heath said all meat was checked to ensure it was fit for human consumption. Continue reading

Monday mornings are A&E ‘rush hour’

Monday mornings are A&E ‘rush hour’

23 January 2013 Last updated at 05:16 ET The busiest time in accident and emergency departments in England is Monday morning, hospital data shows. There are 4,000 cases every hour between 10am and noon on Monday – twice the average. Late morning was the busiest time of day throughout the week but Monday came out on top, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre 1 show. Continue reading

Prostate cancer risk ‘has trebled’

Prostate cancer risk ‘has trebled’

22 January 2013 Last updated at 23:06 ET Prostate cancer risk has risen to such a degree that one in every seven boys will develop it, projections suggest. Continue reading

Alcohol ‘disrupts sleep cycles’

Alcohol ‘disrupts sleep cycles’

22 January 2013 Last updated at 21:35 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online A tipple before bedtime may get you off to sleep faster but it can disrupt your night’s slumber, say researchers who have reviewed the evidence. Continue reading

‘Ban fast food from school gates’

‘Ban fast food from school gates’

21 January 2013 Last updated at 07:00 ET Wales’ chief medical officer has suggested banning fast food outlets near schools. Dr Ruth Hussey said keeping children in school at lunchtime and providing healthy meals could tackle obesity. Official figures say 35% of children in Wales are overweight and 19% of them are obese. Continue reading