GMC investigations ‘detrimental’ to doctors’ well-being

New research shows that the complaints process is having a worrying impact on doctors’ health and is affecting clinical care, says the BMA.
This comes after a recent report from the General Medical Council (GMC) that investigated those doctors who die by suicide while under the …

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Mental health issues may increase HIV rates in gay men

A new study has found that American gay and bisexual men suffering from mental health issues are at an increased risk of being infected with HIV.
The research, published this week in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, says this is because these men are …

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Prostate cancer immunotherapy rejected by NICE

The world’s first therapeutic cancer vaccine has been knocked back by NICE in its latest guidance for the treatment in advanced prostate cancer.
In final draft guidance released this week, NICE has said that sipuleucel-T (Provenge, Dendreon) is not recommended for NHS funding for prostate cancer …

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Cancer Drug Fund: 16 medicines cut across 25 indications

The government’s flagship silo fund for new oncology medicines has buckled under the financial pressure of paying for expensive new cancer drugs as it announced it will cut 16 medicines with 25 indications from its funding stream.
The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) pays out more than …

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Prostate cancer drug axed from NHS fund

A new drug for prostate cancer will no longer be funded by a special NHS funding stream as England’s health service struggles to cope to pay for costly oncology medicines.
Cabazitaxel (Jevtana, Sanofi), currently the only treatment for hormone resistant advanced prostate cancer for use  after …

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Abnormal test results prompt bowel screening withdrawal

Almost 40 per cent of people who have abnormal results from bowel cancer screening tests and are referred for further investigation ignore their next screening invitation two years later.
This is according to a new Cancer Research UK study published this week in the British Journal …

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Combination treatment benefits older prostate cancer patients

Adding radiotherapy to hormone therapy may help save more lives among older patients whose prostate cancer has begun to spread, according to a new US study.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that combining the treatments in men aged 76 to 85 …

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HIV patients more likely to lose hearing

A new study has found that adults living with HIV have poorer hearing than adults not infected with this virus.
This is believed to be because HIV affects the auditory portion of the inner ear, meaning low and high frequencies may not be heard.
As a result, …

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Lifestyle behind more than half a million cancers in five years

Around 600,000 cancer cases in the UK could have been avoided in the last five years if people had healthier lifestyles, according to new figures from the Cancer Research UK charity.
Overall, experts say that more than four in 10 cancers could be prevented by changes …

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Male anorexia needs more study, awareness

Men’s eating disorders must be studied more with greater awareness put onto the growing number of men who are becoming anorexic in an attempt to build muscle.
This is according to a new paper in the Neuropsychiatry of Childhood and Adolescence journal where a group of …

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