Danish to debate circumcision ban

The Danish parliament is to debate banning circumcision in boys under 18. The debate is a result of a general public petition which gained over the required 50 000 signatures.
However, a ban looks unlikely as none of the main parties supports it.
Lena Nyhus of the …

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Boys benefit from girls vaccination programme

Genital wart infections in boys aged between 15 and 17 fell by 70% between 2019 and 2017 as a result of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme in girls.
The data is part of a large surveillance study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases …

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DNA tests to identify men at risk of prostate cancer

Researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) are to trial a DNA saliva test in GP practices in London to identify men at high risk of prostate cancer and evaluate whether advice or preventative treatment could reduce cases of prostate cancer among those found …

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Gross negligence manslaughter review

Wide ranging changes to the regulations around gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare have been proposed in the rapid policy review conducted on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.
The review was set up to consider the wider patient safety impact resulting from …

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Immunotherapy success in prostate cancer

The immunotherapy agent pembrolizumab has shown positive results in men with advanced prostate cancer who had run out of treatment options.
The trial of 258 men with advanced disease found around 38 per cent were still alive after a year, while 11 per cent did not …

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Aortic aneurysm NICE guideline consultation

NICE has published its draft consultation document on the diagnosis and management of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
The document covers diagnosis, initial management, transfer to specialised services and surgical management. Particular emphasis is given to early identification as the prognosis for ruptured aneurysms is poor.
Screening for …

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FDA warning on new drugs in urothelial cancer

Pembrolizumab and atezolizumab are showing decreased survival compared to comparators in two trials in metastatic urothelial cancer.
Data monitoring committees for the KEYNOTE-361 and IMVIGOR-130 trials testing the drugs in patients who have not received prior therapy and who have low expression of the protein programmed …

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HPV vaccination for boys – parliamentary debate

MPs from all sides of the House of Commons called for boys to receive the HPV vaccine in a recent parliamentary debate.
With a decision from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on HPV vaccination for boys expected this year, possibly by the summer, …

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Sir Roger Bannister: Obituary

‘He made the impossible possible.’ Lord Sebastian Coe
Roger Bannister was not only a famous sportsman, but also a distinguished neurologist, specialising in rare but debilitating diseases such as multiple system atrophy (MSA) a disorder characterised by progressive degeneration of the autonomic nervous system, as well …

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Anticholinergics and dementia

Antidepressant, urological, and antiparkinson drugs with strong anticholinergic activity are linked to future dementia incidence. The link is evident with drug use up to 20 years prior to diagnosis of dementia, according to case-control study published in the British Medical Journal (doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1315).
Anticholinergic drugs used to …

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