Teenager has world’s first penis reduction surgery

Surgeons have performed the world’s first penis reduction operation on a teenager in Florida who complained it was reducing his ability to play sport and have sex.
The US teen had visited doctors, saying his penis has grown too large, at almost 7 inches long with …

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Link between good looks and selfishness identified in men

Researchers at Brunel University in London have identified a link between attractive men and traits of being selfish and less generous.
Findings from a study in the journal Evolutionary Psychology (2015;13:106-32) on how attractiveness influences attitudes and behaviour toward selfishness and inequality also showed that good-looking men …

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Persistent heartburn may be a sign of cancer

People with persistent heartburn are being urged to visit their GP as it may be a sign of cancer, according to a new campaign by Public Health England (PHE).
Although most people experience occasional heartburn, those suffering from heartburn most days over an extended period – …

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Major study links gene to drug resistance in testicular cancer

A new research study has uncovered several new genetic mutations that could drive testicular cancer – and also identified a gene which may contribute to tumours becoming resistant to current treatments.
The study is the first to use state-of-the-art sequencing technology to explore in detail testicular …

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NHS England launches £11.5m TB fund

NHS England and Public Health England have launched a £11.5m investment to ultimately eliminate tuberculosis as a public health problem in England.
In 2013, there were 7,290 cases of TB reported in England, an incidence of 13.5 cases per 100,000 of the population.
The UK has the …

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HIV infections jump in China

New HIV infections in China have increased by nearly 15 per cent in the last year alone, according to reports from Xinhua, the state-run Chinese newspaper.
Wang Guoqiang, deputy director of the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission, said that despite China having a relatively …

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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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