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John Hurt

John Hurt and pancreatic cancer: why it’s such a bleak disease to face

The sad loss of John Hurt last week from pancreatic cancer chalks yet another one up to the bad guy.…

Seeing the same GP ‘means fewer wasted trips to hospital’

Older patients are less likely to be readmitted to hospital if they routinely see the same GP, according to research…

'locked-in'

Breakthrough allows ‘locked-in’ patients to communicate for the first time

Patients with ‘locked-in’ syndrome have been able to communicate for the first time, thanks to technology that interprets variations in…

breast cancer

Having a ‘pre-cancer’ scare may be good for your health

Women over 50 who have been treated for a precursor to breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)…

mushrooms

Can mushrooms really help against dementia?

‘Eat mushrooms to fight dementia’ ran yesterday’s front-page headline in the Daily Express. Will mushroom sales have spiked as a…

homeopathy

A guide to DIY homeopathy might seem amusing. Actually it’s terrifying

The National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) claims to be the ‘go-to resource for all who are interested in learning about…

diet

Permanent diet ‘extends life of monkeys by a tenth’

Reducing daily calorie intake by a fifth has been shown to extend the lives of monkeys by 10 per cent,…

Nutella

Lay off Nutella! The chocolate spread is no cancer villain

It’s a cruel fact that this January, while we’re busy repenting that third helping of Christmas chocolate, the news has…

pancreatic cancer

New pancreatic cancer drug ‘a monumental leap forward’

A new pancreatic cancer drug significantly extends survival time for patients who have undergone surgery, according to a report published…

breakfast

Some of us are better off skipping breakfast, a study suggests

It is often claimed that skipping breakfast makes you more likely to gain weight. The theory is that you will…