- Friday, 29 November 2013
A 10,000-strong petition, backed by the UK’s largest deaf charity and TV stars and writers, is calling on major On-Demand and DVD rental company LOVEFiLM to urgently improve the accessibility of their latest releases for viewers with a hearing loss by providing subtitles.
The www.change.org petition, organised by Stephanie McDermid, today hit ten thousand supporters including Guardian TV Critic Sam Wollaston, ‘White Queen’ Screenwriter Emma Frost and Shameless actress Sally Carmen – and the campaign is urging the distributor to offer subtitles for their On-Demand and postal service, and information on subtitle availability on films and boxsets before payment.
- Monday, 18 November 2013
Community pharmacy reveals findings from 10 years of diabetes data
Ten years of diabetes data published today shows the true extent of the diabetes public health challenge. Data sourced from 1.5 million people screened by LloydsPharmacy for Type 2 diabetes over the last 10 years shows a 31% increase in those found to be ‘at risk’ of developing the condition, including a 17% rise in younger adults.
The community pharmacy also found that many people with diabetes are experiencing serious health complications. In a sample of 200,000 LloydsPharmacy diabetes patients (30,000 Type 1 and 170,000 Type 2), 82% of people with Type 1 and 70% of people with Type 2 had at least one other serious health condition related to their diabetes.
- Wednesday, 13 November 2013
‘Earlier detection of cancer’ shown in new study from University College London
A new study, funded by The Eve Appeal and published this week in the open access journal PLOS Medicine, has the potential to change the cancer landscape by being able to accurately identify individuals with early stage womb cancer using easily accessible body fluids.
By collecting swabs from the entrance to the womb – a similar technique to that used in cervical screening – genetic material can be easily analysed for pre-cancer/cancer without the need for an invasive womb biopsy.
- Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Alzheimer’s could be treated or even prevented by replacing faulty genes, an expert in the disease has predicted.
It is claimed a nasal spray packed with healthy versions of the defective genes that cause the illness could be given to men and women to cure or stop the disease even developing.
The landmark study, which involved more than 180 researchers from 15 countries, pinpointed 11 genes that raise the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Friday, 25 October 2013
Focussing only on keeping people with dementia physically safe can actually contribute to the person's decline and result in the unnecessary loss of a person's skills.
Carers, family and even some health practitioners may unwittingly be behaving in ways that can cause 'silent harms’' for people with dementia in their efforts to help them live with the condition, argues Professor Charlotte Clarke of the University of Edinburgh.
- Thursday, 24 October 2013
A nuclear test veteran died after contracting leukaemia which could have been brought on by dangerous levels of radiation he was exposed to as a young serviceman despite years of MoD denials, a coroner has ruled.
Brave Louis Holford, 71, was plagued by health problems after he witnessed a series of atomic bomb blasts on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean in 1958.
The former RAF man was adamant his cancer - as well as two strokes and thyroid problems - had been caused by toxic fallout, which the MoD has never admitted.
- Wednesday, 23 October 2013
A cardiologist has argued that saturated fat may not play a significant role in raising heart attack and stroke risk – an opposing view to established dietary advice and guidelines.
Aseem Malhotra, from Croydon University Hospital in London, says advice to reduce saturated fat intake has actually increased cardiovascular disease risk.
He claims a focus on reducing cholesterol means too many people now take statins.
- Wednesday, 23 October 2013
New figures reveal that for the first time more than half of NHS patients who need vital stroke prevention surgery are accessing it within two weeks of experiencing symptoms of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke).
However, more must be done to raise public and professional awareness about the need for quick treatment and improve referral patterns from GPs and other clinicians. Hospital services should be organised to ensure there is rapid access to specialist imaging and care.
- Monday, 21 October 2013
Retired telecoms engineer Fred Walker, has published his debut book, entitled Alzheimer’s: An Engineer’s View, to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The book describes how Fred used his engineer’s mind to develop coping mechanisms when his late wife Joan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at just 67.
Co-authored with neurophysiologist Dr Chris Promfrett, Alzheimer’s:An Engineer’s View, also explains the possible reasons for the symptoms Joan experienced during her four year journey with Alzheimer’s.
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- Dancing away dementia
- Coping with pain films launched to mark World Arthritis Day
- Parkinson's test
- Men over 50 encouraged to contact Prostate Cancer UK Specialist Nurses as research reveals lack of awareness in this age group
- Less than a third of people aware of potential consequences of Type 2 diabetes
- Greater understanding key to early dementia diagnosis
- London Actress to step out against dementia as she reveals family member has condition