NHS patients set to lose important controls over their private medical records

NHS patients set to lose important controls over their private medical recordsPatients will only be able to request that their data is not passed onInformation which could identify a patient could be used Campaigners say changes would amount to ditching patient confidentiality By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 00:28 GMT, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 07:40 GMT, 29 March 2013 Under proposed changes to the NHS constitution, patients will not have a veto over records being used for reasons unrelated to their own treatment NHS patients are set to lose important controls over their private medical records, the Daily Mail can reveal.

Overweight heart disease patients are 30 per cent LESS likely to die early than their thin counterparts

Overweight people with heart disease are 30% LESS likely to die early than their thinner counterparts Obese patients are 15 per cent less likely to die youngOne reason may be because overweight patients receive more aggressive treatment By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 18:32 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 19 March 2013 Overweight heart disease sufferers are 30 per cent less likely to die early than their healthy weight counterparts It's widely believed that being overweight is bad for your heart and can lead to premature death.

The seven-point plan to a healthy life: Simple lifestyle steps can help prevent cancer and heart disease, new study finds

The seven-point plan to a healthy life: Simple lifestyle steps can help prevent cancer and heart disease, new study finds By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 04:00 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 04:00 GMT, 19 March 2013 Seven simple health lifestyle steps can help prevent cancer as well as heart disease, according to a new study.

How Google is flagging up the adverse side-effects of drugs BEFORE doctors and drug companies

How our Google search results can flag up adverse side-effects of medicines BEFORE doctors and drug companies Bad reactions to medicines often flagged up after drug is widely available But analysing internet searches could identify problems much earlierResearchers found many were searching for side-effect of taking two drugs The harmful interaction between the two was later confirmed by doctors By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 12:59 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 7 March 2013 Internet users can play a pivotal role in flagging up new side-effects of drugs after they go on sale, a study has found.

Why a glass of red wine with your steak can LOWER cholesterol

Why a glass of red wine with your steak can LOWER cholesterol Red wine helps to prevent release of damaging compounds in dark meat that can raise cholesterolResearchers say may be the reason why red wine has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:19 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:01 GMT, 15 January 2013 For those who dither over whether to have that glass of wine with dinner, it's good news.

Statins: How a 40p statin can stop deadly form of blood poisoning

How a 40p statin can stop deadly form of blood poisoning By Pat Hagan PUBLISHED: 03:51 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:51 GMT, 15 January 2013 Drugs taken by around seven million people in Britain to lower cholesterol could also stop a deadly form of blood poisoning in its tracks.

Statins taken to lower cholesterol "could help to kill aggressive tumours" in cancer patients

Statins taken to lower cholesterol 'could help to kill aggressive tumours' in cancer patients Anti-cancer drugs taken with statins can make treatments more effective Yale University professor claims mixture mixture of drugs can kill tumours | UPDATED: 09:02 GMT, 14 December 2012 They are commonly used to tackle high-cholesterol and protect against heart disease – but scientists in the U.S.

Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding

Tick-box GPs ordered to spend more time with your patients: Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding GPs will be rewarded for helping patients control blood pressure and cholesterolThey will have to concentrate on spotting early warning signs of illness and dealing with long-term conditions Critics say the changes could be 'deeply damaging' to patientsThey are expected to result in cuts to GP pay | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 7 December 2012 Family doctors will have their pay for doing ‘tick-box exercises’ slashed to encourage them to spend more time on preventing serious illnesses.

Can draining blood cut cholesterol and ward off cancer?

Can draining blood cut cholesterol and ward off cancer | UPDATED: 04:35 GMT, 4 December 2012 There may soon come a day when a visit to the GP involves having blood drained from your body — not for a blood test but to help reduce your risk of disease.

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study Test on nearly 9,000 people over 50 have shown lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the bodySmoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI all worsen the risk | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 27 November 2012 Tests on 8,800 people over 50 have showed cigarettes can damage memory Smoking is known to be highly damaging to physical health, being a major factor in cancer and heart disease.