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.

Parents can HALVE their baby"s risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products

Parents can HALVE their baby's risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products Findings contradict the 'hygiene hypothesis' that exposure to allergens and germs boosts immunity 11% of children protected from allergens such as nuts and dairy products developed asthmaCompared to 27% of those exposed to the allergens By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 Protecting babies from highly allergenic foods and dust mites in their first year of life can prevent the development of asthma during childhood, a new study has discovered.

Drug that prevents breast cancer for 20 years: Protection for thousands at high risk

Drug that prevents breast cancer for 20 years: Protection for thousands at high risk New guidelines suggest tamoxifen or raloxifene could offer up to 20 years of protection for those considered at high risk of cancerWomen would take the drugs for five years either before or after the menopause, with the aim of slashing odds of developing the disease By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:00 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:44 GMT, 15 January 2013 Thousands of healthy women could be offered powerful breast cancer drugs to cut their chances of contracting the disease.

Patients at high risk of cancer could be told to take aspirin: Taking tablet regularly "can cut risk of developing disease by a third"

Patients at high risk of cancer could be told to take aspirin: Taking tablet regularly 'can cut risk of developing disease by a third' | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 12 December 2012 Professor Sir Mike Richards said that the odds of survival for lung cancer have'barely been improving' over the last five years Patients at high risk of developing cancer could be prescribed regular doses of aspirin under plans to tackle the rising number of cases.

Vikings could be to blame for why Scots have highest levels of multiple sclerosis

Vikings could be to blame for why Scots have highest levels of multiple sclerosis in the world, say scientists Study found one in every 170 women in the Orkney Islands suffers from multiple sclerosisIt is the highest rate in the world and has been linked with their Norse ancestryScientists say Vitamin D deficiency could also be to blame | UPDATED: 17:45 GMT, 10 December 2012 Genetic culprit The norse ancestry of Scottish people could be at least partly to blame for high levels of multiple sclerosis People living on a group of Scottish islands could have the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world thanks to the Vikings, researchers claim.

Boy, 10, collapsed and died from unknown heart condition after building an igloo in the snow with friends

Boy, 10, who collapsed and died after building an igloo in the snow with friends may have had unknown heart conditionJoshua Houlgate was playing in the snow with his friends when he complained of feeling unwell and collapsedHis mother frantically tried to save his lifeCoroner records verdict of death by natural causes | UPDATED: 17:50 GMT, 15 October 2012 Tragic loss: Joshua Houlgate, the ten-year-old who collapsed and died while he was playing in the snow with his friends in February A 10-year-old boy who collapsed in front of his pals while they played in the snow could have had a lifelong heart condition, an inquest heard.