Doctors are nicer to THIN patients – because they have more respect for them


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Doctors are nicer to THIN patients – because they have more respect for them They still give overweight patients the same amount of time, treatment and advice as they give thin onesBut they are less empathetic towards fat patientsThis could be because they think these patients should be doing more to help themselves By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 15:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 Many patients fear the wrath of stern hospital matrons and stressed doctors.

The cancer survival lottery: More patients are surviving than ever but where you live can make a real difference


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The cancer survival lottery: More patients are surviving than ever but where you live can make a real difference For men, biggest increase in survival was in colon and prostate cancerIn women, biggest leap in survival was seen in cervical cancer patientsBut patients still face wide variations depending on where they live By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 18:06 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:06 GMT, 18 April 2013 Cancer patients face 'wide and persistent' variations in survival rates depending on where they live, according to a new report.

Doctors talk as if we"re not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don"t understand what they are being told


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Doctors talk as if we're not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don't understand what they are being told Annual NHS survey shows care has improved overall since last yearBut campaigners still disappointed by some of the results A fifth of patients didn't necessarily trust the doctor treating them By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:43 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:16 GMT, 17 April 2013 One in four patients says their doctors talk over them as if they weren’t there, according to a major survey.

New radiation therapy for cancer patients that has NO side-effects such hair loss or nausea


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New radiation therapy for cancer patients that has NO side-effects such hair loss or nausea Trials have successfully killed cancer cells in mice and there are plans to test treatment in humans Side-effects of radiotherapy occur because it damages healthy cells as well as destroying cancerous onesNew radiation therapy using specially-engineered boron chemical spares neighboring healthy cells By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 19:13 GMT, 4 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:19 GMT, 4 April 2013 Scientists have developed a new radiation therapy for cancer patients that has no debilitating side-effects such as hair loss or sickness.

Kidney cancer patients denied life-extending drug as NHS watchdog declares it "not cost effective"


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Kidney cancer patients denied life-extending drug as NHS watchdog declares it 'not cost effective' NICE says that the NHS should not provide axitinibThe drug can extend the lives of people with advanced kidney cancer but has been deemed not 'cost effective'It works by cutting off the blood supply to the tumour By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 12:23 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:06 GMT, 28 March 2013 Thousands of people with kidney cancer that has spread are to be denied a new pill that could prolong their lives, claim doctors.

Winter blues: Tired, grumpy, always hungry? Why grey-skies syndrome may be to blame…


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Tired, grumpy, always hungry Why grey-skies syndrome may be to blame…

Simple saliva test for breast and prostate cancer will soon be available at your GP for just 5


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5 saliva test that assesses risk of cancer: It will be available at your GP surgery Test would detect high risk of breast cancer and prostate tumours Patients could then be monitored to catch tumours at early stageGenetic testing come about after four years of analysis by 1,000 scientists Doubled the number of genes linked to breast, ovarian and prostate cancers By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 16:03 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:38 GMT, 28 March 2013 A saliva swab that tests for the genetic risk of two of the deadliest cancers could soon be available at GPs’ surgeries.

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


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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.

Feeling anxious or depressed "dramatically increases" the risk of dying from a heart attack


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Feeling anxious or depressed 'dramatically increases' the risk of dying from a heart attack Even those with mild depression had an almost 60% increased risk of dying over the following 18 monthsHigh blood pressure is strongly linked to anxietyDepression is associated with behavioural risk factors, such as smoking and not taking medication By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 20:12 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 19 March 2013 Feeling depressed or anxious dramatically increases the chances of heart patients dying, new research suggests.

NHS in talks over 8.50 charge to call out a doctor while hospital patients would also be forced to pay for their meals


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NHS in talks over 8.50 charge to call out a doctor while hospital patients would also be forced to pay for their mealsControversial plans put forward to tackle pressure on NHS financesNHS Confederation boss says cost of aging population to blame Campaigners worry patients could be discouraged from seeking treatment By Sophie Borland Health Reporter PUBLISHED: 00:02 GMT, 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 18 March 2013 Patients could be charged 8.50 to call an out-of-hours doctor to their home under controversial plans outlined today.