Home HIV tests could be the key to reducing spread of AIDS

Home tests could be the key to reducing HIV spread, claim experts Home tests reduce the stigma associated with going for screening, meaning people are more likely to get testedSelf-tests can be carried out using saliva samples By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 23:01 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:32 GMT, 3 April 2013 Experts believe self-testing might be the key to reducing the spread of HIV Making self-testing for HIV widely available could be the answer to reducing the spread of AIDS, claim experts.

Toxic Britain: Binge drinking, smoking and drug taking means we"ll suffer more years of ill health than countries such as Romania and Thailand

Toxic Britain: Binge drinking, smoking and drug taking means we'll suffer more years of ill health than Romania and Thailand Average life expectancy has risen but we are living longer with disabilitySoaring use of drink and drugs means many 20-54 year-olds will die early Smoking is top reason for early death, followed by high blood pressureBiggest killers overall are heart disease, stroke and lung cancer By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 10:31 GMT, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:54 GMT, 5 March 2013 Britons' toxic lifestyles mean that a rising number of young people are dying prematurely from alcohol and drug abuse – and the current generation is set to suffer more years of debilitating illness in old age compared to the last.

Don"t tell patients they"ll look better after cosmetic surgery: New guidelines that "manage expectations" are unveiled

Surgeons demand that medical professionals carry out cosmetic procedures Practitioners should not imply patients will 'look nicer' or feel 'better' Should instead use unambiguous language like 'bigger' or 'smaller' Patients should also have psychological screening before treatmentPlus 'Botox parties' should be banned, as staff often untrained figures released yesterday by the British Association of Plastic Surgeons revealed that women had: Breast enlargments: 9,854 Eyelid surgery 6,071 Face/neck lift 5,324 Breast reduction 4,217 Nose job 3,228 Tummy tuck 2,882 Fat transfer 2,641 Liposuction 2,638 (Figures for BAAPS surgeons only) 'With the demand for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments rising year on year, it is crucial that the highest level of professionalism is maintained amongst practitioners.' The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said the new guidance was a 'step in the right direction' but called for more stringent recommendations on cosmetic surgery advertising.

New smear tests could save thousands of lives a year

New, more accurate smear tests that detect disease earlier could save thousands of lives a year Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce a new, more accurate smear test this weekIt will be introduced in parts of the country from next March in a 1.2m pilot schemeHe will also announce a 2m pilot screening programme for bowel cancer | UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 9 December 2012 Women are to be screened less often for cervical cancer because of a new, more accurate test which can detect the disease much earlier.

The new revolutionary breath test to diagnose bowel cancer

The revolutionary new breath test to diagnose bowel cancer test to diagnose bowel cancer Based on theory that tumours emit specific compounds which are unlikely to be found in healthy peopleSaid to be 76 per cent accurate at identifying tumours Could represent a ‘new frontier’ in cancer screening | UPDATED: 13:36 GMT, 5 December 2012 Scientists have developed a breath test that can accurately tell if a person has bowel cancer.

Prostate cancer: Should YOU have the new test? Flaws in the usual test lead to needless ops that can wreck sex lives

Should YOU have the new test for prostate cancer Flaws in the usual test lead to needless ops that can wreck sex lives | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 16 October 2012 Prostate cancer claims the lives of more than 10,000 men in the UK every year yet, unlike breast cancer, there is no national screening programme for the disease.

Breastlight: Thousands misled by torch that claims detect breast cancer

Thousands of women misled by £80 torch that claims to detect breast cancer The Breastlight has been ruled as 'misleading' by advertising watchdogThe device claims to help women spot the first signs of tumoursThe Advertising Standards Authority said the advertising was 'irresponsible' More than 20,000 have been sold worldwide since 2006 | UPDATED: 07:10 GMT, 10 October 2012 'Misled': The £86 Breastlight device, which claims to help women spot the first signs of tumours, has misled thousands of women the advertising watchdog has ruled Thousands of women have been ‘misled’ into buying a torch which claims to detect breast cancer, the advertising watchdog has ruled.

Smallpox virus may help treat deadly form of breast cancer

Smallpox virus may help treat deadly form of breast cancer Virus that helped eradicate smallpox used against type of breast cancer resistant to current treatmentsIt destroyed 90 per cent of cancer cells in lab tests | UPDATED: 10:03 GMT, 2 October 2012 A relative of the small pox virus may be an effective weapon against one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer, researchers say.

Breast cancer screening saves over twice as many as it harms

'Benefits outweigh the risks': Breast cancer screening saves over twice as many as it harms, scientists calculate Screening saves thousands of lives – but also results in many women wrongly being told they have tumoursAll women aged 50 to 70 are offered breast X-rays, or mammograms, for free on the NHS every three yearsStudy concludes benefits of X-rays far outweigh risks | UPDATED: 08:34 GMT, 13 September 2012 The benefits of breast cancer screening programmes far outweigh the risks, according to research.

New blood test for Down"s that lowers risk of miscarriage: Screening more accurate and safer for babies

New blood test for Down's that lowers risk of miscarriage: Screening more accurate and safer for babies | UPDATED: 06:48 GMT, 4 September 2012 Ultrasound: Currently women are offered a screening towards the end of their first trimester Doctors have developed a blood test for pregnant women that can detect 99 per cent of Down’s syndrome babies without risking a miscarriage.