Simple blood test that predicts if a woman"s breast cancer is likely to return


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Simple blood test that predicts if a woman's breast cancer is likely to return Test detects genetic changes in DNA that could signal return of most common form of breast cancer Early warning could spare some women unnecessary treatment with gruelling anti-cancer drugs By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 17:37 GMT, 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 18 January 2013 A simple blood test could predict if the most common form of breast cancer will come back after treatment, say scientists.

World first as scientists create cancer-killing cells that can be injected into patients


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World first as scientists create cancer-killing cells that can be injected into patients The cells naturally occur in the body in small numbersBut it's hoped injecting huge quantities back into a patient could turbo-charge the immune systemJapanese researchers say the development paves the way for the new cancer and HIV treatments By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:18 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:13 GMT, 3 January 2013 Scientists have created cells capable of killing cancer for the first time.

Treatment for prostate cancer can shorten the length of a man"s penis


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Treatment for prostate cancer can shorten the length of a man's penis Men have complained their penises are smaller after surgery Some treatments can damage nerves and tissues that cause erectionsThis may shorten the penis and lead to intimacy problems, say researchersProblem much more widespread than previously thought PUBLISHED: 15:50 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:16 GMT, 3 January 2013 A diagnosis of prostate cancer is devastating for any man, but new research suggests the problems may go on long after treatment.

Cannabis makes pain more bearable rather than reducing it, say scientists


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Cannabis makes pain more bearable instead of reducing it, say scientists Patients took a combination of a placebo or a cannabis pill and had a normal cream or a painful chilli cream applied to the skin They felt same intensity of pain from chilli cream when taking cannabis rather than placeboHowever, they did report that the pain bothered them less after taking the cannabis pill Scans revealed cannabis reduced brain activity in areas linked to emotional reactions | UPDATED: 14:22 GMT, 24 December 2012 Cannabis can make patients feel less bothered about pain, according to a study.

Half the impact of sleeping pills "is due to placebo effect: Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medication


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Half the impact of sleeping pills 'is due to placebo effect': Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medicationStudy finds 'placebo affect' is behind much of the drug's benefitSleeping pills have wide range of side effects, such as memory loss and imbalanceScientists urge insomnia sufferers to seek out psychological treatment PUBLISHED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 Placebo: Much of the effects of sleeping pills are in the mind , according to a new report Around half the benefit of taking sleeping pills comes from the placebo effect – where people get better even when they are taking a ‘dummy’ drug, according to a study.

Scottish NHS dossier reveals failings that lead to death


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Patient killed in oxygen explosion as a second dies in broken lift: Damning dossier reveals NHS failings that caused death First study shows 345 serious incidents in Scotland including 100 deathsPneumonia patient died after being left for nine days without medicationShocking report reveals another patient had wrong organs stapled together | UPDATED: 15:19 GMT, 26 November 2012 A horrifying catalogue of serious errors at NHS hospitals in Scotland has come to light, following a Freedom of Information request.

Back pain – is it all in the mind? A provocative new book suggest it"s not physical problems that cause backache – but emotional tension


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Is chronic back pain all in the mind A provocative new book suggest it's not physical problems that cause backache – but emotional tension | UPDATED: 22:38 GMT, 15 October 2012 80 per cent of us will suffer from back pain at some point, and for many it becomes a long-term problem No one, it seems, is immune from back pain.

Male contraception: Cutting of sperm"s power supply could make a man temporarily infertile

Off with their tails! Male contraceptive pill a step closer as scientists cut off the power supply that helps sperm swim Gene mutation disrupted their ability to swimResulted in sperm tails that were 17 per cent shorter and a 50 per cent reduction in sperm production | UPDATED: 12:05 GMT, 9 October 2012 Scientists have found a way to stop sperm swimming, making the long-awaited male contraceptive pill a step closer to fruition.

Cancer cure: The magnets that cause cancer cells to self-destruct


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Powerful magnets that cause cancer cells to 'self-destruct' could offer targeted treatment for tumours By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 11:40 GMT, 8 October 2012 | UPDATED: 15:02 GMT, 8 October 2012 Magnets that cause tumours to 'self-destruct' could be a revolutionary new weapon in the fight against cancer.

Family of girl, 5, given all-clear for brain tumour now told she has just weeks to live


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Family who raised almost £300,000 to fly cancer-suffering daughter, 5, to U.S.


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