NHS diabetes care "lottery": Thousands could face blindness, strokes and death because of variations in treatment

1m an hour 'lottery' of NHS diabetes care: Thousands face complications including blindness, strokes and even death because of 'shocking' variations in treatmentFailures are leading to premature deaths according to Parliamentary groupAlmost half of sufferers not getting nine recommended annual checks By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 01:31 GMT, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:21 GMT, 20 March 2013 Thousands of people with diabetes are being failed by ‘shocking variations’ in NHS treatment, warn MPs.

Scientists discover 21 new genes affecting cholesterol, paving the way for targeted drugs

Scientists a step closer to preventing heart attacks as they identify high cholesterol genes Largest-ever genetic study of cholesterol gives insight into those most at risk of heart diseasePaves the way for personalised drugs and treatments | UPDATED: 16:50 GMT, 11 October 2012 Scientists have identified 21 new genes linked to cholesterol levels, further paving the way for dedicated drugs and treatments or heart disease.

Drugs companies "are putting profits ahead of medical discoveries"

Drugs companies 'are putting profits ahead of medical discoveries' For every 1 spent on basic research a whopping 19 is spent on marketing, claim expertsCurrent reward system discourages innovation, they add | UPDATED: 15:13 GMT, 8 August 2012 The pharmaceutical industry is in crisis because companies are rewarded for developing new drugs that have few clinical advantages over existing ones, experts say.

Stroke patients are being abandoned when they leave hospital with 40% never assessed for their needs

Stroke patients ‘are being abandoned when they leave hospital with 40% never assessed for their needs’ | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 1 May 2012 Many stroke survivors feel abandoned when they get home from hospital, and are missing out on vital services such as physiotherapy Two out of five stroke survivors are abandoned after they leave hospital and never get an assessment for their health and social care needs, warns a new report.

Elderly cancer victims "failed by NHS ageism" with patients written off as too frail for treatment

Elderly cancer victims “failed by NHS ageism” with patients written off as too frail for treatment Elderly cancer sufferers die in greater numbers than younger patients because of NHS ageism, official figures suggest. Only half of sufferers aged 75 and over will live more than a year, compared with the three quarters of those in middle age who can expect to do so. Campaigners warn that thousands of patients are written off by doctors who assume they will prove too frail for lifesaving treatment