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

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.

A quarter of us have liver damage – and a dry January isn"t enough to undo the damage, warn experts

A quarter of us have liver damage – and a dry January isn't enough to undo the damage, warn experts 28 per cent of people tested by the British Liver Trust were showing the early signs of liver damageLiver disease is now the fifth biggest killer in the UK, due to alcohol, fatty diets and sedentary lifestyles Charity is calling for early liver screening to be made available to all those at risk, in a bid to save one million lives a year By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 10:20 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:20 GMT, 1 January 2013 More than one in four Britons have the early signs of liver disease, according to the British Liver Trust A booze-free January is not enough to repair the liver and keep it healthy, leading experts have warned.

Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding

Tick-box GPs ordered to spend more time with your patients: Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding GPs will be rewarded for helping patients control blood pressure and cholesterolThey will have to concentrate on spotting early warning signs of illness and dealing with long-term conditions Critics say the changes could be 'deeply damaging' to patientsThey are expected to result in cuts to GP pay | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 7 December 2012 Family doctors will have their pay for doing ‘tick-box exercises’ slashed to encourage them to spend more time on preventing serious illnesses.

Gruesome images of mouth tumours and gangrene: How every cigarette packet on sale in Australia will look from tomorrow

Gruesome images of mouth tumours and gangrene: How every cigarette packet on sale in Australia will look from tomorrow Law bans the use of logos, brand imagery, colours and promotional textAll tobacco packaging will be brown with the brand name barely visible Graphic health warning will cover at least 85% of all tobacco packaging | UPDATED: 11:03 GMT, 30 November 2012 Australia will tomorrow become the first country in the world to strip all tobacco products of branding – leaving just standardised packs covered with graphic health warnings.

Making a clean breast of it: Government cancer awareness advert uses graphic full-frontal images to hammer warning home

Stay abreast of the changes: Government cancer awareness ad uses full-frontal imagery in stark health warningFirst time naked breasts have been shown in UK TV ad, say creators | UPDATED: 13:43 GMT, 25 September 2012 Women are often warned about the importance of regularly checking their breasts for signs of cancer.

Killer virus warning for British tourists who visited Yosemite National Park after two people die

Killer virus warning for British tourists who visited Yosemite National Park after two people die | UPDATED: 10:01 GMT, 3 September 2012 The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is contacting Britons who may have visited the United States national park at the centre of an outbreak of a deadly virus that has killed two people.

Having one standard hospital chart "could save thousands of lives a year"

Having just one standard hospital chart 'could save thousands of lives a year' Currently more than 100 different types of charts to monitor patients in the UKOne standard chart would help nurses and doctors when they move hospitals | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 27 July 2012 New gold standard: Professor Bryan Williams said the new chart could potentially transform patient safety in UK hospitals Thousands of hospital deaths could be prevented if doctors and nurses used a standardised bed chart, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said.

Fatty blood could provide early warning sign of Alzheimer"s

Fatty blood could provide early warning sign of Alzheimer's | UPDATED: 09:28 GMT, 19 July 2012 Dementia: The degenerative condition affects more than 300,000 people in the UK High levels of a fat in the blood could provide an early warning of Alzheimer's, researchers say.