Socialized medicine: British National Health Service is world's best healthcare system

The NHS has been declared the world's best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries which spend far more on health.

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Regular exercise might help slow down progression of dementia, says study

Physical activity may improve memory, attention and general cognitive function among the growing number of people with dementia, according to new research in a leading medical journal.

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Over-the-counter gel found to help hypoglycemic babies avoid brain damage

Sugar gel massaged inside baby's cheek can help avoid neurological condition linked to hypoglycaemia, Lancet reports

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One in four cancer survivors suffers serious side-effects

At least one in four cancer survivors suffers serious medical side-effects of their treatment such as heart failure, osteoporosis and sometimes extreme pain, according to a new report.

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Sudden infant death risk greater when parents share bed with babies

The controversy over whether parents should share a bed with newborns has been reignited by research showing that babies who do are five times more likely to die suddenly than those who sleep in a cot.

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Sugar caused global explosion in type 2 diabetes: study

Sugar is behind the global explosion in type 2 diabetes, say researchers who claim it plays a uniquely damaging role in causing a disease that experts fear could overwhelm the NHS.

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Mediterranean diet cuts risk of heart attack and stroke: study

Following a Mediterranean diet rich in either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduces the risk of people at risk of a heart attack or stroke suffering either event or dying of a heart condition by 30%, new research reveals.

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IQ research prompts warning over drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Research showing that children of women who drank as little as two glasses of wine a week during pregnancy had lower IQs has prompted calls for mothers-to-be to avoid alcohol.

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Study: Breast cancer reoccurs in 22.6 percent of patients within 10 years

Almost one in four women who develop breast cancer will see the disease return within 10 years, according to the first British study of how many sufferers confront the UK's commonest cancer twice. Research into 1,000 women who were first diagnosed with the disease between January 1999 and March 2002 and then had their health monitored for 10 years found it recurred in 22.6% of them.

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Breast cancer recurs in almost one in four patients

Almost one in four women who develop breast cancer will see the disease return within 10 years, according to the first British study of how many sufferers confront the UK's commonest cancer twice. Research into 1,000 women who were first diagnosed with the disease between January 1999 and March 2002 and then had their health monitored for 10 years found it recurred in 22.6% of them.

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British abortion providers fear for safety in face of U.S.-style protests

Doctors who help women end unwanted pregnancies are growing concerned for their own safety as anti-abortion groups step up protests outside clinics, a specialist in women's health has warned.

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Black market in human kidneys grows to 10,000 operations a year

The illegal trade in kidneys has risen to such a level that an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs now take place annually, or more than one an hour, World Health Organisation experts have revealed.

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Cancer deaths among UK 50-somethings drop to lowest level in 40 years

Deaths from cancer among 50-somethings have fallen to their lowest level in 40 years, thanks to better diagnosis, fewer people smoking and new drugs improving patients' chances of survival.

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