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Pfizer, Novartis Agree UK Price Cuts for New Breast Cancer Drugs Pfizer, Novartis Agree UK Price Cuts for New Breast Cancer Drugs
Pfizer and Novartis have agreed price cuts for their rival breast cancer drugs Ibrance (palbociclib) and Kisqali (ribociclib) to ensure they can be used routinely within Britain's state-funded health service.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt taken down by Ralf Little
The 37-year-old British actor, famous for his appearance in the Royle Family, then sent a public tweet to the Tory: 'If I'm wrong, sue me. I double dare you.' It sparked a week-long war of words. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sexual harassment at work causing women depression
Most victims are female, but complaints by men have risen, found  a University of Texas study. An earlier poll found 1 in 5 British women and 7% of men have suffered sexual harassment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Circulating Vitamin D Concentration and Risk of Seven Cancers Circulating Vitamin D Concentration and Risk of Seven Cancers
Using a comprehensive Mendelian randomization study, the authors sought to determine whether there is a linear association between vitamin D status and cancer risk.The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Link between obesity and cancer is not widely recognized
(Oxford University Press USA) A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has shown that the majority of people in the United Kingdom do not understand the connection between weight issues and cancer. Obesity is associated with thirteen types of cancer, including those of the breast, kidney, bowel, and womb. However, after surveying 3293 adults, taken as representative of the UK population, researchers found that only a quarter of respondents were aware of the link between obesity and cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 17, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Decrease in sunshine, increase in rickets
(University of Toronto) A University of Toronto student and professor have teamed up to discover that Britain's increasing cloudiness during the summer could be an important reason for the mysterious increase in rickets among British children over the past few decades. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Frederick Kurzer obituary
My friend Frederick Kurzer, who has died aged 95, was reader in chemistry at the Royal Free hospital school of medicine and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for more than 70 years.The son of Jacques Kurzer, a dealer in oriental rugs, and his wife, Rosa (nee L öwy), Frederick was born in the spa town of Carlsbad (now Karlovy Vary) in the German-speaking area of what was then Czechoslovakia. With one sister, Dorothy, he lived in Carlsbad and went to the localschool until 1939, when the family fled to London to escape the Nazis. He attended Clark ’s college, Cricklewood, and from there went to Regent Stre...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Stanley Langer Tags: Chemistry Hospitals Czech Republic Second world war Source Type: news

What Exactly Motivates and Retains Health Workers —and How Do We Measure It?
November 16, 2017The quirks, preferences, and priorities that drive our decisions are tough to nail down.Human beings do weird things sometimes.Or maybe the things we do as individuals onlyseem weird to others because they don ’t know our particular quirks, preferences, and priorities. Think about it: Why do you live where you live? How did you choose your job? What makes you go back to work day after day? The answers are different for us all.Maybe we want to live close to our family. Maybe we love the city life, or our hometown is the only place we want to live. Or maybe we choose our jobs based on what pays the bes...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Indian man has metallic wire hanging out of his eye
Ophthalmologists at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi revealed the strange incident in the British Medical Journal Case Reports. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colorado biotech shares soars after patent issued in Europe
Shares in Arca Biopharma Inc. were soaring in early Thursday trading after the biotech reported that one of its treatments for cardiovascular disease has been issued a patent in Europe. The Westminster biotech reported that the European patent was validated in: Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Shares in Arca Biopharma (Nasdaq: ABIO) were up more than 30 percent in early Thursday trading, rising 37 cents to $1.55. The company… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

Going beyond the 9-1-1 call - what BC emergency health services is doing to improve timely access to emergency care - Campbell K, Jaiven J, Banfield K, Begg C, Butler J, Thain L.
British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) uses an internationally recognized Medical Priority Dispatch System to assign appropriate responses to 9-1-1 calls based on patients' clinical acuity. In 2015, 71% of Omega calls (classified as calls invol... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Sarin exposures in a cohort of British military participants in human experimental research at Porton Down 1945-1987 - Keegan TJ, Carpenter LM, Brooks C, Langdon T, Venables KM.
BACKGROUND: The effects of exposure to chemical warfare agents in humans are topical. Porton Down is the UK's centre for research on chemical warfare where, since WWI, a programme of experiments involving ~30000 participants drawn from the UK armed service... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Antipruritic Effect of Pretreatment With Topical Capsaicin Antipruritic Effect of Pretreatment With Topical Capsaicin
Is high-concentration topical capsaicin an effective treatment for histaminergic and nonhistaminergic itch?The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Report suggests association between coffee and up to 70 percent reduced risk of liver disease
(Kaizo) A new roundtable report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) in association with the British Liver Trust, on 'Looking after the liver: coffee, caffeine and lifestyle factors' highlights the potential role of coffee consumption in reducing the risk of liver diseases such as liver cancer and cirrhosis, with some studies reporting risk reduction of up to 70% (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 16, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

British historian Daniel Beer wins US$75,000 International Cundill History prize
(McGill University) The international Cundill History Prize today announced the British historian Daniel Beer as the 2017 winner of the US$75,000 prize - the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English. The London-based historian was awarded for his ground-breaking study of Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Allen Lane). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pfizer, Novartis agree UK price cuts for new breast cancer drugs
LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer and Novartis have agreed price cuts for their rival breast cancer drugs Ibrance and Kisqali to ensure they can be used routinely within Britain's state-funded health service. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Good practice in prescribing opioids for chronic pain
The British Medical Association ’s (BMA) recent study into prescribing analgesics has shown long term opioid prescribing for chronic non-cancer pain is becoming an increasing issue in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Court gives go-ahead for minimum alcohol price in Scotland
Britain's Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland _ a watershed moment for public health advocates alarmed at the level of abuse (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Health at a Glance 2017: OECD Indicators for the UK
This report provides the latest comparable data and trends on the performance of the UK health system. The overall health of British people is similar to the OECD average, considering life expectancy and other general measures of health status. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

So, what's the problem with 'so'? | David Shariatmadari
BBC Radio 4 listeners (and John Humphrys) are fuming over an ‘unwelcome linguistic epidemic’. In fact, it goes back as far as BeowulfAnother day, another linguistic bugbear held up for ridicule. This time, it ’s the harmless, modest, blink-and-you-miss-it word “so”. What has this innocent syllable done to offend the British public? If you have been struggling to get through to the BBC recently it’s because their switchboard has been jammed withcomplaints about it.Here ’s Robert from Wakefield: “I have been increasingly irritated over the last couple of years by the increasing...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 15, 2017 Category: Science Authors: David Shariatmadari Tags: Language Science World news Radio 4 Media BBC UK news Source Type: news

Researchers find more evidence that antioxidants are key to preventing disease
(Natural News) A study published in the journal Nature Communications has revealed that the formation of cysteine hydropersulfides (CysSSH), a sulfur metabolite that is touted for its potent antioxidant properties, may be prompted by an enzyme found in the mitochondria. A team of international researchers from Japan, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and the United States has examined the pathway of CysSSH... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The pinta you can drink with a milk intolerance
A new study supported by British experts found the intolerance to cow ’s milk may actually be triggered by a protein, rather than lactose. A Shropshire herd is producing milk without the suspect protein. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blog Post: Supreme Court makes momentous decision on Minimum Unit pricing in Scotland
Today the Supreme Court has ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal. This is a momentous decision, following five years of legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association. It means that the Scottish Government can now implement MUP and allow a potentially game-changing alcohol policy to finally be introduced. After years of public debate on the merits and politics of MUP, we may lose sight of the basic principle behind it. MUP establishes a minimum price below which a unit of alcohol can be sold. It is not a new tax on alcohol, and – unlike alcohol taxes – it applies equally regardless o...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Postoperative Delirium and MCI in the Elderly Postoperative Delirium and MCI in the Elderly
What is the relationship between post-operative delirium and subsequent development of mild cognitive impairment or dementia in previously cognitively normal elderly patients?British Journal of Anaesthesia (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Conservative Interventions for Shoulder Impingement Conservative Interventions for Shoulder Impingement
There are several non-surgical treatment options for shoulder impingement, but how effective are they in terms of improving pain, function and range of motion?British Journal of Sports Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

The pinta you can drink with a milk allergy
A new study supported by British experts found the allergy to cow ’s milk may actually be triggered by a protein, rather than lactose. A Shropshire herd is producing milk without the suspect protein. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Satellites could be launched from Shetland Islands' most nothern isle
Unst, which has a population of only 600, is identified in UK Space Agency research as best site in UK for spaceport to launch satellites into orbitFor the 600 residents of the most northern island in the Shetlands, it could be the most exciting thing since Unstfest – the annual shindig that this year offered, among its attractions, a scything demonstration over-16s could join.The proposals are at an early stage, but if the Shetland Space Centre Ltd gets its way,Unst could become the UK ’s premier spaceport with a local economy revitalised by blasting satellites into orbit. The company was set up on the island,...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Space Scotland Satellites Science UK news Source Type: news

Satellites could be launched from Shetland Islands' most northern isle
Unst, which has a population of only 600, is identified in UK Space Agency research as best site in UK for spaceport to launch satellites into orbitFor the 600 residents of the most northern island in the Shetlands, it could be the most exciting thing since Unstfest – the annual shindig that this year offered, among its attractions, a scything demonstration over-16s could join.The proposals are at an early stage, but if the Shetland Space Centre Ltd gets its way,Unst could become the UK ’s premier spaceport with a local economy revitalised by blasting satellites into orbit. The company was set up on the island,...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Space Scotland Satellites Science UK news Source Type: news

Psychedelic Drug Might Ease Depression, Alcoholism
A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Skin Absorption Through Atopic Dermatitis Skin Skin Absorption Through Atopic Dermatitis Skin
Do patients with atopic dermatitis have greater skin absorption than healthy controls? Are they at higher risk of systemic exposure to chemicals from topical products?The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Italy pushes Milan bid to host European Medicines Agency
Italy's president hopes that Milan wins the right to host the hotly sought-after European Medicines Agency, which has to be relocated from London due to Britain's divorce from the European Union (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Psychedelic Amazonian Drug, Ayahuasca, Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism
TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 -- A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 14, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

NHS England accused of 'smoke and mirrors' over £1bn fund
NHS England has been accused of using “smoke and mirrors” in its spending of the £1bn primary care fund promised in 2014 by the British Medical Association. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

One-third of cesarean births justified by fear, obesity or age
(Natural News) According to figures from the National Health Service, more women in the United Kingdom are opting to have cesarean deliveries. In 2016, almost 28 percent of women who gave birth underwent a cesarean, which is a three-fold increase since the 1980s. This is including the 12.1 percent of the pregnant women who planned... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Handheld Device Detects Cancer Via Skin
[Guardian] An affordable and effective device for detecting skin cancer has picked up an award of £30,000 ($40,000) from Britain's best-known inventor. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

One Facebook ‘like’ is all it takes to target adverts, academics find
Online ad campaigns based on smallest expressions of preference reveal effect of ‘mass psychological persuasion’Online ad campaigns created by academics in Britain and the US have targeted millions of people based on psychological traits perceived from a single “like” on Facebook – demonstrating, they say, the effect of “mass psychological persuasion”.More than 3.5 million people, mostly women in the UK aged 18-40, were shown online adverts tailored to their personality type after researchers found that specific Facebook likes reflected different psychological characteristics.Conti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Psychology Science UK news World news Advertising Media Internet Technology Facebook Social networking Source Type: news

GI Dynamics loses CE Mark certificate for EndoBarrier
GI Dynamics (ASX:GID) said yesterday that its notified body in Europe withdrew its certification for CE Mark approval for its EndoBarrier device, meaning the company can no longer sell the obesity and diabetes treatment in the European Union. CEO Scott Schorer told MassDevice.com today during a telephone interview that Boston-based GID passed an intensive, week-long inspection of its quality management system and was taken by surprise when SGS United Kingdom said Nov. 11 that it would withdraw the CE Mark effective Nov. 12. When the potential CE Mark suspension was announced in May the company said it would have ...
Source: Mass Device - November 13, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Diabetes Regulatory/Compliance Weight loss GI Dynamics Source Type: news

Workplace violence among female sex workers who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada: does client-targeted policing increase safety? - Prangnell A, Shannon K, Nosova E, Debeck K, Milloy MJ, Kerr T, Hayashi K.
Workplace violence, by clients or predators, poses serious negative health consequences for sex workers. In 2013, the Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada Police Department changed their guidelines with the goal of increasing safety for sex workers by focu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Risk assessment interviews: exploring the perspectives of psychologists and indeterminate sentenced prisoners in the United Kingdom - Shingler J, Sonnenberg SJ, Needs A.
This study explores the forensic risk assessment interview from the perspectives of qualified prison-based psychologists and indeterminate sentenced prisoners in the United Kingdom. It focuses on the psychologist-prisoner relationship in the interview cont... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

The Cedar Project: mortality among young Indigenous people who use drugs in British Columbia - Jongbloed K, Pearce ME, Pooyak S, Zamar D, Thomas V, Demerais L, Christian WM, Henderson E, Sharma R, Blair AH, Yoshida EM, Schechter MT, Spittal PM.
We report mortality rates among young Indigenous people who use... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

An audit of injuries in six English professional soccer academies - Read PJ, Oliver JL, De Ste Croix MBA, Myer GD, Lloyd RS.
This study assessed the current injury occurrence, providing an update to reports published prior to the introduct... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Is the British art of understatement ever so slightly dying out?
Gradable adverbs such as ‘rather’, ‘quite’ and ‘awfully’ are disappearing from our speech, according to linguistics professor Paul Baker. Is it a frightful shame – or are we just getting better at saying what we mean?Name: understatement.Age: not all that new.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Language Science Source Type: news

US TV blamed as UK has highest obesity rates in W Europe
Britain is following the lead of the US – the 2nd most obese country in the world. Some 27% of Britons are now obese, predicted to rise to 40% by 2030, according to an OECD report. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exposure to benzene during pregnancy: a pilot study raises concerns in British Columbia
(University of Montreal) Universit é de Montr é al research reveals that 29 pregnant women living near natural-gas hydraulic fracturing sites had a median concentration of a benzene biomarker in their urine that was 3.5 times higher than that found in women from the general Canadian population. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Report on NHS maternity services
This report identifies areas of good practice and opportunities for improvement in the care of women and babies in maternity services across Britain. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Toxic proteins that cause Alzheimer's can develop in your liver and kidneys, then migrate to the brain like cancer, shocking new study finds
(Natural News) No one really knows what causes Alzheimer’s, but recent studies on the disease are promising. Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada have discovered that Alzheimer’s-causing proteins can be formed in the liver and the kidneys, and then transported to the brain through the blood. These toxic proteins, known as beta-amyloids,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK most overweight country in Western Europe says OECD
Britain's obesity rates rising faster than any other developed nation, with 63% of UK adults overweight. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK has the HIGHEST obesity rate in Western Europe
Britain is following the lead of the US – the 2nd most obese country in the world. Some 27% of Britons are now obese, predicted to rise to 40% by 2030, according to an OECD report. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'It's going to save lives': Drug testing machine to be piloted in Vancouver amid overdose crisis
A portable machine will be used in conjunction with fentanyl test strips to check drugs for a wide range of contaminants at Insite and Powell Street Getaway, two safe injection sites in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news