disease

Why cancer rates are increasing in the world's 'top' countries

Australians have access to some of the best healthcare in the world, allowing us to avoid many preventable illnesses, receive good care when we’re unwell and live longer. Ironically, this advantage may be fuelling an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and, according to new research, cancer. The University of Adelaide study found that the world’s wealthiest countries have much higher rates of cancer than much poorer countries. Looking at cancer rates

Lung Cancer: How to Protect Yourself From Blood Clots

A cancer diagnosis comes with an array of new health risks to consider, and one of them is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening blood clot that blocks blood flow in the veins, typically in the legs. One in five cancer patients will develop DVT, according to the National Blood Clot Alliance. And research suggests that a number of varieties of cancer — including lung — make patients particularly

High blood pressure: The criteria which reveal if YOU should be treated with medicine

The condition, also known as hypertension can be treated by altering lifestyle factors – such as cutting down on salt in diet and exercising. However, high blood pressure can also be treated with medication. There are a number of reasons a doctor might prescribe medication for a patient with high blood pressure. NICE guidance said: “Your doctor should offer you drug treatment if your blood pressure is considered to be

parkinson's disease

It may be possible to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease with a drug normally used in type 2 diabetes, a clinical trial suggests. Current drugs help manage the symptoms, but do not prevent brain cells dying. The trial on 62 patients, published in the Lancet, hints the medicine halted the progression of the disease. The University College London (UCL) team is “excited”, but it urges caution as any long-term

Could this bra detect breast cancer?

A teenager in Mexico has invented a bra to detect breast cancer. But does it work? And if so, how? Julian Rios Cantu, 18, has made a bra that he says will be an early warning system for breast cancer symptoms. The Eva bra, made by him and three friends who formed a company together, is only at the prototype stage. But they have raised enough money to start tests

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

British scientists have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Researchers in Oxford and Birmingham say they can isolate different strains of the disease using a process called genome sequencing. It means patients who may have waited months to get the right drugs can now be diagnosed in just a few days – so they have a greater chance of recovery. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the breakthrough