Suppose so, really

Smokers can turn back time in their lungs by kicking the habit, with healthy cells emerging to replace some of their tobacco-damaged and cancer-prone ones, a study shows.

Smokers have long been told their risk of developing diseases like lung cancer will fall if they can quit, and stopping smoking prevents new damage to the body.

A study published on Thursday in the journal Nature found that the benefits may go further, with the body appearing to draw on a reservoir of healthy cells to replace smoke-damaged ones in the lungs of smokers when they quit.

Sorta inherent in the very idea of cancer, isn’t it? New cells turning up, old ones dying off? Cancer being when this happens in an uncontrolled manner?

These people are idiots

Cervical cancer cases are soaring among women in their late 20s, even though the virus behind it has almost been eliminated in younger generations, new figures show.

OK. Not that it is OK, but that that’s what is happening, OK.

But a separate report from Cancer Research UK warns that cases of cervical cancer are soaring among those in their late 20s, who grew up before national vaccination was introduced.

More than 3,000 women are being diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, including around 400 cases among those aged 25 to 29.

Among this group, rates rose from 12 cases per 100,000 women in 2004 – 6 to 18.5 cases per 100,000 in 2015/17 – a 54 per cent increase.

Experts said the figures reflected low screening rates among such women, with just 61.9 per cent taking up invitations for smears, compared with 78.4 per cent of those those in their early 50s.

But that’s idiocy. Screening finds cancer. A low screening rate cannot be responsible for finding more cases of cancer.

Coming soon to a pharmacy near you

*Oi! Fattie! Yer pills are ready!”

“Whatchu need dem for? Can’t get preggers as no one’s going t’shag a whale like you.”

“Rennies sir? If you ate less you grossly obese pig then you’d not need antacids.”

Chemists should tell shoppers to lose weight, cut their alcohol intake and quit other unhealthy habits, new NHS guidance says.

The guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence says pharmacists should have a much stronger role in getting the nation in shape.

Pharmacists are being told to start conversations with shoppers about topics like weight loss when they pick up their prescriptions, or buy over the counter products.

“Johnnies? You’ll need a mirror to put those on matey, no way can you see over that gut.”

Because it is

My miscarriage was the worst thing to happen to me – how could my doctor treat it like an everyday event?

It’s a rare event for you – not for him. Just as with death of an adult. Hmm, did I get that diagnosis wrong maybe? But the Doc ain’t gonna be wailing like the family now, is he?

Make up your mind, eh?

The Tories must learn from the Orkambi victory and keep drug-pricing off the table


The NHS has significant buying power, and regularly negotiates discounts,

Thought we just said that the NHS shouldn’t deal in drug pricing?

But the true stupidity is here:

Under pressure, the government admitted it had a “moral obligation” to explore providing access to cheaper versions of the drug, and Labour committed to doing so if it won power. Confronted with the real possibility that the government might break its monopoly, the public relations disaster of desperate families flying to Argentina to keep their children alive, and with an election looming, Vertex gave in and struck a deal.

The battle for Orkambi was won, but the problem is not going away. Whether it’s Trikafta, the successor drug to Orkambi, or any of the new wave of extremely expensive immunotherapy treatments for cancer, many more crucial yet overpriced drugs are coming on to the market. The country cannot be held to ransom every time the NHS needs to buy another medicine from another monopolist.

The monopoly is granted to get the spending on the development of the drug in the first place. If we don;t grant the monopolies then the development ain’t gonna take place…..

Now this is fun

Lord knows how true it is, or useful, but:

Chicken soup really could boost the health, according to a new study showing traditional broths may combat malaria.

The humble fare has long been offered to those battling flu and fevers, thanks to a belief in its powers of restoration.

More than 60 homemade broths brought in by an ethnically diverse group of children from a London primary school were found to interrupt the life cycle of the most deadly of the malarial parasites.

A range of soups, ranging from vegetable to beef and chicken, were found to have the power to interrupt the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, which causes 99 per cent of deaths from malaria and is transmitted through infected mosquitos.

Chicken soup is, of course, Jewish penicillin. But the usual thought is that it’s the care with which Granny makes it which leads to the cure – care and attention from loved ones does boost the immune system.

But to find that soup actually works – against malaria – is lovely.

Chiropracty is dangerous

An elderly bank manager died after he was left a paraplegic with a broken neck following a “rushed” session with a chiropractor, an inquest heard.

John Lawler, 80, had visited a private clinic in York for the third time in a week to seek treatment for a leg injury he sustained by falling through a garden chair when he received traumatic injuries.

The former Barclays Bank manager was chatting to his wife Joan about where to have lunch when he screamed out in pain minutes into his appointment after his treatment table was dropped and raised “without warning”, his widow said.

An inquest in York heard Mr Lawler yelled at Dr Arleen Scholten, “you are hurting me, you are hurting me” before later adding, “I can’t feel my arms”, during what was supposed to be part of a procedure to manipulate his spine in August 2017.

Mrs Lawler, 83 , told the inquest that despite her husband’s distress, Dr Scholten started to apply an activator, a small handheld clicking device that stimulates the spine, to his neck.

Spine manipulation is not always a good thing…..

What a fascinating idea

The theory is most fun:

Deadly conditions like leukaemia, sepsis and malaria could be drawn from the body using magnets, after a British engineer designed a blood filtering system which sieves away disease.

Dr George Frodsham, came up with the idea while studying how magnetic nanoparticles can be made to bind to cells in the body, to allow, for example those cells to show up on scanners.

But he realised that if it was possible to magnetise cells for imaging, it should also be possible to then suck them out of the blood.

In theory, any bacterial infection, blood cancer, or virus that could be grabbed by a tiny magnetic particle could be removed from the body without the need for lengthy treatments with harsh drugs.

If you can preferentially mark or magnetise the bad stuff then yes, you’ve just created a method of being able to filter by magnetism.

Now, whether it actually works usefully is another matter and it’s going to be fun to find out.

Obviously, they already know about the levitating frog and are aware that the red blood cells contain that iron which is affected by magnets….


When Saracens rugby player Jade Knight ran her first 5km after the birth of her son, she was plagued by urinary incontinence. Pregnancy and birth had caused a weak pelvic floor – the group of muscles that span the bottom of the pelvis – leading to stress incontinence, a condition affecting around a third of mothers.

Embarrassed, Knight religiously wore black leggings when she returned to training out of fear she would leak in front of her team-mates. “Unless I speak about it I don’t think anyone else is going to,” she says. Even as a qualified midwife, she was astounded at the toll pregnancy had taken on her body.

With a severe lack of evidence and information on how exercise impacts post-partum sportswomen,

How old are Kegel weights now?

That is, this is hardly an unknown, is it?

The lack of self awareness is astonishing

Many liberals and a growing number of Democratic presidential candidates have embraced a bold idea for reforming America’s broken healthcare system. The idea most in vogue—and the most debated—throughout the 2020 election has been to abolish private insurance in favor of a government-run national system, otherwise known as “Medicare for All.” Advocates of “single-payer” generally blame rapacious insurers as the principal villains of the current system, responsible for sky-high premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Replacing for-profit insurance companies with a government program, the logic goes, would bring lower costs and coverage to everyone

But this singular focus on insurers means that the presidential hopefuls are neglecting an even bigger problem with far-reaching consequences for millions of Americans: the dominance of hospital monopolies in a growing number of health care markets nationwide.

Monopolies, in general, mean bad news for consumers. Health care is no exception.

That’s why there should be a single, monopoly, health care system like Medicare for all, right?

Competition, not consolidation, is better for patients.

Err, yes?

Centralised bureaucracies work so well, don’t they?

“Little progress” has been made improving patient safety in the NHS over the past 20 years, the top health service watchdog has said.

Serious accidents such as surgery on the wrong part of the body remain commonplace due to an “insidious” culture of defensiveness and blame, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.

Professor Ted Baker yesterday revealed he receives between 500 and 600 reports of “never events” a year, incidents that are wholly preventable whatever the circumstances.

This includes an occasion where surgeons operated on the wrong eye of a patient.

He told a safety conference at The King’s Fund that hospital managers routinely hide evidence from the CQC, because they regard the organisation as out to blame them.

Not actually an issue of time, money or budgets…..

Midwives failing to check babies’ heart rates during labour is the biggest cause of birth blunders in NHS, an investigation has found.

An analysis of “devastating” cases which ended in brain injury found that seven in ten involved a failure to properly monitor the foetus.

And in almost two thirds of such births, at least two errors were made, with repeated missed chances to prevent death and avoidable injuries.

The research, which examined 96 births, follows official figures which show that almost £5bn of negligence claims were lodged against the NHS in 2018/19.

Half of this – almost £2.5bn – involved claims relating to alleged blunders in maternity.

The investigation also calls for urgent changes to ensure babies were properly monitored during labour.

Incompetence in a state organisation though…..

Calling BiG – Isn’t this like Fen Fen?

A landmark trial over one of France’s biggest healthcare scandals will begin on Monday after a weight-loss pill was believed to have killed up to 2,000 people and left many more injured for life.

The trial for manslaughter and deceit will attempt to lift the lid on France’s massive pharmaceuticals industry.

Servier, one of France’s biggest and most powerful privately-owned laboratories, is accused of covering up the killer side-effects of a widely prescribed drug called Mediator. The French state drug regulator is accused of lenience and not acting to prevent patient deaths and injuries.

There’s certainly some commonality. Weight loss drug that causes cardiovascular problems. Would be interesting to know whether it’s actually the same drug, or a slight derivative?

Let’s just rewrite this story

Hundreds of children with cancer being denied potentially lifesaving drugs

Where the Hell’s Mengele when you need him? For we’ve got to start doing medical experiments on sick kids.

That being what the actual problem is. We don’t test drugs on kids. Therefore they either not approved or we’re not sure they will work on kids. Thus they don’t get them.

The solution is to test drugs on kids.

Well, no, not really

Screening men for breast cancer may be even more effective than for women


Screening men for breast cancer may be even more effective than for women after testing picked up nearly four times the rate of tumours.

Not what’s being said:

Breast cancer in men is rare, with around 1.5 cases for every 100,000 men in Britain, equating to 390 men diagnosed each year compared to 54,800 cases in women.

But around one in 1000 men carry gene mutations that put them at greater risk.

Now a study has shown that when 1,869 high risk men were screened over 12 years, cancer was detected in 18 of every 1,000 exams, compared to five in 1,000 for women of both high and average risk.

Selective screening of men appears more effective than unselective screening of women.

Something that seems fair and reasonable when we think about it.

Not all that helpful

Scientists can predict risk of heart attack with 90 per cent accuracy

You have a 50% chance of a heart attack and I am 90% accurate in that prediction”.

The new technology can detect dangerous build-up of fat and scarring around the organ.

It allows medics to predict the likelihood of a heart attack over the next nine years with up to 90 per cent accuracy.

That’s more interesting than the piffle the Telegraph’s writers manage.

Ooooh, this is good!

Record demand for help from NHS gender identity clinics has seen waiting times reach more than two years , an investigation has found.

Don’t we make them wait three years before reaching for the scalpel anyway? So, they’re getting 2/3 of the work done in advance!