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Social care reforms announced
Most of the UK media is covering the announcement made in Parliament by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, about proposed changes to social care.
The two confirmed points to have garnered the most media attention in the run-up to the announcement are:
- a ‘cost cap’ of £75,000 worth of care costs – after this...
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Cancer treatment response may be affected by gut bacteria
"Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy," BBC News reports.
The news comes from research into whether people with cancer might respond differently to cancer treatment depending on the bacteria in their gut.
Researchers specifically looked at a type of cancer treatment called immunotherapy.
Could a blood test in middle age predict dementia risk?
"Tissue inflammation blood test points to dementia risk," is the headline in The Times.
Researchers in the US say people who have higher measures of inflammation in middle age are likely to have less brain tissue in some parts of their brain in older age.
The differences in brain volume, seen on MRI scans, were also...
Acid reflux drugs linked to increased stomach cancer risk
"A drug commonly used to treat acid reflux is linked to a more than doubled risk of developing stomach cancer," reports The Guardian.
Researchers wanted to investigate whether there's a link between medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and stomach cancer. Widely used PPIs include esomeprazole, lansoprazole,...
Nutrient drink for Alzheimer's has disappointing result in trial
A new study investigating the effects of a nutrient drink for Alzheimer's disease has led to very different headlines in the media. While BBC News tells us the "Alzheimer's nutrient drink falters in clinical trial", the Daily Mirror reports the drink "could help stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists"....
Marriage may help lower dementia risk
"Marriage and having close friends may help protect against dementia, according to Loughborough University researchers," BBC News reports.
The news comes from a study looking at the link between social relationships and the risk of developing dementia.
The study included a large group of adults aged over 60 who didn...
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