Health News Archive - June 14, 2008

The National Health Service in the South West is in good financial health, according to a new report. The region's strategic health authority has just announced a pounds149.4 million surplus for this financial year, and as a result says it will be able to plough millions back into services.

By Louise Vennells A westcountry doctor has handed a 1.2 million-strong petition in to Downing Street, protesting against Government plans for "super surgeries".

The University of Plymouth's faculty of health and social work is holding an event in Derriford today aimed to attract more men to healthcare jobs. Men into Health will include free advice sessions with healthcare professionals and practical demonstrations.

Doctors do not trust the information pharmaceutical companies put on websites about their own products, according to results collated from a recent survey.

I f YOU'RE disinclined to kit your baby out in Sunday best for a boring old studio portrait, you can now make a splash by doing something completely different. An aspiring photographer in North Cornwall can photograph you and your baby underwater.

NEW drug lapatinib is described as a "stealth fighter" against breast cancer. It is not a cure but temporarily stops progression of the disease for women with advanced cases of breast cancer who test positive for the protein HER2.

Schools should be forced to teach children about domestic violence, honour-based crimes and forced marriage, MPs said today.

By Kounteya Sinha NEW DELHI: Pills that can think and injections without needles are the cutting edge drug delivery systems being developed for the future.

By MADONNA YANCEY, Courier & Press correspondent Did your father and grandfather have high blood pressure? Have several men in your family died of heart disease at an early age? What about the women in your family? Has your mother, grandmother or an aunt developed breast cancer? Does either of your parents or grandparents have diabetes? The answers to these questions may hold the key to your medical future.

By GINNY WARE Work has started on a pounds1.1million scheme to develop a new community hospital in Brixham.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.