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Daily digest April 14 2015

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Breath test predicts stomach cancer

A breath test which can predict the chance of developing stomach cancer has been developed by scientists in the hope it could save thousands of lives, the Telegraph reports.

At present symptoms of stomach cancer are often mistaken for other complaints and there is no effective early screening test, so it is usually diagnosed when it is too late for treatment to be effective.

But a new test developed by Israeli scientists senses tiny changes in the level of organic compounds in exhaled breath which signal that stomach cancer is present.

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Doctors warn that continued underfunding for dementia research could lead to care crisis

Doctors have called for an end to underfunding for dementia research before increased levels of the disease prompt a health and social care crisis.

A study carried out by the University of Oxford found that stroke research was also underfunded in comparison with cancer and heart disease, the Times reports.

The study estimates that for every £10 of health and social care costs attributable to each condition, £1.08 in research funding was spent on cancer, 65p on coronary heart disease, 19p on stroke and only 8p on dementia.

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Nurse accused of poisoning 21 patients wrote 'there's a devil in me', court hears

A nurse accused of poisoning 21 hospital patients wrote 'there’s a devil in me' in a letter found at his home in which he also said he was going to hell, a court has heard.

Victorino Chua is standing trial for allegedly murdering three patients and poisoning 18 others by contaminating saline drips and ampoules with insulin at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester, between June 2011 and January 2012, the Guardian reports.

On Monday, Manchester crown court was shown a 13-page document written by the father-of-two in broken English, found in a kitchen drawer at Chua’s family home after his arrest in January 2012. In the letter, he detailed his battle with depression and said that he was taking antidepressants, saying: 'I’m evil at the same time angel.'

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200,000 UK people go abroad for medical treatment

Lengthening NHS waiting lists are pushing up to 200,000 people a year from the UK to go abroad for treatment, the Daily Express reports.

The rush, for everything from cardiology to cosmetic surgery, could be as much as three times government estimates, a report will reveal this month.

Official figures put the number at 63,000, but a medical group, Medigo.com, found that vast numbers are so frustrated by NHS waiting lists they are scouring Europe for faster treatments.

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