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Daily digest September 7 2015

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Breast cancer care quality threatened by lack of specialist nurses

A shortage of specialist nurses to help people with breast cancer is threatening the quality of care, a charity has said.

The near 20% rise in newly diagnosed cases in England over the last decade has not been matched by increases in nurses.

While new cases of the cancer rose from 38,153 in 2003 to 44,831 in 2013, the number of breast cancer nurses had remained the same at 434 since records started in 2007, it said.

Read more on The Guardian website

Kos holidaymakers buy supplies for Syrian refugees

A Manchester nurse holidaying on the Greek island of Kos has turned the trip into a humanitarian mission.

Niamh McGarry-Gribbin and her partner, Steph, raised £2,500 after seeing the plight of refugees on the island and then distributed food and clothing to desperate families.

Ms McGarry-Gribbin, who is originally from Crosby, got relatives in Merseyside to set up a JustGiving page and raised the cash in just 24 hours.

Read more on BBC Online

Blood test developed by scientists to predict Alzheimer's risk

Scientists have developed a blood test to estimate how quickly someone is ageing. 

They believe it could be used to predict a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the 'youthfulness' of donated organs for transplant operations.

The test measures the vitality of certain genes which the researchers believe is an accurate indication of a person’s ‘biological age’, which may be younger or older than their actual chronological age.

A study has shown that the test can distinguish between healthy individuals and patients with Alzheimer’s, and so it may also be used to identify people in the early stages of the brain disease who have not yet developed symptoms, scientists at King’s College London said.

Read more on The Independent website

'Weekend effect' blamed for 11,000 extra deaths in hospital each year

Up to 11,000 more people die each year after being admitted to hospital over the weekend compared with other days of the week, a major study suggests.

The disclosure comes days before a deadline for doctors’ unions to agree changes to consultants’ contracts, in an attempt to increase levels of weekend cover or see them imposed.

The study of 15 million hospital admissions, published in the BMJ, found a significant ‘weekend effect’ for patients admitted between Friday and Monday.

Read more on The Telegraph website

 

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