Thousands of NHS patients with myeloma to be offered pill that blocks production of the blood cancer

A daily pill that blocks the production of cancer cells is set to transform the lives of thousands of NHS patients with the deadliest type of blood cancer, keeping the disease at bay for at least five years. The drug will be offered to patients shortly after diagnosis, doubling the average time the cancer takes to return, according to stunning new results from British medical trials. Once the disease does recur, those who take the pill see their life extended by an average of two years. Health chiefs’ recent approval of…

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Chart: Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19 – Axios

Of the 164 million vaccinated Americans, around 125,000 people have tested positive for breakthrough infections and 0.001% have died, according to state data compiled from state dashboards by NBC and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why it matters: While “breakthrough cases” have been getting media attention, the low numbers show that the pandemic is mostly a threat for the unvaccinated population. The numbers do not account for asymptomatic cases in the vaccinated or those who did not get tested. The CDC only tracks cases of those…

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HEALTH NOTES: Having wisdom teeth removed could super-boost your taste buds, study finds

Having wisdom teeth removed could super-boost your tastebuds. Scientists at Penn University in the US performed blind taste tests on more than 1,200 patients shortly after tooth removal, then 20 years later. While there was little difference in taste detection immediately after surgery, two decades later those who had the operation outperformed their peers by up to ten per cent. Those with no wisdom teeth were better able to detect sweet, salty, caffeine and bitter tastes than those with wisdom teeth intact. The scientists suggest this could be the result…

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New guidance aims to slash the time it takes to spot IBS to a matter of weeks

When Holly Newby came round after emergency surgery to remove her appendix, she was looking forward to a future free of excruciating pain. The 21-year-old from Leeds was operated on after dashing to hospital with crippling soreness on her right side.   After years of persistent abdominal cramping and numerous tests that failed to reveal the true cause, it finally seemed the puzzle had been solved. But when doctors later revealed that the appendix they removed was, in fact, perfectly healthy, Holly, an NHS clinical support worker, was stunned. ‘It was…

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Number of pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid has jumped SEVEN-FOLD since May

Being pregnant in the middle of a global pandemic never worried Stacey Knights much. The 27-year-old, from Middlesbrough, assumed from what she’d been told – and read – that if she did contract Covid, she’d have nothing worse than a bout of bad flu. ‘Midwives never really spoke to me about Covid, or told me being pregnant meant I was at risk or anything,’ says Stacey, a social worker. ‘I’m not old or sick, so if I got it I thought I’d be totally fine.’ But in January, three months…

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DR ELLIE CANNON: How can I overcome my terror of the MRI chamber?

I am due to have an MRI scan but I get very claustrophobic, so much so that I walked out of the last one. Would you recommend a mild sedative to help me cope? Before doctors prescribe a medicine, they weigh up the risks and benefits to the patient. The same applies to investigations such as scans and tests. If a patient is reluctant to have a particular scan, doctors should first ask: do they really need it, and would it make any difference to their course of treatment? Other…

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ISABEL OAKESHOTT: ‘My day with a frazzled GP is proof seeing your patients face to face saves lives’

Last month, I shared a picture with my Twitter followers of a sign taped to the door of my local GP surgery. ‘The doors to the medical practice are now locked,’ the note read. ‘If you have an appointment or need to deliver goods please ring the doorbell. The surgery will open its doors for THE COLLECTION OF PRESCRIPTIONS ONLY. DO NOT COME IN FOR ANYTHING ELSE!!!’ It explained why I’ve been fobbed off for more than a year, and forced to listen to an automated message listing coronavirus symptoms,…

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BONNIE ESTRIDGE: Don’t call Monika my carer… she’s my friend and personal shopper!

Elderflowers smell to me like summer. Well elderflower cordial does, diluted with sparkling water. I’m addicted to the stuff – it’s my favourite fizz. I know, I know, it’s probably full of sugar and bad for me. But I barely drink alcohol these days, so I think I’m allowed a few vices. And there’s still a pandemic to get through. I bought a bottle of it just the other day while I was pottering around the local shops with my new friend Monika. I say she’s my friend. In fact,…

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LA Public Schools To Require Weekly COVID Tests Regardless of Vaccination Status – The Daily Wire

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced a new policy this week requiring every student, teacher, and staffer returning to campus to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing, regardless of vaccination status. LAUSD, the nation’s second-largest public school system, has about 75,000 employees serving more than 600,000 K-12 students. It had previously required coronavirus testing only for those who have not been fully vaccinated. Children younger than 12 are not yet eligible for inoculation. Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly broke the news in a letter to parents on Thursday.…

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