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NHS pressures 'cuts life expectancy', good and bad news on cancer and the health benefits of 'going commando'

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines.

Public Health England is investigating a ‘statistically significant’ fall in UK life expectancy. According to the Independent, the reasons behind the ‘alarming’ decline could be social care cuts and pressure on the NHS.

A warning letter from Blackburn with Darwen Council to health officials listed potential reasons as a lack of capacity in the GP sector as one of the potential reasons why local people were now unlikely to live longer beyond 85.

The Telegraph splashes on yesterday’s news that the NHS is to reduce spend on the Cancer Drugs Fund. According to the paper, the decision to cut funding for 25 treatments will ‘cut lives short’ for 8,000 patients. There are some better news over at the Guardian, where six ovarian cancer ‘risk’ genes have been identified as part of research aimed at reducing the number of deaths from the disease.

If that’s all too heavy for you, the Daily Mail offers some light relief with a list of health considerations men may wish to take when considering they choice of underwear. Best of all? None at all.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Maybe medicine by numbers is not as good as old fashioned individualised care?

    With QoF, NICE protocols and " driving up standards" you would expect life expectancy to improve........

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