Trusts are urged to haul GPs up over quality data
'Miracle cancer cure'
A miracle cure could bring cancer patients back from the dead, the Sun claims.
The story of a 10-year-old girl with a type of lymphoma, related to immunodeficiency. She
was in a coma with five tumours in her brain, but was saved by a transfusion of killer T-cells after conventional chemotherapy had failed.
Professor Peter Stern, head of immunology at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in Manchester, said: 'This approach has been used before. It is encouraging and not unanticipated but unfortunately only for a minority of cancers.'
'Household chemicals danger'
A host of seemingly innocuous household products could be contaminating your body with harmful chemicals, reports The Independent.
A WWF study published on the charity's website tested the blood of 155 individuals and family members around the UK for 78 toxic chemicals. It detected between 20 and 49 per person.
Professor Alan Boobis, professor of biochemical pharmacology at Imperial College London,
said: 'I don't think there is any reason to be alarmed. These are trace amounts of chemicals which are very persistent. There is a lot of talk about this but to produce effects you need to get very high doses.'
'New bug can kill in hours'
A new bug can kill healthy people in a matter of hours, the Daily Express warns.
The alarm about the toxin known as Panton-Valentine leukocidin was raised at an inquest into the death of a young Royal Marine, who
died in just 48 hours after scratching his leg
on a gorse bush. The soldier contracted staphylococcus, which developed into PVL.
The Health Protection Agency said: 'The majority of PVL-producing strains of Staphylococcus
aureus and even MRSA are treatable with several
antibiotics. These organisms can be quite virulent, but the agency has only seen a small number of cases over the past three years and the risk of contracting an infection in the community remains extremely small.'
'Glass of milk helps heart'
A glass of milk a day beats heart disease, the Daily Express claims.
A study of 665 men published in this week's Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found those who drank large amounts of milk were at reduced risk of stroke and ischaemic heart disease, although only the reduction in stroke risk was statistically significant.
Belinda Linden, head of medical information at the British Heart Foundation, said: 'Milk can indeed play an important part in a heart-healthy diet, but it would be wise to stick to semi-skimmed or skimmed milk to achieve the nutritious benefits while minimising saturated fat intake.'