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Quarter of cancers discovered late; the greediness gene and why talk is better than homeopathic tinctures

By Laura Passi

Our roundup of health news headlines on Monday 15 November.

Homeopathy works – but it is talking not tinctures that helps patients‘, reports the The Sunday Telegraph. They look at new research which finds the symptoms of patients with rheumatoid arthritis decrease following visit to a homeopathic doctor but ‘it made no difference whether the solution they received was a genuine homeopathic tincture prescribed to treat rheumatism, or a placebo.’

Dr Sarah Brien, who led the study said previous research suggested homeopathy could help patients, ‘the study provided the first scientific evidence to show such benefits were “specifically due to its unique consultation process”.’

The Independent gives us the worrying news that ‘Quarter of cancers discovered late‘ Research by the National Cancer Intelligence Network found that 23% of cancer cases were detected only as patients underwent emergency treatment.’

The statistics showed that ‘pensioners and those under 25 were most likely to be diagnosed with cancer during emergency procedures, while poor people were more likely to suffer from late detection than the rich.’

‘Heads of UK’s leading public health bodies warn coalition not to water down proposals for ban on tobacco displays in shops’. The Guardian reports that although the previous Labour government pledged to introduce the ban, public health minister Anne Milton has now said it is under review.

Health campaigners believe removing the displays would reduce their influence on young people but the tobacco lobby say ‘it will lead to a surge in smuggling and prove costly for small shopkeepers.’

The reason your diet is doomed before you even start? You carry the greediness gene‘, according The Daily Mail ‘millions of Britons’ carry the gene, which apparently boosts appetite. The rogue gene was originally discovered in 1970, but now British researchers have found that the rogue gene called FTO does indeed ‘make us fat.’ Cream cakes all round.

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Daily Digest 15 Nov 2010