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‘Handful of changes’ make cancer

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News website 19 October 2017 From the section Health Image copyright SPL British scientists have worked out how many changes it takes to transform a healthy cell into a cancer. The team, at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showed the answer was a tiny handful, between one and 10 mutations depending on the type of tumour. It has been one of the most hotly debated issues in cancer science for decades. The findings, published in the journal Cell, could improve treatment for patients. If you played spot the difference between a...

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No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery

No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery 19 October 2017 From the section South West Wales Image copyright Getty Images Not a single person has applied for a job vacancy to work as a GP in a Pembrokeshire surgery in the last nine months, a report states. Goodwick Surgery in Pembrokeshire has no permanent doctors and is being run fully on locum cover by Hywel Dda health board. Despite an advert for an £84,000-a-year GP getting 2,600 views, not a single person has inquired about the job. Hywel Dda said it “shared the community’s disappointment”. The health...

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Novelty contact lenses ‘can cause sight loss’

Novelty contact lenses ‘can cause sight loss’ 19 October 2017 From the section Health Image copyright Getty Images Image caption They may make you look creepy, but there are risks, experts say Eye experts are warning of the risks of wearing novelty contact lenses at Halloween, saying they can cause nasty infections and scratches to the eyes. Cosmetic contact lenses are often sold in joke and fancy-dress shops and on websites, but they come without instructions on safe use. Eye-health professionals say novelty lenses should never be shared, stored in tap water or kept in overnight. In extreme cases,...

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Medicare Vs. Medicare Advantage: How To Choose

As health insurers struggle with shifting government policies and considerable uncertainty, one market remains remarkably stable: Medicare Advantage plans. That’s good news for seniors as they select coverage for the year ahead during Medicare’s annual open enrollment period (this year running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7). For 2018, 2,317 Medicare Advantage plans will be available across the country, “the most we’ve seen since 2009,” said Gretchen Jacobson, associate director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s program on Medicare policy. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare. Run...

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Despite GOP Efforts To Corral Medicaid Spending, States Expand Benefits

While congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have been seeking major cuts in federal funding of Medicaid, 26 states this year expanded or enhanced benefits and at least 17 plan to do so next year, according to a report released Thursday. The increased benefits were largely for mental health and substance abuse treatment, but states also added telemedicine and dental care, according to the report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Association of Medicaid Directors. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) The number of states adding benefits was the highest in at...

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