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Today’s top health stories

BBC News Online has reported on a study published in Nature, which has revealed breast cancer should be classified as 10 separate diseases. According to the journal, the categories could help improve treatment by allowing tailored drugs to be used according to a patient’s specific type of breast cancer. The international team of scientists looked at frozen breast cancer samples from around 2,000 women at hospitals in the UK and Canada. Cancer Research UK described the findings as a “landmark” and added it would begin using the new criteria in clinical trials if funded.

The creation of health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) marking the return of public health to local authorities is a “seismic shift and a significant opportunity” says the Guardian. However, it highlights there are limits to representation, and that not everyone with a local stake will be able to sit on the new bodies. The report argues while some HWBs will not have district council representation there remains opportunities for districts to be involved, including ensuring limited funds are being spent more efficiently.

The HSJ has reported on a letter issued by the Chairman of Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, who issued a negative assessment of savings acute trusts must be prepared to make over in the coming three years. David Bennett wrote to trust CEOs stating cost improvement plans would have to be delivered “on an even more ambitious scale going forward,” following predictions for saving requirements rose from 4.5% to 5.5% for the next two financial years.



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The NHS is failing to meet targets including cancer, A&E and ambulance response times, reports Mirror.co.uk. The latest performance statistics for December show a worsening across several areas, with one missed target being for people to be treated within 18... Read more

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63% of 111 English hospital Trusts have at least one scanner that is at least a decade old, reports Guardian.com. Many systems that are used day in, day out for diagnostic tests and to deliver cancer treatment to patients are... Read more

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90 per cent of Junior Doctors would consider resigning from the NHS if the Government follows through on its threat to impose a new contract on them, reports Independent.co.uk. As thousands of Junior Doctors commence their second strike on 10... Read more

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Scientists have discovered that type 1 diabetics have insulin-producing cells that are not dead, only dormant, reports Telegraph.co.uk. Scientists thought that people developed type 1 diabetes after the number of insulin producing cells dropped by around 90 per cent, however, a new... Read more

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The Welsh Government states that deaths from liver disease have more than doubled in the past two decades, reports WalesOnline.co.uk. As part of a £2.4m investment by the Welsh Government to tackle the issue over the next three years, £1m... Read more