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Top women doctors lose out in NHS pay stakes

Top women doctors lose out in NHS pay stakes

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Senior NHS female doctors are earning less than their male counterparts, a BBC investigation shows.Of the top 100 earning consultants in England, just five are women, despite more than a third of the workforce being female.The top-paid man earned nearly £740,000 - two-and-a-half times that of the top woman. On average, full-time women consultants earned nearly £14,000 a year less than men - a pay gap of 12%.Senior female doctors described the findings as "disappointing" and said it showed more needs to be done to tackle the gender pay gap in medicine.The figures were obtained by the BBC following requests to individual health trusts, the government and NHS Digital.The top earning male consultant in England earned £739,460 in 2016-17The best paid woman got £281,616 by comparisonOn average,
Flu season shows signs of leveling off

Flu season shows signs of leveling off

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This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That's no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade. But it's no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said the number of states reporting heavy flu patient traffic also held steady at 43. "I thought I was going to die, I really did," said Ben Bland, a 39-year-old event planner in Kansas City, Missouri, who was hospitalized this week with pneumonia on top of flu. "My lungs felt like they were going to blow out of my esopha...
Genetic mutation from father may speed onset of ovarian cancer

Genetic mutation from father may speed onset of ovarian cancer

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Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A genetic mutation linked to sped up onset of ovarian and prostate cancers, and passed through the X-chromosome, has been identified by researchers.The mutation can also advance the start of ovarian cancer by six or more years, researchers at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo said. Their findings appeared in the journal PLOS Genetics on Thursday.Earlier studies showed that when a woman develops ovarian cancer, her sister also faces a higher risk of developing the disease than her mother. The studies led to an examination by researchers of whether genes on the X-chromosome, passed down through the father, may contribute to a daughter's risk of ovarian cancer.Using the donor-funded Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry based at Roswell Park, the researchers ...
Light-activated cancer drugs may minimize chemotherapy side effects

Light-activated cancer drugs may minimize chemotherapy side effects

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Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Chemotherapy drugs activated by light to treat cancer can minimize side effects by targeting strictly non-healthy cells, according to new research in Britain and Australia.The Monash Warwick Alliance, an intercontinental collaboration between the University of Warwick in Britain and Monash University in Australia, examined how a platinum-based chemotherapy drug candidate kills cancer cells in targeted areas after being activated by light -- but can be directed away from healthy tissue.'"The current shortcomings of most chemotherapeutic agents are unfortunately undeniable, and therefore there is ongoing effort to develop new therapies and improve our understanding of how these agents work in effort to develop not only more effective, but also more selective, therapies to re...
Memory problems predict Alzheimer's onset, study says

Memory problems predict Alzheimer's onset, study says

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Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Individuals who are not aware of their own memory problems are nearly three times more likely to develop some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, within two years, according to research at McGill University in Montreal.In a study published Thursday in the journal Neurology, a team from McGill's Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory studied individuals who experience memory lapses. The study was led by Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, co-senior author of the study and clinician scientist and director of the McGill Center for Studies in Aging."This study could provide clinicians with insights regarding clinical progression to dementia," Rosa-Neto said in a press release.Anosognosia, frequently referred to as a lack of insight, is a common symptom of certain mental illnesses...