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Combination treatment halves deaths from locally advanced prostate cancer

A treatment approach that combines radiotherapy with six months of prior hormone therapy could halve the risk of death from locally advanced prostate cancer - disease that has spread to the nearby tissue or organs.

Researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia and Calvary Mater Newcastle carried out a clinical trial involving 802 men with locally advanced prostate cancer.

Participants were assigned to one of three treatment groups - radiotherapy alone; radiotherapy with three months of hormone therapy; or radiotherapy with six months of hormone therapy.


Cancer Research UK leads global lung cancer drug trial

Cancer Research UK scientists in Oxford are trialling an experimental drug to treat lung cancer patients who have stopped responding to initial chemotherapy treatment. The trial will take place at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.

The international early Phase II trial led by a team based at the Oxford Cancer Research Centre will trial the experimental drug called LY2181308 with advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients who no longer respond to platinum chemotherapy - the standard initial treatment for this group.


Expert witness testimony proves professional misconduct for Vet

The Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has directed that the name of a Grimsby veterinary surgeon should be removed from the RCVS Register.

Mr Joseph Lennox Holmes, of Waltham Veterinary Clinic, Grimsby, faced nine charges relating to two separate complaints, at a two- hearing which commenced in October and resumed in January 2011.


Quick brain scan could detect autism

A 15-minute brain scan could be used to test for autism, helping doctors diagnose the complex condition more quickly, cheaply and accurately. Declan Murphy, professor of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London has developed the rapid test, with results proving more than 90 percent accurate in adults with similar results expects for children.


Influx of foreign-trained medics in UK can put patients' lives at risk: Experts

 The tide of foreign-trained medics in the United Kingdom could put patients' lives at risk because some may have poor English language skills, experts have warned.

The warning comes after a survey by the General Medical Council found that only 37 percent of the 240,000-strong medical register declared themselves as white British.

Separate figures revealed that over 88,000 of that number were trained abroad.