Cervical Cancer Can Be A Death Sentence Under 25 On The NHS …

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Lets not forget the bravery of Jade Goody (5 June 1981 – 22 March 2009) and how she made her fight against cervical cancer so very public right up until the day she died 8 years ago.

Jade Goody not only fought for survival, you will remember she had two little boys, but she fought for recognition of cervical cancer and the need for much younger women to be screened – the problem then was that women under 25 found it all but impossible to have screening, and Doctors seemed woefully ignorant of the risks for younger women.

Seems like little has changed and her efforts were ignored, once the media had no more mawkish picture stories to capitalise on!

Today I received the letter below – as cervical cancer killed yet another young woman because she couldn’t get screening under 25!

I am sure that you can help, either by seeking out petitions to sign or probably more valuably if you write to your political representatives and petition them yourself, on a regular basis, after all it could be your daughter, sister, girl friend or young wife who is condemned to death because she couldn’t get screening under 25!

If you are a young woman under 25 it could be you!

WHY NOT:
Print out this posting and provide the url sending it with a brief covering note to your MP, Regional Assembly Member and County Councillor – on a regular basis until the NHS law is changed to save young women too!

Just over 2 women die each day of cervical cancer. To be fair to the NHS most of those are in the 60+ age group. However surely teenage girls and young women under 25 should have automatic access to smear tests if they present with any of the symptoms of cervical cancer.

Is it the fact that cervical cancer cases are more prevalent in poorer areas that means it is neglected amongst young women? Do help campaign for a better response to early cervical cancer and help save these young women neglected by the system.

Greg,

My little sister Amber passed away last month after a long battle with cancer. She was only 25. 

She was worried when she started to get symptoms associated with cervical cancer – that was seven years ago. She asked her doctor for a smear test at least 10 times, but every time she was refused. Women in the UK aren’t offered cervical screenings until they turn 25. If my sister had been given what she asked for all those years ago, she might still be here now. 

I want Amber’s death to mean something. That’s why I am campaigning for Amber’s Law: an amendment that would let women under 25 get cervical cancer screening if they ask for it.

In the end Amber had to pay for a private screening in order to get diagnosed – but by then it was too late. She put up a good fight but the cancer had spread everywhere: her lymph nodes, her lungs and her throat. 

Currently women under 25 aren’t screened – the government say lowering the legal age of compulsory screening wouldn’t be productive and women under 25 rarely get this disease. But Amber’s story proves that some young women do get cervical cancer. I don’t think smear tests need to be mandatory for everyone, but if a woman asks her doctor for the test she shouldn’t be ignored. 

Amber was such a fighter. In her last week, when she was admitted to hospital for breathing difficulties, she fought off the paramedics to go upstairs and grab her makeup bag. She was determined keep fighting, she didn’t believe in giving up. Now she’s gone, I am going to be more like Amber and fight to raise her voice.

From
Josh Cliff

Josh Cliff set out to Petition the Government.

Make the cervical screening option available from 18 to high risk groups

The current age for cervical cancer screening in England is 25. If you are under 25 you aren’t allowed to have a screening due to the NHS guidelines, some Gps will send women under 25 for a smear if they have certain symptoms yet some won’t. This is why #Amberslaw needs to come in place. This means there would be a guideline through the NHS which allows ALL gps in any area of the U.K. To send people for smears under 25 if they have symptoms which are classed as alarming or high risk. 

Ambers Law

Any woman under the age of 25 who is not eligible for cervical cancer screening who goes to the doctors with any kind of problems in their lower half on 2 occasions will have the OPTION to have screening.

Amber went to the doctors multiple (I’m talking over 10 at least) times over the course of a few years and was constantly told ‘it’s your hormones’ ‘it’s a water infection’ ‘it’s your pill’ and when she asked for a screening they said no she was too young. We paid for her to get one private at the age of 21 and found she had cervical cancer that had been there for 2-4 years already. This over the course of 4 years spread to her lungs and her throat. Amber died at the age of 25, we lost a sister, daughter, grand daughter and an amazing friend to cancer because she was failed by the people who were meant to provide her care.

How would you feel if it was your sister or daughter? If you know deep down they could of been saved and still here today if they had the option for a screening at any age?

#AmberslawThere has been a couple of petitions been archived with no valid reason. Why not just lower the age? Why cant you help save young women?

Keeley McCormick started this petition with a single signature, and now has 201,319 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.

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Prostate Cancer: Stages and Grades

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2017

ON THIS PAGE: You will learn about how doctors describe a cancer’s growth or spread, as well as what the cancer cells look like under a microscope. This is called the stage and grade. To see other pages, use the menu.

Staging is a way of describing where the cancer is located, if or where it has spread, and whether it is affecting other parts of the body.

Doctors use diagnostic tests to find out the cancer’s stage, so staging may not be complete until all of the tests are finished. Staging for prostate cancer also involves looking at test results to find out if the cancer has spread from the prostate to other parts of the body. Knowing the stage helps the doctor to decide what kind of treatment is best and can help predict a patient’s prognosis, which is the chance of recovery. There are different stage descriptions for different types of cancer.

There are 2 types of staging for prostate cancer:

  • The clinical stage is based on the results of tests done before surgery, which includes DRE, biopsy, x-rays, CT and/or MRI scans, and bone scans. X-rays, bone scans, CT scans, and MRI scans may not always be needed. They are recommended based on the PSA level; the size of the cancer, which includes its grade and volume; and the clinical stage of the cancer.
  • The pathologic stage is based on information found during surgery, plus the laboratory results, referred to as pathology, of the prostate tissue removed during surgery. The surgery often includes the removal of the entire prostate and some lymph nodes.

TNM staging system

One tool that doctors use to describe the stage is the TNM system. Doctors use the results from diagnostic tests and scans to answer these questions:

  • Tumor (T): How large is the primary tumor? Where is it located?
  • Node (N): Has the tumor spread to the lymph nodes? If so, where and how many?
  • Metastasis (M): Has the cancer metastasized to other parts of the body? If so, where and how much?

The results are combined to determine the stage of cancer for each person. There are 5 stages: stage 0 (zero) and stages I through IV (1 through 4). The stage provides a common way of describing the cancer, so doctors can work together to plan the best treatments.

Here are more details about each part of the TNM system for prostate cancer.

Tumor (T)

Using the TNM system, the “T” plus a letter or number (0 to 4) is used to describe the size and location of the tumor. Some stages are also divided into smaller groups that help describe the tumor in even more detail. Specific tumor stage information is listed below.

TX: The primary tumor cannot be evaluated.

T0 (T plus zero): There is no evidence of a tumor in the prostate.

T1: The tumor cannot be felt during a DRE and is not seen during imaging tests. It may be found when surgery is done for another reason, usually for BPH or an abnormal growth of noncancerous prostate cells.

  • T1a: The tumor is in 5% or less of the prostate tissue removed during surgery.
  • T1b: The tumor is in more than 5% of the prostate tissue removed during surgery.
  • T1c: The tumor is found during a needle biopsy, usually because the patient has an elevated PSA level.

T2: The tumor is found only in the prostate, not other parts of the body. It is large enough to be felt during a DRE.

  • T2a: The tumor involves one-half of 1 lobe (part or side) of the prostate.
  • T2b: The tumor involves more than one-half of 1 lobe of the prostate but not both lobes.
  • T2c: The tumor has grown into both lobes of the prostate.

T3: The tumor has grown through the prostate capsule on 1 side and into the tissue just outside the prostate.

  • T3a: The tumor has grown through the prostate capsule either on 1 side or on both sides of the prostate, or it has spread to the neck of the bladder. This is also known as an extraprostatic extension (EPE).
  • T3b: The tumor has grown into the seminal vesicle(s), the tube(s) that carry semen.

T4: The tumor is fixed, or it is growing into nearby structures other than the seminal vesicles, such as the external sphincter, the part of the muscle layer that helps to control urination; the rectum; levator muscles; or the pelvic wall.

Node (N)

The “N” in the TNM staging system stands for lymph nodes. These tiny, bean-shaped organs help fight infection. Lymph nodes near the prostate in the pelvic region are called regional lymph nodes. Lymph nodes in other parts of the body are called distant lymph nodes.

NX: The regional lymph nodes cannot be evaluated.

N0 (N plus zero): The cancer has not spread to the regional lymph nodes.

N1: The cancer has spread to the regional (pelvic) lymph node(s).

Metastasis (M)

The “M” in the TNM system indicates whether the prostate cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or the bones. This is called distant metastasis.

MX: Distant metastasis cannot be evaluated.

M0 (M plus zero): The disease has not metastasized.

M1: There is distant metastasis.

  • M1a: The cancer has spread to nonregional, or distant, lymph node(s).
  • M1b: The cancer has spread to the bones.
  • M1c: The cancer has spread to another part of the body, with or without spread to the bone.

Cancer stage grouping

Doctors assign the stage of the cancer by combining the T, N, and M classification. See the table below the stage descriptions for all of the TNM combinations for each stage.

Stage I: Cancer is found in the prostate only, usually during another medical procedure. It cannot be felt during the DRE or seen on imaging tests. A stage I cancer is usually made up of cells that look more like healthy cells and is usually slow growing. 

Stage I Prostate Cancer

Stage IIA and IIB: This stage describes a tumor that is too small to be felt or seen on imaging tests. Or, it describes a slightly larger tumor that can be felt during a DRE. The cancer has not spread outside of the prostate gland, but the cells are usually more abnormal and may tend to grow more quickly. A stage II cancer has not spread to lymph nodes or distant organs. 

Stage IIA Prostate Cancer

Stage IIB Prostate Cancer

Stage III: The cancer has spread beyond the outer layer of the prostate into nearby tissues. It may also have spread to the seminal vesicles. 

Stage I Prostate Cancer

Stage IV: This stage describes any tumor that has spread to other parts of the body, such as the bladder, rectum, bone, liver, lungs, or lymph nodes. 

Stage IV Prostate Cancer

Recurrent: Recurrent prostate cancer is cancer that has come back after treatment. It may come back in the prostate area again or in other parts of the body. If the cancer does return, there will be another round of tests to learn about the extent of the recurrence. These tests and scans are often similar to those done at the time of the original diagnosis.

Stage Grouping Chart

Stage

T

N

M

I

T1a, T1b, or T1c

N0

M0

 

T2a

N0

M0

 

Any T1 or T2a

N0

M0

 

 

 

 

IIA

T1a, T1b, or T1c

N0

M0

 

T1a, T1b, or T1c

N0

M0

 

T2a

N0

M0

 

T2b

N0

M0

 

T2b

N0

M0

 

 

 

 

IIB

T2c

N0

M0

 

Any T1 or T2

N0

M0

 

Any T1 or T2

N0

M0

 

 

 

 

III

T3a or T3b

N0

M0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV

T4

N0

M0

 

Any T

N1

M0

 

Any T

Any N

M1

Used with permission of the AJCC, Chicago, Illinois. The original source for this material is the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, Seventh Edition, published by Springer-Verlag New York, www.cancerstaging.org

Gleason score for grading prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is also given a grade called a Gleason score. This score is based on how much the cancer looks like healthy tissue when viewed under a microscope. Less aggressive tumors generally look more like healthy tissue. Tumors that are more aggressive are likely to grow and spread to other parts of the body. They look less like healthy tissue.

The Gleason scoring system is the most common prostate cancer grading system used. The pathologist looks at how the cancer cells are arranged in the prostate and assigns a score on a scale of 1 to 5. Cancer cells that look similar to healthy cells receive a low score. Cancer cells that look less like healthy cells or look more aggressive receive a higher score. To assign the numbers, the doctor determines the main pattern of cell growth, which is the area where the cancer is most obvious; looks for any other less common pattern of growth; and gives each 1 a score. The scores are added together to come up with an overall score between 2 and 10.

The interpretation of the Gleason score by doctors has changed recently. Originally, doctors used a wide range of scores. Today, doctors no longer use Gleason scores of 5 or lower for cancer found with a biopsy. The lowest score used is 6, which is a low-grade cancer. A Gleason score of 7 is a medium-grade cancer, and a score of 8, 9, or 10 is a high-grade cancer. A lower-grade cancer grows more slowly and is less likely to spread than a high-grade cancer.

Doctors look at the Gleason score in addition to stage to help plan treatment. For example, active surveillance, described in the Treatment Options section, may be an option for a patient with a small tumor, low PSA level, and a Gleason score of 6. Patients with high Gleason score may need treatment that is more intensive, even if it does not appear that the cancer has spread.

Gleason X: The Gleason score cannot be determined.

Gleason 6 or lower: The cells are well differentiated, meaning they look similar to healthy cells.

Gleason 7: The cells are moderately differentiated, meaning they look somewhat similar to healthy cells.

Gleason 8, 9, or 10: The cells are poorly differentiated or undifferentiated, meaning they look very different from healthy cells.

Recently, pathologists have begun to adopt a new Gleason grouping system that arranges the scores into simplified groups that are translated as follows:

  • Gleason Group I = Former Gleason 6
  • Gleason Group II = Former Gleason 3 + 4 = 7
  • Gleason Group III = Former Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
  • Gleason Group IV = Former Gleason 8
  • Gleason Group V = Former Gleason 9 or 10

Prostate Cancer Risk Groups

In addition to stage, doctors use other prognostic factors to help plan the best treatment and predict how successful treatment will be. Two such risk assessment methods come from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

NCCN

The NCCN developed 4 risk-group categories based on PSA level, prostate size, needle biopsy findings, and the stage of cancer. The lower your risk, the lower the chance that the prostate cancer will grow and spread.

  • Very low risk. The tumor cannot be felt during a DRE and is not seen during imaging tests but was found during a needle biopsy (T1c). PSA is less than 10 ng/mL. The Gleason score is 6 or less. Cancer was found in fewer than 3 samples taken during a core biopsy. The cancer was found in half or less of any core.
  • Low risk. The tumor is classified as T1a, T1b, T1c, or T2a (see above). PSA is less than 10 ng/mL. The Gleason score is 6 or less.
  • Intermediate risk. The tumor has 2 or more of these characteristics:
    • Classified as T2b or T2c (see above)
    • PSA is between 10 and 20 ng/mL
    • Gleason score of 7
  • High risk. The tumor has 2 or more of these characteristics:
    • Classified as T3a (see above)
    • PSA level is higher than 20 ng/mL
    • Gleason score is between 8 and 10
  • Very high risk. The tumor is classified as T3b or T4 (see above). The histologic grade is 5 for the main pattern of cell growth, or more than 4 biopsy cores have Gleason scores between 8 and 10.

Source: Risk group information is adapted from the NCCN.

UCSF Cancer of the Prostate Risk Assessment (UCSF-CAPRA) score

The UCSF-CAPRA score predicts a man’s chances of having the cancer spread and of dying. This score can be used to help make decisions about the treatment plan. Points are assigned according to a person’s age at diagnosis, PSA at diagnosis, Gleason score of the biopsy, T classification from the TNM system, and the percentage of biopsy cores involved with cancer. These categories are then used to assign a score between 0 and 10.

  • CAPRA score 0 to 2 indicates low risk.
  • CAPRA score 3 to 5 indicates intermediate risk.
  • CAPRA score 6 to 10 indicates high risk.   

Information about the cancer’s stage and other prognostic factors will help the doctor recommend a specific treatment plan. The next section in this guide is Treatment Options. Or, use the menu to choose another section to continue reading this guide.

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U.S. fund managers betting Trump fails to rewrite Obamacare

By David Randall | NEW YORK

Some prominent U.S. fund managers are betting that former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law will not undergo the widespread changes that President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail.

Portfolio managers from Fidelity, Gamco, Thornburg and other large firms say they see the broad outlines of the Affordable Care Act – commonly known as Obamacare – remaining intact despite Trump’s signing of an executive order on Friday, his first day in office, that sought to weaken it.

As a result, these fund managers say they are buying shares of hospitals, health insurance companies and biotech firms they see as unfairly hit by political uncertainty.

“They may do enough to try to rebrand it as Trumpcare, but I just don’t think it will be that dramatically different from what we have today,” said Jeff Jonas, a portfolio manager at Gamco Investors in Rye, New York, who said he has been adding to his position in hospital and nursing center company Kindred Healthcare Inc and large health insurance companies.

“The executive order itself was very vague, and it’s a little hard to say at this point what actual effect it will have,” he said.

Trump’s order directs government departments to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of provisions of the law that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals, but provides no details.

HOSPITAL STOCKS GAINING

Investors overall still look hesitant to buy healthcare stocks, with fund flows to the iShares US Healthcare ETF, a widely held exchange traded fund that tracks the healthcare industry, falling 4.8 percent in the week ending Jan. 11, according to Lipper data.

Healthcare stocks fell swiftly after Trump was elected on Nov. 8, and have underperformed since. The S&P 500 healthcare sector has gained 2 percent since Election Day, compared with a 6.3 percent rise in the S&P 500 over the same time.

But hospital stocks such as HCA Holdings Inc have outperformed since the start of January on signs that Republicans plan to replace the Affordable Care Act at the same time they repeal it. Shares of HCA are up 7.9 percent since the start of the year, compared with a 1.2 percent gain in the S&P 500, and are trading slightly higher than they were on Election Day.

Although repealing the law requires only a majority in the Senate, replacing it would require at least 60 votes in the Senate, meaning that Republicans would have to win some Democratic support. As a result, fund managers said they expect only incremental changes.

A repeal without a replacement could put pressure on hospitals by rescinding the Medicaid expansion and individual subsidies, prompting more individuals to go without insurance and be unable to pay their hospital bills.

Representative Tom Price, Trump’s nominee for health secretary, said in a hearing Wednesday that the administration will initially focus on individual health plans sold on exchanges and is not interested in “pulling the rug out on anybody,” though he said it would also focus on Medicaid.

Some Republicans in Congress have been pushing for an outright repeal in order to give states more control of their healthcare programs. The House and Senate passed resolutions to have draft legislation that would repeal the law ready by Jan. 27. Other Republican senators have proposed that states have the option remain in the Obamacare insurance program.

NOT “A WHOLE LOT OF DISRUPTION”

Eddie Yoon, portfolio manager of the $6.1 billion Fidelity Select Heath Care fund in Boston, has not changed his holdings since the election because he does not see large changes coming.

He said he remains bullish on the medical device and biotech industries because both do not look like they would be significantly affected by any of the Republican healthcare proposals. He expects the moratorium on a tax on medical device sales, due to expire at the end of 2017, will be extended, and that controls on drug prices floated by Trump are unlikely to be enacted.

“I don’t think the new administration wants to get bogged down in healthcare and they want to move on to immigration and tax reform and bigger policy items,” said Yoon. “I don’t anticipate that there will be a whole lot of disruption.”

Biotech may also benefit if Congress passes legislation that cuts the taxes companies pay on profits earned overseas, leaving pharmaceutical companies flush and ushering in a wave of mergers and acquisitions, he said.

The Nasdaq Biotechnlogy Index is up 3.8 percent since the beginning of the year after falling more than 20 percent last year.

Connor Browne, a portfolio manager with the $889 million Thornburg Value fund in Santa Fe, New Mexico, said he added a position in biotech company Seattle Genetics Inc in late December. He also has been adding to his position in medical device makers in anticipation that little will be done to change the law, meaning that millions of Americans will still have insurance that will help pay for devices.

“While it hasn’t so far paid to underestimate Donald Trump, it sure seems like we might be seeing indications that he doesn’t understand how hard it will be to get legislation done,” Browne said.

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Big Pharma Under Attack as Europe backs biosimilar versions of drugs …

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Europe’s oncologists back biosimilar versions of cancer drugs

Europe’s leading association of oncologists has thrown its weight behind cheaper copycat versions of biotech cancer drugs that have lost patent protection, saying they are effective and affordable.

Off-patent chemical medicines have for decades been copied with precision and sold as cheap generic versions, but drug regulators have only over recent years embraced copycat versions of complex biological drugs, known as biosimilars.

Even though biotech drugs, which are proteins made from genetically-modified cells, cannot be exactly replicated, biosimilars have been shown to be equivalent in terms of effectiveness and side effects.

“Biosimilars are must-have weaponry in financially sustaining healthcare systems on a global scale as well as significantly improving outcomes for an increasing number of patients throughout Europe and the rest of the world,” ESMO President Professor Fortunato Ciardiello said in a statement.

ESMO added that price discounts for biosimilars of 20 to 40 percent could be reached in Europe, with potential savings for healthcare systems of 50–100 billion euros ($53-$107 billion) by 2020.

Europe has been in the lead over the United States in opening up regulatory pathways for biosimilars.

The first biosimilar versions of cancer drugs are expected to reach the market in Europe this year, with Amgen Inc and Allergan Plc seeking EU approval of their version of Roche Holding AG’s blockbuster cancer treatment Avastin.

“Biosimilars are an excellent opportunity to have good, valid drug options that improve the sustainability and affordability of cancer treatment in various countries,” ESMO said, also publishing a paper with recommendations on how doctors should handle them.

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Early Diagnosis of Cancer In USA Increased By Obamacare …

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Researchers credit Obamacare with helping find early-stage cancer

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(Reuters Health) – The Affordable Care Act likely extended the lives of thousands of seniors who took advantage of free screening exams and were diagnosed with treatable, early-stage colorectal cancer, a new study suggests.

“I think the prevention-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act helped to detect cancer at earlier and more treatable stages and eventually will save lives,” said senior author Nengliang “Aaron” Yao, a health-policy professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville.

Before the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, took effect, people ages 65 and older who were insured under Medicare had to pay $275 for colonoscopies, the report in Health Affairs says.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) directed that colonoscopies be offered for free.

From 2011, when the law took effect, until 2013, an additional 8,400 seniors, or 8 percent more than before, were diagnosed with early-stage colorectal cancer, researchers estimated.

“The study does a very nice job of showing that when you remove financial barriers to healthcare, health improves,” said Dr. Cary Gross, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut who was not involved in the study. “When the Affordable Care Act granted more generous coverage, we were more likely to detect cancer at an earlier stage.”

“This shows that when it comes to creating a new healthcare plan, the devil’s in the details, and policymakers need to look at things like how will the proposed changes affect cancer screening,” Gross said in a phone interview.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of U.S. cancer-related deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Nearly 52,000 Americans died from colorectal cancer in 2013.

Though research shows that screening reduces the risk of dying from colorectal cancer, only 25 percent of uninsured people and 60 percent of insured people had been screened as recommended, a 2015 CDC study showed.

Both Yao and Gross would like President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers, who have pledged to repeal the ACA, to consider the ramifications of the new study before ruling on future healthcare legislation.

“I’m very concerned that policymakers who are trying to save money by not covering cancer-prevention services are being penny-wise and pound-foolish,” Gross said. “They may save money today, but we will be paying a lot more taking care of patients with metastatic cancer down the road.”

“I’m worried on behalf of our patients and our communities that these great strides we’ve made against cancer will evaporate if the important provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which ensure that patients can access cancer screening services without additional costs, are taken away,” he said.

In the new study, researchers examined data from 18 cancer registries across the U.S. They found no change in the number of Medicare early-stage cancer diagnoses for breast cancer between the period before Obamacare, from 2008 until 2010, until the period after, from 2011 until 2013.

Mammography to screen for breast cancer became free for Medicare patients under the ACA, but before that, it cost just $9 – a significantly smaller financial barrier than the $275 cost of a colonoscopy, Yao said in a phone interview.

In addition, breast cancer screening had been marketed more successfully than colorectal screening before the ACA was enacted, he said.

Gross noted that colonoscopies can actually prevent cancer, because doctors can remove polyps during the procedure, whereas mammograms only allow doctors to see growths in the breast.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found convincing evidence that colorectal cancer screening substantially reduces deaths in adults between 50 and 75 years old, it said last year. The task force recommended screening with colonoscopy, stool analyses or flexible sigmoidoscopy combined with a fecal-occult blood test.

The new study could not determine the impact of free colonoscopies on metastatic colorectal cancer rates or mortality from colorectal cancer. Gross urged follow-up studies examining those numbers after they become available.

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Turmeric / Curcumin & Lemon as a Morning Drink is CLAIMED to work wonders

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Turmeric / Curcumin & Lemon as a Morning Drink is CLAIMED to work wonders controlling Inflammation!

Before moving on to discuss Turmeric, Lemon & Cucumin regular readers of this web site will appreciate that I am neither medicaloly qualified nor am I offering advice as such. Further I rarely stray far away from reportage of facts and factually based opinions – almost never venturing into the minefield of alternative medicines where all too many are money spinning quackery!
Before considering ANY alternative medicaments or treatments I strongly advise both common sense and caution and if you have ANY doubts consult your regular Physician who is both trained and insured to responsibly provide his or her considered professional opinion.
That said I do believe that there are many areas that can help, not least of all, your general health and many which may well aid with specific conditions – in simple terms consider the damage that can be done with inadequate or junk foods and the harm that is caused by failure to drink enough and control the intake of dangerous chemicals like alcohol or smoking – both of which are crippling our NHS not to mention far outstripping Class A drugs as a cost on both life and the NHS budget!
Astonishingly the not unusual average intake of sugar and saturated fats also bears a heavy responsibility for the progressive sabotage of not only our NHS but also our Health as a nation!
Therefore perhaps you should consider the following articles on Lemon, Turmeric & Curcumin & the other ingredients, mentioned in this article, as a starting point for your own research and consideration, as with the ‘Nature Cures – Asian’ CLICK HERE to which I have linked in the listed >PAGES< below the header on this web site.

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Starting the day with your morning routine may suit your needs just fine. A bit of yoga, maybe meditation, a shower, a healthy breakfast with organic coffee, and then out the door. Does this sound familiar? If so, your morning routine is already exceptional. But we have a mighty elixir that can compliment your regimen wonderfully.

You may have heard that warm lemon water will get those pipes working in the morning and optimize your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning. However, have you heard of warm lemon water combined with honey, cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? If you have yet to try this one, you may be missing out on an excellent way to begin your day. All-natural lemon and turmeric are especially powerful ingredients that boast a wealth of beneficial properties.

Lemons offer a tasty, tart flavor with many health-promoting properties. According to a study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites. The study authors state, “Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.” Lemons are indeed a healthy ingredient to enjoy at the beginning of the day. However, when you couple lemon with turmeric, your health and wellness benefits increase significantly.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine. More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in the Journal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.”

One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies.

Curcumin may alleviate inflammation: According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”

fightinflammationturmericlemon_640x359Curcumin’s anticancer potential: Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.”

Therapeutic applications of curcumin: According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,” including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections.

The Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir
1 serving
Prep Time- 5 minutes
Cook Time- no cooking

Ingredients
What you’ll need…
1/2 of a lemon, squeezed for juice
1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup warm water, and/or coconut milk (the coconut milk adds healthy fats, and helps absorption of turmeric)

How to make it…

Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water or milk. You will want to stir these ingredients well. Add cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it — this will ensure that the turmeric does not settle at the bottom of your cup.

Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for, and can help you fight inflammation in your body.  I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist.

What healthy alternatives get your morning off to a perfect start?

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Note from The Nutrition Watchdog:

This Lemon, Turmeric, Coconut Oil Tea Will Relieve Your Pain FAST

It’s a great idea to use all-natural remedies wherever possible. After all, the possible side effects of over-the-counter pain relievers can be frightening. Long-term use can even be dangerous. That’s why being able to quickly whip up this pain relief tea is a great comfort. With this recipe, I know I am treating my pain in a natural way that is good for my body. There are many options out there on the market, but using a natural remedy is much more appealing.

The ingredients in this pain relief tea are powerful. There are thousands of great studies on turmeric and the amazing benefits it can give the body. Turmeric has been shown to be effective in treating stomach ulcers, kidney inflammation, Crohn’s disease, osteoarthritis and more. Lemons can help flush away toxins and enhance immune health. Coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal to help prevent the spread of viruses. I could go on and on, but let’s try making this pain relief tea so you feel better! 

Ingredients For Pain Relief Tea

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 turns of fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

1. Gather all ingredients and mug for pain relief tea.

2. Measure out the ingredients.

3. Place turmeric, cayenne, black pepper and ginger in the mug.

4. Pour hot water over the spices in the mug.

5. Add coconut oil and honey. Stir or whisk to combine.

6. Drink pain relief tea right away, stirring between sips to keep spices mixed.

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Superbug Resistance To Antibiotics MAY Become Irrelevant Soon …

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War on superbugs could end soon thanks to this new scientific breakthrough

War on superbugs could end soon thanks to this new scientific breakthrough
Scientists have developed a new weapon in the fight against superbugs resistant to antibiotics – a breakthrough molecule that reverses antibiotic resistance in multiple strains of bacteria.

Oregon State University researchers worked with international colleagues to create a molecule that can offset superbugs’ ability to destroy antibiotics.

The major development follows the death of a Nevada woman last year when a superbug she contracted in India proved resistant to all 26 antibiotics available in the US.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the death earlier this month.

“The isolate was sent to the CDC for testing to determine the mechanism of antimicrobial resistance…[and] confirmed the presence of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM),” it said.

READ MORE: Superbug resistant to every antibiotic available in US kills Nevada woman

The agency has highlighted antimicrobial resistance as “one of the most serious health threats” currently facing the United States.

This latest study, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, revealed how a PPMO (peptide-conjugated phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer) molecule could inhibit the enzyme, New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, that makes bacteria resistant to a wide range of penicillins.

Lead researcher Bruce Geller from Oregon State University said their research differs from previous studies that worked on only one particular strain of bacteria.

“We’re targeting a resistance mechanism that’s shared by a whole bunch of pathogens,” said Geller.

“It’s the same gene in different types of bacteria, so you only have to have one PPMO that’s effective for all of them, which is different than other PPMOs that are genus specific.”

This new molecule was tested successfully in mice and is expected to be ready for human trials in three years.

“We’ve lost the ability to use many of our mainstream antibiotics,” Geller said.

“Everything’s resistant to them now. That’s left us to try to develop new drugs to stay one step ahead of the bacteria, but the more we look the more we don’t find anything new. So that’s left us with making modifications to existing antibiotics, but as soon as you make a chemical change, the bugs mutate and now they’re resistant to the new, chemically modified antibiotic.”

The scientists believe however that this PPMO could be the answer to the crisis facing the healthcare sector.

“A PPMO can restore susceptibility to antibiotics that have already been approved, so we can get a PPMO approved and then go back and use these antibiotics that had become useless,” Geller concluded.

The World Bank released a report at the end of last year warning that human antibiotic resistance combined with the rise of superbugs could potentially kill 10 million people by 2050 and devastate some countries’ economies.

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Pioglitazone: Too often ending in Bladder Cancer? …

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Pioglitazone: Too often ending in bladder cancer?

January 14, 2017 – Is there an increased risk of bladder cancer with pioglitazone-containing medicines? Some (most) drug regulatory agencies worldwide do think so. However, the actions taken vary considerably. The example of the French ANSM (L’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé en France) is at one end of the possibilities of actions on could take. In 2011 already, based on the results of  an extended epidemiological study (published in 2012) conducted in France which suggested an increased risk of bladder cancer with pioglitazone, the ANSM suspended the use of the pioglitazone-containing medicines (i.e., Actos and Competact) in France.

At the same time in 2011 when the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) was also fully aware of this epidemiological study conducted in France, FDA resorted to a Safety Communication on June 15, 2011, which in fact was an update of an Safety Communication in 2010 on an “Ongoing Safety Review of Actos (pioglitazone) and Potential Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer After Two Years Exposure” only. Similarly, at the same time the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was in the process of reviewing all available data on pioglitazone-containing medicines use and re-analyze the risk / benefit ratio shortly, while Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) at least recommended not to start pioglitazone-containing medicines in new patients. Consequently, in very big markets worldwide, patients remained on pioglitazone-containing medicines and the associated risk for bladder cancer.

And here we go again: On December 12, 2016, FDA has concluded in a Drug Safety Communication, referring to an updated FDA-review of data indicating that there exist an increased risk of bladder cancer with pioglitazone-containing medicines, which currently include, in the US Actos, Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, Duetact, and Oseni. The drug labels of these medicines already contain warnings about the risk of bladder cancer, and FDA has approved label updates to describe the additional studies reviewed.

The question remains if just analyzing data and adjusting drug labels by the FDA is sufficient to protect patients from the risks of getting bladder cancer. In the light of still additional and very serious adverse effects of, for example Actos, there arises the question if FDA should not simply ban pioglitazone-containing medicines and in doing so saving thousands of patients from suffering form bladder cancer. Bladder cancer definitively is no feat. Generally, protecting patients from unintended suffering brought about by medications should be at center stage not at FDA alone, but at all registration authorities worldwide. Whether that is really the case in context of pioglitazone is at least in doubt.

The fact that the manufacturer settles legal cases of patients (or their families) who have connected their bladder cancer condition with taking piaglitazone-containing medications for millions of dollars indicates that enormous economic interest are associated with these medicines. It it unlikely that the manufacturer pays these sums in favor of the individual patient who suffered and in acknowledgement of the sometimes fatal deficiencies of their product. Its seems more a measure to get the product out of sight of negative marketing and news.

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Prostate cancer laser treatment ‘truly transformative’

Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as “truly transformative”.

The approach, tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, but without causing severe side effects.

Trials on 413 men – published in The Lancet Oncology – showed nearly half of them had no remaining trace of cancer.

Lifelong impotence and incontinence are often the price of treating prostate cancer with surgery or radiotherapy.

Up to nine-in-10 patients develop erectile problems and up to a fifth struggle to control their bladders.

That is why many men with an early stage tumour choose to “wait and see” and have treatment only when it starts growing aggressively.

“This changes everything,” said Prof Mark Emberton, who tested the technique at University College London.

Triggered to kill

The new treatment uses a drug, made from bacteria that live in the almost total darkness of the seafloor and which become toxic only when exposed to light.

Ten fibre optic lasers are inserted through the perineum – the gap between the anus and the testes – and into the cancerous prostate gland.

When the red laser is switched on, it activates the drug to kill the cancer and leaves the healthy prostate behind.

The trial – at 47 hospitals across Europe – showed 49% of patients went into complete remission.

And during the follow-up, only 6% of patients needed to have the prostate removed, compared with 30% of patients that did not have the new therapy.

Crucially, the impact on sexual activity and urination lasted no more than three months.

No men had significant side effects after two years.

Gerald Capon, 68 and from West Sussex, told the BBC: “I’m totally cured and free of the cancer.

“I feel incredibly lucky that I was accepted for the trial… I feel that my life ahead is worry free.”

He was out of hospital the day after the treatment.

Image caption Patient Gerald Capon says he feels incredibly lucky

Prof Emberton said the technology could be as significant for men as the move from removing the whole breast to just the lump in women with breast cancer.

He said: “Traditionally the decision to have treatment has always been a balance of benefits and harms.

“The harms have always been the side effects – urinary incontinence and sexual difficulties in the majority of men.

“To have a new treatment now that we can administer, to men who are eligible, that is virtually free of those side effects, is truly transformative.”

11,000 deaths

More than 46,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK each year.

The tumours tend to grow slowly, but still around 11,000 men die from the disease.

However, the new treatment is not yet available for patients. It will be assessed by regulators at the beginning of next year.

Other therapies to kill prostate cancers, such as very focused ultrasound – known as focal Hifu – have a lower risk of side effects.

But these treatments are not universally available.

Dr Matthew Hobbs, from the charity Prostate Cancer UK, said the technology could help men who face the conundrum of whether or not to have treatment.

“Focal therapy treatments like this one have the potential to offer a middle ground option for some men with cancer that has not spread outside the prostate,” he said.

Caution urged

He said the next challenge would be to find out which patients should still wait and see, which ones should have this type of therapy, and which should have more invasive treatments.

“Until we know the answer to this question, it is important that these results do not lead to the over-treatment of men with low risk cancer, or the under treatment of men at higher risk.”

The technology was developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel alongside Steba Biotech.

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Chronic Urinary Tract Infections as addressed by House of Commons 28-Oct-2016

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it does rather seem that the House of Commons has displayed a very notable disinterest in Urinary Tract Infections relative to the NHS budget; but of the 4 Labour MPs who had an interest in the subject, you will note, was the current leader of Labour – Jeremy Corbyn!

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Chronic Urinary Tract Infections

28 October 2016
Volume 616

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Chris Heaton-Harris.)

2.33 pm

    • I am grateful for the opportunity to open this debate on the inadequacies of the current testing regime for people suffering from chronic urinary tract infections. I am happy to have been joined by other Members, and in particular by my right hon. Friend the Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn), my neighbouring Member of Parliament, who has a long track record in defending services for patients with those conditions, and has worked closely with the Whittington hospital in that regard.

      This subject has been neglected for too long, although it affects far too many people. Some 33% of women are expected to suffer from a urinary tract infection before the age of 24, and one in 10 girls and one in 30 boys have a UTI by the age of 16. The issue first came to my attention through the work of Professor Malone-Lee in his lower urinary tract symptoms clinic, which is run from the Hornsey central health centre in my constituency. Many of his patients are my constituents, but many others travel from all over the country and even from abroad to seek his expert help with complex, chronic bladder conditions that have made their lives a misery for many years. Some of them are in the Public Gallery today, including some who have travelled across the country to be here, so this is an important debate for all of us.

      The devastation of those patients when Professor Malone-Lee’s clinic was closed temporarily last year and the ongoing concern that I and many others have over the clinic’s future have brought his unique methods into the spotlight. One patient told me that before she saw Professor Malone-Lee, she suffered every single day in pain, leaving her unable to function. Another told me that her life had not been worth living after 32 years of terrible pain and invasive treatments that failed to solve her bladder problems.

      I am aware that the long-term future of Professor Malone-Lee’s clinic is the subject of a review by the Royal College of Physicians, so I do not intend to focus specifically on his work today. Instead, I will talk about the wider issue, which my contact with the professor and, more importantly, with so many of his current and past patients has highlighted: the inadequacies of the current testing regime to diagnose urinary tract infections.

      The gold standard for diagnosing urinary tract infections over the past 60 years has been to culture a mid-stream urine specimen and identify a pure growth of a known urinary pathogen within a range. However, such dipstick tests have been known to be deficient for many years, with data as far back as 1983 casting considerable doubt on the veracity of their findings due to the lack of sensitivity. Such tests cannot exclude acute or chronic urinary tract infections and do not take into account differences in bacterial strain virulence, host genetic variability, intracellular bacterial reservoirs or even the dilution of the urine specimen due to high liquid intake before the test. The standard laboratory culture will miss 50% of infections. That matters, because these are real people with real symptoms.

      Too many people have told me that they have spent years reporting horrendous symptoms and suffering terrible pain, but that they have been dismissed and told that they do not have an infection because the culture was negative. That is to confuse the absence of evidence of disease with evidence of the absence of disease, when those are two wholly different things. What happens to the poor people whose symptoms are dismissed based on a test that experts know to be inadequate? Some will recover and others will find that a short course of antibiotics cures their symptoms, but far too many others will enter a cycle of repeated acute infections, exacerbated by sex, exercise, alcohol, certain foods, stress and many other of life’s normal occurrences, causing devastation to their lives.

      As many as 20% to 30% of patients fail to respond to the current recommended antibiotic treatment, whether it is prescribed for three or 14 days. That is not an insignificant number of people when one considers that the Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation estimates that the condition affects about 400,000 people in the UK. Despite that, doctors are not being given the basic tools to inform them how to treat these symptoms differently, and they will not be until the health service revises the inadequate guidelines for testing and treatment. Professor Malone-Lee’s clinic has clearly shown that there are different and more effective ways of testing. Many patients who have not responded to conventional treatment have seen their lives transformed by antibiotic treatment over a prolonged period.

      I am well aware of the understandable anxiety among many clinicians and inspectors about antibiotic resistance and the evolution of superbugs. That is clearly something that cannot and should not be ignored, but it is not a reason to fail to question the current guidelines for the treatment of chronic urinary tract infection or to ignore their clear inadequacies. Neither is it a reason to fail to manage the care of those who do not respond to so-called conventional treatment options and to leave them in distress for months and, all too often, years. What evidence is there about the consequences of partially treated urinary infection in the long term? Safe strategies should be developed for helping people who present with particular problems that do not respond to the so-called guidelines. Data show that the NHS spent £434 million on treating 184,000 patients in 2013-14 in unplanned admissions associated with urinary tract infections. Failing to adequately treat these patients is expensive for our NHS and devastating for the patients themselves. The testing and treatment methods employed through the lower urinary tract symptoms pathway under Professor Malone-Lee are estimated to cost approximately £409,000 for 1,000 patients compared with a cost of approximately £5.3 million for 1,000 patients using conventional methods.

      I urge the Minister to give this neglected subject the attention it deserves, and I would be grateful for answers to the following questions. Why are people with symptoms and signs being told that they have no infection on the basis of discredited tests? Why are the existing guidelines and policies so didactic when the published evidence implies that there is considerable uncertainty about our knowledge of the condition? Why do these guidelines base their conclusions on the results of quantitative urinary culture which has been so discredited? What is the NHS provision for adults and children with long-term chronic urinary infections? Finally, why is there no tertiary care facility for recalcitrant cystitis in the NHS?

      I ask the Minister to meet me and other MPs with constituents who have been affected by the inadequacies of the existing guidelines so that we can discuss this issue in more detail. This is a cause of immense suffering for many people across the country who struggle to be heard and to be taken seriously. I know that I also speak on behalf of MP colleagues who cannot be here today—many have sent apologies—when I say that many of those affected would be very keen to meet the Minister in person to share their experiences. Will she today agree to have a meeting with representatives from patient groups?

2.42 pm

    • I thank the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Catherine West) for securing this important debate and for all the hard work she, alongside the Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation, or COB, does in campaigning on behalf of people with urinary tract infections. I know that this issue concerns colleagues from across the House and I am pleased to see a number of them here, and welcome the right hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) to the debate. It demonstrates the importance of this subject for so many of our constituents.

      Interstitial cystitis, often referred to as painful bladder syndrome, or PBS, is a debilitating and lifelong condition which affects over 400,000 people in this country. Its effects not only cause great and often frequent physical pain, but, as those affected often have to urinate up to eight times an hour, it can also threaten their ability to sleep, work, attend school and maintain a social life. This in turn can, of course, have an adverse effect on the quality of life and even the mental wellbeing of those with the condition. It is therefore clearly crucial that those presenting with symptoms consistent with PBS are diagnosed as quickly and accurately as possible in order to receive the most effective treatment to minimise the devastating effects of the condition. We are alive to that.

      I understand that PBS can be a challenging condition to diagnose and that both the hon. Lady and COB have concerns over the effectiveness of the NHS tests for diagnosing urinary tract infection using dipsticks in the urine and mid-stream urine specimens. I am also aware of the work of Professor Malone-Lee and the research that he and his team of researchers at University College London have carried out in this area. I know that she recently invited Professor Malone-Lee to speak to MPs on this matter and I am grateful to her for raising awareness of his findings, as this is one of the most effective ways of sharing best practice and changing behaviours.

      I am the first Minister for public health and innovation, and I am always interested to hear of any new developments that could lead to more effective diagnosis and better outcomes for NHS patients. Enhancing the quality of life for people with long-term conditions is hugely important to this Government and an overarching indicator in the NHS outcomes framework. The earlier a condition such as PBS can be identified and receive the appropriate treatment, the more the patient will be able to manage their condition and maximise their quality of life.

      Our National Institute for Health Research invests around £1 billion each year, and finding innovative solutions to help patients better manage chronic conditions is a vital part of this investment. The NIHR recently awarded about £l million to the University of Newcastle to run a trial looking at alternatives to prophylactic antibiotic treatment for recurrent UTIs. Another study is looking at the effectiveness and acceptability of urine collection devices to reduce contaminated urine samples in women presenting with symptoms of UTI. That is designed to improve accuracy of diagnosis.

      We know that UTIs can be a serious burden for individuals and for the healthcare system, and we believe that clinician-led NHS commissioning should be responsible for making decisions about individual treatments on the basis of the available evidence, taking into account the relevant guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as appropriate. NICE publishes quality standards to define clinical best practice for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions. These standards are designed to help those commissioning and providing services to understand what a good quality service looks like and to identify where improvements can be made. NICE published a quality standard on urinary tract infections in adults in June 2015. The quality standard comprises quality statements concerning the diagnosis, treatment and management of urinary tract infections. Quality statements 1 and 2 offer specific guidance on ensuring more accurate diagnoses of UTIs in adults. However, I understand that NICE has not yet addressed the specific issues relating to detecting UTIs raised by Professor Malone-Lee and his team of researchers.

      As hon. Members will no doubt be aware, NICE guidance is kept up to date through periodic assessments of new evidence. The evidence surveillance team at NICE has been asked to take into account any publications emerging from Professor Malone-Lee’s work when it next considers the relevant guidance for review. I would encourage Professor Malone-Lee, the Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation and the hon. Lady to take this opportunity to ensure that NICE is kept updated with the latest research, whether it is existing work or research that is produced in future, as I have no doubt that it will be helpful in improving guidance in this area. Furthermore, NICE is an independent body—fiercely independent—and if there are any concerns about an existing NICE quality standard or other guidance, I would encourage those concerns to be taken up with NICE directly.

      In more general terms on continence care, NHS England published new guidance in November 2015 to help to improve the care and experience of people with continence issues. This includes the most up-to-date evidence to support commissioners and providers. Once again, I am grateful that this important matter has been brought to my attention, and I hope that any further research will be considered by NICE in any future guidance so that we can continue to make improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of people with such a painful and debilitating condition. I will of course be happy to meet the hon. Lady and patient representatives to ensure that we can make the necessary progress in this area.

      I know from personal experience the impact that a chronic, difficult-to-diagnose and hard-to-manage condition can have on a patient’s quality of life. An early and clear diagnosis and a clear treatment pathway can truly be the light at the end of a very dark tunnel for many who are suffering with PBS. I hope that, as a result of the dogged championing of this cause by the hon. Lady and many others, and of the more robust evidence of innovative treatment options that NICE can evaluate, we will be able to offer the genuine hope and certainty that is clearly so urgently needed.

      Question put and agreed to.

2.49 pm

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