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Social care cuts: 'The people concerned are invisible'

Social care cuts: ‘The people concerned are invisible’

The most vulnerable sections of society are emerging as the worst hit by council cuts


Frank Bailey, 80, and his wife Faith, 72, who are at risk of having the funding for overnight care cut.

If he’s lucky, Frank Bailey gets a good night’s sleep twice a week. The rest of the time he is on call and spends the small hours worrying, waiting for a bell to ring, to signal at best that his sick wife, Faith, needs help out of bed; at worst that she is struggling for breath and he will have to call paramedics to take her to hospital.

Cherries Fight Inflammation

Cherries for Health: Better Than Aspirin?

Posted: 04/11/11 08:16 AM ET

Sometimes the latest research on nutrition involves a substance or supplement with an obscure name that only a scientist could get excited about. But other times, there is something absolutely delicious that, it turns out, is also great for you.

Which brings us to cherries.

With cherry blossom season in the air, now is a great time to celebrate the beauty of nature and one of my favorite fruits, the cherry.

Skin Cancer Breakthrough

Cancer Breakthrough After Tadpole Tests

Thomas Moore, health correspondent

A drug discovered with the help of tadpoles could prevent the spread of the deadliest form of skin cancer.

The drug leflunomide is already used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

But after tests on tadpoles scientists have concluded it could be a powerful treatment for malignant melanoma.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia used tadpoles because of an evolutionary link between the pattern of dark spots on their skin and the way melanoma cancer cells spread around the body in humans.

They injected 3,000 compounds into frog embryos and discovered that leflunomide dramatically changed the way the pigment pattern developed on the tadpoles.