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CANCER

Care home staff placed bets on patient’s death

Three workers at a nursing home in Växjö in south central Sweden have been sacked after they were discovered to have placed bets on when one of the patients would die.

The three staff members, one permanent, two temporary, were reported by another temporary worker at the home, which is run by Attendo Care.

Apparently when the sick patient did eventually die the staff members involved then compounded the situation by mocking the victim and putting sunglasses on the corpse.

It was a temporary worker who was at the death bed of the patient that reported the incident to her superiors who then filed a police report, with the trio also having been reported to the police after admitting to their actions.

Jonas Morian, press officer at Attendo Care, told Smålandsposten said that the three staff members admitted responsibility straight away.

”Yes, they admitted it, but there were varying degrees of how seriously they perceived it to be,” he said.

Attendo Care has come under fire recently with a series of allegations made against the company for its treatment of patients at the homes it runs.

In one case in Uppsala, a man suffering from cancer was left so long lying in his own faeces that it had dried up before he was finally treated.

Meanwhile, in a second case in a nursing home in Lidingö near Stockholm, a patient went 14 days without having their bandages changed.

The company stands accused of cutting staff to unacceptable levels in order to increase profits – Attendo Care’s turnover increased by 44 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to Dagens Industri.

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RESEARCH

Nordic twins help reveal higher cancer risks

A comprehensive study of twins in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland has led to new revelations about increased cancer risks among siblings.

Nordic twins help reveal higher cancer risks
If one twin gets cancer, the other has a higher risk of getting sick too. Photo: Colourbox
Twins share the same genes, and when one gets cancer, the other faces a higher risk of getting sick too, according to a study published on Tuesday that included 200,000 people.
 
But just because one twin falls ill does not mean that the other is certain to get the same cancer, or any cancer at all, according the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
 
In fact, the amount of increased risk of cancer was just 14 percent higher in identical pairs in which one twin was diagnosed with cancer.
 
Identical twins develop from the same egg and share the exact same genetic material.
 
Among fraternal twins, which develop from two eggs and are as genetically similar as typical biological siblings, the risk of cancer in a twin whose co-twin was infected was five percent higher.
 
The twins in the study hailed from Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway — all countries that maintain detailed health registries — and were followed between 1943 and 2010.
 
When researchers looked at the group as a whole, they found that about one in three individuals developed cancer (32 percent).
 
Therefore, the risk of cancer in an identical twin whose twin was diagnosed was calculated to be 46 percent.
 
In fraternal twins it amounted to a 37 percent risk of developing cancer if a co-twin was diagnosed.
 
The exact same cancer was diagnosed in 38 percent of identical twins and 26 percent of fraternal pairs.
 
The cancers that were most likely to be shared among twins were skin melanoma (58 percent), prostate (57 percent), non melanoma skin (43 percent), ovary (39 percent), kidney (38 percent), breast (31 percent), uterine cancer (27 percent).
 
“Because of this study's size and long follow-up, we can now see key genetic effects for many  cancers,” said Jacob Hjelmborg, from the University of Southern Denmark and co-lead author of the study.
 
Researchers said the findings may help patients and doctors understand more about the hereditary risks of cancer, a disease that kills eight million people around the world each year.
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