NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts

Image copyright Getty Images Suncream, cold remedies and gluten-free food may no longer be available on the NHS in England under a crackdown on “low value” medicines. NHS England announced a review after local health bosses identified £400m of spending they believe has little or no clinical value. It also includes some types of pain […]

How Tetris therapy could help patients

How Tetris therapy could help patients

Image copyright Getty Images Tetris is a relatively basic yet compelling video game. The aim is to line up falling blocks so they fit together in horizontal rows. When a perfect line with no gaps is made, it will vanish, making room for more play and point-scoring. Scientists say it’s Tetris’s immersive simplicity that makes […]

Measles outbreak across Europe

Measles outbreak across Europe

Image copyright SPL Measles is spreading across Europe wherever immunisation coverage has dropped, the World Health Organization is warning. The largest outbreaks are being seen in Italy and Romania. In the first month of this year, Italy reported more than 200 cases. Romania has reported more than 3,400 cases and 17 deaths since January 2016. […]

Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s

Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s

Image copyright Deborah James GPs have been given access to a new risk assessment tool to help diagnose young people at risk of bowel cancer. Experts say people under 50 do not act on bowel cancer symptoms quickly enough and 20% have to visit a GP five times before being referred to a specialist. The […]

Mesh implant campaigners ‘betrayed’ by report publication

Mesh implant campaigners ‘betrayed’ by report publication

Image caption Patient representatives Olive McIlroy and Elaine Holmes resigned from the review group earlier this month Two campaigners against mesh implants say they are “dismayed and disgusted” at the publication of an independent report into their risks and use which they claim has been “watered down”. Olive McIlroy and Elaine Holmes, who resigned from […]

Night-time loo trips ‘linked to salt in diet’

Night-time loo trips ‘linked to salt in diet’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Not again… People who wake at night with an urge to go to the loo may need to cut back on salt in their diets, doctors from Japan are suggesting. The problem – called nocturia – which mainly affects the over-60s, leads to disrupted sleep and can significantly affect […]

Discovery enables ‘mass produced blood’

Discovery enables ‘mass produced blood’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards mass-producing red blood cells suitable for donation. Red blood cells can already be made in the lab, but the problem is scale. A team at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant have developed a method to produce an unlimited […]

Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay opens up about eating disorder

Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay opens up about eating disorder

Image copyright PA Image caption Jessica Brown Findlay: “Instead of saying sorry [I] decided to tell myself that I matter” Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay has spoken about her struggles with body image, revealing that she’s had an eating disorder since the age of 14. The actress, who played Lady Sybil, said she “felt so […]

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Media captionBritish scientists claim major advance in TB treatment British scientists have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Researchers in Oxford and Birmingham say they can isolate different strains of the disease using a process called genome sequencing. It means patients who may have waited months to get the right drugs can […]

Bed delay transfer figures reveal areas worst affected

Bed delay transfer figures reveal areas worst affected

Image copyright Getty Images More than 2,500 hospital beds a day are taken up by patients whose release has been delayed due to problems in the social care system. Analysis of official so-called “bed-blocking” statistics reveals the areas where the NHS is worst affected. The Local Government Association said under-funded authorities had placed care providers […]

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