NHS Scotland to fund ‘game-changer’ Prep HIV drug

Image copyright Getty Images A “game-changing” drug which dramatically reduces the chances of being infected with HIV is to be made available on the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has agreed to approve the treatment, which is known as Prep. Scientists have found that a daily dose of the drug can protect […]

Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast

Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast

Media captionSimpa says microdosing helps to alleviate his mental health problems There is a small community of people in the UK who “microdose” – or take small amounts of psychedelic drugs as part of their daily lives. They say it boosts creativity and can have medicinal benefits, despite a lack of scientific research. On a […]

‘Diabetic girl’, nine, goes missing from Paddington hospital

Image copyright Google Police are appealing for help locating a sick nine-year-old girl who went missing after being taken to hospital in need of urgent medical care. The girl was with her parents and a younger brother when she attended St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, at about 17:40 BST on Sunday. But the family […]

Cancer drug Kadcyla approved for use by NHS Scotland

Image copyright Breast Cancer Now Image caption Lesley Stephen, Lesley Graham, Anne Maclean-Chnag and Alison Tait led a campaign to have Kadcyla approved A breast cancer drug which is being withdrawn in England because it is too expensive is being made available on the NHS in Scotland. Kadcyla is used to treat an aggressive, advanced […]

Patients with learning disabilities missing out on health checks

Image copyright PA Patients in England with learning disabilities are missing out on vital health checks, NHS data shows. These include cancer screening, blood pressure checks and mental health assessments. Only about half of women with learning disabilities in England received breast cancer screening last year, compared with about 70% of eligible women overall. NHS […]

Rules of memory ‘beautifully’ rewritten

Image copyright F WALSH Image caption The human brain is a biological masterpiece What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it. The US and Japanese team found that the brain “doubles up” by simultaneously making two memories of events. One […]

Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances

Image copyright iStock Overcrowded hospitals in England were forced to close their doors nearly 500 times to ambulances this winter. The number of diverts was nearly double the level in the previous three winters and has prompted warnings about the pressures facing the health service. Hospitals said closures were a last resort but had to […]

Hospital parking ‘unreasonably stressful’, says RAC

Image copyright Getty Images Too many hospitals in England have “unreasonable” rules that cause unnecessary stress when it comes to car parking, an RAC investigation suggests. The report reveals many hospitals force drivers to pay as soon as they arrive – so some patients may overestimate and overpay for their stay. And a third of […]

Vaping shops selling to non-smokers

Image copyright PA Image caption Knowingly or unwittingly preparing to sell e-cigarettes to people who have never smoked or vaped breaks a voluntary code. Almost nine in 10 e-cigarette shops in the UK are selling vaping products to non-smokers against the industry’s code of conduct, an investigation reveals. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) […]

GP practices close in record numbers

Image copyright PA Record numbers of GP practices closed last year, forcing around 265,000 patients to move, data suggests. A Freedom of Information request by Pulse magazine revealed 57 practices closed in 2016, with a further 34 shutting because of practice mergers. The Royal College of GPs said doctors could no longer cope with growing […]

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