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The mother of a seriously ill six-year-old boy has described a government decision to deny him a life-changing cannabis treatment as "astonishing", and pleaded with the public to help lobby for a change of heart. Alfie Dingley's mother Hannah Deacon said she felt the Home Office was not applying common…
A woman who wanted to stop medics giving her 13-year-old autistic son an antipsychotic drug has lost a family court fight. The teenager, who has a severe learning disability, was living in a specialist residential unit and had been placed in the care of council social services bosses, a judge…
A new kind of antipsychotic has been found to relieve terrifying and disturbing symptoms suffered by millions of people with Alzheimer's disease worldwide. New research has found that Pimavanserin significantly improves psychosis symptoms in people with the condition, without the devastating side-effects of currently-used antipsychotics. Scientists also found that the…
There should be a national database of patients taking large amounts of opioid painkillers, researchers have said. The call comes after a new study found that opioid prescribing is on the rise across England. The latest study, published in the British Journal Of General Practice, found that long-term opioid prescribing…
A health campaign is being launched urging parents to treat their local pharmacist as their first port of call for minor illnesses in their children, instead of visiting their GP or A&E. NHS England said there are 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to A&E for self-treatable conditions…
A Labour MP has called on the Health Secretary to act very quickly to stop the "dreadful" trade in "fake medicine" sold to families with an autistic child. Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) raised the issue during Commons Health and Social Care questions, saying the Westminster Commission on Autism was releasing a…
A "life-changing" drug for breast cancer patients has been given the final go-ahead for routine NHS use in England. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) issued its final decision recommending Perjeta, also known as pertuzumab, for some women with breast cancer. The drug previously had to be…
The growing problem of prescription drug addiction is to be reviewed by health officials, the Government has announced. Public health minister Steve Brine has commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to examine why one patient in every 11 was prescribed a potentially addictive drug last year. Mr Brine said the issue…
Drugs used to treat two rare cancers have been turned down for routine use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) advised against the medicines as it ruled the cost outweighed the benefits, despite being allowed more flexibility around the decision since they are used to treat…
Cuts to the public health budget mean smokers in many areas can no longer access stop smoking medications from their GP, health experts have warned. There is now at least one local authority in England where there is a zero budget for addressing smoking, a report by Cancer Research UK…
Hundreds of thousands of English patients are missing out on cheaper NHS prescriptions, new analysis suggests. More than 800,000 people would have been better off if they had purchased a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC), according to MoneySavingExpert.com. The certificates enable patients to make a one-off payment and then get as…
Cells that can survive doses of antibiotics and lie resting in a dormant state may hold a key to understanding antibiotic resistance, researchers say. A study found the vast majority of the 1.3% of bacteria cells that survived treatment with the antibiotic ampicillin were live but not growing. These cells…
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