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A campaign group has lodged an appeal after it lost its legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) argued the decision by ministers, over the use of the drug misoprostol, was…
Statins are not effective at reducing heart disease and stroke among certain groups of elderly people, a new study suggests. The findings "do not support the widespread use of statins in old and very old populations", the authors wrote. But the cholesterol-lowering drugs, which are widely prescribed across the globe,…
A "new generation" cancer therapy has been rejected for widespread NHS use by health officials. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) published draft guidance stating that axicabtagene ciloleucel, also known as Yescarta, is not recommended for NHS use for patients with aggressive sub-types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The…
A weight-loss pill has been hailed as a potential "holy grail" in the fight against obesity after a major study showed it did not increase the risk of serious heart problems. Researchers say lorcaserin is the first weight-loss drug to be deemed safe for heart health with long-term use, which…
People at a higher risk during the flu season should be able to get their flu jab in the evenings and at weekends to encourage uptake of the vaccine, new guidance suggests. Suggestions on how to help increase vaccination rates includes those who offer free NHS flu jabs - such…
Hospitals face running out of drugs in a chaotic no-deal Brexit, the group that represents NHS hospital and ambulance service has privately warned. Poor co-ordination by ministers and health service bosses means there has been a failure to prepare for the UK to be left without a Brexit deal, a…
A vaccine which could be used to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease has reached the next stage of clinical trials. ACI-24, developed by Swiss-based pharmaceutical company AC Immune, will be tested among patients with a mild or moderate form of the condition. Charity Alzheimer's Research UK said the vaccine represents…
Wales is about to become one of the first countries to robustly examine the use of a new HIV prevention strategy that has been rolled out across the world. Dr David Gillespie, Deputy Director of Cardiff University’s Infections, Inflammation and Immunity Division, will lead the research after winning a Health…
A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland argued the decision by ministers, surrounding the use of the drug misoprostol, was "unlawful"…
An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical company to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS. Orkambi received its European licence exactly 1,000 days ago, but the National Institute of Care and Excellence (Nice) has not recommended it for…
A charity has condemned a decision by health officials to reject a drug to treat a rare genetic disorder which can mean that affected children do not live to their their second birthday. In new draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has not recommended Spinraza,…
Use of the drug Ritalin to treat UK children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be stepped up rather than reduced, a new study suggests. Evidence shows 5% of children suffer from the behavioural disorder, but only one in 10 are receiving medical treatment. Experts who took part in…
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