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A clinical trial is to find out whether cheap, readily available drugs can prevent dementia after stroke. Two charities, the British Heart Foundation and Alzheimer's Society, are working together to test the approach. Over three years, a team led by Professor Joanna Wardlaw (pictured) at the University of Edinburgh will…
Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
Statins are "safe and effective", one of the nation's top doctors has said, after new research shed light on why people are concerned about taking the drugs. Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said that patient concerns over statins are "understandable", but that research shows…
Diabetes patients have been advised to stop using and return specific lots of Accu-Chek Aviva and Accu-Chek Performa test strips due to concerns they may give falsely high or low readings. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it is estimated that more than 260,000 packs have been…
Brexit could drive up the cost of medicines for UK patients and the NHS and put at risk access to treatments, a parliamentary report has warned. The UK pharmaceutical industry also risks losing its status as a world leader in the sector unless a good deal is secured, the Commons…
Hundreds of children plagued by a life-shortening disease have written to the Prime Minister begging her for access to a "life-saving" drug. More than 1,000 personal letters are to be delivered to 10 Downing Street, imploring Theresa May to intervene and help patients with cystic fibrosis get access to Orkambi.…
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has voted to decriminalise cannabis for medical use. It will lobby governments across the UK after a resolution at its annual general meeting of members in Belfast was passed to help those suffering terrible pain to legally obtain relief. The UK Government's position is…
Doctors should be cautious when prescribing some anti-depressants and bladder medications which may heighten the risk of developing dementia, researchers have said. A "robust" link was found between certain anticholinergic drugs, used to treat a variety of conditions, and future incidence of the neurological disorder, according to a study published…
The NHS and medical companies should take action to reduce the impact of climate change-causing gases in asthma inhalers, MPs have urged. Tackling "F-gases", which have a powerful global warming effect, from sources such as fridges, asthma inhalers and air conditioners worldwide could curb rising temperatures by half a degree…
Only one in seven women who are at high risk of breast cancer are taking a preventative drug, a new study suggests. Researchers found that six in seven women with a family history of breast cancer opt out of taking tamoxifen as a preventative medication. In 2013, the National Institute…
An anti-psychotic drug prescribed to a teenager caused him to suffer from a rare condition that was a "significant contributory factor" to his death, a coroner has said. The parents of Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, say they repeatedly told doctors that on "no account" was the 18-year-old to…
A highly resistant strain of gonorrhoea contracted by a UK man has been successfully treated, but officials have warned similar cases are expected. The patient had a regular female partner in the UK but picked up the infection after a sexual encounter with a women in south-east Asia, Public Health…
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