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A dozen Alzheimer's drugs that can halt, slow or reverse the disease could be available to patients in three years, a report has revealed. All of the 12 treatments are in late stage Phase III trials, the final hurdle before a new medicine is licensed. If any of them live…
Many health service staff display a "woeful ignorance" about the damage caused to patients by overdependence on prescription drugs, ministers have been told. Labour health spokesman Lord Hunt of Kings Heath urged the Government to take action nationally to tackle the problem, including getting the NHS to "start taking this…
Hundreds of pharmacists will be deployed in care homes amid concerns the elderly are over-medicating. Around 180,000 people living in nursing or residential homes will have their medicines checked, NHS England announced on Friday. The health body said elderly care home residents are prescribed seven medicines a day on average,…
The number of prescriptions for powerful painkillers in England has nearly doubled in 10 years, it has been reported. The surge in people taking opioids such as morphine has prompted doctors to warn that people are becoming addicted in greater numbers. The family of drugs also includes codeine, tramadol and…
There is "still work to do to improve safety" for patients with diabetes in hospital, a charity has warned. The comments from Diabetes UK come after an audit examined the state of care of diabetes patients in hospital in England and Wales. It found that 18% of hospital beds in…
A "revolutionary" flu vaccine that can be administered as a pill has been developed by British scientists The vaccine tablet does not need refrigeration, making it easier to transport and more suitable for developing countries with warm climates. Researchers at the University of Cardiff produced the pill by creating synthetic…
A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part…
As many as one in five prescriptions for antibiotics written by GPs may be "inappropriate", health officials have said. Public Health England (PHE) warned that using antibiotics when they are not needed "threatens their long-term effectiveness" as it published new research estimating that 20% of all antibiotic prescriptions written in…
More than 200 million medication errors are made in the NHS every year and could lead to the deaths of thousands of people, researchers say. Mistakes - ranging from giving patients the wrong medication to delivering prescriptions late - may cause around 1,700 deaths annually in England and contribute to…
Antidepressants are effective in the treatment of the mental health condition, according to the authors of an international study. Led by researchers at the University of Oxford, the study aimed to clear up lingering questions about the efficacy of medicine to treat acute depression in adults. Through examining trials involving…
A review has been launched into patient concerns about hormone pregnancy test drug Primodos, vaginal mesh and sodium valproate. Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that Baroness Julia Cumberlege will lead a review into how the NHS responds to safety concerns raised by patients about medicines or medical…
An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people over the age of 70. But the first-line treatments - paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory…