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NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark drug ruling in England

NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark drug ruling in England

Image copyright Olga Ignatova Image caption Wet age-related macular degeneration affects around 26,000 people in the UK A landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save the NHS in England “hundreds of millions” a year. Novartis and Bayer were trying to stop NHS doctors from prescribing a cheaper treatment for a serious eye condition. […]

‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

Image caption Jackie describes the effects of having hepatitis C as “trauma after trauma” When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There are thought to be thousands like her. They often feel overlooked in the wider NHS […]

‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go “cold turkey”. Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who […]

NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark drug ruling in England

NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark drug ruling in England

Image copyright Olga Ignatova Image caption Wet age-related macular degeneration affects around 26,000 people in the UK A landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save the NHS in England “hundreds of millions” a year. Novartis and Bayer were trying to stop NHS doctors from prescribing a cheaper treatment for a serious eye condition. […]

‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

‘I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C’

Image caption Jackie describes the effects of having hepatitis C as “trauma after trauma” When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There are thought to be thousands like her. They often feel overlooked in the wider NHS […]

‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go “cold turkey”. Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who […]

Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

Media captionJack Burn died hours after being born at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford A review into mother and baby deaths and injuries at hospitals in Shropshire is examining more than 100 cases, it is understood. In 2017, Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into maternity care relating to 23 cases at the Shrewsbury and Telford […]

Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Image copyright Getty Images Midwives are calling for official guidance on how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy. One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no national target for what constitutes normal pregnancy weight gain. Regular weigh-ins fell out of favour […]

Hiding my psychosis for 10 years from the age of 12

Hiding my psychosis for 10 years from the age of 12

Image copyright Luke Watkin Image caption Luke Watkin from Dorset is now 26 years old Luke Watkin was in year eight at school and alone in a corridor when he first heard a strange noise. “I heard what sounded like a train brake, followed by a metal on metal noise. “It was just something completely […]

Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

Image copyright UCL Sick babies admitted to a neonatal unit after a difficult birth could benefit from a new bedside tool to detect brain damage, researchers believe. The team at University College London has developed a device which shines light into the brain to monitor oxygen and energy levels. Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) could help […]

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