Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Image caption The campaign was launched in a four-page wraparound in the Daily Mirror One of the world’s biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of “staggering hypocrisy” over its new ad campaign that urges smokers to quit. The Marlboro maker said the move was “an important next step” in its aim to “ultimately […]

‘Treatment may extend advanced breast cancer survival’

‘Treatment may extend advanced breast cancer survival’

Image copyright Getty Images Combining a pioneering drug with hormone therapy may extend the survival of some women with advanced breast cancer, a trial suggests. Women who received palbociclib and hormone therapy lived up to 10 months longer than those given hormone treatment alone. It also delayed the time at which women needed to begin […]

Infected blood victims’ support payments ‘must increase’

Infected blood victims’ support payments ‘must increase’

Image copyright Factor 8/Marc marnie Victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal have written to the health secretary asking for an immediate increase in support payments, the BBC has learned. The public inquiry into the scandal is not due to look at financial support until 2020. Campaign group Tainted Blood said, at the current rate, […]

Charity call for Scots ‘right to rehab’

Charity call for Scots ‘right to rehab’

Image copyright Spl Image caption The charity said there were 124,000 Scots living with the impact of a stroke A charity has said chest, heart and stroke patients in Scotland should have a “right to rehab” to help them rebuild their lives after diagnosis. Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland said that currently about one in […]

Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

Depressed? The places not to live if you need help

Image copyright Getty Images A flagship NHS mental health service is failing patients in one in seven areas of England, research by the BBC shows. People with conditions like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are entitled to psychological therapies, such as counselling. The NHS is meant to successfully treat half of the people it […]

Flu vaccine delays for NI over-65s

Flu vaccine delays for NI over-65s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The flu vaccine for some people older than 65 will be delayed until the end of next month There will be delays with the supply of a new flu jab for over-65s this year, the chief medical officer has said. Dr Michael McBride said that “manufacturing constraints” would […]

End of life care: How to talk about dying to someone who is dying

Image copyright Becky Bevers Image caption Becky Bevers’ first question to doctors was: “Am I going to die?” When Becky Bevers tells people about her incurable breast cancer, she is met with all sorts of reactions. Some people are awkward, even crossing the street to avoid talking to her, while others are just stuck for […]

Doctors ‘need to start early conversation with patients about dying’

Doctors ‘need to start early conversation with patients about dying’

Image copyright Getty Images Doctors need to get better at having difficult conversations with dying patients and not just in their final days, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians. It says doctors should talk to people who could die within 12 months, who may be frail or terminally ill, and give […]

Children with problems or problem children?

Children with problems or problem children?

Image caption Anxiety is a warning of perceived danger There’s nothing pleasant about being on the end of a child’s angry or aggressive outburst – whether you’re a parent or a teacher. And if that outburst happens in a classroom rather than the sitting room, the consequences for the child can be much more serious. […]

EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children’s need

EpiPen shortage: Chemists told to quiz parents on children’s need

Image copyright Getty Images Chemists have been told by the NHS to check whether young children are in urgent need of adrenaline pens before dispensing the devices. Pharmacists must ask parents and carers how many auto-adrenaline injectors they have before deciding how many to give. Only children who have no pens – including expired but […]

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