‘Heart attack risk’ for common Nsaid painkillers

‘Heart attack risk’ for common Nsaid painkillers

Image copyright Science Photo Library A fresh study suggests there may be a link between taking high doses of Nsaid painkillers – such as ibuprofen – and heart attacks. The paper, published in The BMJ, builds on a previous body of work linking these drugs to heart problems. This research suggests the risk could be […]

Southern Health faces Connor Sparrowhawk drowning charges

Southern Health faces Connor Sparrowhawk drowning charges

Image copyright JusticeforLB Image caption Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, who died at a Southern Health facility, had epilepsy and experienced seizures An NHS trust is to be prosecuted over the drowning of an 18-year-old patient at one of its facilities, the BBC has learned. Connor Sparrowhawk suffered an epileptic fit while in a bath at Slade […]

Concern over rise in acne drug use

Concern over rise in acne drug use

Image copyright stock_colors/Getty Campaigners fear too many young people are being put on the powerful anti-acne drug Roaccutane, which has been linked with suicidal feelings. NHS prescriptions have risen steadily in recent years, despite awareness of the risks. Doctors wrote nearly 49,000 prescriptions for the tablets in England in 2016. In 2014 the figure was […]

Teenagers ill after taking prescription drug Xanax

Teenagers ill after taking prescription drug Xanax

Image caption Parents in Salisbury are being urged to talk to their children about the risks of taking drugs Up to 20 teenagers in Wiltshire have needed medical treatment after taking the prescription drug Xanax in the last week, police have said. The young people – aged 15 and 16 – have been “deliberately risking […]

Price of ‘exciting’ self-injectable contraceptive cut

Price of ‘exciting’ self-injectable contraceptive cut

Image copyright PATH/Patrick McKern The price of an innovative device which allows women to give themselves a contraceptive jab has been cut. Sayana Press has mostly been used by women in developing countries, as part of a global push to expand access to modern contraception. Working in collaboration with donor organisations has enabled the drug […]

General election 2017: NHS pay cap ‘must be lifted’

General election 2017: NHS pay cap ‘must be lifted’

Image copyright Getty Images The pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted because it puts patient safety at risk, NHS bosses say. NHS Providers said the cap, which limits pay rises to 1% a year to 2019, was causing severe recruitment and retention problems in England. The body, which represents NHS trusts in England, […]

Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Image copyright Getty Images Smoking could be banned in some new council homes in a bid to protect the health of children, a UK public health expert has said. Under the proposals, tenants would be asked to sign an agreement not to light up inside their home. President of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof […]

General election: Labour ‘would axe NHS parking charges’

General election: Labour ‘would axe NHS parking charges’

Image copyright PA Image caption The free-parking plan was unveiled during a visit to nursing students in Tory-held Worcester Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour would provide free car parking at all NHS hospitals in England to end what he called a “tax on serious illness”. Mr Corbyn said the estimated £162m cost would be paid […]

More than half of UK vapers ‘have given up smoking’

More than half of UK vapers ‘have given up smoking’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some people argue that e-cigarettes are more or equally as harmful as smoking tobacco For the first time, more than half of the UK’s electronic-cigarette users have since given up smoking tobacco, a study suggests. Some 1.5 million vapers are ex-smokers, compared with 1.3 million who still use tobacco, […]

General election 2017: Labour proposes junk food ad ban

General election 2017: Labour proposes junk food ad ban

Image copyright Science Photo Library Adverts for junk food and sweets would be banned from all TV shows broadcast before the 21:00 watershed under Labour plans to tackle childhood obesity. The party says the proposal forms part of a future child health bill that will be outlined in its election manifesto. Products high in fat, […]