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, […]

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Ian Paterson was convicted of intentionally wounding nine women and one man The Conservatives have pledged to hold an inquiry into the actions of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, if the party is returned to power. Paterson, 59, who exaggerated or invented cancer risks in patients, was convicted of 17 […]

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110m in US talc cancer case

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110m in US talc cancer case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption J&J says it defends the safety of its baby powder product Pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $110m (£85m) to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using its talcum powder. Lois Slemp, 62, from Virginia, […]

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Charges for mental health prescriptions for students should be scrapped, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has told Newsbeat. If you’re 19 or over and study in England you must pay £8.60, the prescription rate, for each item. According to official figures, one in 50 students in England has registered a mental health condition with […]

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Prostate cancer: Blood test could help target treatment

Image copyright PA Image caption MRI scanners are used to detect prostate cancer A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer. Cancer researchers in Europe analysed blood from 265 men with the disease. They found those with multiple copies of a particular gene did not respond […]