Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths, says Hunt

Image copyright Getty Images Drug errors cause appalling levels of harm and deaths, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says, as new data suggests millions of mistakes are being made. GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year – the equivalent of a mistake made for every five drugs handed out. […]

Mini-tumours’ created to battle cancer

Image copyright ICR Image caption The mini-tumours can be used to predict if a patient will respond to therapy Scientists have been able to predict how cancer patients will respond to therapy by growing miniature versions of their tumours in the laboratory. They say the groundbreaking work could lead to “smarter, kinder and more effective […]

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, […]

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work. The study, which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than dummy pills. But it also showed big […]

NHS ‘dangerously’ short of 100,000 staff

Image copyright PA The NHS in England has nearly 100,000 jobs unfilled, a situation described as “dangerously” understaffed. The total represents one in 12 of all the posts in the health service and would be enough to staff 10 large hospitals. It includes 35,000 nurse posts and nearly 10,000 doctor vacancies. The figures have been […]

Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert

Image copyright MHRA Image caption A small number of Ventolin Accuhaler units are affected by the fault Three batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler asthma inhalers have been recalled because they do not deliver the full number of doses. The MHRA – the body that regulates the devices – warned that patients may find […]

Review ordered into epilepsy drug, vaginal mesh and Primodos

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs The government has ordered a review into how UK authorities responded to concerns over three major medical problems. Baroness Julia Cumberlege has been asked to look at the pregnancy test Primodos, vaginal mesh implants and epilepsy drug sodium valproate cases. All […]

Red wine compound ‘could help tooth decay and gum disease fight’

Image copyright Getty Images Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes. Now a new study suggests it contains chemicals that can help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Researchers found compounds from the drink, known as […]

Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

Image copyright Alfie’s Army Facebook Image caption Alfie Evans suffers from an undiagnosed neurological degenerative condition Doctors can stop providing life support to toddler Alfie Evans who has a mystery illness against his parents’ wishes, the High Court has ruled. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old from Bootle, Merseyside was […]

Ovarian cancer: Persistent tummy bloating can be sign, charity warns

Image copyright Laura Everley Image caption Laura Everley, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014, with her son Harry Only a third of women would see a doctor when they experience a major symptom of ovarian cancer, according to the charity Target Ovarian Cancer. When faced with persistent bloating, 34% of 1,142 women questioned […]

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