‘Monumental U-turn’ on cancer drug

‘Monumental U-turn’ on cancer drug

Image copyright SPL A pioneering and life-extending drug repeatedly deemed too expensive will now be offered on the NHS in England. It is the result of a confidential deal between the health service and the drug company Roche. Kadcyla, the undiscounted cost of which had been £90,000 per patient, adds an average of six months […]

Pregnant women smoking rates ‘concern’ in England

Pregnant women smoking rates ‘concern’ in England

Image copyright Thinkstock The reduction in smoking rates among pregnant women in England has slowed down in the past year, prompting concern from health charities. NHS figures show 10.5% of women currently smoke at the time of delivery – a drop of only 0.1% on last year. Over the same period, smoking rates among adults […]

Catch whooping cough and get £3,500

Catch whooping cough and get £3,500

Image copyright chrispecoraro/Getty How much money would it take to persuade you to be deliberately infected with whooping cough for the sake of medical science? Researchers at Southampton University are offering people up to £3,526 to take up the challenge. They want to make a better vaccine to protect babies, toddlers and vulnerable adults against […]

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

Image copyright Photo Science Library The UK’s highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was […]

Worries over care home fees and funding

Worries over care home fees and funding

Image copyright PA Care homes may be charging families for extended periods after a resident has died as well as large upfront fees, a competition inquiry has revealed. The concerns emerged from the initial findings of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which began in December. The CMA has now opened a […]

‘Seductive names’ make vegetables more appealing

‘Seductive names’ make vegetables more appealing

Image copyright Paul_Brighton/Getty How do you get more people to eat their greens? Give vegetables seductive names, say US researchers. A team at Stanford tried it out on students in the university cafeteria and found veggie sales went up by 25% when indulgent labels were used. “Sizzlin’ beans”, “dynamite beets” and “twisted citrus-glazed carrots” tempted […]

Charlie Gard: Parents await European Court of Human Rights ruling

Charlie Gard: Parents await European Court of Human Rights ruling

Image copyright Featureworld Image caption Charlie Gard’s rare disease has left him unable to cry A final ruling will be made on the fate of a terminally ill baby boy whose parents want to take him to the US for treatment. Ten-month old Charlie Gard has a rare genetic condition and brain damage, and doctors […]

Charlie Gard: Mum shares photo of son with eyes open

Charlie Gard: Mum shares photo of son with eyes open

Image copyright Connie Yates Image caption Connie Yates posted the image along with the message “a picture speaks a thousand words” The mother of Charlie Gard has shared a photo of her son with his eyes open as she waits to find out if his life-support will be switched off. Connie Yates posted the image […]

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

Image copyright Science Photo Library There has been a sharp drop in the number of nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest. Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. That compares with just 46 in April this year, a fall of 96%. […]

Care worker zero-hours contracts tackled by Welsh Government

Care worker zero-hours contracts tackled by Welsh Government

Image copyright sturti/Getty Images Image caption There has already been a consultation on recruitment issues facing the care sector A planned curb on zero-hours contracts for thousands of care workers has been unveiled by the Welsh Government. Workers will be given the choice after three months whether they want to carry on with the arrangement […]