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Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast

Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast

Media captionSimpa says microdosing helps to alleviate his mental health problems There is a small community of people in the UK who “microdose” – or take small amounts of psychedelic drugs as part of their daily lives. They say it boosts creativity and can have medicinal benefits, despite a lack of scientific research. On a […]

‘Diabetic girl’, nine, goes missing from Paddington hospital

‘Diabetic girl’, nine, goes missing from Paddington hospital

Image copyright Google Police are appealing for help locating a sick nine-year-old girl who went missing after being taken to hospital in need of urgent medical care. The girl was with her parents and a younger brother when she attended St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, at about 17:40 BST on Sunday. But the family […]

Cancer drug Kadcyla approved for use by NHS Scotland

Cancer drug Kadcyla approved for use by NHS Scotland

Image copyright Breast Cancer Now Image caption Lesley Stephen, Lesley Graham, Anne Maclean-Chnag and Alison Tait led a campaign to have Kadcyla approved A breast cancer drug which is being withdrawn in England because it is too expensive is being made available on the NHS in Scotland. Kadcyla is used to treat an aggressive, advanced […]

Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances

Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances

Image copyright iStock Overcrowded hospitals in England were forced to close their doors nearly 500 times to ambulances this winter. The number of diverts was nearly double the level in the previous three winters and has prompted warnings about the pressures facing the health service. Hospitals said closures were a last resort but had to […]

Web pharmacy gave 17-second prescription

Web pharmacy gave 17-second prescription

Image copyright SPL Websites selling prescription medicines have been reprimanded by inspectors for compromising patient safety. The Care Quality Commission highlighted lax standards at four online pharmacies in its latest batch of inspections. It included one case where a patient’s application was assessed in only 17 seconds by a GP. Another pharmacy was criticised for […]

Ketamine depression treatment ‘should be rolled out’

Ketamine depression treatment ‘should be rolled out’

Image copyright Getty Images Doctors trialling the use of ketamine to treat depression are calling for the treatment to be rolled out. Ketamine is licensed to be used as an anaesthetic but has a reputation as an illegal party drug. Writing in The Lancet Psychiatry, Dr Rupert McShane, who has led a trial in Oxford, […]

Fears of locum shortage amid IR35 tax row

Fears of locum shortage amid IR35 tax row

Image caption The QEQM hospital in Margate denied it is considering part-closing its emergency department A hospital has planned for a possible lack of doctors as a result of tax changes, the BBC understands. Margate’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) hospital has rearranged rotas in anticipation of shortages. East Kent Hospitals fears locums will […]

Antibiotic ‘link to bowel cancer precursor’

Antibiotic ‘link to bowel cancer precursor’

Image copyright GARO/PHANIE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY People who take antibiotics for a long time are more likely to develop growths on the bowel which can be a precursor to cancer, a study suggests. Researchers say this adds to emerging evidence that the diversity of bugs in the gut could have role in the development of tumours. […]

Should exercise be compulsory at work?

Should exercise be compulsory at work?

Image copyright Getty Images The news this week that more than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive has led to a lot of discussion over how to tackle the problem. But with no easy solution and rates of obesity rising fast has it come to the point that exercise should become part […]

Antibiotic ‘link to bowel cancer precursor’

Antibiotic ‘link to bowel cancer precursor’

Image copyright GARO/PHANIE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY People who take antibiotics for a long time are more likely to develop growths on the bowel which can be a precursor to cancer, a study suggests. Researchers say this adds to emerging evidence that the diversity of bugs in the gut could have role in the development of tumours. […]