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‘Heart attack risk’ for common painkillers

‘Heart attack risk’ for common painkillers

Image copyright Science Photo Library A fresh study suggests there may be a link between taking high doses of common anti-inflammatory 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 […]

Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples

Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples

Image copyright Getty Images Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said. Sir James Munby said it was “simply inhumanity” that couples who have spent decades together can be separated in their final years, the Times reports. In a speech […]

‘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 […]

Baby brain scans reveal trillions of neural connections

Baby brain scans reveal trillions of neural connections

Image copyright The Developing Human Connectome Project Image caption The scans show anatomical connections in the developing brain UK scientists have released the first batch of “groundbreaking” medical scans that reveal step-by-step how the human brain develops in babies. Researchers around the world can use the data to understand what healthy growth looks like, say […]

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 […]

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 […]