NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images Drug company Concordia overcharged the NHS by millions for a key thyroid treatment, the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found. The CMA said that last year the NHS spent £34m on its drug, liothyronine, up from about £600,000 in 2006. The amount the NHS paid per pack rose from around […]

Tampon tax: How much have you spent?

Find out how much you’ve spent on the so-called tampon tax – the VAT on sanitary products. Tampons and towels are currently taxed at 5% in the UK. But they have been subject to five different rates since 1973. So how much you’ve spent depends on how old you are and when you started your […]

Young people ‘experimenting more in bed’

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, including anal sex, with opposite sex partners, research reveals. Experts looked at responses to a national sex survey that has been carried out every 10 years since 1990 in the UK. More than one in 10 millennial teenagers said […]

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth. A study of just over 1,000 women found the risk doubles if women go to sleep on their backs in the third trimester. The study looked into 291 pregnancies that […]

Dog owners lowers early death risk, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers. They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in […]

Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to ‘sustain’ NHS

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The MPs argue that only a cross-party approach can deliver a sustainable settlement Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England. They say a non-partisan debate is needed to […]

Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers. They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in […]

First gene-editing in human body attempt

Image copyright Children’s Hospital Oakland Image caption Brian Madeux and his fiancé Marcie Humphrey Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California. Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter’s syndrome. Mr […]

Depression link between fathers and teenage children, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fathers, as well as mothers, have an impact on children’s mental health. Depression in fathers, as well as mothers, has an impact on children despite mothers often being the focus when treating adolescent depression, a study suggests. The University College London (UCL) report looked at 14,000 families in the […]

Tia has epidermolysis bullosa – known as ‘butterfly skin’

Four-year-old Tia Foster-Price has a condition called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). It means her mum Anne Marie has to treat her skin and pop her blisters every day – and it stops her running around with her friends. Anne Marie says she thinks: “Is she going to die this year? Is she going to live?” But […]

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