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The first vaccination shown to protect against the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea has been developed by scientists. The medical breakthrough comes at a time of increased concern over the prevalence of gonorrhoea, which has previously proven to be resistant to medicine. The study of New Zealanders aged 15 to 30…
The number of prescriptions handed out for anti-depressants is at an all-time high, figures show. Prescriptions for the drugs across England rose by 3.7 million items in 2016, from 61 million to 64.7 million, according to data from NHS Digital. The number of anti-depressant prescriptions has more than doubled in…
A third of people with long-term conditions such as asthma and arthritis who pay for prescriptions have not picked up their medicines due to the cost, research suggests. A poll of 4,200 people with long-term conditions who pay for medicines also found that 30% sometimes skip or reduce their recommended…
Cystic fibrosis patients are to stage protests over the lack of availability of a treatment which has been hailed as a "major step forward" for people with the condition. Last year the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which helps decide which new treatments should be available on…
The openPASS App enables verified family members to access information that is recorded by their relative's carer. This includes details of when the carer has visited, any medical care they have received and how they are feeling that day, all in one easy-to-use smartphone application. With openPASS, communications between family…
The Scottish Conservatives will scrap their opposition to free prescriptions north of the border, it has emerged. Ruth Davidson said she recognised the "large amount of support" for free prescriptions in Scotland with a commitment to maintain them now to be included in her party's manifesto for the General Election.…
Skills for Care has issued a specific pledge for the social care sector to support the STOMP (stopping the over-medication of people) with a learning disability and / or autism campaign and is urging all relevant social care employers to sign up to support it. STOMP aims to raise awareness…
The Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland have launched a Safe Medicines campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of misusing prescription medication. It’s estimated that the misuse of prescription medication such as Tramadol, Diazepam and antidepressants was responsible for 27 times more…
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