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An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people over the age of 70. But the first-line treatments - paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory…
The mother of a seriously ill six-year-old boy has described a government decision to deny him a life-changing cannabis treatment as "astonishing", and pleaded with the public to help lobby for a change of heart. Alfie Dingley's mother Hannah Deacon said she felt the Home Office was not applying common…
A woman who wanted to stop medics giving her 13-year-old autistic son an antipsychotic drug has lost a family court fight. The teenager, who has a severe learning disability, was living in a specialist residential unit and had been placed in the care of council social services bosses, a judge…
A new kind of antipsychotic has been found to relieve terrifying and disturbing symptoms suffered by millions of people with Alzheimer's disease worldwide. New research has found that Pimavanserin significantly improves psychosis symptoms in people with the condition, without the devastating side-effects of currently-used antipsychotics. Scientists also found that the…
There should be a national database of patients taking large amounts of opioid painkillers, researchers have said. The call comes after a new study found that opioid prescribing is on the rise across England. The latest study, published in the British Journal Of General Practice, found that long-term opioid prescribing…
A health campaign is being launched urging parents to treat their local pharmacist as their first port of call for minor illnesses in their children, instead of visiting their GP or A&E. NHS England said there are 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to A&E for self-treatable conditions…
A Labour MP has called on the Health Secretary to act very quickly to stop the "dreadful" trade in "fake medicine" sold to families with an autistic child. Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) raised the issue during Commons Health and Social Care questions, saying the Westminster Commission on Autism was releasing a…
A "life-changing" drug for breast cancer patients has been given the final go-ahead for routine NHS use in England. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) issued its final decision recommending Perjeta, also known as pertuzumab, for some women with breast cancer. The drug previously had to be…
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