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Health officials have taken a "backwards step" in breast cancer care after recommending that a genetic test should no longer be used on the NHS, a charity has said. The Oncotype DX test - which helps to predict the risk of breast cancer recurrence and whether or not a patient…
Thousands of women with previously untreatable breast cancer have been given new hope after health officials approved two new "breakthrough" drugs for NHS use. In new draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved palbociclib and ribociclib for widespread use in the health service in…
Plans to cut back on IVF treatment in some areas of England have prompted a fertility specialist to warn of "deliberate inequality". Posts on the website of leading patient charity Fertility Network UK warn of stricter access criteria and plans to cut NHS IVF in various areas. National Institute for…
Almost all men over 60 and women over 75 are eligible for statins, according to a new analysis. After examining guidance on which patients should be offered stain therapy, researchers calculated 11.8 million English adults are eligible for the cholesterol-lowing drugs. This works out to be more than a third…
One in 10 mental health patients discharged from hospital after suffering a crisis has to wait more than a week for a follow-up appointment, according to new figures. The data, obtained by mental health charity Mind from responses to a freedom of information request by 54 of the 56 NHS…
Health and care workers looking after dying people in their final days must do more to ask about spiritual beliefs, experts have said. Spiritual wishes were only documented for one in seven people who died in hospitals in England who were able to communicate in their final days, a 2016…
Teachers and police officers should consider whether tantrums and excessive clinginess are possible signs of child abuse, a watchdog has said. New guidance says professionals working outside the NHS should be alert to "soft signs" that a child is experiencing abuse or neglect. These can include "frequent rages" with only…
Countless women suffering from breast cancer "are having their lives shortened in front of their eyes" by the decision to withdraw a pioneering treatment from the NHS, a Labour MP has said. Siobhain McDonagh said it was a "tragedy" that women would no longer have access to Kadcyla, as she…
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