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The number of children needing treatment for addiction to tranquilisers has almost doubled, figures show.In 2016, 161 children under the age of 18 accessed public treatment services for benzodiazepine misuse.This almost doubled to 315 young people requiring help last year.The figures, released by Public Health England (PHE), show the number…
The UK has become one of the first countries to meet a key target in the battle against the HIV epidemic, figures suggest.Statistics released by Public Health England (PHE) on Thursday indicate Britain has met the 90-90-90 benchmark, which campaigners hailed as an "extraordinary moment".The global target for 2020 is…
MPs should vote for the Brexit deal to ensure medical stockpiles do not run out, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told the Commons.Mr Hancock said "voting for the deal is the best way to ensure unhindered supply of medicines", in response to health questions.He reportedly told the Prime Minister and…
Some NHS 111 patients are to be booked appointments with their local pharmacist, officials have said.Patients in London with minor illnesses who call the NHS helpline can be sent to a nearby pharmacy instead of seeing a doctor.NHS England said specially trained 111 operators can refer patients with minor health…
A pioneering cancer treatment has been recommended for leukaemia patients under the age of 25.CART-cell therapy involves taking a person's own immune cells and modifying them to fight their cancer cells, and has the potential to be a cure.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said young people…
The mother of a girl with cystic fibrosis is taking legal action against the NHS after it refused funding for a drug which could extend her daughter's life.Sarah Burgwin, of Totnes, Devon, said it was "shameful" that six-year-old Katie Stafford (both pictured) was being denied access to Orkambi.The drug's high…
The head of Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland has criticised the Department of Health for ignoring repeated calls to save the service.Community pharmacists say they have been warned by wholesalers that the supply of medicines to pharmacies and patients can no longer be guaranteed, as they struggle to pay their bills.Suppliers…
Thousands of patients are being denied prescriptions for cannabis despite the law change because of "botched and cruel" medical guidance, MPs have warned. Conservative former minister Sir Mike Penning was among those on Monday to say the material being relied on by the NHS is shutting down the fresh law.…
Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients in the UK from today. Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced last month that new regulations would come into force on Thursday, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which the products can be given to patients. The move follows several…
Anyone with a credit card can buy a "lethal combination" of drugs online, health inspectors have said as they called for the public to be better informed about the dangers of buying prescription drugs from unregulated websites. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was "worried" about the challenge of…
A neurology review sparked by concerns about a consultant's work has cost around £1 million so far, Northern Ireland's department of health said. A total of 3,544 former patients of Dr Michael Watt have been or are in the process of being recalled. Many have epilepsy. Patients who were being…
A new antibiotic which acts as a "Trojan horse" has proved effective against drug-resistant bacteria, researchers have said.Scientists say trials on 448 people with kidney or urinary tract infections found the drug cefiderocol eradicated germs just as effectively as current treatments.The drug tricks the bacteria's biology by binding to iron…
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