Send heavy drinkers for liver scan, GPs told

Send heavy drinkers for liver scan, GPs told

Image copyright Thinkstock Women who regularly drink more than three-and-a-half bottles of wine a week should get their livers checked, says new draft advice for England. For men, the threshold is five bottles of wine a week or 50 units of alcohol, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The organisation says GPs […]

Trampolines ‘dangerous’, says top bone surgeon

Trampolines ‘dangerous’, says top bone surgeon

Image copyright Thinkstock Trampolines should be used only under professional supervision, according to a senior bone surgeon. Amir Ali Qureshi, from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, predicts adverts featuring a dog on a trampoline will boost sales. But he also expects a spike in people with broken bones turning up at A&E this […]

Sugary drinks tax ‘will benefit children most’

Sugary drinks tax ‘will benefit children most’

Image copyright PA The health of children will benefit most from the sugar tax on the UK soft drinks industry, according to a study. It predicted if sugar was cut in the sweetest drinks in response to the tax, levels of tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes would fall, particularly among the high-consumption under-18s. […]

Hospital beds shortage in England ‘an infection risk’

Hospital beds shortage in England ‘an infection risk’

NHS hospitals in England are so full that a shortage of beds is putting patients at an increased risk of infection, according to a report. An analysis of bed occupancy rates by the Nuffield Trust reveals that more than 95% of beds in hospitals were used every day last winter. Hospitals try not to exceed […]

Australian court increases fine over ‘misleading’ Nurofen

Australian court increases fine over ‘misleading’ Nurofen

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Australia’s Federal Court ruled Nurofen Specific Pain products were misleading The UK manufacturer of Nurofen has been hit with an increased fine of A$6m (£3.6m; $4.4m) for misleading customers in Australia. Australia’s Federal Court ruled last year that products marketed as targeting specific pains, such as migraines, were actually identical. […]

Six pharmaceutical firms accused of price-fixing

Six pharmaceutical firms accused of price-fixing

Image copyright Science Photo Library US authorities have accused six pharmaceutical firms from the US, India and Australia of price-fixing. It is alleged the companies conspired to raise the price of the antibiotic doxycycline and diabetes drug glyburide. The civil lawsuit has been filed in 20 US states. It follows criminal charges being brought against […]

Babies made from three people approved in UK

Babies made from three people approved in UK

Image copyright Science Photo Library Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK’s fertility regulator. The historic and controversial move is to prevent children being born with deadly genetic diseases. Doctors in Newcastle – who developed the advanced form of IVF – are expected to be the first to […]

Hepatitis C patients ‘go abroad for drugs’

Hepatitis C patients ‘go abroad for drugs’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Hepatitis C infection can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer Patients with hepatitis C are buying medication online from abroad to treat their disease to avoid long waits on the NHS, say experts. NHS watchdog NICE has approved the use of new drugs that cure more than 90% of […]

Councils angry at government’s social care offer

Councils angry at government’s social care offer

Image copyright Getty Images Councils say it is “hugely disappointing” that the government has not given them extra money to tackle shortfalls in social care funding. Ministers will let local authorities bring forward council tax rises, and money cut from a housing scheme will be spent on social care instead. The government said it would […]

Extra baby scan ‘spots brain problems’

Extra baby scan ‘spots brain problems’

Image copyright SPL Image caption An MRI scan of a foetus 27 weeks into the pregnancy Detailed MRI scans should be offered to some women in pregnancy to help spot brain defects in the developing baby, say researchers. Ultrasounds are already used to look inside the womb and check that the baby is growing properly. […]