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Cancer drug price hike company investigated

Cancer drug price hike company investigated

Image copyright SPL The European Commission has launched an investigation into claims that drug company Aspen Pharma excessively increased prices of five life-saving cancer medicines. The drugs include chlorambucil and busulfan – used to treat leukaemia. The Commission said it was looking at claims that Aspen imposed “very significant and unjustified” price hikes. The company […]

Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

Image copyright Chananchida/Getty images Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers globally, international data released by the World Health Organization reveals. In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died. Road injuries were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths. Most of the road fatalities involved males between the ages of […]

NHS ‘was repeatedly warned’ of attack

NHS ‘was repeatedly warned’ of attack

Media captionThe NHS has been given about £50m to improve its computer systems, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says. Hospital trusts were repeatedly warned about cyber threats before the attack on computer systems on Friday, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said. He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show the NHS was given “a large chunk” of […]

Sushi lovers warned of parasites danger in raw fish

Sushi lovers warned of parasites danger in raw fish

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most cases of anisakiasis have been reported in Japan, where a raw fish diet is common Sushi lovers are being warned of the dangers of ingesting parasites from raw and undercooked fish. Doctors writing in British Medical Journal Case Reports said sushi’s growing popularity in the West could be […]

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs

Image copyright jimmy isaacs Image caption Jimmy Isaacs, 28, can look forward to a long and healthy life on HIV drug treatment Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments, a study in The Lancet suggests. Twenty-year-olds who started antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are projected to […]

Hospital ‘long-waiters’ show sharp rise

Hospital ‘long-waiters’ show sharp rise

Media captionSaffron Cordery of NHS Providers tells Radio 4’s World at One “£4-5bn” is needed to keep the NHS going Hospitals waiting times in England have deteriorated markedly in the past five years, an analysis shows. The Health Foundation review of official NHS data between 2011-12 and 2016-17 found longer waits for cancer, A&E and […]

Eating disorders treatment targets met for two out of three children

Eating disorders treatment targets met for two out of three children

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young people are most at risk of developing eating disorders Around two-thirds of children and young people with eating disorders are starting urgent treatment within one week, figures from last year show. NHS England introduced new waiting time targets in 2016 to ensure fast treatment for under-19s with disorders […]

New ambulances rolled out for obese patients

New ambulances rolled out for obese patients

Image copyright SECAMB Image caption Ambulances across the country have been modified Ambulance services across England have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds to ensure vehicles can cope with a growing number of obese patients. Bariatric ambulances are specially-designed and equipped in response to a 10-fold spike in hospital visits linked to obesity in the […]

Poorest at greater risk from heavy drinking, says study

Poorest at greater risk from heavy drinking, says study

Media captionThe study found a link between socioeconomic status and ill health caused by alcohol The poorest in society are more likely to suffer the health repercussions of excessive drinking, according to a new study. Researchers found that heavy drinkers from deprived areas are at a greater risk of dying or becoming ill due to […]

‘Heart attack risk’ for common painkillers

‘Heart attack risk’ for common painkillers

Image copyright Science Photo Library A fresh study suggests there may be a link between taking high doses of common anti-inflammatory painkillers – such as ibuprofen – and heart attacks. The paper, published in The BMJ, builds on a previous body of work linking these drugs to heart problems. This research suggests the risk could […]