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'Huge advance' in fighting world's biggest killer

Image copyright Getty Images An innovative new drug can prevent heart attacks and strokes by cutting bad cholesterol to unprecedented levels, say doctors. The results of the large international trial on 27,000 patients means the drug could soon be used by millions. The British Heart Foundation said the findings were a significant advance in fighting […]

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Suicide rescue

Image copyright Terry Applin Image caption Quad bikes and surfboards are often used to rescue vulnerable people off Brighton and Hove The eight miles of coastline in Brighton and Hove can be a treacherous place and Roger De Casanove and his seafront team are usually the first to identify someone in distress. Equipped with quad […]

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All Southern Health non-executive directors resign

Image copyright Southern Health Image caption New interim chairman Alan Yates has been appointed for four months All the non-executive directors of an NHS trust criticised for failing to properly investigate hundreds of deaths have resigned. The four board members stood down ahead of a review of services at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which […]

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Three-person baby licence granted

Image copyright Thinkstock Doctors in Newcastle have been given the first UK licence to create babies from two women and one man, the fertility regulator says. The advanced form of IVF will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases. The team at the Newcastle Fertility Centre said it was “good news” and a […]

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Prescriptions to rise by 20p in England

Image copyright Science Photo Library The cost of an NHS prescription in England will increase by 20p to £8.60 from the start of April, the government has announced. Health minister Philip Dunne said prescription charges were expected to rise “broadly in line with inflation”. In other parts of the UK, prescriptions are free. The price […]

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NHS to introduce £20m cap on new drugs

Image copyright Thinkstock A new £20m-a-year cap on the cost of new drugs will be introduced in the NHS in England in an attempt to save money, health chiefs have announced. The new measure could lead to delays of up to three years before new drugs are made available to give NHS bosses the chance […]

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Manchester shoppers' lung scans 'saved lives'

Image copyright Macmillan Cancer Support Image caption Shoppers with a history of smoking took part in the pilot in Harpurhey, Wythenshawe and Gorton Thousands of lives across the UK could be saved after a scheme in which smokers received CT scans in shopping centres, a cancer charity says. There was a fourfold increase in the […]

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Obesity crisis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oil was previously used sparingly in cooking A teaspoon of oil, measured out with precision, is how Professor Tim Benton remembers his mother preparing items for frying. When he was growing up in the 1960s, vegetable oil was still a precious commodity and used sparingly. Fast-forward to today and […]

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Are skinny jeans really harmful?

Image copyright Getty Images/PA There has been a warning that fashion items may cause posture problems and back and neck pain. The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) says items such as skinny jeans, high heels and handbags can “wreak havoc” on our bodies. However, the research has been rejected by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and […]