‘Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs get NHS approval

Image copyright Science Photo Library Two new “breakthrough” drugs to treat breast cancer have been given the green light for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved palbociclib and ribociclib after negotiating prices for the treatments. Research shows the drugs slow down advanced cancer for at least 10 […]

Dying mother’s bid to raise funds to keep her children out of care

Single mother Sam Kyme is dying from aggressive motor neurone disease and her final wish is for her two sons to live with her sister in Australia. But the 34-year-old from Banbury, in Oxfordshire, cannot afford the thousands of pounds in legal fees it would cost. “My greatest fear is not that I am dying […]

Supreme Court backs minimum alcohol pricing

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but has been tied up in court challenges. In a unanimous judgment, seven Supreme Court judges said the legislation did not […]

Indulgent grandparents ‘bad for children’s health’

Image copyright SolStock Indulgent grandparents may be having an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s health, say researchers. The University of Glasgow study, published in PLOS One journal, suggests grandparents are often inclined to treat and overfeed children. The study also found some were smoking in front of their grandchildren and not giving them sufficient exercise. […]

Hormone pregnancy test ‘no link to harm’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Women who took the drug will be offered genetic testing The use of a controversial hormonal pregnancy test from the 1950s to the 1970s did not damage unborn children, an independent inquiry has found. The review by the Commission on Human Medicines said the scientific evidence did not support a […]

Giving birth on due date ‘less risky’ for older mums

Image copyright Getty Images Stillbirth and newborn death risk could be reduced by offering more pregnant women the chance to give birth on their due date, experts believe. Currently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before doctors intervene. New research […]

Commuters urged to help stop suicides through small talk

Image copyright Small Talk Saves Lives Image caption Asking a question can be enough to interrupt suicidal thoughts, says a new campaign Commuters are being urged to step in if they see vulnerable people near railway tracks, as part of a campaign to prevent suicide. Network Rail, British Transport Police (BTP) and Samaritans hope the […]

FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

Image copyright Getty Images US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this […]

Emotional toll of diabetes ‘needs more recognition’

Image copyright Getty Images Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems – an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says. Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life. Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of those in employment, 16% […]

Drivers ‘should have compulsory eye tests’

Image copyright Getty Images Drivers should have compulsory eye tests every 10 years, the Association of Optometrists has said. One in three optometrists say they have seen patients in the last month who continue to drive with vision below the legal standard, their association said. Motorists must read a number plate from 20m (65ft) in […]