‘Monumental U-turn’ on cancer drug

Image copyright SPL A pioneering and life-extending drug repeatedly deemed too expensive will now be offered on the NHS in England. It is the result of a confidential deal between the health service and the drug company Roche. Kadcyla, the undiscounted cost of which had been £90,000 per patient, adds an average of six months […]

Pregnant women smoking rates ‘concern’ in England

Image copyright Thinkstock The reduction in smoking rates among pregnant women in England has slowed down in the past year, prompting concern from health charities. NHS figures show 10.5% of women currently smoke at the time of delivery – a drop of only 0.1% on last year. Over the same period, smoking rates among adults […]

Catch whooping cough and get £3,500

Image copyright chrispecoraro/Getty How much money would it take to persuade you to be deliberately infected with whooping cough for the sake of medical science? Researchers at Southampton University are offering people up to £3,526 to take up the challenge. They want to make a better vaccine to protect babies, toddlers and vulnerable adults against […]

Catch whooping cough and earn £3,500

Image copyright chrispecoraro/Getty How much money would it take to persuade you to be deliberately infected with whooping cough for the sake of medical science? Researchers at Southampton University are offering people up to £3,526 to take up the challenge. They want to make a better vaccine to protect babies, toddlers and vulnerable adults against […]

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

Image copyright Photo Science Library The UK’s highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was […]

Worries over care home fees and funding

Image copyright PA Care homes may be charging families for extended periods after a resident has died as well as large upfront fees, a competition inquiry has revealed. The concerns emerged from the initial findings of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which began in December. The CMA has now opened a […]

Aspirin ‘major bleed’ warning for over-75s

Image copyright Getty Images People over 75 taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major – and sometimes fatal – stomach bleeds than previously thought, research in the Lancet shows. Scientists say that, to reduce these risks, older people should also take stomach-protecting PPI pills. But they insist […]

Drug that creates a ‘real sun-tan’ could prevent cancer

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have developed a drug that mimics sunlight to make the skin tan, with no damaging UV radiation involved. The drug tricks the skin into producing the brown form of the pigment melanin in tests on skin samples and mice. Evidence suggests it will work even on redheads, who normally just […]

Charlie Gard: European Court orders life support extension

Image copyright Featureworld Image caption Charlie Gard’s rare disease has left him unable to cry The parents of a terminally-ill baby have been given more time to put forward a legal case that he should be allowed to go to the US for treatment. Life-support for Charlie Gard must continue until midnight on Monday, the […]

Women travelling to England for abortions

New figures show that 180 women travelled from Scotland to England for an abortion last year. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this highlighted the difficulty in obtaining late-stage terminations for women north of the border. The law currently allows the procedure up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and 73 of the 180 women who […]