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Overprescribing of medicines must stop, says government

Getty Images Many patients are being prescribed unnecessary and even harmful treatments, a report warns. The review, in England, suggests one-tenth of items dispensed by ...

Surrogacy on the rise in England and Wales

Getty Images The number of parents having a baby using a surrogate in England and Wales has almost quadrupled in the last 10 years, new figures show. Parental orders, which ...

Covid vaccine stockpiles: Are 241m doses at risk of going to waste?

Getty Images President Biden is asking world leaders to pledge to vaccinate 70% of the global population by September next year. But research shows rich countries are still ...

Children face ‘agonising’ waits for mental health care

mrs Children struggling with mental health problems during the pandemic are facing “agonisingly” long waits for treatment, a BBC investigation has found. Data ...

Pfizer/BioNTech jab safe for children aged five to 11

Getty Images The Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is “safe, well tolerated” and produces a “robust” antibody immune response in children aged five ...

Covid vaccination begins for UK 12 to 15 year olds

The rollout of Covid vaccines to health 12 to 15-year-olds has begun in England. Roll-out is also starting in Scotland and Wales this week, while in Northern Ireland the ...

Folic acid to be added to UK flour to help prevent birth defects

Getty Images Folic acid is to be added to UK flour to help prevent spinal birth defects in babies, the government will announce. Women are advised to take the B vitamin ...

Ronapreve: ‘Most vulnerable’ to get new Covid drug next week

Getty Images The UK’s “most vulnerable” hospital patients, who are unable to build up an antibody response to Covid, will be offered new drug Ronapreve from ...

Long Covid less common than feared – ONS study

Getty Images One in 40 people with coronavirus has symptoms lasting at least three months, Office for National Statistics figures suggest. In April, an ONS report put the ...

First Covid booster jabs given to NHS staff

The first Covid booster vaccines have been given to NHS staff in England and Wales as part of plans to extend protection for millions this winter. Jabs will be offered ...