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Labour pledges to stop NHS prescription charges

Labour is to announce a pledge to abolish prescription charges in England at its party conference next week. Prescriptions are already free in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In ...

‘Cancer treatment broke my heart, but I’ve survived’

“It’s bonkers what’s happened over the past five years,” says Kreena Dhiman from Crawley in West Sussex. When diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 at 33, she ...

Tax cuts sugar in drinks, but we still eat more

The tax on sugary drinks has led to their sugar content falling by 29%, Public Health England figures show. However, efforts to persuade manufacturers to voluntarily cut sugar in ...

Children being denied new cancer drugs

Children with cancer are being denied new, highly precise drugs that are available to adults, doctors warn. Medics at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research ...

Antidepressant works ‘by reducing anxiety symptoms first’

A commonly prescribed antidepressant reduces anxiety first, and has a smaller effect on depressive symptoms weeks later, a study suggests. Researchers at University College London ...

MPs demand action over wrongly-issued NHS fines

A highly critical report from MPs has condemned the “shockingly complacent” response to 1.7 million fines being wrongly issued to patients in England after visiting the ...

Finding good care home ‘impossible’ in some areas

The chances of finding a good care home in some areas of the England are close to impossible, an analysis suggests. The review, by the Institute for Public Policy Research, found ...

Vaginal birth and Caesarean: Differences in babies’ bacteria

Babies born by Caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria to those born vaginally, according to the largest study in the field. The UK scientists say these early ...

Can you turn around the health of an entire town?

How do you improve the health of an entire town? That was the question facing the former fishing port of Fleetwood, in Lancashire. It’s a place where lives have been blighted ...

Prostate drug may slow Parkinson’s disease

A drug used to treat enlarged prostates may be a powerful medicine against Parkinson’s disease, according to an international team of scientists. Terazosin helps ease benign ...