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Calls for tougher smoking and junk food rules in hospitals

There are calls for more to be done to stop people smoking at hospitals and promote healthy living. Health boards say they are powerless to enforce smoking bans on their grounds as they are not yet backed up by law. BMA Cymru said a decision had to be made on whether hospitals were “places of […]

Send heavy drinkers for liver scan, GPs told

After the festive season- when people often over indulge there is a new warning on the damage that alcohol does. Women who regularly drink more than three-and-a-half bottles of wine a week should get their livers checked, says new draft advice for England. For men, the threshold is five bottles of wine a week or […]

UK pays less for cancer drugs than some countries

The UK is paying less for new cancer drugs than a number of other high income countries, according to a report in The Lancet Oncology. While the UK, Greece, Spain and Portugal pay the least, on average, for the drugs they use, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland pay the most. The authors said more transparency was […]

Drug firms accused of overcharging by CMA

Pfizer and Flynn Pharma have been accused by the Competition and Markets Authority of charging “excessive and unfair” prices for an anti epilepsy drug. Phenytoin sodium capsules, used by 50,000 people in Britain, are made by Pfizer and sold by Flynn. When Pfizer made the drug under its Epanutin brand name, the NHS spent about […]

Smoking ban cut child hospital admissions

Thousands of children have been spared serious illness and hospital treatment since the smoking ban was introduced in England in 2007. The study, in the European Respiratory Journal, looked at 1.6 million hospital admissions of under 14s from 2001-12. The law against smoking in indoor public places saw 11,000 fewer children being admitted to hospital […]

Skin cancer linked to package holiday boom

A boom in cheap package holidays in the 1960s is partly behind the “worrying rise” in skin cancers in pensioners, Cancer Research UK suggests. The charity says that although all ages are at risk, many older people would not have been aware of how to protect themselves four decades ago. Figures show that 5,700 over […]

War on drugs is unwinnable

Four decades after President Nixon declared a “war on drugs”, US states have legalised the sale of marijuana and most Americans support legalisation. Across the world, drug laws are being relaxed, from Uruguay to Portugal, Jamaica and the Czech Republic. After many years prosecuting drugs offences as an Assistant US Attorney, growing frustration with the […]

Obese could lose benefits if they refuse treatment

People who do work because they are obese or have alcohol or drug problems could have their benefits cut if they refuse treatment. David Cameron has launched a review of the current benefits system, which he says fails to encourage people with long term, treatable issues to get medical help. Some 100,000 people with such […]

Police not NHS should deal with drunks

The Police rather than the NHS should be dealling with drunks claims the AnE boss. Police should crack down on binge drinking to stop hospital staff being distracted by disorderly drunks according to a leading doctor. Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said the “softer approach” used for anti-social drunkenness did […]

Painkillers linked to reduced skin cancer risk

Regularly taking aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer new research suggests. An Australian analysis of all studies to date found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 18%. The drugs have previously been linked to a reduced risk of other cancers, including colon […]