First drug that can slow Alzheimer’s dementia

A US drug company says it has created the first therapy that could slow Alzheimer’s disease, and it is now ready to bring it to market. Currently, there are no drugs that can do this – existing ones only help with symptoms. Biogen says it will soon seek regulatory approval in the US for the “groundbreaking” […]

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The 411 on the Electronic Prescription Service

The Electronic Prescription Service [EPS] has now been rolled out across the UK. Since it was announced in 2016, 93% of GP practices have been able to use the technology, saving the NHS valuable cost and resource by reducing the amount of paper used. But, just what is the EPS? And how can it benefit […]

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The Future of the Electronic Prescription Service

The Electronic Prescription Service [EPS] is used throughout the UK, with both patients and GPs taking advantage of its convenience. Its implementation has already been a major step for the NHS, where this increasing reliance on technology has proved a resounding success. The good news? There is further change up ahead, where ‘Phase Four’ of […]

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Dr Stewart Adams, who invented ibuprofen , dies at the age of 95

World-renowned chemist Dr Stewart Adams, who helped develop the painkiller ibuprofen has died at the age of 95.  He went on to study Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Pharmacology at Leeds University. In 1952, Dr Adams started work at Boots Pure Drug Company’s research department.  In 1961, a patent for […]

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Switch off their screens an hour before bedtime, child health experts tell parents

Children should switch off screens an hour before bedtime according to the first expert UK guidance aimed at helping parents prevent smartphones and console use becoming harmful. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) review of screen time harms found evidence of links between increased use and sleep disruption, obesity and mental health issues like anxiety and loneliness. However […]

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Millions of people failing to take free test that could spot deadly diseases. NHS warnes

A free health check that could spot deadly diseases has been taken by less than half of over-40s, NHS England has warned. The free screening tests for many of Britain’s biggest killers, such as heart problems, kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes. But it has been taken by only a minority of the 15 million people who […]

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Kathy Griffin reveals her beloved mother Maggie, 98, has dementia

Kathy Griffin announced on Thursday that her 98-year old mother, Maggie Griffin, has dementia. ‘As heartbreaking as this is, I feel the need to share some important info about my mom Maggie,’ she began in a Twitter thread. ‘I’ve always been honest with you all, but this one is really hard. The pic below, taken in September, […]

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May to promise NHS mental healthcare boost for under-18s

Theresa May is to promise a major expansion of NHS mental healthcare for children and young people in an attempt to tackle the “scandal” of most under-18s not receiving treatment. Health service managers said they hoped the move would end the persistent criticism that only a minority of young people receive help for debilitating conditions such as […]

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Patients forced to wait twice as long when GP calls for paramedics

Patients are being forced to wait twice as long for an ambulance when their family doctor has called for it, an investigation suggests. GPs said heart attack victims and those with life-threatening conditions such as sepsis had been left for hours despite clear warnings that they needed emergency assistance. Freedom of Information disclosures from 10 […]

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Worry less about children’s screen use, parents told

There is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself, guidance from leading paediatricians says. Parents should worry less as long as they have gone through a checklist on the effect of screen time on their child, it says. While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends not using them in […]

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Hospital patients who smoke or drink to be helped to quit

Smokers and problem drinkers who are admitted to hospital in England will be given help to quit or cut down, to reduce demands on the health service. The measures are part of a long-term plan to be announced over the next few days by NHS England. It said addiction to alcohol and tobacco were two of the […]

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