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Prescriptions to display drug cost

Packets of prescription medication will display how much their contents have cost taxpayers, under government plans. The figure and the words “funded by the UK taxpayer” will be added to all packs costing more than £20 in England. It is … Continue reading

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Bullying ‘endemic’ at hospital

The emergency unit is Wales’ biggest and sees 131,000 patients a year The emergency unit at Wales’ biggest hospital has a “culture of bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour”, an inquiry has found. A damning independent report said the issues at … Continue reading

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Hormones make traders take more risks

Competitive trading environments can affect traders’ hormone levels and increase risk-taking Raised levels of the hormones testosterone and cortisol can make traders take more risks, which could create instability in financial markets, a study suggests. Researchers said stressful and competitive … Continue reading

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‘Celeb mind game’ gives memory clues

Scientists discovered a “Jennifer Aniston” neuron a decade ago Researchers have used “mind games” to reveal clues about how nerve cells may change when making new memories. The team asked 14 volunteers to view pictures of people and faces, while … Continue reading

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Cancer immunotherapy approved in UK

Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, kills more than 2,000 people a year in Britain A pioneering cancer drug that harnesses the power of the immune system has been approved for use in the UK. Nivolumab was one … Continue reading

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IT system for GP records criticised

A new GP IT system designed to improve quality and planning in the NHS in England has been criticised for running over budget and behind schedule, by a finance watchdog. The National Audit Office found the General Practice Extraction Service … Continue reading

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E-cigarette ban recommended offshore

The report advises that e-cigarettes should be banned unless, and until, they become medically regulated Industry body Oil and Gas UK is advising companies not to allow e-cigarettes to be used offshore. Current safety measures permit workers to smoke in … Continue reading

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Incontinence implant problems ‘rare’

Independent experts are reassuring women a common type of surgery for urinary incontinence is safe and effective. The Scottish government had suggested hospitals consider a temporary suspension of the “mesh” procedure. And several patients had said the implants had destroyed … Continue reading

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Female lung cancer cases top 20,000

Cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 a year in the UK for the first time since records began. The figure for 2012 represents a rise from 14,000 in 1993, according to the data compiled by Cancer Research … Continue reading

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Death after sepsis treatment delay

The woman died at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on 8 March The care given to an elderly woman who had a cardiac arrest and died after a delay in treatment for sepsis was inadequate, an ombudsman has … Continue reading

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