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New safety laws for herbal medicines

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 15:52 -- martinn

New European laws have come into force which will ban many herbal medicines and will force all to be registered.

The new directive insists that all such products have to be registered and also have to meet safety, quality and manufacturing standards along with information notifying customers about possible side-effects. The news has led to concern among herbal practitioners and manufacturers that the new rules could force them out of business.

New treatment for hand condition

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 11:16 -- martinn

Scientists have developed a new drug which they hope will help sufferers from a painful hand condition.

The team from pharmaceutical company Pfizer, have developed Xiapex to help those who suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture, a progressive disorder which pulls the finger towards the palm. Those affected by the condition can find difficulty in many aspects of day to day living, even shaking hands, and it can also lead to wider psychological effects.

Concern Over Cheap DIY Tattoos

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 16:37 -- martinn

Health chiefs have called for a ban on cheap DIY tattoo kits and have warned that some celebrities are setting a bad example to children.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has said that “starter kits” which can be bought online for as little as £30, if in the wrong hands, can cause infections and leave people “branded for life”. It says that tattoos can trigger allergic reactions or spread serious infections and those buying the kits, without any training, will often have no idea about health and hygiene rules.

Experts encourage women at risk of breast cancer to take early action

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 14:19 -- martinn

A group of experts has said that those women at the greatest risk of developing breast cancer should start taking drugs to protect themselves.

The experts, from both Europe and the US, write in the Lancet Oncology that just as millions of people take statins to guard against heart disease, so women at higher risk should take medication to try and stop breast cancer, which kills 12,000 women every year in Britain alone. They say that drugs already exist to cut significantly a woman’s risk of developing the disease and doctors should begin to make more use of them.

New study shows high cost of care in old age

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 12:05 -- martinn

A government inquiry into funding reform has produced research which shows the high cost of care for people entering old age.

The figures, for the Dilnot commission, headed by economist Andrew Dilnot, show that at the age of 65 care and accommodation costs amount to an average of £50,300 whether or not they are in their own home or in residential care. However, one in five of those in residential care homes face bills of over £100,000.

High Court damages to kidney transplant victim

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 09:42 -- martinn

A man who almost died in an operation to donate one of his kidneys to his father has been awarded £6.74 million by the High Court in London.

The man, known only as XYZ after a ruling that he not be identified, suffered damage to his left kidney during the operation to remove his right one to give to his father. As a result surgeons could not save the damaged kidney and he had to have a further operation after one was donated by his sister.

Ombudsman report criticises NHS over care for elderly

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 09:41 -- martinn

A new report by the Health Service Ombudsman has led to calls for the NHS to undergo a complete overhaul of its care for the elderly.

The report highlights 10 cases which the ombudsman, Ann Abraham, says shows serious failings by the NHS towards old people and she claims the findings are representative of a body which does not afford elderly patients the care, compassion and respect they deserve.

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