Drug watchdog should scrap "flawed" system used to ration life-saving medicines, warn EU experts

Drug watchdog should scrap 'flawed' system used to ration life-saving medicines, warn EU experts Drugs rationing body NICE weighs cost of treatment against effect on health and life expectancyDecisions can be controversial as more expensive pioneering drugs are often turned downSome doctors have defended fomula saying it helps to make difficult decisions working with a limited budget By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 09:28 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:51 GMT, 25 January 2013 The method used to decide whether or not the NHS will fund a drug is should be scrapped, according to a new study.

Homeopathy is "rubbish" and shouldn"t be available on the NHS, says chief medical officer

Homeopathy is 'rubbish' and shouldn't be available on the NHS, says Britain's top doctor NHS spends 4m a year on homeopathy treatmentsAlternative therapy involves treating 'like with like', using very diluted substancesDame Sally and the BMA say it is due to placebo effectDefenders say homeopathy has passed more clinical trials than it had failedHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Prince Charles have both endorsed treatment By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 17:30 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 24 January 2013 Homeopathy was condemned as ‘rubbish’ by Britain’s chief medical officer yesterday, who admitted she is ‘perpetually surprised’ it is available on the NHS.

Inside Britain"s FAT ward: Where clinically obese patients weighing as much as 47-stone are treated with reinforced wheelchairs and industrial…

Inside Britain's FAT ward: Where clinically obese patients weighing as much as 47-stone are treated with reinforced wheelchairs and industrial weighing scales Based at the Sunderland Royal Hospital, the ward is at the heart of one of the most overweight parts of the countryMore than 600 weight loss operations performed last yearNew documentary follows plight of 29-year-old Terry Garner, who is 47 stone and housebound | UPDATED: 19:13 GMT, 10 December 2012 From super-size doors to reinforced wheelchairs, everything is larger than life.

Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding

Tick-box GPs ordered to spend more time with your patients: Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding GPs will be rewarded for helping patients control blood pressure and cholesterolThey will have to concentrate on spotting early warning signs of illness and dealing with long-term conditions Critics say the changes could be 'deeply damaging' to patientsThey are expected to result in cuts to GP pay | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 7 December 2012 Family doctors will have their pay for doing ‘tick-box exercises’ slashed to encourage them to spend more time on preventing serious illnesses.

All school children in Britain should be tested for mental health illnesses, say experts

All school children in Britain should be tested for mental health illnesses, say experts Screening all 11-year-olds could reveal those at greater risk of conditions such as depression, claim researchersThis could help health authorities treat youngsters early and stop them descending into more hard to treat conditions However, other experts warn that labeling people as 'vulnerable' at such a young age could do more harm than good | UPDATED: 11:08 GMT, 29 November 2012 All school children should be screened for risk of mental illnesses such as depression, say leading mental health experts.

How walking to a beat could help relieve symptoms of Parkinson"s disease

How walking to a beat could help relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease | UPDATED: 16:22 GMT, 21 September 2012 Walking to a beat could give more freedom of movement to patient's with Parkinson's, say scientists Walking to music could help patients with Parkinson's disease, according to new research.

An end to the flu? Oral spray "kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs"

An end to the flu Oral spray 'kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs' Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9 per cent effective in killing infectious airborne germsSpray protects from any germs breathed in for six hours | UPDATED: 12:01 GMT, 10 September 2012 The influenza season is a thorn in the side of both employees and employers alike.

Berry wine could help diabetics control their blood sugar levels

Berry wine could help diabetics control their blood sugar levels Compounds in blackberry wine were found to inhibit an enzyme involved in absorbing carbohydrates | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 21 August 2012 A drink made from berry wine could help diabetics cope with their condition, say researchers.

One in 20 hospital beds are occupied by someone with a smoking-related illness

One in 20 hospital beds are occupied by someone with a smoking-related illness There were 460,000 hospital admissions in England for illnesses attributed to smokingLast year 816,000 set a quit date with NHS Stop Smoking Services | UPDATED: 12:54 GMT, 16 August 2012 Smoking: The habit is related to respiratory diseases and cancer One in every 20 hospital beds are occupied by someone with a smoking-related illness, figures suggest.