NHS watchdog refuses to pay for lung cancer drug "Crizotinib" that"s twice as effective as chemotherapy

NHS watchdog refuses to pay for lung cancer drug that is twice as effective as chemo and could benefit 1,000 patients a yearNew drug halts advance of non-small cell lung cancer for eight monthsCrizotinib costs 4,000 a month and could benefit 1,000 patients a yearNHS watchdog deems it too expensive due to lack of evidence of benefits By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:07 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:06 GMT, 27 March 2013 Access denied: Crizotinib could benefit 1,000 patients a year but is deemed to lack evidence of benefits says NHS A new drug that combats a specific type of lung cancer is too expensive for the NHS, says the rationing watchdog.

Latest life-extending cancer drugs "rationed by postcode": Recommended treatments are handed out in some hospitals but not others

Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens of hospitals refuse to hand out treamentsDozens of trusts failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancerSome of the drugs boost survival rates by a quarter and others extend lives By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals.

Counterfeit condoms put consumers at risk of STIs as millions are imported over the last 18 months

Millions of fake condoms smuggled into UK over last 18 months raising risk of STIs Fake condoms from Far East use cheaper materials that burst more easilyMHRA has employed sniffer dogs trained to spot counterfeit condoms , 1.5m worth of counterfeit condoms were seized at Heathrow Airport, with a similar amount found in Yorkshire.

"Embarrassed" patients are putting themselves at risk by buying medicines online

'Embarrassed' patients are putting themselves at risk by buying medicines onlineIllegal sales of prescription medication online increasing Half of pharmacists say customers buy pills onlinePatients at risk of buying dangerous fakes or unlicensed medicines that have serious health implications | UPDATED: 09:16 GMT, 17 December 2012 Illegal sales of medicine are on the increase as more people go online to avoid needing a prescription.

A&E waiting times on the rise as number of patients waiting more than 4 hours hits 8-year peak

A&E waiting times on the rise as number of patients waiting more than four hours hits eight-year peak A third of patients spent more than four hours in A&E, compared to 23 per cent in 2004Nearly a quarter of those who arrived by ambulance had to wait more than 15 minutes to be transferred But patients happy with standards of care and hygiene | UPDATED: 15:44 GMT, 6 December 2012 Waiting times in accident and emergency departments are getting longer, according to figures released today by the healthcare regulator.

Risk of developing asthma doubles among children conceived after fertility treatment

Risk of developing asthma doubles among children conceived after fertility treatment IVF children were also twice as likely to develop wheezing and up to four times more likely to have taken anti-asthma medicine by the age of fiveResearchers from Oxford University are the first to conduct a UK study of asthma after IVF conceptions Explanations might include the severity of the infertility and the role played by treatment | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 6 December 2012 Having fertility treatment doubles the chances of a child developing asthma, say researchers.

Why taking painkillers for a headache could simply be making things worse

Why taking painkillers for a headache could simply be making things worse | UPDATED: 23:01 GMT, 18 September 2012 'Vicious cycle': Taking aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol at least every other day can leave sufferers more prone to headaches (stock image) Hundreds of thousands of people are suffering from ‘disabling’ headaches caused by overuse of painkillers, experts warn.

Patients" lives put in danger by doctors who make "thousands of prescription errors every week"

Patients' lives put in danger by doctors who make 'thousands of prescription errors every week' In just one week, pharmacists had to double-check 4,409 pharmacies across EnglandPrescriptions contain the wrong doses, quantities and instructions for medicines | UPDATED: 14:53 GMT, 14 September 2012 Doctors are erroneously filling out tens of thousands of prescription forms that leave patients severely injured or even dead, it emerged today.

Why you SHOULD forgive and forget – it"s good for your heart

Why you SHOULD forgive and forget – it's good for your heart Those who thought about a hurtful event in a forgiving way were protected from spikes in blood pressureHypertension increases the risk of heart attack and stroke | UPDATED: 09:24 GMT, 30 July 2012 They say to err is human, to forgive divine.

How that tickly cough is all in the mind: Placebo found to halve throat irritation

How that tickly cough is all in the mind: How placebo throat spray halves irritation | UPDATED: 08:45 GMT, 19 June 2012 A placebo had a very strong effect on the desire to cough The desire to cough can be soothed by a placebo, a study has found, suggesting that the irritating action is not just a simple reflex.