Superbugs "will send the health service back to 19th century": Even routine surgery could become deadly, warns top medical adviser

Superbugs 'will send the health service back to 19th century': Even routine surgery could become deadly, warns top medical adviserDame Sally Davies warns over timebomb over antibiotic resistanceGPs will be ordered to prescribe fewer antibioticsDrug-resistant E-Coli could be responsible for 2,500 deathsCases of multidrug resistant tuberculosis rising .

Doctors warn travellers of vaccine shortages for the potentially deadly typhoid fever

Doctors warn travellers of vaccine shortage for deadly typhoid fever Shortage follows a recall by one pharmaceutical company of 88 per cent of its typhoid vaccine stock in OctoberTyphoid fever occurs mostly in developing countries in areas with poor sanitationProves fatal in up to 30 per cent of cases if left untreated | UPDATED: 11:55 GMT, 26 December 2012 Holidaymakers escaping the British winter to exotic climes may struggle to get immunised against typhoid, doctors have warned.

Why are hospitals ignoring a drug that can stop patients bleeding to death?

Why are hospitals ignoring a drug that can stop patients bleeding to death | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 8 October 2012 Tranexamic can reduce bleeding and the need for blood transfusions during surgery, according to research One of the greatest risks of surgery is blood loss.

Mother shed her skin "like a snake" after taking drugs to treat rare condition

Mother shed her skin 'like a snake' after taking drugs to treat rare condition Mary suffers from lupus caused by problems with the body's immune systemShe was given the drug Quinoric to treat the condition but developed an agonising skin reaction | UPDATED: 12:09 GMT, 27 August 2012 A mother who was prescribed drugs to combat a rare autoimmune condition made her shed her whole skin – like a human snake.

Baldness cure which reverses genetics could be on the market in two years

Baldness cure which reverses genetics could be on the market in two years Protein which stops hair follicles maturing found by scientistsThe team behind the discovery is in talks with drugs companies which may put a cure on the market in two years

Drugs companies "are putting profits ahead of medical discoveries"

Drugs companies 'are putting profits ahead of medical discoveries' For every 1 spent on basic research a whopping 19 is spent on marketing, claim expertsCurrent reward system discourages innovation, they add | UPDATED: 15:13 GMT, 8 August 2012 The pharmaceutical industry is in crisis because companies are rewarded for developing new drugs that have few clinical advantages over existing ones, experts say.

Testosterone supplements "can help men lose their middle-aged spread"

Testosterone supplements 'can help men lose their middle-aged spread' Discovery made by 'accident' by doctors treating men for erectile dysfunction | UPDATED: 09:14 GMT, 11 May 2012 Middle-aged spread on older men could be banished by taking supplements of testosterone, according to research.

MRSA cases plummet as doctors, nurses and patients clean up at hospital sinks

'Washing hands has saved more lives than any medical breakthrough in a generation': MRSA cases plummet as campaign helps hospitals clean up their actTriple the amount of soap and alcohol gel bought follow launch of 2004 campaignMore diligent procedures have saved 10,000 lives says report author Campaign reminded visitors and staff to scrub hands before touching patients, eating food and after going to the toilet | UPDATED: 10:57 GMT, 4 May 2012 Washing away the problem: The campaign to get staff and the public to was their hands in hospitals has halved the number of MRSA cases, says a new study Thousands of deaths have been prevented in hospitals because medical staff are being more diligent about washing their hands, a study has claimed.

Think the drugs your GP gives you are safe? Well, don"t be so sure

Think the drugs your GP gives you are safe Well, don't be so sure | UPDATED: 00:50 GMT, 24 April 2012 We are all swallowing an increasing number of pills, not just to treat disease but to cut the risk of getting a disease in the first place.