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  • NHS finally agrees to fund HIV prevention treatment after losing legal battle 

The NHS has finally agreed to fund a controversial HIV prevention treatment from September following a High Court battle over who would pay for the drug. NHS England announced that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill taken before sex which reduces the risk of infection by around 86 per cent, will now be provided for 10,000 people in a three year trial.

3 August 2017

  • South East Coast Ambulance Service report shows bullying culture

A damning report into an ambulance trust has revealed a culture of bullying and harassment with concerns over “toxic” atmospheres, sexual grooming and a fear of speaking out. When bullying claims at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) emerged in February the trust commissioned an independent review.

4 August 2017

  • NHS doesn’t deserve more money until it ‘puts its house in order’ to stop waste, says healthcare inquiry chair

The NHS needs to put its “house in order” and improve standards before it can justify asking central Government for more cash, the man leading a review of efficiency within healthcare has said. Professor Tim Briggs, national director of clinical quality and efficiency, said the service currently wastes too much money on poor care.

4 August 2017



  • Ian Paterson: Disgraced breast surgeon has sentence increased

A breast surgeon who intentionally wounded his patients has had his 15-year jail term increased to 20 years. Ian Paterson, 59, who appeared at the Court of Appeal via video link, was told his current sentence was “not sufficient” to reflect the seriousness and the totality of his offending.

3 August 2017

  • What To Do In An Acid Attack: Bystanders Can Help Minimise Injury If They Act Fast, Experts Reveal

If you witness an acid attack, acting quickly can help minimise injury and substantially improve outcomes for victims, experts have revealed in The British Medical Journal (BMJ).  Doctors at Barts Health NHS Trust and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine have said public education, alongside legislation and clear guidance for health professionals, will play a key role in tackling this rising crime.

3 August 2017

  • IVF could be restricted to women aged 35 and under

Women over the age of 35 face being denied IVF as budget cuts cause a huge collapse in fertility treatment provision. NHS providers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are considering restricting IVF to women struggling to conceive aged between 30 and 35, which would make them the first to limit services to such a narrow age range.

6 August 2017



  • Period Taboo ‘Endangering Women’s Health’, Study Finds

An enduring taboo surrounding menstrual bleeding is endangering women’s health, a new study has found.  A “culture of silence” around vaginal bleeding, from puberty through to menopause, is failing the needs of women and girls and means many are unable to tell the difference between what is healthy and what is not, researchers said.

1 August 2017

  • Deadly gene mutations removed from human embryos in landmark study

Scientists have modified human embryos to remove genetic mutations that cause heart failure in otherwise healthy young people in a landmark demonstration of the controversial procedure. It is the first time that human embryos have had their genomes edited outside China, where researchers have performed a handful of small studies to see whether the approach could prevent inherited diseases from being passed on from one generation to the next.

2 August 2017

  • First hints Parkinson’s can be stopped

It may be possible to stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease with a drug normally used in type 2 diabetes, a clinical trial suggests. Current drugs help manage the symptoms, but do not prevent brain cells dying. The trial on 62 patients, published in the Lancet, hints the medicine halted the progression of the disease.

4 August 2017

  • Gold nanoparticles could be used to treat cancer, scientists say

Tiny flecks of gold could be used in the fight against cancer, new research has suggested. Scientists at Edinburgh University have just completed a study which shows the precious metal increased the effectiveness of drugs used to treat lung cancer cells.

7 August 2017



  • Yemen: more than 1 million children at risk of cholera – charity

More than 1 million malnourished children aged under five in Yemen are living in areas with high levels of cholera, the charity Save The Children warned on Wednesday as it began sending more health experts to the worst hit areas. The scaling up in response came after latest figures show that a deadly cholera epidemic that started in April 2015 has infected more than 425,000 people and killed almost 1,900.

2 August 2017

  • Aldi pulls Dutch eggs in Germany as insecticide scandal widens

Discount supermarket Aldi said on Friday it was pulling all Dutch eggs from its shelves in Germany over an insecticide scandal that has spread to food stores across Europe.

Aldi said it was making the move “purely as a precaution” but acknowledged it could lead to “market shortages” for eggs in Europe’s top economy.

5 August 2017



  • Loose Women’s Stacey Solomon celebrates her ‘saggy boobs’

Loose Women panellist Stacey Solomon has been praised on social media for sharing a video celebrating her “muffin top, saggy boobs and stretch marks”. The former X Factor singer posted footage on Instagram in which she wears a white bikini and describes her body. She said she was “celebrating her society labelled imperfections” which “tell a story of who we are”.

5 August 2017

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