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MPs call for drugs policy rethink

MPs call for drugs policy rethink

10 December 2012 Last updated at 04:28 ET By Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent The government is being urged by MPs to closely consider a system of drugs decriminalisation used in Portugal. The Home Affairs Committee said it was impressed with the approach to cutting drug use where people found with small amounts are not always prosecuted. It also asks ministers to monitor the effects of cannabis legalisation in other parts of the world Continue reading

A&E waiting times longer – CQC

A&E waiting times longer – CQC

6 December 2012 Last updated at 07:07 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Continue reading

Lung patients ‘left behind’

Lung patients ‘left behind’

7 December 2012 Last updated at 12:24 ET By Jane Dreaper Health correspondent, BBC News Over 1,000 doctors involved in the care of people with lung disease have expressed “grave concern” about the future of NHS care for their patients. They have signed a letter to the head of the new NHS Commissioning Board in England, Sir David Nicholson. Continue reading

Gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor set to increase over next 10 years: UK study

Gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor set to increase over next 10 years: UK study

ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2012) — Health inequalities between England’s richest and poorest areas have widened in the ten years between 1999 and 2008 Continue reading

U.S. Medicare Advantage: Managing care and competition

U.S. Medicare Advantage: Managing care and competition

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2012) — Medicare Advantage (MA), with more than 10 million enrollees, is the largest alternative to traditional Medicare Continue reading

Cold homes ‘costing NHS £1.36bn’

Cold homes ‘costing NHS £1.36bn’

21 November 2012 Last updated at 21:20 ET Illnesses related to living in a cold home cost the NHS £1.36bn every year, a report by Age UK suggests. And the charity says thousands of older people are dying prematurely due to the health effects of living in the cold. Continue reading

NHS procurement ‘getting worse’

NHS procurement ‘getting worse’

18 November 2012 Last updated at 19:26 ET By Adam Brimelow Health Correspondent, BBC News Many NHS hospitals in England are paying over the odds for supplies, a snapshot investigation suggests. The assessment by consultants Ernst & Young highlights big variations in the prices paid for a range of medical products. The findings come despite long-standing concerns from MPs and the National Audit Office over wasteful procurement Continue reading

Meningitis jab set for UK licence

Meningitis jab set for UK licence

16 November 2012 Last updated at 22:02 ET A vaccine to protect children against one of the most common and deadly forms of meningitis is set to be licensed for use in the UK. An average of 1,870 children contract meningitis B each year and one in 10 of them die. Continue reading

Meningitis A vaccine breaks barrier; first to gain approval to travel outside cold chain

Meningitis A vaccine breaks barrier; first to gain approval to travel outside cold chain

ScienceDaily (Nov. 14, 2012) — Signaling a potential breakthrough for immunization programs in resource-poor countries, researchers have announced at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) conference that regulatory authorities — after conducting a rigorous review of stability data — will for the first time allow a vaccine in Africa to be transported and stored for as long as four days without refrigeration or even an icepack. The meningitis A vaccine known as MenAfriVac®, created to meet the needs of Africa’s meningitis belt, can now be kept in a controlled temperature chain (CTC) at temperatures of up to 40°C for up to four days, a decision that could help increase campaign efficiency and coverage and save funds normally spent maintaining the challenging cold chain during the “last mile” of vaccine delivery Continue reading