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Lack of skin specialists causes delays for acne patients, says dermatologist

Lack of skin specialists causes delays for acne patients, says dermatologist

A lack of trained skin specialists is having a huge impact on acne patients, says a leading dermatologist. Dr Tamara Griffiths says out of 800 positions, more than 200 are unfilled and it’s been getting worse over the past decade. She says it’s causing long waits for people wanting to get treatment. Newsbeat has also […]

NHS to introduce £20m cap on new drugs

NHS to introduce £20m cap on new drugs

Image copyright Thinkstock A new £20m-a-year cap on the cost of new drugs will be introduced in the NHS in England in an attempt to save money, health chiefs have announced. The new measure could lead to delays of up to three years before new drugs are made available to give NHS bosses the chance […]

Manchester shoppers’ lung scans ‘saved lives’

Manchester shoppers’ lung scans ‘saved lives’

Image copyright Macmillan Cancer Support Image caption Shoppers with a history of smoking took part in the pilot in Harpurhey, Wythenshawe and Gorton Thousands of lives across the UK could be saved after a scheme in which smokers received CT scans in shopping centres, a cancer charity says. There was a fourfold increase in the […]

New drug for one in five breast cancers

Many more women could be helped by a new type of breast cancer drug, say experts Biological therapies are currently only available as part of clinical trials, but hold great promise Experts estimate as many as one in five patients might benefit Around 10,000 women a year in the UK might benefit from a new […]

Are skinny jeans really harmful?

Are skinny jeans really harmful?

Image copyright Getty Images/PA There has been a warning that fashion items may cause posture problems and back and neck pain. The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) says items such as skinny jeans, high heels and handbags can “wreak havoc” on our bodies. However, the research has been rejected by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and […]

Girls ‘too poor’ to buy sanitary protection missing school

Media captionA charity that helps girls in Africa is now working with teenagers in Leeds. Girls in the UK are missing school because they cannot afford sanitary protection, a charity has said. Freedom4Girls was contacted by a school in Leeds after it became concerned about teenage girls’ attendance. The group provides sanitary products to women […]

Trampoline park emergency calls revealed

Media captionA student talks about how he broke his back at a trampoline park Ambulances were called to trampoline parks in the UK more than 300 times in a year, figures obtained by BBC 5 live’s Daily programme show. One park, Flip Out Stoke, called out an ambulance more than once a week on average. […]

Exercise levels decline ‘long before adolescence’

Exercise levels decline ‘long before adolescence’

Image copyright Getty Images Adolescence is thought to be the time when children go off exercise – but a study in The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests it happens much earlier, around the age of seven. Sitting is replacing physical activity from the time children start school, the research suggests. Children should get at […]

Paralysis inspires MS discovery

Paralysis inspires MS discovery

Image copyright QUB “I had a dead leg one Sunday morning and it progressed to full paralysis within two hours,” says Dr Denise Fitzgerald, from Queen’s University Belfast. She was only 21 at the time, but the event helped to inspire the fledgling scientist to crack how the brain is repaired. The discovery reported today […]

Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening’

Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women who have sex with women are often wrongly told they do not need a cervical screening test, say LGBT groups. This results in half of all eligible lesbian and bisexual women never having had a smear test, they said. The human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, […]