Medicinal cannabis: ‘Patients still in limbo’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Most patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS will not be able to get it soon, despite recent changes in regulation that allow doctors to give it, a committee has heard. England's Chief Medical Officer called for robust scientific trials to check safety. These trials can last years.Families with children with severe epilepsy have been campaigning for greater access. Campaigners say they have been let

Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Medicinal cannabis was legalised last year but so far, virtually no-one in the UK has been able to access it.Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands. Four patients with prescriptions, all to treat chronic pain, will receive cannabis-derived medicines immediately. Specialist doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis since 1 November - so what has

Codilia designs false lashes for cancer patients.

[ad_1] After Codilia Gapare was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, she started using beauty as a form of therapy, even becoming the "chemo celebrity" of the ward because of her elaborate outfits. But the 41-year-old from Cheshire says there was one glaring problem she decided to fix. "I found wigs to hide my baldness, but I couldn't find anything to hide the fact I didn't have eyelashes," she said.

Teen one of first UK proton-beam patients

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Mason is studying for his GCSEs Fifteen-year-old Mason Kettley, who has a rare brain cancer, is about to become one of the first UK patients to have proton-beam therapy, at a new dedicated treatment centre.He is starting treatment at the £125m centre at Manchester's Christie hospital. Previously, most patients needing the treatment had to travel abroad.The specialist radiotherapy targets cancers without damaging tissues around

Mental health patients missing GP appointments ‘at risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright sturti Image caption Deprived patients in affluent areas can find themselves excluded when they miss GP appointments Mental health patients who miss two or more GP appointments within the space of a year are eight times more likely to die in the subsequent 18 months than those who miss none, a study suggests.The University of Glasgow study looked at 274,547 patients with long-term mental health conditions, at

Hospital patients who smoke or drink to be helped to quit

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Smokers and problem drinkers who are admitted to hospital in England will be given help to quit or cut down, to reduce demands on the health service.The measures are part of a long-term plan to be announced over the next few days by NHS England.It said addiction to alcohol and tobacco were two of the biggest causes of ill health and early death.And the right
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Medical device rules need ‘drastic change’ to protect patients

[ad_1] Urgent and drastic changes to the rules around medical devices, such as pacemakers, are needed to protect patients, according to the Royal College of Surgeons. It wants a register of every device in every patient set up so doctors know if new innovations are causing harm.An investigation by 58 media organisations has uncovered patients being given implants that were unsafe.The government said it would look at what changes may

The hospitals that fail to treat patients on time

[ad_1] Image copyright Ridofranz/Getty Images Nearly one in five local hospital services are consistently failing to hit any of their key waiting-time targets, BBC analysis shows.Twenty-nine hospital trusts and boards out of 157 have not hit a single target for a whole year.Northern Ireland is struggling the most - all five trusts have failed their key targets for A&E, cancer and routine operations every time in 2017-18.NHS leaders said the

Dementia patients ‘come alive’ in singing classes

[ad_1] A 90-year-old woman "comes alive" during singing classes for dementia patients, her daughter has said.Pauline Goodger said the sessions in Wollaton, Nottingham, help her mother Alma to access memories of songs she knew in her youth.Patients appear to show improvements in their condition during the classes, according to their families.Research by the University of Nottingham has suggested singing "reaches parts of the brain that other things don't reach".You can

Dentists say fines deterring poor patients

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The British Dental Association says a "huge fall" in people on low incomes going to the dentist in England is because they fear being wrongly fined when they claim for free treatment.The most recent annual figures show almost 370,000 fines for people accused of "misclaiming" for free dental care.But dentists say many of these are innocent confusions over paperwork and that many are overturned when