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NHS cancer drugs 'shambles', Brits failing to drink enough water and clever kids more likely to 'grow out of' ADHD

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

NHS cancer drugs policies have been accused of being in a ‘shambles’, after a £6,000-a-month cancer drug described as the biggest breakthrough since chemotherapy becomes licensed across Europe today but stops being available to UK sufferers.

Today marks the end of a trial scheme of funding the treatment for UK patients while its efficacy was tested, the Telegraph reports. The article refers to NICE as an NHS ‘rationing body’, saying it will not even review the drug until November.

Four million Britons have not drunk a glass of water in over a week, according to the Daily Mail. The astonishing claim comes as a survey of 1,000 Brits showed just one in four drink the recommended two litres of water a day.

GP Dr Ellie Cannon told the Mail that ‘one in five’ GP appointments are ‘due to tiredness and fatigue’ and that she personally believed up to 12% of those cases could be down to dehydration.

She said: ‘Water is the healthiest way to hydrate; it energises us, aids digestion and weight loss and improves the complexion to name just a few of the benefits. Despite this, many people are drinking far less than they should and their health could be suffering as a result.’

Meanwhile, the Independent reports that kids that suffered from ADHD but ‘grew out of it’ actually have higher IQs as adults. The study from King’s College London suggests this may mean those with higher intelligence may be more likely to grow out of the condition, which is the most common behavioural disorder in the UK.

The paper also picks up Pulse’s report that recruiters are suggesting UK-based GPs switch the Government’s seven-day working plans for a four-day week in New Zealand.

 

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