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MPs back minimum pricing of alcohol

An influential committee of MPs has backed the medical profession's call for minimum pricing of alcohol, and better treatment of alcohol addiction.

08 January 2010

Calls to increase alcohol prices, ‘miracle’ twins and strawberry milk shakes for Alzheimer’s

Our roundup of news headlines on Friday 8 January.

08 January 2010

COPD inhaler ‘raises cardiac risk by up to 40%’

GPs have been advised to avoid the short-acting bronchodilator ipratropium for patients with COPD after a new study found it sharply elevated the risk of a cardiovascular event.

07 January 2010

Change to law allows nurses and pharmacists to prescribe unlicensed medications

Nurses and pharmacists can now prescribe drugs outside their licensed indications and even unlicensed medications after new legislation came into force this month.

07 January 2010

Sexual health drive hampered by ‘ignorance and indifference’

Attempts to tackle the rise in chlamydia infections in young people are being met with ‘ignorance and indifference’ amongst the under-25s, according to the Department of Health.

07 January 2010

NHS website to allow e-booking of GP appointments across Wales ‘from late 2010’

Patients at GP practices across Wales could be able to access their medical records and book appointments through a single NHS website by as soon as the end of this year, it was announced this week.

07 January 2010

Extended hours to continue into 2011 as GPC agree pay deal

NHS Employers and the GPC have reached agreement over how GPs should be paid to continue providing extended hours and a host of enhanced clinical services for 2010/11.

07 January 2010

Tory public health plans must be evidence-led, says RCGP chair

Conservative plans to divert ring-fenced public health funds to deprived areas must be driven by hard evidence, and not just because they are 'politically tasty', the chair of the RCGP has warned.

06 January 2010

Quitting smoking ‘increases the risk of diabetes’

Smoking cessation dramatically increases the risk of developing diabetes in the first three years after quitting, a US study has found.

06 January 2010