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Public health

Review calls for Tamiflu rethink

Ministers should review the use of a widely used anti-flu medication, scientists have said after new research questioned the efficacy of the drug.

Steve Kell

CCG leaders voice serious concern over public health

Clinical commissioning leaders have expressed serious concerns about the current state public health services.


Call for lung ‘allocation’ system

It is a “scandal” that one in three cystic fibrosis sufferers who are waiting for donated lungs die while on the transplant list, a charity has warned.


Fall in screening level revealed

There has been a drop in the percentage of women being screened for breast cancer, NHS figures show.


NICE: community centres best placed to tackle health inequalities

Councils can do more to encourage older people to attend NHS health checks as part of their new public health role, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said.

Warning over defibrillator shortage

A shortage of defibrillators - which shock the heart - and a lack of public awareness could be costing thousands of lives every year, research suggests.

Bid to update alcohol licence rules

Councils should be able to curb pub and off licence opening hours in a bid to cut costs and ease the pressures of alcohol-related admissions on hospitals, it has been claimed.

Coffin death life expectancy

DH acknowledges 'first fall in life expectancy since 2003'

The Department of Health has acknowledged that life expectancy at 75 – one of its corporate indicators – fell in 2012 for the first time in many years.

A diabetes test

Diabetes total soars to top 3.2 million

The number of people with diabetes in the UK is now more than 3.2 million, with last year seeing the biggest jump in cases since 2008.

Jane Ellison

FGM data must be submitted by NHS

NHS hospitals will have to submit data on the number of girls and women who have suffered female genital mutilation, the government has announced.

Experts urge action on cancer rises

More must be done to address the “alarming” rise in cancer cases, experts have said.


Heart guidance 'could save lives'

Coroners could help save the lives of hundreds of people by telling bereaved family members to get themselves screened for inherited heart conditions, a charity has said.

Breast cancer radiology

Cancer diagnoses figures disclosed

Almost a third of a million people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year, figures show.

Royal college condemns obesity surgery stand-off

The Royal College of Surgeons has condemned a stand-off between local and national commissioners over surgery for the morbidly obese.


Medicine addiction data 'needed'

GPs should start collecting anonymous data on patients they suspect or know to be hooked on prescription drugs, a group of MPs has found.

Generic doctor

Research reveals public health directors' status

Six in 10 top-tier councils have a director of public health who reports directly to the chief executive, according to research by the Faculty of Public Health.


MPs to discuss screening programmes

The scientific merits of screening programmes for prostate cancer, lung cancer and post-natal depression are to be examined by MPs.

Plain cigarette packaging back on agenda

The government is to reconsider introducing plain packaging for cigarettes.

Geraldine Strathdee

Action call on mental health 'mortality gap'

NHS services need to adapt so they can address both physical and mental health issues - and not deal with them separately, an expert has said.

Old man in bed, doctor using stehoscope

'Large variations' in place of death

There are “large variations” across England in the proportion of people who die at hospital or in their own homes, figures show.

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Sugar tax will break the cycle of obesity and diabetes

Normalising junk food has exacerbated the problem


'Healthy hospitals' initiative is bearing fruit

Promote healthy behaviour among staff and patients

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Walk and talk: A plan to improve public health

Exercise interventions can have great patient outcomes


'The NHS cannot close health inequalities on its own'

How the NHS can help create a fairer society

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Local integrated care receives a massive lift

Analysis of the LIFT programme’s benefits


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Co-design leads to better, more cost effective services for CCGs and patients

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