400 cancer cases a day in the UK could be avoided by healthier lifestyles says charity

400 cancer cases a day in the UK could be avoided by healthier lifestyles says charity More than 1,000 cancer cases are diagnosed each day Healthier lifestyles could mean almost 150,000 fewer cases of cancer in the UK each year, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). It found that in 2017, the last year for which there are fully collated figures, 366,303 cases of cancer were diagnosed - more than 1,000 people a day. But it estimated that 147,000 cases, or [...]

EMIS joins Yellow Card Scheme for reporting adverse drug reactions

EMIS joins Yellow Card Scheme for reporting adverse drug reactions. GP IT provider EMIS has become the latest to offer digital reporting of adverse drug reactions to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. The update allows the 4,000 practices using EMIS Web can report to the Yellow Card Scheme, which acts as an early warning for previously unrecognised adverse drug reactions. Some 93% of GP practices in the UK can now digitally report to the scheme. EMIS joins two other major suppliers [...]

Women who booze during pregnancy have less intelligent kids

Women who booze during pregnancy have less intelligent kids, experts claim. PREGNANT women who booze have less brainy children, experts say. They were also found to be at greater risk of having underweight babies. Pregnant women who booze risk giving birth to underweight babies and damaging their brain. Credit: Alamy. Their findings reinforce official guidelines, which encourage mums-to-be to abstain from alcohol. Researcher Dr Luisa Zuccolo said: “The body of evidence for the harm that alcohol can do to children before they are born is growing." “Our [...]

Number of prisoners developing drug habit doubles in five years, says report

Number of prisoners developing drug habit doubles in five years, says report. The proportion of prisoners who experienced a problem with illegal substances rose from around 6.4% to 14.8%, says a report.   The drug problem in jails is becoming more serious with the number of inmates developing an addiction behind bars more than doubling in five years, new research suggests. The proportion of prisoners who said they had experienced a problem with illegal substances rose from around 6.4% to about 14.8%. And almost [...]

Professor David Nutt: Former drug tsar says alcohol is most dangerous drug

Professor David Nutt: Former drug tsar says alcohol is most dangerous drug. The professor has says nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas and sometimes hippy crack, is a "great British discovery". Professor Nutt says 'every family in Britain is damaged to some extent by alcohol' Alcohol is the most dangerous drug and is far more toxic and addictive than laughing gas, the government's former chief drug adviser has said. Professor David Nutt was sacked as the government's drug tsar in 2009, a day [...]