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NHS staff shortage: How many doctors and nurses come from abroad?

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) will soon begin a major campaign to recruit health workers from other countries to meet growing staff shortages. Reports suggest a strategy has been drawn up to target a number of countries around the world, including poorer nations outside Europe. One estimate in March this […]

MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

A number of MPs are calling on a drug company to make a “life-changing” treatment affordable to UK patients. Citing a BBC Newsnight report, MPs across several parties have written to BioMarin, which markets Kuvan but did not initially discover it. The drug, which helps people who have PKU – a rare inherited disorder – […]

Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

Image copyright Getty Images Charcoal-based toothpastes, which claim to whiten teeth, are a “marketing gimmick” which could increase the risk of tooth decay and staining, says a review in the British Dental Journal. The charcoal products, which are increasingly popular, often contain no fluoride to help protect the teeth. And there is no scientific evidence […]

MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

A number of MPs are calling on a drug company to make a “life-changing” treatment affordable to UK patients. Citing a BBC Newsnight report, MPs across several parties have written to BioMarin, which markets Kuvan but did not initially discover it. The drug, which helps people who have PKU – a rare inherited disorder – […]

Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

Image copyright Getty Images Charcoal-based toothpastes, which claim to whiten teeth, are a “marketing gimmick” which could increase the risk of tooth decay and staining, says a review in the British Dental Journal. The charcoal products, which are increasingly popular, often contain no fluoride to help protect the teeth. And there is no scientific evidence […]

MPs call for ‘life-changing’ Kuvan to be made affordable

A number of MPs are calling on a drug company to make a “life-changing” treatment affordable to UK patients. Citing a BBC Newsnight report, MPs across several parties have written to BioMarin, which markets Kuvan but did not initially discover it. The drug, which helps people who have PKU – a rare inherited disorder – […]

Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

Image copyright Getty Images Charcoal-based toothpastes, which claim to whiten teeth, are a “marketing gimmick” which could increase the risk of tooth decay and staining, says a review in the British Dental Journal. The charcoal products, which are increasingly popular, often contain no fluoride to help protect the teeth. And there is no scientific evidence […]

Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

Image copyright Getty Images Charcoal-based toothpastes, which claim to whiten teeth, are a “marketing gimmick” which could increase the risk of tooth decay and staining, says a review in the British Dental Journal. The charcoal products, which are increasingly popular, often contain no fluoride to help protect the teeth. And there is no scientific evidence […]

Phage therapy: ‘Viral cocktail saved my daughter’s life’

Image copyright Jo Carnell Holdaway Image caption Isabelle Carnell-Holdaway is now 17 and learning to drive An experimental cocktail of viruses has saved the life of a teenager who had a deadly and seemingly untreatable infection. Isabelle’s body was being attacked by bacteria and she was given less than a 1% chance of survival. But […]

Social media effect ‘tiny’ in teenagers, large study finds

Image copyright Getty Images The effects of social media use on teenage life satisfaction are limited and probably “tiny”, a study of 12,000 UK adolescents suggests. Family, friends and school life all had a greater impact on wellbeing, says the University of Oxford research team. It claims its study is more in-depth and robust than […]