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Hand washing plugged as way of cutting infection rates

Thorough hand washing before and after every episode of direct patient contact or care will help reduce the transmission of healthcare-associated infections, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). more →

Hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir gains £18.7m in NHS funding

NHS England has allocated £18.7m for sofosbuvir, despite the hepatitis C drug having not yet been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The medicine was launched earlier this year. more →

GPs consider charging for orthotics

South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has drawn criticism for suggesting patients pay for their own crutches, walking sticks and neck braces which are at present free. more →

'Financial crisis' for NHS next year, warns King's Fund

Confidence in the state of the National Health Service's finances is fading fast as it heads for a financial crisis in 2015/16, was the key message from think-tank The King's Fund latest quarterly report. more →

Study links atrial fibrillation risk with NSAIDs

Current or recent use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), suggest long-term follow-up data from the Rotterdam Study published in BMJ Open. more →

Pharmacists are involved in extended hours GP pilots

Community pharmacists are involved in three of the 20 pilots launched yesyerday to enable patients in England to see their GP between 8am and 8pm and at weekends. more →

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Latest BBC Health News

Care needs to 'outstrip' family help

The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns. more →

Asthma inhalers may go into schools

Plans to allow schools to keep asthma inhalers go to public consultation, as campaigners say current rules endanger hundreds of thousands of children. more →

Binge drinking 'link to overeating'

Drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a "tipping point", meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, research says. more →

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Police make Syria appeal to UK women

British counter-terrorism police chiefs are making an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to urge men against travelling to possibly fight in Syria. more →

Care needs to 'outstrip' family help

The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns. more →

US troops in Poland for exercises

A first US contingent arrives in Poland for military exercises amid heightened tensions with Russia over Ukraine. more →

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