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Crackdown on painkillers amid addiction fears

Image copyright Xesai Two painkillers are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances amid concerns people are becoming addicted to them and misusing them. The drugs – pregabalin and gabapentin – are also used for epilepsy and anxiety. The move, announced by the Home Office, means it will now be illegal to posses the […]

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Leicester wife: Cancer lie husband 'stole my life'

Image copyright Leicester Mercury Image caption David Carroll was handed a 26-week suspended prison sentence for fraud by false representation A woman whose husband pretended to have cancer has said his years of lying “stole so much of my life”. Lucy Witchard, of Leicester, said David Carroll, 35, told her he had leukaemia when they […]

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Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients “social” activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on isolated people during their rounds. The government says about 200,000 older people have not had […]

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New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption England is the only part of the UK which charges for prescriptions Patients claiming free prescriptions face checks before medicine is issued in an effort to stamp out fraud. Prescription fraud currently costs the NHS an estimated £256m a year in England. A new digitised system to be piloted […]

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Terminal breast cancer patients 'abandoned' in nurse shortage

Image copyright asiseeit Image caption Dedicated specialist cancer nurses provide physical and emotional support Thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to Breast Cancer Care. The figures show almost three-quarters (72%) of NHS Trusts across the UK are not providing designated nurses. Three years ago, the government promised […]

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Princess Eugenie's dress showed off her scoliosis scar

Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in front of hundreds of guests at Windsor Castle. One of those watching on was 14-year-old Georgie Van Dyke, who had received a handwritten invitation. Like the Princess, Georgie has undergone surgery for scoliosis, which has left her with a sizeable scar on her back. Princess Eugenie chose to wear […]