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30/09/2014
The Times
By: Presswatch
Long-term use of codeine risks lives and poses addiction threat

A report, published today by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), claims that some strong over-the-counter painkillers for chronic headaches and backache carry such a high risk of addiction, overdose and even death that they should not be used long-term.
 
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30/09/2014
The Independent
By: Presswatch
Tooth decay affects one in eight three-year-olds

New figures have shown that one in every eight children aged three suffers from tooth decay. Some 12 per cent of three-year-olds in England have decaying teeth, as parents increasingly give their children sugary foods and drinks, health officials warned. In some parts of the country, as many as a third of children this age have dental decay, according to the first national survey of the oral health of three-year-old children in England.
 
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30/09/2014
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Raise a glass to the pill that eases hangovers

Scientists are testing a new pill to take the sting out of a hangover. The pill contains aspirin and sumatriptan succinate, a drug used to treat migraine.
 
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30/09/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Antibiotics raise risk of obesity for babies

Babies who have four or more courses of antibiotics before the age of two are more likely to become obese, a study suggests.
 
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30/09/2014
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
The Guardian reports that Midwives are to go on strike for the first time as part of concerted industrial action by NHS staff over the government's rejection of a recommended 1pc pay rise.

The Independent repots that the Prime Minister David Cameron will announce that GPs will have to provide patients with seven-day-a-week access to services by 2020.

The Daily Mail reports that Professor Field, chief inspector of GPs at the Care Quality Commission, has warned that up to 160 GP surgeries may be shut down for endangering patients.

The Daily Mail reports that Macmillan Cancer Support has warned that the sharp rise in the number of hospitals missing cancer waiting-time targets is putting lives at risk. The number of NHS trusts missing the main target has tripled in just a year. 85 per cent of patients referred to a specialist for suspected cancer should be seen within 62 days. Between January and March, 27 trusts missed the target because of a shortage of consultants and MRI scanners. During the same period in 2013, just eight trusts missed the target.

The Independent reports that a leading obstetrician has claimed that hundreds of stillbirths could be prevented every year if the NHS introduced a scan that costs only £15. Professor Kypros Nicolaides believes routine use of Doppler scans across the UK could cut the number of stillborn babies by as much as 60 per cent, potentially saving 1,900 babies' lives a year.

The Times reports that military police were forced to step in to control the crowds when almost 1,800 pensioners descended on a doctors' surgery in Colchester for their flu vaccinations.
 
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