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19/03/2012
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Homoeopathy may damage your health, expert warns
Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University, has warned that homoeopathic treatments funded by the NHS are "biologically implausible" and risk damaging patients' health by discouraging them from getting proper treatment. Those who maintained that the treatments were effective were "ignoring or misrepresenting the best evidence available", he added, and homoeopathy could even be dangerous as it was sometimes used instead of scientifically proven medical procedures such as immunisations. The NHS spends about £4m a year on homoeopathy, which is based on the theory that patients can be cured through exposure to a diluted form of the substance that caused their symptoms. Writing in The Biologist magazine, Prof Ernst said this belief "is in contrast with the laws of physics, chemistry and pharmacology".
 
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19/03/2012
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Could this device be a cure for tinnitus?
An iPod-like device could help thousands of tinnitus sufferers ease the chronic ringing in their ears. Three out of four patients who tried out the device, which plays sounds tuned to the frequency of their tinnitus, experienced a reduction in their symptoms for several months. Professor Peter Tass, the German inventor of the Coordinated Reset (CR) device, has published the first evidence that it works, in the journal Restorative Neurology & Neuroscience.
 
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19/03/2012
Financial Times
By: Presswatch
Taxpayers will be subsidising private patients, says Labour
Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary, has claimed private healthcare patients stand to benefit from taxpayer subsidies of private care under the government's contentious health bill.
 
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19/03/2012
The Guardian
By: Presswatch
Ministers have lied and sold public a pup, says peer as she urges vote on bill
According to Labour's health team, the government has "lied" and "sold the public a pup" over the idea that patients will be able to challenge doctors and hospitals over medical treatments. In "unusually unparliamentary language" Lady Thornton, Labour's health spokeswoman in the Lords, said the bill was a triumph for Tory ministers who had seen Liberal Democrats "capitulate" over the vexed issue of privatising the NHS.
 
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19/03/2012
The Guardian
By: Presswatch
Medics plan election challenge to MPs
NHS doctors opposed to the government's health reforms say they will stand against high-profile coalition MPs at the next general election. As the legislation heads towards its final hurdle in parliament today, 240 healthcare professionals, including 30 professors, said in a letter to the Independent on Sunday that the health and social care bill was an "embarrassment to democracy".
 
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19/03/2012
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
NHS could fail without change to care of elderly, report warns
Elderly patients should be looked after at home by NHS-funded carers instead of being kept at hospital, experts said in a criticism of the Government's health reforms.
 
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