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Drug designed for acid reflux linked to stomach cancer

Drug designed for acid reflux linked to stomach cancer

A drug designed for acid reflux has been linked to stomach cancer, according to new findings. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) help to treat acid reflux and stomach ulcers by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. A study published by the University of Hong Kong and University College London showed that PPIs more than doubled the risk of developing[Read More…]

Pharmaceutical giants threaten to sue the NHS over use of a drug that could save the NHS millions

Pharmaceutical giants threaten to sue the NHS over use of a drug that could save the NHS millions

Pharmaceutical companies are threatening the NHS with legal action for selling an affordable version of a drug that is effective against blindness. Avastin, an anti-cancer drug has been used by 12 NHS Commissioning Groups (NCGs) in the North-East of the UK, because it is 10 times cheaper than the licensed drug Lucentis and ten years ago, it was proven to[Read More…]

Radiation levels in Sweden still high thanks to Chernobyl

Radiation levels in Sweden still high thanks to Chernobyl

The radioactive legacy of Chernobyl shows no sign of abating, according to recent reports. Wild boars in Sweden have been tested and found to have unusually high levels of radiation, 31 years after the disaster. Ulf Frykman, who works for the environmental consultancy Calluna, this week issued an alert to local hunters in the country of Gävle, about 100 miles[Read More…]

Supermarket pork “may have infected thousands with hepatitis virus”

Supermarket pork “may have infected thousands with hepatitis virus”

Hundreds of people may have been infected by the Hepatitis (HEV) virus after buying pork from Tesco’s, it has been reported. Researchers at Public Health England (PHE) assessed the shopping habits of 60 people infected with hepatitis E, or HEV, and found that the consumption of ham and sausages from the supermarket was a recurring feature. PHE has been under[Read More…]

Grenfell Tower block: The Great Fire of London Revisited

Grenfell Tower block: The Great Fire of London Revisited

Fire Brigade checked Grenfell Tower block days before the blaze broke out More than 30 people have been confirmed dead in a blaze that ripped through a West London tower block shortly before 1am on June 14th. Many more are reported as missing, and survivors say they only escaped after hearing neighbours banging on their door. More than 500 people[Read More…]