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Painkillers should not be prescribed for chronic pain because they may do ‘more harm than good’

Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can do ‘more harm than good’ and should not be prescribed to treat chronic pain, health officials have said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence claims that there is ‘little or no evidence’ the drugs, as well as aspirin and opioids, work.   But in draft guidance, published on … Read more Painkillers should not be prescribed for chronic pain because they may do ‘more harm than good’

Hydroxychloroquine prescribed to 300,000 more patients than usual after Trump endorsement

Prescriptions for two anti-malaria drugs to treat the novel coronavirus soared by hundreds of thousands in March, a new study suggests. Typically, only about 380,000 people are prescribed hydroxychloroquine and its analog chloroquine to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. However, in March, President Donald Trump hailed the drug, which also is used to treat arthritis … Read more Hydroxychloroquine prescribed to 300,000 more patients than usual after Trump endorsement

More Weight Watchers diets could be prescribed on the NHS as Boris Johnson looks to slim down nation

More Weight Watchers diets could be prescribed on the NHS as Boris Johnson looks at slimming down the nation after his coronavirus battle convinced him to shape up NHS could prescribe more Weight Watchers plans to tackle national obesity Current plans are only given to those people at risk of Type 2 Diabetes People will … Read more More Weight Watchers diets could be prescribed on the NHS as Boris Johnson looks to slim down nation

Doctors call for oxygen monitors to be prescribed to most vulnerable

Doctors have launched a campaign calling for home devices that measure blood oxygen levels to be available on prescription. They act as an early warning system for people at increased risk of a ‘silent pneumonia’ death due to coronavirus. They want the matchbox-sized gadgets, known as pulse oximeters, to be given to those in most … Read more Doctors call for oxygen monitors to be prescribed to most vulnerable