Zika virus ‘scarier than thought’ says US

The Zika virus is "scarier" than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted, public health officials have admitted. A wider range of birth defects has been linked to the virus, said Dr Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the mosquitoes that carry [...]

Many High Street pharmacies in England face closure, says minister

Source: BBC Source: Thinkstock Thousands of High Street pharmacies in England face closure following plans to cut NHS funding by £170m, according to Health Minister Alistair Burt. Department of Health officials argue that in some parts of the country there are more pharmacies than needed. But the Royal Pharmaceutical Society says this could put [...]

Diabetes: Government and NHS too slow to act, say MPs

Source: BBC Source: PA MPs have criticised the Department of Health and the NHS in England for being "too slow" to act in preventing and treating diabetes. A report by the Public Accounts Committee says variations in the care of both type 1 and 2 diabetes mean the annual cost to the health [...]

The awful scale of Britain’s dementia problem

Source: Telegraph Telegraph View: The growth in the condition is arguably the most pressing medical and social problem facing the western world Ministers pledged to dramatically improve rates of dementia diagnosis, which led to the new scheme. Source: Alamy What is to be made of the sharp increase in the diagnosis of dementia? [...]