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Some cancer patients are being “written off” as being too old for treatment, a charity has warned.

NHS drops premium telephone numbers

Premium-rate phone numbers are to be banned across the NHS. Charges that force patients to pay more than the cost of a local call will be scrapped in England after a public consultation drew almost 3,000 responses.

Leading article: Don't demonise drink

No one can dispute that there is an unhealthy attitude to alcohol in this country. Hopes that liberalising the licensing hours would quickly produce a Continental-style "cafe-culture", where people would sit in the sun slowing sipping a glass of wine, have sadly proved vain. Alcohol consumption is rising across the board, with under-age and binge drinking as prevalent as ever. Doctors report an alarming rise in liver disease, especially among the young.

Tricky balance as BMA tackles alcohol

The tobacco war has been won. Now it is the turn of alcohol. The British Medical Association opened a new front in the battle to cut excessive drinking today with a call for a total ban on advertising and marketing of alcohol, including sports and music festival sponsorship, an end to happy hours and the imposition of a minimum price per unit on alcoholic drinks.

Boxing: Right for women to box clever at Games

Frank Warren wouldn't want his daughter to box and Amir Khan thinks the ladies who punch should stick to swapping forehands on the tennis court.

New doctors' hours 'threaten chaos'

Medics have issued a warning over new rules limiting the number of hours junior doctors can work, after the EU regulations slashing the working week from 56 to 48 hours come into force.

UK nurses' group ends opposition to assisted dying

Britain's main nurses' organization has dropped its opposition to assisted suicide, as a new poll shows solid support for the right to die.

Brown's aide deemed health risk to the G8

Gordon Brown banned one of his senior aides from attending the G8 summit of world leaders because he had contracted swine flu, it has emerged.

Doctors call for booze ad ban

Alcohol advertising should be banned and a minimum price introduced to stop people drinking too much, doctors said today.

Nine out of 10 fear NHS cuts

Nine out of 10 people fear NHS services will be cut as a result of the recession while some would be willing to pay more taxes, according to a poll out today.

Andy Burnham tries to allay NHS funding fears

Newly-appointed Health Secretary Andy Burnham today moved to allay fears about the future funding of the NHS amid predictions of a £15 billion cash shortfall over the next decade.

Doctor Tony Smith: Medical writer best known for the 'Family Health Guide'

Tony Smith was a medical journalist who wrote for The Independent and other papers as well as writing many medical books for lay readers. He was probably best known for writing the Family Health Guide, published by Dorling Kindersley. He oversaw many new additions of the Guide and was intent on keeping it accurate and up to date. Smith also wrote a number of "Family Doctor" books for the British Medical Association; his book on adolescence was particularly popular. Explaining medicine to the public did much to further, and sometimes initiate, the movement towards self-help and patients' participation in their treatment.

Doctors call for end to prescription charges

The Government should abolish prescription charges for all patients in England as the current system is unfair on many people, doctors' leaders said today.

PM defiant on automatic organ donation

Gordon Brown said he was still prepared to push ahead with new rules presuming people are happy to donate organs after death, despite the plans being rejected yesterday by an expert task force he appointed. The Prime Minister is backing a change in the law to assume patients have given automatic "presumed consent" for their body parts to be used after their death, unless they decide to opt out.

Brown shelves change in organ donor law

Plans for a new opt-out system of organ donation have been shelved after experts advising the Government cast doubt on whether it would work.

Block on abortion debate angers campaigners

Campaigners on both sides of the abortion debate have criticised the government for blocking a rare chance to change key legislation on the issue.

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