Children are developing permanent problems with their vision because they are not being given eye tests early enough, optometrists have warned. An Association of Optometrists survey of 1,200 people indicated a quarter of school-age children had not been taken for a sight test by their parents. Of parents surveyed, 52% thought tests would be given in primary school. While some schools do offer screening, the tests are less comprehensive than those provided free on the NHS. Del
The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show. More than three-quarters were also obese, according to the NHS data. Child health experts said the rise was "alarming" and the childhood obesity epidemic was "starting to bite". Councils said more needed to be done to tackle the obesity crisis in children, particularly among minority ethnic groups, who were most affected.
Surgeons have warned about the health risks of Botox and fillers, after a High Street retailer said it would start offering the cosmetic treatments. Superdrug said it would provide the injections at one of its London branches, following feedback from nearly 10,000 customers. But surgeons warned that the procedures were not "casual beauty treatments". The injections could sometimes result in infection and potentially even paralysis in facial muscles, they said. 'Highly-qualifi
Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at an earlier stage. Currently, men and women in England are first invited for screening at the age of 60 and sent a home testing kit. The change brings England in line with Scotland where bowel screening is automatically offered from 50. An independent committee of
A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place by 2020 in England, if Parliament approves "Max's Law". Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be. The government said it would save up to 700 lives each year. In the UK in 2017, 411 people died before the right donor was found, and more than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list in England. A similar opt-out
NHS patients switched to cheaper medicines are being told the cost-saving exercise is not compromising care. The "better value" treatments, for conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, are just as safe and effective, NHS Improvement says. 1 Hospitals that changed their prescribing saved the health service £324m last financial year. More swaps and savings are expected. Health charities welcomed the move. The NHS spent £17.4bn on medicines in 2016-17, approxi