NHS to open young persons’ gambling clinic

The country’s first NHS gambling clinic for children is to open this year, NHS England has announced. The move is a response to ‘growing...

Advice on the hepatitis B vaccine shortage

Some of you will be aware that there is currently a shortage of hepatitis B vaccine, likely to continue until early next year. In...

Sustained recovery hugely beneficial for drinkers’ families

The recovery journey of dependent drinkers can ‘markedly improve’ the lives of their family members – as long as the recovery is sustained, says...

Hep C deaths down 11 per cent in a year

Deaths from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease fell by 11 per cent last year compared to 2016, according to new figures from Public Health...

Correct methadone dosage vital for people being treated for TB

Methadone dose optimisation is vital when treating people on opioid substitution programmes for tuberculosis (TB) and other conditions, according to new research. Researchers at Aston...

Media Savvy: the news, and the skews, in the national media

The media’s treatment of the troubled families programme, whose evaluation has recently been made public, cannot have cheered David Cameron in his last week...

Deaths in prison hit record levels

Last year saw a record 354 deaths in prison custody, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice – an increase of nearly 100...

Public health body backs festival drug testing

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called for music festivals to provide drug safety testing facilities ‘as standard’, as the summer festival...

Older drinkers account for majority of 7,000-plus deaths

Last year saw 7,327 ‘alcohol-specific’ deaths in the UK, according to the latest ONS figures, with the highest death rate in the 55-64 age...

Royal College of Physicians comes out for decriminalisation

In what is being seen as a landmark move, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has issued a statement backing drug decriminalisation. After a...