FROM April, the cost of NHS prescriptions in England are set to rise "in line with inflation," after the government announced the decision in February 2018. Here's all you need to know about how the changes will affect you... How much will prescriptions increase by? Prescriptions will increase by 20p to £8.80 from £8.60, a 2.3 per cent rise. By increasing prescription charges the Government expects income from medicines to rise in line with inflation, as the NHS are expected to make savings across the board under a five year plan. A 2017 report found that Brit's reliance on repeat prescriptions are costing the NHS £8billion a year. But there are some medications that the increase will not affect. Prescribed contraceptives, medication prescribed at a hospital or walk-in centre, medicines personally administered by a GP and medicines for sexually transmitted infections will remain free. Certain age groups and categories also qualify for free prescriptions. If you are over … [Read more...] about NHS prescription changes 2018 – have the charges increased and are prescription payment certificates be affected?
Colic babies treatment
But their work was criticized by colleagues in the medical field, with one calling the study methodology “appalling”. A duo from Lund University's medicine faculty tested the traditional Chinese needle-piercing remedy in a trial involving nearly 150 babies between two and eight weeks old. They reported their results in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, published by the BMJ – formerly known as the British Medical Journal. Compared to babies who did not undergo the needle treatment, infants who received acupuncture over two weeks exhibited “a significant relative reduction” in crying, the team found. Such research can be controversial. Acupuncture is invasive, potentially painful, and its benefits are not universally accepted. Organizations such as the British Medical Acupuncture Society says it is used to treat muscle and postoperative pain, as well as nausea. But some think acupuncture's effects are that of a placebo, meaning people feel better … [Read more...] about Acupuncture could help your baby stop crying: study