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NHS to save 'hundreds of millions' in landmark drug ruling

NHS to save 'hundreds of millions' in landmark drug ruling

Health
A landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save the NHS "hundreds of millions" a year. The case centred on the treatment of patients with the eye condition, wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).Twelve NHS bodies in the north east of England were offering patients the drug Avastin, a cheaper alternative to the licensed drug, Lucentis. Health bosses said the ruling may reduce the power of companies to fix prices. Drug company Novartis said they were "deeply disappointed" because patients were being asked to accept an unlicensed treatment to save the NHS money.David Hambleton, chief executive officer of NHS South Tyneside clinical commissioning group (CCG), one of the NHS groups involved in the case, welcomed ...
9 Smart Ways to Use Up Your Leftovers (and Save Lots of Time in the Kitchen)

9 Smart Ways to Use Up Your Leftovers (and Save Lots of Time in the Kitchen)

Health
Leftovers: super-hot right now. It’s a silly sentiment, but an accurate one. Re-using scraps, bits, and bobs of food just keeps cropping up in news. Three years ago, Chef Dan Barber helped launch the wastED movement, encouraging cooks to recycle every stem, leaf, and knob of produce, and every part of animals and fish. Today, a number of new books exhort reusing scraps. Julia Turshen includes recipes for leftover ingredients in her cookbook Now & Again. Author Tamar Adler (An Everlasting Meal; Something Old, Something New) is working on a forthcoming book that will be an A-to-Z encyclopedia about re-using leftovers. Even the cocktail community has gotten in on the game, with Maggie Hoffman’s The One Bottle Cocktail featuring a ...
How to eat well – and save the planet

How to eat well – and save the planet

Science
Switching to a healthier diet can reduce an individual's water footprint by as much as 55%.According to new research, turning vegetarian has the biggest impact, but even cutting down on meat gives a saving of at least 10%. Shifting to a healthy diet is a "win-win situation", say researchers. Citizens will be healthier and their food can be produced using less of one of our most precious natural resources - water."The main message is that if you shift to a healthy diet, be it with meat or without (vegetarian or pescetarian), according to your own preference, it's not only good for your health, but it's also very good for the environment in the sense that you reduce your water footprint substantially," said Dr Davy Vanham of the European Commission's Joint ...
Here's how to save for your child who may need life-long care

Here's how to save for your child who may need life-long care

Finance
If you have a family member with a significant disability, you may be wondering how to care for her or him. Special needs trusts are an option but they often require substantial amounts of money — as much as $ 100,000 up front — and the services of a lawyer. A less expensive way of establishing a trust for a family member with special needs is the pooled trust, available to people with modest assets. Whether or not you have one of these special needs trusts, the ABLE account is another way to set money aside. Not only is it less expensive, it’s much easier. ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts f...
A look inside the rescue effort to save boys trapped inside Thailand cave

A look inside the rescue effort to save boys trapped inside Thailand cave

World
In northern Thailand, rescuers are working around the clock to save 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped inside a partly flooded cave for almost two weeks. New images and video taken from inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave show crews with flashlights and equipment, struggling to wade through the floodwater's powerful currents as they prepare for a potential operation to rescue the group in the coming days. After days of heavy rain, rescuers took advantage of the relatively dry weather by pumping out as much floodwater as possible from the cave. Meanwhile, crews are working to divert any water flows in the area from entering the cave. The images also show crews installing dive lines and leaving extra air tanks along the path that rescuers may use to get the boys and...