Health

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

Image copyright Olga Ignatova Image caption Wet age-related macular degeneration affects around 26,000 people in the UK A landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save the NHS in England “hundreds of millions” a year. Novartis and Bayer were trying to stop NHS doctors from prescribing a cheaper treatment for a serious eye condition. […]

Pre-sex HIV drug should be made available on NHS, MPs say

Bacteria disrupts Northern Ireland breast milk service

South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

Science/Nature

Report slams 'high flying' UN environment chief

Image copyright YASUYOSHI CHIBA Image caption UN Environment executive director Erik Solheim The head of the UN body that leads on sustainability and green issues has been criticised for extensive and expensive air travel. A draft internal audit, obtained by the Guardian and seen by the BBC, says that Erik Solheim’s actions risked the reputation […]

Science/Nature

Earliest animal fossils are identified

Image copyright Ilya Bobrovskiy Image caption The affiliations of Dickinsonia had previously been unclear Scientists have identified the earliest known animal in the geological record. It’s a 558-million-year-old oval-shaped creature that may have borne a superficial resemblance to a segmented jellyfish. Researchers found specimens of the creature, known as Dickinsonia, that was so well preserved […]

Science/Nature

Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun

Image copyright AIRBUS DS/MAX ALEXANDER Image caption The €1bn European Space Agency mission is set to launch in February 2020 It’s taken a little longer than expected but the Solar Orbiter probe is built and ready to begin testing. UK engineers are putting the finishing touches to the satellite this week before sending it to […]