Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Here is the latest NHS and Healthcare News from the last week that our Team focused upon at Medical Solicitors!

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  • HIV drug row: A very modern dilemma for the NHS

It would be easy to dismiss the row over HIV preventative drug Prep as a one-off, rather odd bout of infighting over who is responsible for what seems to be a very effective treatment. But in many ways it goes to the heart of the dilemma facing the NHS in the 21st Century: how to meet the rising demands being placed on the health service.

2 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36952939

  • As a psychiatrist I’ve seen how culture affects views of mental illness

The UK has become more ethnically diverse in the past 20 years. Generally, stigma and shame have heavily influenced any help-seeking behaviour in the black and ethnic minority groups. Persuading one south Asian family that their mentally ill daughter was not possessed by a demon showed me NHS staff need greater cultural awareness.

8 August 2016

www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2016/aug/08/psychiatrist-seen-culture-affects-views-mental-illness

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Mental health services won’t help children in temporary care settings

Social workers and lawyers despair at Camhs’ refusal to assess or treat young people placed in short-term care. Camhs is reluctant to assess and treat children who have suffered extremes of neglect and abuse unless they are settled in a permanent placement

2 August 2016

www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/aug/02/children-mental-health-services-state-care?CMP=share_btn_tw

  • Being overweight ‘ages people’s brains’

The brains of overweight people look “10 years older” than those of leaner peers, a study has found. Brains naturally lose white matter – the part of the brain that transmits information – as people age.

4 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36975089

  • Call for supermarket price offers on healthy food

Supermarkets should concentrate their price promotions on healthy food to assist in the battle against obesity, according to consumer group Which? Analysis of 77,165 promotions across the major UK supermarkets found 53% of them were put on less healthy products.

4 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36965632

  • Councils should give free condoms to children from the age of 13, Nice says

All councils have been told to provide free condoms to children as young as 13, in advice from health watchdogs. The draft guidance from that National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says condoms should be made far more widely available, with free supplies for groups at “high risk” of sexually transmitted infections.

5 August 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/05/councils-should-give-free-condoms-to-children-from-the-age-of-13/

  • Britons under-report calorie intake, study suggests

Britons are under-reporting their daily calorie consumption – potentially misleading policymakers attempting to curb obesity, research suggests. The Behavioural Insights Team points to scientific and economic data showing people eat 3,000 calories, compared to the 2,000 cited in official surveys.

8 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36988065

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Paternal over-nutrition may lead to generational obesity and metabolic dysfunction

Paternal intake of a high-fat diet (HFD) can cause genetic changes that lead to generational obesity and metabolic dysfunction—including body weight and fat mass increases and changes in blood pressure, triglyceride levels and fat metabolism—in mice, according to Japanese researchers at Okayama University.

2 August 2016

www.news-medical.net/news/20160802/Paternal-over-nutrition-may-lead-to-generational-obesity-and-metabolic-dysfunction.aspx?utm_content=bufferd41d1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:       

  • Zika vaccines show early promise

Three different ways of designing a vaccine have been shown to be completely protective against the Zika virus. Scientists found all three offered protection in tests on rhesus monkeys.

4 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36975088

  • Asthma cure could be found in Amish barn dust

Dust from the barns of Amish farms could hold vital clues about how to combat asthma, following pioneering research on children in two farming communities in America. One in 12 Americans, or around 25 million people, suffer from asthma, and rates are increasing.

5 August 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/05/asthma-cure-could-be-found-in-amish-barn-dust/

LEGAL REPORT

  • RC v AIREDALE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (2016)

The claimant, a 35-year-old woman, received £100,000 after suffering a post-partum haemorrhage in July 2010. She had to undergo a hysterectomy, as the result of which she was left infertile, and she suffered severe depression and anxiety.
Out of Court Settlement 21/3/2016

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Mum And Daughter Get Matching Tattoos To Celebrate The End Of Breast Cancer Treatment

A mother and daughter decided to get matching tattoos to celebrate the end of the mother’s breast cancer treatment. Veronica Quintanilla was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 2015. After she finished chemotherapy treatment, her daughter, Victoria Vargas, shaved her own head as a symbol of support.

3 August 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/mum-and-daughter-get-matching-tattoos-after-breast-cancer_uk_57a1b09be4b0459aae5eb4bf?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

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