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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  • Former Southern Health boss Katrina Percy quits

The former head of troubled Southern Health NHS trust, who was controversially moved to a new post, has quit following months of pressure. Katrina Percy first stepped down in August, but was given a new advisory role specifically created for her. The Trust’s board said public feedback had led it to decide it was “no longer possible for her to continue”.

7 October 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37588815

  • Taxpayer foots £1.5billion bill for legal cases against NHS in a year, figures reveal

Legal cases against the NHS have cost the taxpayer nearly £1.5 billion in the last year, figures have revealed. Data from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) shows the health service paid hundreds of millions of pounds in damages, claimant and defence costs, after claims were pursued.

9 October 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/09/taxpayer-foots-15billion-bill-for-legal-cases-against-nhs-in-a-y/

  • Cyber-blackmailers increasingly target NHS trusts with ransoms for patient data, figures reveal

NHS IT systems are increasingly vulnerable to attacks by cyber-blackmailers trying to extort ransoms from hospitals, according to reports. At least 28 NHS trusts in England have been victims of ransomware incursions in the last 12 months.

10 October 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/10/cyber-blackmailers-increasingly-target-nhs-trusts-with-ransoms-f/

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Breakthrough lung cancer drug Tagrisso now available on NHS

A last-chance drug that can lead to an “unprecedented” reduction in lung cancer tumours is now available on the NHS. Tagrisso (osimertinib) was granted a licence only in February and has been hailed as a “breakthrough” drug by manufacturer AstraZeneca.

4 October 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/tagrisso-lung-cancer-drug-nhs-a7343311.html

  • Alternative medicine treatment put four-year-old boy in A&E

The plight of a four-year-old boy who nearly died after his parents gave him 12 alternative medicines has prompted doctors to warn against the treatments. Doctors at Newham Hospital in east London said the parents were “devastated” that their good intentions had made him so unwell.

7 October 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37572771

  • Why Waking Up Before Sunrise Could Be Bad For Health

waking up before the sun could be harming your health, according to a new study.

Scientists in Melbourne, Australia said the act of getting up at ridiculous o’clock can cause ‘social jet lag’, which refers to the difference between when a person is forced to wake up and when they wake up naturally.

7 October 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/waking-up-before-sunrise-is-bad-for-health_uk_57f79916e4b02213e953d529?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Type 2 diabetes: Data reveals hotspots for cases

Prescriptions for type 2 diabetes have risen by a third in England in the last five years from 26 million to 35 million a year, according to NHS data. The analysis of the data also shows there are hotspots for the disease in London and Lincolnshire, with the London borough of Newham having twice the national average of prescriptions.

10 October 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37584818

  • Baby deaths: MPs tell of pain and trauma of their loss

Two MPs who know the pain and trauma of losing a baby are calling for more support for people affected by stillbirth or neonatal death. Conservatives Antoinette Sandbach and Will Quince will host a Twitter session on Monday as “Baby Loss Awareness Week” gets under way.

10 October 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37584827

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Limit to human life may be 115 (ish)

Human life spans may be limited to a maximum of about 115 years, claim US scientists.

Their conclusions, published in the journal Nature, were made by analysing decades of data on human longevity. They said a rare few may live longer, but the odds were so poor you’d have to scour 10,000 planet Earths to find just one 125-year-old.

5 October 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37552116

  • October is best month to begin dieting, new research suggests

October is the best month to start a diet, new research has suggested.

Due to negligible weight change during the summer months, most people are still at their lowest weight as autumn begins.

5 October 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/october-dieting-holidays-lose-weight-obesity-christmas-new-year-easter-new-research-suggests-a7346401.html

  • Playing Golf Improves Mental Health And Increases Life Expectancy, Study Finds

It may be time to hit the golf course because a study has found the sport can improve both physical and mental health.

Scientists analysed findings from 5,000 studies looking at associations between golf and wellbeing and found regular playing may prevent chronic illness, improvemental health and increase life expectancy.

6 October 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/health-benefits-of-golf-study_uk_57f61562e4b0efc7e3c4b126?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Stillbirths to cost Australian economy $680m over next five years, report finds

Stillbirths will cost Australia more than $681m over the next five years, a new report has found, escalating calls for government investment in research and prevention.

5 October 2016

www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/oct/06/stillbirths-to-cost-australian-economy-680m-over-next-five-years-report-finds

  • Carfentanil: Drug so deadly it is a chemical weapon available for sale on internet

A deadly drug, which has been banned from the battlefield under the Chemical Weapons Convention and is being blamed for a spate of drug overdoses in the United States, can be easily bought ov er the internet for just a few thousand pounds, it has been revealed.

7 October 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/carfentanil-drug-so-deadly-it-is-a-chemical-weapon-available-for-sale-on-internet-a7350186.html   

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Drugs combination ‘could create effective anti-kidney cancer weapon’

A combination treatment of two immunotherapy drugs may prove an effective new weapon against advanced kidney cancer, results from a trial have shown. Scientists found that 40 per cent of patients treated with nivolumab and ipilimumab experienced a significant reduction in the size of their tumours.

9 October 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cancer-drug-treatment-kidney-effective-nivolumab-ipilimumab-a7351986.html

  • Computer programme to prevent dangerous reaction to medicines devised by 12-year-old girl

A 12-year-old girl from Knoxville Tennessee has devised a computer programme which could help doctors prevent a dangerous reaction to medicines. Sofia Tomov is one of the finalists in the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a prestigious science competition for middle school students.

9 October 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/10/09/computer-programme-to-prevent-dangerous-reaction-to-medicines-de/

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