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

ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • NHS baby death probes ‘not good enough’

There are too many poor quality investigations into babies who die or are severely brain damaged during labour, a review says. The warning by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists comes as it publishes its preliminary report into how problems during labour are investigated.

9 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36490345

  • EU referendum: What effect would Brexit really have on the NHS?

As one of the most authoritative voices on the NHS, Dr Sarah Wollaston’s defection from Leave to Remain side has put each side’s claims about the health service back into the spotlight

9 June 2016

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-what-effect-would-brexit-really-have-on-the-nhs-a7073241.html

  • NHS staff crisis ‘worse than cash woes’

The growing crisis in workforce morale is a greater risk to the NHS than the financial problems it is grappling with, a leading health expert says. Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, warned staff shortages, disputes with government and bullying were creating a “toxic mix”.

10 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36488675

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Pacemaker patients warned not to linger too long in shops as anti-theft systems can interfere with devices

Doctors must warn patients with pacemakers that their devices may be disrupted by anti-theft systems used in shops, experts have said.Many patients are unaware that electronic anti-theft systems, also known as electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems, can pose a threat to people using cardiac devices, they said.

8 June 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/08/pacemaker-patients-warned-not-to-linger-too-long-in-shops-as-ant/

  • Survey prompts call to tackle obesity

Senior GPs in Wales have warned that healthcare costs will rise if the problem of obesity is not tackled. According to the latest Welsh Health Survey, 60 per cent of the population is classed as overweight, with around a quarter of adults obese.

9 June 2016

www.bma.org.uk/news/2016/june/survey-prompts-call-to-tackle-obesity?imgdoctors

  • Women over 50 ‘putting off cervical screening test’

One in three women over 50 has delayed or not attended their cervical screening test, which should take place every five years, according to a survey from a cervical cancer charity.

13 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36503409?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Blood test could identify people who will respond to antidepressants

Scientists have developed a blood test that could identify which people with depression will respond to treatment so that patients can avoid spending months taking antidepressants that do not help them.

7 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/07/blood-test-antidepressants-depression-treatement?CMP=twt_gu

  • Green tea could be used to treat brain issues caused by Down’s Syndrome, researchers say

A compound found in green tea could improve the cognitive abilities of those with Down’s syndrome, a team of scientists has discovered.

7 June 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/green-tea-treat-brain-issues-down-s-syndrome-study-a7069161.html

  • New treatment can ‘halt’ multiple sclerosis, says study

Aggressive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), a small study has suggested. The research, published in The Lancet, looked at 24 patients aged between 18 and 50 from three hospitals in Canada.

10 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36490315

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Silvio Berlusconi to undergo heart surgery after attack

Controversial former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 79, will undergo heart surgery to replace an aortic valve after suffering an attack his doctor said could have killed him.

9 June 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/09/silvio-berlusconi-to-undergo-heart-surgery-after-attack/

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

She arrived 90 years ago – and has seen the birth of penicillin, the NHS, heart transplants and ‘test tube’ babies: We reveal the remarkable medical advances since Queen Elizabeth II was born…

She was born at a time when doctors used maggots to clean patients’ wounds and when free healthcare was a concept people only dreamed of. Now, as the Queen prepares to celebrate her official 90th birthday, we reveal the incredible medical advances that have occurred since she arrived into the world.

7 June 2016

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3629213/90-years-throne-birth-penicillin-NHS-heart-transplants-test-tube-babies-reveal-remarkable-medical-advances-Queen-Elizabeth-II-born.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailUK

  • Birthday honours: Mitochondrial disease doctor recognised

The doctor behind a groundbreaking IVF technique which prevents disabling genetic disorders from being passed on to future generations has been knighted.

10 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36499807?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • My magical boy, by first woman to have a child after a womb transplant: Mother tells of her ‘total happiness’ after her son’s birth and how she wants her story to give hope to others

Malin Stenberg was only 15 when she was told she had been born without a womb and so would never carry a child of her own. But now she has spoken of the magic of motherhood after becoming the world’s first woman to have a baby with a womb transplant.

12 June 2016

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3638053/Swedish-woman-shares-joy-mother-womb-transplant-giving-birth-magical-boy-new-uterus-donated-friend.html

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