Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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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!

ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • PM asks GPs to ‘halve’ inappropriate antibiotic prescribing

Prime Minister David Cameron has asked GPs to ‘halve’ inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics within four years. Mr Cameron announced the targets as world leaders gathered to discuss how to tackle the global problem of antimicrobial resistance at the G7 summit in Japan.

27 May 2016

www.pulsetoday.co.uk/clinical/prescribing/pm-asks-gps-to-halve-inappropriate-antibiotic-prescribing/20031956.article

Our Director, Caroline Moore comments: “In my experience, a lot of inappropriate prescribing goes on. Antibiotics can be prescribed without consultation/examination; on many occasions, this is right and proper, for example, in a case of a patient with  long-term respiratory problems, who becomes unwell and is well known to their GP. Another example, may be a patient with no spleen, who has lost a prescription for antibiotics which have to be taken daily for their lifetime. However, this is not always so by any means. I have handled many cases where my clients tell me about their GP prescribing over the telephone, for a new problem, without even having seen the patient. In other cases, GPs give in to patient pressure to dish out antibiotics and this should not happen.”

  • NHS: BME staff ‘more likely to be bullied than white colleagues’

Black and ethnic minority staff working in the NHS are more likely to report being bullied or harassed than their white colleagues, the first national review by NHS England has suggested. The report, which covers all NHS trusts in England, calls for attitudes and behaviour to change.

2 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36427577

  • Children’s Health Issues Could Go ‘Unrecognised’ Because ‘Vital Information Is Not Recorded In A&E’

Children’s health issues could go “unrecognised” because A&E records are leaving out “vital” information, a report has revealed. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) examined data for 16,000 children, aged under 16, across 191 hospitals.

31 May 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/children-records-missing-out-vital-information_uk_574d5237e4b02163fae922b3?jmc44qgerd4pldi&

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Prostate cancer aggression ‘linked to waist size’

Men with larger waistlines could be at higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, a study has suggested. Research on 140,000 men from eight European countries found that a 4in (10cm) larger waist circumference could increase the chances of getting the cancer by 13%.

2 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36433403

Our Director, Caroline Moore comments: “Is this really news to anyone? We are seeing reports all the time now of a larger waistline being a risk factor in lots of disease processes.”

  • Inquest finds neglect by the Priory contributed to teen’s accidental death

A 14-year-old girl suffered an accidental death contributed to by neglect while under the care of the Priory hospital, an inquest jury has ruled. Amy El-Keria died after tying a scarf around her neck while receiving treatment at the Priory, which provides mental health services as part of a contract with the NHS.

2 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/01/haiti-cholera-epidemic-united-nations-letter

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Scientists discover an inherited gene for MS

Scientists say they have found a gene that causes a rare but inherited form of multiple sclerosis. It affects about one in every thousand MS patients and, according to the Canadian researchers, is proof that the disease is passed down generations.

1 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36416531

  • What happens when you get stoned every day for 20 years

People who smoked marijuana regularly for 20 years were more likely to have gum disease than heavy smokers, according to new research. The study looked at more than 1,000 people from New Zealand, who either smoked or used cannabis and whose health was tracked from their birth in the early 1970s until the age of 38.

2 June 2016

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/cannabis-marijuana-gum-disease-health-effects-a7059096.html

  • Have we cracked breast cancer? Scientists discover ‘Achilles heel’ of the disease and why it can return years later 

The ‘Achilles heel’ of breast cancer has been identified, leading to hopes of a treatment which would cure it for good. Scientists have discovered why the disease can return years after women appear to be free of it.

3 June 2016

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3623361/Have-cracked-breast-cancer-Scientists-discover-Achilles-heel-disease-return-years-later.html

Our Director, Caroline Moore comments: “This is such great news. The threat of recurring cancer lies very heavily on those in remission. In future, this could also assist in other cancer treatments, not just for breast cancer.”

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • UN response to Haiti cholera epidemic critics signals ‘potential breakthrough’

The United Nations is showing the first signs of compromise over the Haiti cholera epidemic, after more than five years in which it has consistently refused to accept responsibility for a disaster that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

1 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/01/haiti-cholera-epidemic-united-nations-letter

  • Gay blood donation: Lifetime ban in NI on gay men donating blood is to be lifted

Northern Ireland’s lifetime ban on gay men donating blood is to be lifted. Health Minister Michelle O’Neill said the new policy will come into effect on September 1. At present in Northern Ireland, any man who has had sex with another man is banned from giving blood permanently.

2 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36435858

  • Should the Rio Olympics be cancelled because of Zika? And should tourists stay at home? Virus expert gives his verdict…

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching and the Zika virus barely out of the news, the debate about whether it should go ahead in Brazil is getting noisier. More than 200 academics from around the world have now signed an open letter to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

3 June 2016

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3623648/Should-Rio-Olympics-cancelled-Zika-tourists-stay-home-Virus-expert-gives-verdict.html

  • US bid to grow human organs for transplant inside pigs

Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs. They have injected human stem cells into pig embryos to produce human-pig embryos known as chimeras. The embryos are part of research aimed at overcoming the worldwide shortage of transplant organs.

5 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36437428

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • ‘Fountain of youth’ pill could be available in just two years: Blend of 30 vitamins and minerals may reverse ageing of the brain

A ‘youth’ pill aimed at reversing the damage done by dementia and other age-related diseases could undergo human trials within two years, it has been revealed. The pill is based on a blend of thirty vitamins and minerals widely available in health food stores – and will be taken as a dietary supplement.

3 June 2016

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3623549/Fountain-youth-pill-available-just-two-years-Blend-30-vitamins-minerals-reverse-ageing-brain.html

Our Director, Caroline Moore comments: “In the meantime, we are what we eat. I would place a bet on a lot of the ingredients for this ‘magic pill’ being available in healthy food sources. You are what you eat and do–invest time and thought to your food intake and exercise regime –cut out processed sugar and reduce your risk of any disease and dementing process.”

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