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!

ALL ABOUT THE NHS:Read our latest NHS and Healthcare newsFrail, elderly people ‘left to struggle alone’

Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people struggle to get by with little or no care because of cuts to care in England, a charity says. The Age UK review said some people could not even wash, dress or feed themselves and yet were being left to fend for themselves by councils. And the charity warned that the whole system was close to collapse in some areas with services closing.

16 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38984925 

  • One in three devices used in NHS valve surgery is contaminated with ‘blood-eating’ infection… how many more will fall victim to heart op machine’s killer bug?

The full shocking extent of the outbreak of a ‘blood-eating’ bacterial infection that may have affected thousands of British heart patients can be revealed by The Mail on Sunday today. And the first survivor of the disease to speak out has told of her anguish after being warned that it may still kill her.

18 February 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4237594/Devices-used-NHS-valve-surgery-contaminated.html 

  • Smokers trying to quit hit by postcode lottery as GPs ration help

Smokers in England wanting to quit face a postcode lottery as cash-strapped councils and GPs restrict access to services that can help them. The revelation has alarmed health experts and charities who claim that lives are being put at risk as a result of the fragmented provision.

19 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/19/smokers-who-want-to-quit-hit-by-postcode-lottery

  • NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

The NHS is at “breaking point” with a decline in the number of hospital beds leading to delays and cancelled operations, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned. Analysis by the BMA found the number of overnight beds in English hospitals fell by a fifth between 2006-07 and 2015-16. The report found that in the first week of January this year, almost three-quarters of trusts had a bed occupancy rate of 95% on at least one day.

20 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/20/nhs-at-breaking-point-according-to-british-medical-association

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Football headers ‘linked to brain damage’

Repeated headers during a footballer’s professional career may be linked to long-term brain damage, according to tentative evidence from UK scientists. The research follows anecdotal reports that players who head balls may be more prone to developing dementia later in life. The Football Association says it will look at this area more closely.

15 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38971750 

  • Shigellosis symptoms: Warning issued over contagious bug which causes severe diarrhoea

Health bosses have issued a warning after students at three schools in Stoke-On-Trent were struck by the bug. So far, there have been five confirmed cases of the condition. However, dozens more are displaying symptoms of diarrhoea – which Public Health England said are not confirmed cases of the bug. Shigellosis infection is a highly contagious diarrhoea caused by Shigella bacteria.

15 February 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/767038/shigella-shigellosis-symptoms-spread-food-poisoning-norovirus 

  • Woman died after three hospitals refused to admit her for surgery

A woman died from a brain haemorrhage after at least three hospitals refused to admit her for surgery because they had no intensive care beds. In a case that brings the deepening NHS bed crisis into sharp relief, a coroner said it was likely that Mary Muldowney, 57, would have survived if she had been given immediate surgery to stem the bleeding. Muldowney was admitted to East Surrey hospital in Redhill on 20 July last year and immediately diagnosed with a suspected bleed on the brain.

15 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/15/woman-mary-muldowney-died-after-three-hospitals-refused-to-admit-her-for-surgery 

  • Vitamin D pills ‘could stop colds or flu’

Vitamin D supplements could spare more than three million people from colds or flu in the UK each year, researchers claim. The sunshine vitamin is vital for healthy bones, but also has a role in the immune system.

16 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38988982 

  • Shangri-La is in Surrey! Moving to a retirement village ‘adds years to a women’s life expectancy’ 

Retirement villages can boost women’s life expectancy by several years, research suggested yesterday. This is because communal living helps combat the negative effects on health and social wellbeing of low economic means and isolation in later life. And economically deprived women who did move into such a village lived as long as women from the wealthiest section of society who remained more remote, the findings showed.

19 February 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4240494/Shangri-La-Surrey.html 

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Cardiff Uni’s new way of making compounds for drugs

Researchers in Cardiff have developed a new “highly-efficient” method of making disease-fighting compounds, including for an anti-malaria drug. Sesquiterpenes can be found in spicy foods, plants and beer, and are used to battle colds, cancer and malaria.

17 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38994035

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • El Salvador pardons woman sent to jail for 30 years after suffering a miscarriage

A woman from El Salvador who was jailed for 30 years after suffering a miscarriage in a field, has been pardoned by the courts – the latest sign of change in a nation known as the worst place in the world for women’s reproductive rights. Sonia Tábora was just 20 when she went into premature labour at seven months and gave birth alone in a coffee plantation.

16 February 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/el-salvador-miscarriage-abortion-strictest-laws-in-world-sonia-t-bora-a7584671.html

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Richard Branson to boost autism-awareness among Virgin package holidays staff

Virgin is working with parents and campaigners to develop “autism-friendly” holiday packages, The Independent can reveal. Jo-Ann D’Costa-Manuel, founder and director of charity Autism Parent Empower, said she was in talks with Virgin Holidays about a number of new initiatives to make holidays easier for families with autistic children.

16 February 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/virgin-autism-friendly-holidays-richard-branson-atlantic-disability-jo-ann-dcosta-manuel-deborah-a7584521.html

  • Deaf Couple Hear Each Other For First Time In 12-Year Marriage Thanks To Cochlear Implants

A deaf couple who have been married for 12 years have just heard each other for the first time. Neil and Helen Robinson, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, were both deaf from birth and have spent their lives communicating with sign language. But now, thanks to cochlear implants, they have been able to say ‘I love you’ for the first time.

17 February 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/deaf-couple-cochlear-implants-hear-first-time-marriage_uk_58a6f82fe4b07602ad53bae1?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

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