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:

  • NHS ‘tobacco free’ campaign launched by Public Health EnglandRead our latest NHS and Healthcare news

A “truly tobacco-free NHS” needs to be created to help smoker patients quit their habit, health officials say. Only one in 10 hospitals enforces a smoking ban outside health service buildings, and Public Health England (PHE) wants all hospitals to offer help to quit as part of patients’ treatment. More than a million smokers are admitted to NHS hospitals every year.

26 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39094713 

  • GPs are telling young girls with anorexia to come back when they are thinner, report warns

Three in ten eating disorder sufferers are not being referred for help from GPs – with young girls with anorexia effectively being told to come back when they are thinner, experts have warned. Research involving almost 1700 patients with eating disorders shows half had experienced poor or very poor treatment from GPs.

27 February 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/27/gps-telling-young-girls-anorexia-come-back-thinner-report-warns/

  • NHS staff ask ‘least bad’ patients to sleep in corridors amid hospital demand crisis

Patients are being asked to volunteer to sleep in corridors in order to free up spaces on overrun NHS wards, a new report reveals. An anonymous survey of front-line doctors found staff are deliberately approaching the “least bad” patient in their ward to ask them to give up their bed.

28 February 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/28/nhs-staff-ask-least-bad-patients-sleep-corridors-amid-hospital/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030

South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, a study suggests. Imperial College London and the World Health Organization analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries. It predicted all would see people living longer in 2030 and the gap between men and women would start to close in most countries.

22 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39040146

  • Hundreds of UK hotels fail food hygiene inspections

Hundreds of hotels in Britain have failed their food hygiene inspections, including establishments with five- and four-star ratings and one with two AA rosettes. In total, 652 hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs failed their latest food safety inspections for reasons including inspectors discovering seafood past its expiry date, raw meat stored next to sauces and high-risk food stored without temperature controls, according to a survey conducted by Which? Travel.

22 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/22/uk-hotels-fail-food-hygiene-inspections-which

  • Smoke alarms ‘fail to wake children’

Forensic scientists and fire investigators have warned that smoke alarms may not wake children. Research by Dundee University and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue found that of 34 children tested, 27 repeatedly slept through smoke detector alarms. They have developed an alarm with a lower pitch and a woman’s voice, which issues a warning: “Wake up, the house is on fire.”

23 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38918056

  • GPs say patients take offence when told they need to lose weight 

GPs are offending overweight patients by warning them they need to go on a diet, a poll suggests. The survey found one in three had seen patients take offence when they had raised the issue of their weight. Current NHS advice says family doctors should offer all obese patients free places on courses run by WeightWatchers and Slimming World.

24 February 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/24/gps-say-patients-take-offence-told-need-lose-weight/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body.

24 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39070183

  • Britain’s failed Alzheimer’s research to be given radical shake-up

Professor Bart De Strooper, the director of the UK’s new £250million Dementia Research Institute, said new treatments should be undergoing trials within five years – but said it could happen only if researchers changed the way they thought about the disease. He added: “In the past we researchers have had too simplistic an approach to dementia.

27 February 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/772432/Alzheimers-dementia-research-radical-shake-up-therapy

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Mexico’s sugar tax leads to fall in consumption for second year running

Mexico’s sugar tax appears to be having a significant impact for the second year running in changing the habits of a nation famous for its love of Coca-Cola, and will encourage countries troubled by obesity and contemplating a tax of their own. An analysis of sugary-drink purchases, carried out by academics in Mexico and the United States, has found that the 5.5% drop in the first year after the tax was introduced was followed by a 9.7% decline in the second year, averaging 7.6% over the two-year period.

22 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/22/mexico-sugar-tax-lower-consumption-second-year-running

  • Straight women have fewest orgasms

Heterosexual women have fewer orgasms than men or lesbian or bisexual women, a study suggests. The findings came from a study of 52,600 people in the US, exploring the “orgasm gap” between the genders and different sexual orientations. The report in Archives of Sexual Behaviour revealed a “variety of behaviours couples can try to increase orgasm frequency”.

24 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39077293

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • You’re Not Too Fat Or Too Slow To Run A Marathon

On April 17 I will be among the thousands at the Hopkinton start line for the 121st running of the race. It is the world’s oldest marathon, having started after the launch of the modern Olympic Games. In the old days anyone could run it. Well, up until 1967 you had to be a man, but that minor gender feature aside, it didn’t matter how slow you went.

27 February 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alison-king/marathon-training_b_15040738.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

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