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!Read our latest NHS and Healthcare news

ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Premature baby saved by groundbreaking NHS surgical team

A “miracle” baby girl has spent her first two nights at home after becoming what her doctors believe is the world’s youngest patient to survive major abdominal surgery. Abiageal Peters is expected to lead a normal healthy life after being saved in pioneering operation her parents and doctors say was only possible under the NHS.

1 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/01/premature-baby-saved-by-groundbreaking-nhs-surgical-team

  • Carrie Wright: Leeds hospital trust pay out over blunder

The mother of a nine-year-old girl who died after suffering severe brain damage during a heart operation has been given £430,000 in compensation. Carrie Wright, from Hull, was cooled down for two hours during the operation – more than twice the recommended amount of time. She was subsequently unable to walk or stand unaided and she died, aged 20.

2 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-39131195

  • NHS should ‘do God’ new guidance suggests, with doctors urged to ask the dying about their religious views

Doctors must not be afraid to do God, new NHS advice suggests, as medics are urged to ask the dying about their spiritual and religious preferences. The guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says hospital staff need to do more to ensure that the individual preferences of patients are addressed, as well as their medical needs.

2 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/02/nhs-should-do-god-new-guidance-suggests-doctors-urged-ask-dying/

  • NHS ‘overcharged’ by drug makers’ non-compete deal, says CMA

Two pharmaceutical firms have been accused of pushing up the price of a “lifesaving” NHS drug by striking a deal not to compete with each other. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said in provisional findings that Actavis and Concordia fixed the market for hydrocortisone tablets. The drug is used to treat conditions caused by hormone deficiencies.

3 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39150672

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Ban early pregnancy blood test to curb abortion of baby girls, ethics body demands

A blood test which reveals the sex of a baby after nine weeks should be banned for routine use because it promotes sex-selective abortion, a Government-backed think tank has said. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has warned that unscrupulous private clinics are offering non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to parents who only want to find out whether or not they are having a boy.

1 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/01/ban-early-pregnancy-blood-test-curb-abortion-baby-girls-ethics/ 

  • No excuse for eating junk food because healthy meals are cheaper, report finds 

Healthy food is mostly cheaper than junk food, making it “simply wrong” that cost is driving poor nutrition and obesity, according to a report. The cheapest ready meals, pizzas, burgers and sugary breakfast cereals cost more than £2 per kilogram, whereas typical fruit and vegetables cost less than that amount, the study from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), based on data from Tesco and Asda, found.

2 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/02/no-excuse-eating-junk-food-healthy-meals-cheaper-report-finds/ 

  • CQC warns online doctor services may pose risk to public

Patients could be at risk from online companies offering doctors’ services, the Care Quality Commission has said. The warning comes after investigators found two firms were putting patients at risk by failing to examine their medical history before prescribing medicines. There were also questions over whether clinicians had the relevant skills or qualifications to prescribe or diagnose illnesses.

3 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/03/cqc-warns-online-doctor-services-may-pose-risk-to-public 

  • When it comes to heart attacks, women are different from men

Research has begun to recognise “that men and women are different in many ways besides our reproductive systems,” says Janine Clayton, director of the office of research on women’s health at the National Institutes of Health. This is especially true with heart disease, where the differences between men and women can be striking.

28 February 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/when-it-comes-to-heart-attacks-women-are-different-from-men-a7592871.html

Director’s Comment from Caroline Moore: Women don’t always have the same typical heart attack symptoms as those of a male, such as an excruciating chest pain that travels down one arm. See our helpful article on the key differences to look for here:

www.medical-solicitors.com/symptoms-of-a-heart-problem-for-women

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Artificial ’embryos’ created in the lab

Scientists have created “artificial embryos” using stem cells from mice, in what they believe is a world first. The University of Cambridge team used two types of stem cells and a 3D scaffold to create a structure closely resembling a natural mouse embryo. Previous attempts have had limited success because early embryo development requires the different cells to coordinate with each other.

3 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39132678

  • Mediterranean diet ‘cuts risk of deadly form of breast cancer by 40%’

A Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by 40 per cent, a large study has found. Scientists monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years to see how their breast cancer risk was affected by what they ate.

6 March 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/mediterranean-diet-cuts-risk-deadly-form-breast-cancer-40-per-cent-a7613106.html 

  • ‘Cuddle chemical’ oxytocin linked with distrust in new study

The darker side of the so-called “cuddle chemical” oxytocin has been highlighted in a new study, which has linked the hormone to distrust. Researchers in the Netherlands set out to investigate whether oxytocin affects how people build feelings of trust when making eye contact.

1 March 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cuddle-chemical-oxytocin-linked-with-distrust-in-new-study-lieden-university-a7604211.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • India abortion: Police find 19 female foetuses

Police in the western Indian state of Maharashtra have found 19 aborted female foetuses near a hospital. Senior police officials in Sangli district said the remains were “buried with the intention of disposing them”.

6 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-39176668

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Grandma, 95, With Alzheimer’s Lights Up When She Plays With Her Therapy Dog

Touching pictures of an elderly women with her therapy dog are giving us all the feels. The 95-year-old, Winifred Lowe, suffers from Alzheimer’s and often becomes distressed, but luckily she now has a small Daschund on hand to soothe her.

3 March 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/grandma-alzheimers-therapy-sausage-dog_uk_58b93b79e4b05cf0f3ff852f?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

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