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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Up to 300,000 elderly forced to travel an extra five miles for medicine because of £208million cut to pharmacies’ subsidy

Nearly 300,000 people, many of whom are elderly and live in rural areas, will have to travel five miles more to collect their medicines because of a Government subsidy cut. The study by the House of Commons library laid bare how much further the ill and sick will have to travel for medicines if pharmacies close because of a cut in a vital subsidy.

20 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/20/300000-elderly-forced-travel-extra-five-miles-medicine-208million/

  • NHS delays leave thousands facing long wait for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled people face long delays to receive an NHS wheelchair, the first official figures on the subject show. One in five children who need a wheelchair are being forced to wait beyond the supposed maximum 18 weeks, as are almost one in six adults. Campaigners say the figures reveal a “postcode lottery” in provision across England.

21 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/21/nhs-delays-disabled-people-wait-wheelchair

  • Westminster attack medics: ‘It was a day London has trained for’

“Extra colleagues came to help from operating theatres across the hospital, extra pharmacists came with additional supplies, extra radiologists came to do and interpret scans and extra porters came to move patients. That helped reassure the A&E staff. Everyone played their part.” Wednesday will be remembered, among other reasons, for the response of NHS staff across the capital.

23 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/23/westminster-attack-medics-it-was-a-day-london-has-trained-for

  • Would YOU eat these meals? Bake Off’s Prue Leith backs campaign for hospitals to meet government-enforced food standards

Bake Off’s Prue Leith has condemned the fact sick people in the nation’s hospitals are being fed ‘sludge’ and plastic ready meals. The new judge on the Great British Bake Off is demanding legally enforceable minimum nutrition standards for hospital food. The call follows evidence of what campaigners say are ‘diabolical’ failures by hospital caterers to serve fresh, nutritious food.

23 March 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4342940/Bake-s-Prue-Leith-backs-hospital-food-campaign.html

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Drinking Energy Drinks With Alcohol ‘Masks’ Effects Of Drunkenness And ‘Increases Risk Of Injury’

If you order alcohol topped with an energy drink on a night out, you could be putting yourself at extra risk of injury. That’s according to new research which found a link between the use of alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmED) and an increased risk of injury, compared to drinking alcohol only.

21 March 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/mixing-energy-drinks-and-alcohol-increases-injury_uk_58d0eb45e4b00705db523946?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Dawn Butler stood up for deaf people. But we need more than gestures

The Labour MP Dawn Butler made an unprecedented contribution to parliament last week by asking a question in sign language. Demonstrating so publicly that the views of deaf people should be represented in the Commons is a valuable act in itself. However, the rights of deaf people do not simply start and end with a single signed question. Deaf children all too often fall behind their hearing peers in school because of insufficient support.

21 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/21/dawn-butler-stood-up-for-deaf-people-but-we-need-more-than-gestures

  • Teenage pregnancies down to record low

Fewer teenagers are getting pregnant than ever before in England and Wales, according to new figures. Among under-18s, the conception rate has halved in eight years, to 21 per 1,000 women in 2015, data from the Office for National Statistics shows. This may be due to young women staying in education for longer, improved access to contraceptives and the stigma of being a teenage mother.

22 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39353371

  • 16 types of birth control you need to know about

When it comes to birth control many women tend to stick to the Pill or condoms. But there are actually 16 options available right now – seriously. Here’s the lowdown on what they are… When it comes to contraception, many women just think of condoms and the Pill. A Telegraph Women and British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) study shows 63 per cent of more than 1,000 British women primarily use these types of birth control. It means that the other 13 forms of contraception – yes, there are now a total of 16 – don’t really get a look in.

22 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/16-types-birth-control-need-know/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Drug ‘reverses’ ageing in animal tests

A drug that can reverse aspects of ageing has been successfully trialled in animals, say scientists. They have rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function. The team at Erasmus University Medical Center, in the Netherlands, are planning human trials for what they hope is a treatment for old age.

23 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39354628

  • The World’s First Cancer-Detecting Blood Test Could Be Ready Within A Year

A team of researchers from the University of California claim to have created a blood test that can not only detect cancer, but also its precise location. Called CancerLocator, the test works by analysing the amount of tumour DNA that’s currently circulating through your blood.

24 March 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/the-worlds-first-cancer-detecting-blood-test-could-be-ready-within-a-year_uk_58d4d61fe4b02a2eaab2595d?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Elvis-loving dementia patient becomes The King at hospital in Australia

A hospital in Australia has found a little less conversation, and a little more music, is needed to treat dementia patients. John “Sean” O’Malley would often get “angry, distressed and agitated” due to his dementia when he first arrived at Blacktown Hospital in northwest Sydney.

22 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/22/elvis-loving-dementia-patient-becomes-king-hospital-australia/

  • Donald Trump meets 30 men to discuss future of pregnancy and maternity care under new healthcare bill

A picture of a White House meeting with lawmakers about a new healthcare bill affecting access to pregnancy and maternity care shows 25 men discussing the reforms – and not a single woman. More men are partly visible in the peripheries of the image, which was shared on Twitter by Vice President Mike Pence.

24 March 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-obamacare-men-mike-pence-picture-no-women-freedom-caucus-repeal-healthcare-bill-a7647426.html

  

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Drinking pint of beer a day linked to reduced risk of heart attack

Drinking one pint a day has been linked to reduced risk of developing several serious heart conditions in new large-scale study. Moderate drinking, usually defined as no more than 14 units of alcohol a week – equivalent to around one and a half bottles of wine or seven pints of regular-strength lager – is associated with a lower risk of developing some, but not all, cardiovascular diseases, said scientists.

23 March 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/drinking-heart-disease-lowers-risk-alcohol-pint-a-day-bmj-cambridge-steven-bell-a7643151.html

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