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:James

  • The poorest will lose out from prescription cuts

The Conservative government is once again aiming to take more from the poor (GPs ordered to stop prescribing some drugs to save cash, 28 March). These treatments will effectively be removed from those currently entitled to free prescriptions (eg recipients of income support or pension guaranteed credit, those having a long-term disability, holding a valid medical exemption certificate or maternity exemption certificate).

28 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/28/the-poorest-will-lose-out-from-prescription-cuts

  • NHS confusing public by using ‘gobbledygook’

Imagine the scene. Up and down the country, local NHS leaders are crowded into meeting rooms discussing information transfers and ambulatory care, when someone jumps up and shouts “I’ve had enough of sticky toffee puddings”. Confused? You’re not the only one. The language being used by the health service is simply gobbledygook, says the Plain English Campaign (PEC).

29 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39341411

  • NHS waiting times: Elderly patients to suffer after ‘appalling’ abandonment of 18-week target

An effective abandonment of NHS waiting times targets will cause more “discomfort and pain” for elderly patients, it has been claimed. The changes announced by health service chief Simon Stevens have prompted widespread anger, with politicians, charities and health bodies labelling them “appalling”.

31 March 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-elderly-patients-increase-wait-times-18-weeks-simon-stevens-pain-discomfort-appalling-anger-a7660061.html

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • GP-led keep fit classes for those with chronic illness

Ever wanted to get fitter and healthier, but didn’t know where to start? A new GP-led scheme in Leeds is offering keep fit classes and advice to those with chronic illnesses such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and arthritis, who want to live a healthier lifestyle.

31 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39431169

  • Rise in middle-aged men taking steroids to feel more youthful, experts say

Growing numbers of middle-aged men are turning to anabolic steroids to make themselves look and feel more youthful and boost their sexual performance, experts say. People who work with users have raised concern about a new trend among men in their 40s and 50s, and some even in their 60s and 70s, who are taking the drug to boost energy levels and fight some of the effects of ageing, such as weight gain and a lower libido.

31 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/31/rise-in-middle-aged-men-taking-steroids-to-feel-more-youthful-experts-say

  • Family members work 70-hour weeks caring for cancer sufferers

In the last three months of life sufferers rely on relatives or friends for all kinds of help, mainly at home, including practical help, giving medicine and intimate personal care. But the long hours and stress takes a toll on the health and wellbeing of the carer and even leaves them financially out of pocket, says Dimbleby Cancer Care.

2 April 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/786978/carer-family-members-working-week-cancer-sufferers

  • 20 million lazy Britons at risk of fatal heart disease according to new report

A third of Britons are putting themselves at risk of an early grave because they do hardly any exercise, a new report reveals. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) today warns that swathes of the population are needlessly heightening their chances of developing potentially fatal cardiovascular diseases by as much as 35 per cent.

3 April 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/03/20-million-lazy-britons-risk-fatal-heart-disease-according-new/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Sleep Study Links Naps To Happiness, Scientists Call Us On All To Embrace ‘Nappiness’

“Nappiness” could become the new watchword for improving our sense of wellbeing, new research suggests. Scientists have discovered a surprising link between taking short naps and happiness. And they have coined a new word to describe the contented state that follows a brief daytime doze – “nappiness”.

31 March 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/sleep-study-links-naps-to-happiness_uk_58de068ce4b08194e3b8e2ae?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • British babies cry more than any other infants in the world, new research shows

The UK, along with Canada, Italy and the Netherlands, came top in an international baby bawler survey conducted by scientists.  Researchers analysed data on almost 8,700 infants taking part in previous studies to find out how upset babies in different countries get in their first 12 weeks.  The biggest cry babies were found to be in the UK, Italy, Canada and the Netherlands, while lowest crying levels were seen in Denmark, Germany and Japan.

3 April 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/787112/british-babies-cry-more-than-any-other-infants-in-the-world

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Measles outbreak across Europe

Measles is spreading across Europe wherever immunisation coverage has dropped, the World Health Organization is warning. The largest outbreaks are being seen in Italy and Romania. In the first month of this year, Italy reported more than 200 cases. Romania has reported more than 3,400 cases and 17 deaths since January 2016.

28 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39419976

  • Depression is leading cause of disability worldwide, says WHO study

Cases of depression have ballooned almost 20% in a decade, making the debilitating disorder the leading cause of disability worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. By 2015, the number of people globally living with depression, according to a revised definition, had reached 322m, up 18.4% since 2005, the UN agency said on Thursday.

31 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/31/depression-is-leading-cause-of-disability-worldwide-says-who-study

  • British cancer patients ‘five times less likely’ to get new drugs than French

NHS delays in buying expensive drugs mean British cancer patients are now five times less likely to receive new medicines than those in France, Spain and Germany, businesses have warned. The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said last night the shake-up means drug companies will increasingly launch new medicines in European countries other than the UK.

3 April 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/31/british-cancer-patients-five-times-less-likely-get-new-drugs/

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Little Girl Who Lost Eye To Cancer Given Doll ‘As Perfect And Beautiful As She Is’

A little girl who lost her left eye after she developed a rare form of cancer has received a special hand-made doll for her third birthday. The soft white rabbit doll has a smart gold tutu and glittery bow, a heart-shaped nose and one happy golden eye.

31 March 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/doll-with-one-eye-cancer-rabbit-sebastian-design-idaho-brynn-look-a-like-toy-a7659336.html

  • ‘We’re stunned, shocked and thrilled’: Parents thank strangers and celebrities who raised £1.2m to send their sick baby to the US for pioneering treatment as doctors urge High Court to let him die peacefully

Baby Charlie Gard’s parents were overwhelmed yesterday as they hit their £1.2million fundraising target with 24 hours to spare. The goal was reached on the eve of a court hearing today to decide the fate of their sick seven-month-old son. Over the weekend alone, well-wishers including Tamara Ecclestone gave more than £500,000 to save Charlie, who has a rare genetic condition.

3 April 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4372672/Couple-close-raising-1-2m-baby-son-s-medical-treatment.html

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