Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • GP surgery is so cramped that blood samples are taken in the kitchen and flu jabs doled out in corridors as patient numbers swell from 1,300 to 5,500

This GP surgery is so cramped that patients’ appointments are being held in the kitchen. The lack of space means staff even have to use the room for taking blood samples. And the problem has become so bad doctors have been forced to give flu jabs in the corridor on occasions.

29 June 2016

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3665739/GP-surgery-cramped-blood-samples-taken-kitchen-flu-jabs-doled-corridors-patient-numbers-swell-1-300-5-500.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailUK

  • Parents ‘let down’ by Bristol Children’s Hospital cardiac ward

Children receiving cardiac treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital were repeatedly given poor care and parents were let down, a review has found. An independent report revealed nurses were regularly under pressure and there was poor communication with families.

30 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-36651082

  • Scotland’s NHS needs a Sunshine Act to make pharma links transparentThere has long been a body of evidence that prescribing behaviour is influenced by commercial interests, but doctors find it hard to accept this. A Sunshine Act makes it a statutory requirement for all payments from commercial interests made to healthcare workers and academics to be declared publicly. The metaphor is that sunshine brings full light. Both the US and France have introduced a Sunshine Act.

    28 June 2016

    www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/jun/28/scotlands-nhs-sunshine-act-pharma-transparent?CMP=share_btn_tw

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Children at nearly 90 London secondary schools exposed to dangerous air pollution

 Children at nearly 90 secondary schools in London breathe illegal and dangerous levels of air pollution, a report for the mayor reveals. Former mayor Boris Johnson was accused in May of burying a report that showed hundreds of primary schools were in areas that breached EU pollution limits in 2010, prompting calls for greater action to clean up the capital’s air.

1 July 2016

www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/01/children-at-nearly
-90-london-secondary-schools-exposed-to-dangerous-air-pollution

  • 10,000 cases of skin cancer a year for ‘sun, sea and sangria’ generation

The rise of package holidays has contributed to a huge increase in skin cancer among middle-aged and older people, new figures show.

1 July 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/30/10000-cases-of-skin-cancer-a-year-for-sun-sea-and-sangria-gener/

  • Charity Gofal warns mental health outcomes ‘not improved’

A warning about inconsistencies in mental health patient outcomes has been raised in a charity’s report. It follows the introduction of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure in 2012 which aims to improve the treatment of people with mental health problems.

4 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-36699133

  • Frozen food safety confusion causing waste, warns FSA

Misconceptions about frozen food are contributing to the seven million tonnes of waste thrown out by UK households every year, the Food Standards Agency says. A survey for the FSA found 43% of people wrongly thought food could only be frozen on the day it was bought, suggesting confusion over food safety.

4 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36698697

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Playing card games aids stroke recovery

Playing simple card games, such as Snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, say Canadian researchers. The scientists found it improved patients’ motor skills. Playing Jenga, bingo or a games console like Wii worked equally well.

28 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36638178?utm_content=buffer981b3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  • Ibuprofen ‘disables’ Ebola virus

The painkiller ibuprofen and the cancer drug toremifene can disable the Ebola virus, say researchers. Scientists used the UK’s national synchrotron facility – Diamond Light Source – to analyse the virus in incredible detail.

30 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36662307

  • ‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease

The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies. US researchers treated Pemphigus vulgaris in mice by instigating civil war within the immune system, and say the approach could work in people.

1 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36662305

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Zika vaccine ‘works very well’ in mice

A single dose of an experimental vaccine can protect mice against the Zika virus, raising renewed hope of a vaccine for humans, say scientists. The US team say the results, published in Nature, are “striking” and should “galvanise” research efforts.

28 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36645822?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • Millions exposed to dangerous lead levels in US drinking water, report finds

More than 18 million Americans are served drinking water by providers that have violated federal laws concerning lead in water, with only a tiny proportion of offenses resulting in any penalty, a new report has found.

28 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/28/lead-drinking-water-level-nrdc-report-flint-crisis

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Painless breath test could replace daily finger prick for diabetics 

 A painless breath test could replace the daily finger prick check for diabetics after scientists found a chemical which rises when blood sugar is too low.

27 June 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/27/painless-breath-test-could-replace-daily-finger-prick-for-diabet/

  • Health Benefits Of Coffee Outweigh Risks, Study Suggests

If you feel guilty about the amount of coffee you drink daily, we have good news for you. Researchers at Ulster University recently reviewed 1,277 studies from 1970 to 2016 about coffee’s effect on human health.

28 June 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/health-benefits-of-coffee-outweigh-risks_uk_57723bbae4b08d2c5639cf3b?edition=uk&utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

 

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