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 newsALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Hospital long waits highest since 2008

The number of patients in England waiting longer than 18 weeks for routine treatment is the largest since September 2008, official figures show. The data showed there were over 382,000 patients waiting longer than the target timeframe in April out of a total of 3.78 million on the waiting list. Problems also continued to be seen in waiting times for A&E and cancer.

9 June 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40162249

  • ‘The victims were almost emotionless…they were stunned’: NHS heroes relive night of London Bridge attack 

The Telegraph’s Health Editor Laura Donnelly spoke to the medics who saved the lives of victims of the London Bridge terror attack. All 48 victims  who made it to hospitals have survived, health officials say, though some remain in a critical condition.

11 June 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/11/victims-almost-emotionlessthey-stunned-nhs-heroes-relive-night/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Prescription drug addiction ‘to overtake heroin use’ in UK

The number of people addicted to legal medicines is overtaking those struggling with heroin abuse, a leading rehab provider has warned. The company, which runs six addiction treatment centres across the country, said admissions for prescription and over-the-counter drugs had risen by 22 per cent in the last two years.

7 June 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/prescription-drugs-heroin-addiction-warning-rehab-ukat-a7776986.html

  • Migraines: Easing The Agony

1 in 7 people across the UK suffer regular migraines and a lot of people come to see our GPs for this at London Doctors Clinic. Migraines are a specific type of headache thought to be caused by temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain. These debilitating headaches often mean a lot of time off work. It has been estimated that this costs the UK economy a huge £2.25bn each year: www.migraine.org.uk/information.

8 June 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-seth-rankin/migraines-easing-the-agon_b_16981040.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Charlie Gard treatment must continue until next week, court rules

Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life-support treatment until Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights has said. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have launched a final legal challenge at the European court after their Supreme Court challenge failed.

9 June 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40225132

  • Many operations could be unnecessary, says leading surgeon

Thousands of people could be undergoing unnecessary, risky and expensive surgeries as most procedures have never been subjected to the rigorous testing drugs are required to have, a leading surgeon has said. Prof Andy Carr, an orthopaedic surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals, said there is emerging evidence that for certain types of elective surgery, the benefits could be partly or entirely explained by patients’ strong expectation that their symptoms would improve after treatment.

11 June 2017

www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/11/operations-placebo-andy-carr

  • Fish fingers are made of chicken and fruit pastilles are one of your five-a-day, young children believe 

Nearly one in five young children believes fish fingers are made from chicken, a survey has revealed. Nearly a third (29 per cent) of five to seven-year-olds thought that cheese came from a plant, not an animal, while one in four older primary school pupils (aged eight to 11) thought the same.

12 June 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/11/fish-fingers-made-chicken-fruit-pastilles-one-five-a-day-young/

  • Two thirds of adults eat three or fewer portions of fruit and veg each day raising risk of diabetes, warn experts

Two thirds of adults eat three or fewer portions of fruit and vegetables each day, with nearly 12 million at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, health experts have warned. Diabetes UK said the five-a-day message was still not getting across and warned that the lack of healthy eating in Britain was a ‘huge cause for concern.’

12 June 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/11/two-thirds-adults-eat-three-fewer-portions-fruit-veg-day-raising/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Red Onions Are Excellent At Killing Cancer, Study Finds

Red onions aren’t just an essential cooking ingredient, they could also be a vital tool in the battle against cancer. University of Guelph scientists carried out a study which looked to discover which onions had the best cancer-fighting properties and discovered one in particular packed a powerful punch.

8 June 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/red-onions-are-excellent-at-killing-cancer-study-finds_uk_59391ea9e4b0b13f2c6733b5?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy can change the way babies’ faces form, study finds

Drinking even small amounts of alcohol when pregnant could alter a baby’s features, a new study has found. Researchers examined data from facial images of 415 one-year-old children and found subtle changes in babies’ faces – mostly around the nose, eyes and lips – associated with almost all levels of alcohol exposure.

11 June 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/drinking-alcohol-pregnancy-safe-how-much-study-finds-a7783771.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Yemen cholera cases pass 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ epidemic

The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from a severe outbreak in Yemen has passed 100,000, the World Health Organization says. A total of 798 deaths associated with the disease have been recorded in 19 out of 22 provinces since 27 April.

8 June 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-40200017 

  • Up to 1 in 20 babies born to mothers with Zika have birth defects, report says

As many as one in 20 babies born to mothers infected by Zika have birth defects, a new report from by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. The risk jumped to nearly one in 13 when mothers were found to have Zika in the first trimester, the CDC stated.

8 June 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/zika-virus-birth-defects-cdc-study-puerto-rico

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Being married ‘protects your health’

Marriage appears to be good for your health, boosting your survival chances if you have a major heart risk factor such as high cholesterol, say researchers. A loving spouse might spur you on to look after yourself better, they told a heart conference, based on their study of nearly a million UK adults.

7 June 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40170287

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