Latest NHS and Health News

Latest NHS and Health News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system

The NHS has been ranked the number one health system in a comparison of 11 countries. The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival.

14 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40608253

  • 999 callers assessed by Skype instead of being sent ambulance

Patients who phone 999 are being offered a video call assessment rather than an ambulance. Video consultations using smartphone apps like Skype and FaceTime are being tested out in different areas of England for patients suffering from non-life-threatening conditions, such as falls or back pain.

17 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/17/999-callers-assessed-skype-instead-sent-ambulance/ 

  • Shortfall in number of children’s doctors

A shortfall in the number of children’s junior doctors in the UK should act as a “wake-up call”, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says. Their study reveals children’s units are struggling to fill nearly one in five places on their rotas. “Large gaps in the workforce have a serious impact on doctors and vital hospital services,” said RCPCH’s Dr Simon Clark.

17 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40606523

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Theresa May orders contaminated blood scandal inquiry

The government is to establish a full inquiry into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands of people with hepatitis C and HIV, bowing to years of pressure from MPs and campaign groups.

11 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/11/contaminated-blood-scandal-theresa-may-orders-inquiry

  • Early onset dementia – are you at risk of developing symptoms before 65?

Younger people are more likely to have rare forms of dementia, which can cause problems with walking and movements. The condition is more likely to be genetic and hereditary, which mens it runs in family. Experts believe around 10 per cent of people with the condition have inherited it from a parent.

12 July 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/827645/dementia-symptoms-early-onset-age-alzheimers-vascular

  • Who is Charlie Gard, what is the disease he suffers from and why are medical experts meeting?

It has been a heartbreaking legal battle that has captured international attention and drawn offers of support from Donald Trump and the Pope. Now, the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard are preparing for a meeting which could decide the little boy’s future.

16 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/charlie-gard-mitochondrial-disease-suffers-legal-battle/

  • Terminally ill man in right-to-die fight

The High Court is to begin hearing the legal challenge of a terminally ill man who wants the right to die. Noel Conway, who is 67 and has motor neurone disease, wants a doctor to be allowed to prescribe a lethal dose when his health deteriorates further. He said he wanted to say goodbye to loved ones “at the right time, not to be in a zombie-like condition suffering both physically and psychologically”.

17 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40615778

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Do you live in the world’s laziest country?

US scientists have amassed “planetary-scale” data from peoples’ smartphones to see how active we really are. The Stanford University analysis of 68 million days’ worth of minute-by-minute data showed the average number of daily steps was 4,961. Hong Kong was top averaging 6,880 a day, while Indonesia was bottom of the rankings with just 3,513.

12 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40570442

  • Slowing speech patterns could be first sign of Alzheimer’s Onset, Study Suggests

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh… developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests.

17 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/alzheimers-disease-slowing-speech-patterns-mental-decline-university-wisconsin-madison-a7844561.html

  • Mediterranean diet will maintain memory and reduce dementia risk as you age

Experts have revealed healthy eating habits and following the Mediterranean diet can preserve cognitive function, protecting the way the brain works. Scientists have said the diet can also reduce the risk of dementia. Results from four large population-based studies support a link between good dietary practices and better cognition in old age.

17 July 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/829490/Mediterranean-diet-dementia-symptoms-memory

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Man Has Big Toe Removed To Replace Thumb Ripped Off In Accident

Warning: This article contains images some may consider graphic.

A cattle worker has had his big toe cut off to replace his thumb after an accident with a bull left him unable to use his hand fully. Zac Mitchell, from Northern Western Australia, was run over by the bull, which ripped out the thumb’s entire tendon in the process.

13 July 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/man-has-big-toe-removed-to-replace-thumb-ripped-off-in-accident_uk_59672b20e4b0d51cda601e78?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • The man who may have secretly fathered 200 children

Twenty five years ago, when she was 35, Esther-Louise Heij made two decisions that would shape the rest of her life. The first decision went entirely to plan: it gave her the children she longed for. But the second decision would play out in a bizarre twist she could never have imagined, and would plunge her family into a sea of heartache that continues to this day.
15 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/15/the-man-who-may-have-secretly-fathered-200-children

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Hounds of love: ​how ​support dogs​ can help with everything from diabetes to autism

Coco, a chocolate-brown cocker spaniel puppy, had been living with her owner for just three days when it is likely she saved her life for the first time. Now, six months later, it happens daily. Millie Law, who is 12, has a complex form of type 1 diabetes, which gives her no indication when her blood sugar levels are dangerously low or high.

17 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/17/hounds-of-love-support-dogs-diabetes-autism

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