Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • NHS to ban homeopathy and herbal medicine, as ‘misuse of resources’

The NHS has announced a ban on homeopathy and herbal medicine as they say it is “misuse of scarce funds”. Officials today ruled that the treatments are among dozens of medicines which should not be funded by the health service.

21 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/21/nhs-ban-homeopathy-herbal-medicine-misuse-resources/

  • Exclusive: National review of schemes to divert patients from A&E amid safety fears

NHS officials have ordered a national review of schemes to divert patients away from Accident & Emergency departments, amid fears that desperately-ill cases are being put at risk. Every NHS trust is under instructions to introduce “front-door streaming” by this autumn, with GPs stationed at casualty units to weed out the least sick patients.

23 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/23/exclusive-national-review-schemes-divert-patients-ae-amid-safety/

  • The NHS and social care must stop bickering over funding – Niall Dickson

A comprehensive settlement for funding social care remains elusive. Successive governments have placed it in the “too difficult” pile and, given the role that social care played in the election campaign and its outcome, it is difficult to envisage the government being able to solve it anytime soon.

24 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2017/jul/24/nhs-social-care-bickering-funding

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Woman Claims Vaginal Mesh Surgery Left Her Unable To Have Sex And Reliant On A Mobility Scooter

A mum-of-two, who claims she can no longer have regular sex with her husband, blames a vaginal mesh implant, fitted to treat her incontinence after childbirth. Left with severely impaired bladder control after the birth of her second child, Charlie, Cat Lee, 43, even suggested her husband could sleep with someone else.

20 July 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/woman-claims-vaginal-mesh-surgery-has-left-her-unable-to-have-sex-and-reliant-on-a-mobility-scooter_uk_597071abe4b0aa14ea774e01?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Care failings contributed to death of woman in prison, inquest finds

A jury at the inquest of Sarah Reed, a mentally ill prisoner at HMP Holloway who took her life at the jail last year, has identified serious shortcomings in her care. Reed was in prison awaiting medical reports about whether she was mentally fit to plead after being charged with assaulting a nurse in a secure psychiatric unit. The reports found she was unfit to plead, but Reed killed herself three days before they were due to be completed.

20 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/20/care-failings-contributed-to-death-of-woman-sarah-reed-in-prison-inquest-finds

  • Boots faces morning-after pill cost row

Boots has been accused of refusing to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills for fear of criticism from campaigners. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which provides abortion care, wants Boots and other pharmacies to reduce the cost of emergency contraception Levonelle.

21 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40676534

  • Heavy drinking will kill 63,000 people over next five years, doctors warn

Almost 63,000 people in England will die over the next five years from liver problems linked to heavy drinking unless ministers tackle the scourge of cheap alcohol, doctors are warning. Senior members of the medical profession and health charities are urging the government to bring in minimum unit pricing of alcohol and a crackdown on drink advertising to avert what they claim is the “public health crisis” of liver disease deaths.

24 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/24/heavy-drinking-will-kill-63000-people-over-next-five-years-doctors-warn

  • I tried Pilates to cure my bad back – here’s what happened next

On a Friday afternoon around this time last year, I pressed send on the weekly weather column I write for the Telegraph and leant back in my office chair to notice a curious burning in my shoulder that stretched all the way down to the elbow. Pilates focuses on the deep postural muscles, under the abdominals.  The author Martin Amis, another devotee, described the strengthening effects as while not sufficient to make his gut disappear, certainly enough to enable him to suck it in when an attractive woman walks by on the beach.

24 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/tried-pilates-cure-bad-back-happened-next/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Third of dementia cases are preventable through nine lifestyle changes, say researchers

A third of dementia cases could be prevented by taking steps such as continuing education past the age of 15 and preventing hearing loss in middle age, scientists have claimed. New research from a panel of 24 international experts has identified a range of factors that can be targeted to improve brain health through life and are believed to be responsible for around 35 per cent of all instances of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

20 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/dementia-cases-preventable-third-education-hearing-loss-lancet-university-college-london-a7849561.html

  • ‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

Cows have shown an “insane” and “mind-blowing” ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers. In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV. It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their complex and bacteria-packed digestive system.

21 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40661252

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Republican plan to repeal Obamacare without replacement will leave 32 million uninsured, says CBO

Donald Trump has declared that he wants to “let Obamacare fail” or “implode” in order to be able to replace it more easily as Republicans continue their party-internal debate on a suitable replacement. “It’ll be a lot easier” to replace it if it fails, Mr Trump said at a White House lunch with 52 Republican Senators.

20 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/us-politics/obamacare-what-happens-if-it-fails-trump-healthcare-explained-cbo-uninsured-a7850036.html

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Three wives helped their husbands to beat diabetes and ended up losing seven stone themselves

Three wives who supported their diabetic husbands on a diet have ended up losing weight themselves. Lynne Collyer, Katie Caldesi and ­Gillian Chadbourne shed seven stone ­between them. They joined their partners on diabetes.co.uk’s Low-Carb Program, which in two years has helped more than 200,000 people tackle Type 2 diabetes.

22 July 2017

www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/three-wives-helped-husbands-beat-10851684

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