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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Blunders behind NHS baby deaths risk cover-ups under new plans

NHS blunders which leave babies stillborn will be brushed under the carpet under government plans to limit legal fees, safety campaigners have warned. Health officials have drawn up plans to cap legal costs for claims where damages are worth less than £25,000. This includes the deaths of new borns, and stillbirths – where Britain’s record is among the worst in the developed world.

27 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/blunders-behind-nhs-baby-deaths-risk-cover-ups-new-plans/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em

  • Scottish NHS at risk of major staff shortages thanks to poor planning

Scotland’s NHS is at risk of major staff shortages thanks to the SNP government’s poor planning, according to a damning official report that found the cost of hiring temporary agency workers has more than doubled. Audit Scotland found that overall staff levels have increased to their highest ever level but neither the Scottish Government nor NHS boards have planned “effectively” for the longer term.

27 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/scottish-nhs-risk-major-staff-shortages-thanks-poor-planning/

  • Health regulator to investigate care home rape cover-up claims

The body which regulates health and social care in England admits it could have acted more quickly after a rape was reported at a home for people with learning disabilities in north London. The rape is alleged to have happened in November 2015 and the home closed a year later.

28 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40752059

  • Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

Thousands more mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England, the health secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt said it was time to end the “historic imbalance” between mental and physical health services.

31 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40752060

  • Close roads so children can play in the street like their parents did, say public health experts 

Roads should be closed regularly to allow children to play in the street as they did a generation ago, health experts have said, after a study showed pilot schemes increased youngsters’ activity five-fold. More than 500 communities in Britain have already signed up to the ‘Playing Out’ initiative, which works with local councils to temporarily pedestrianise roads for an hour or two each week to allow children to play safely near their homes.

31 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/31/close-roads-children-can-play-street-like-parents-did-say-public/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Money can buy you happiness, claim researchers

‘People who hire a cleaner or pay the kid next door to mow the lawn might feel like they’re being lazy, but our results suggest that buying time has similar benefits for happiness as having more money’

24 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/money-buy-happiness-cleaner-cook-gardener-time-stress-a7857731.html

  • Anti-depressants linked to 28 murders in three decades, BBC investigation finds

Anti-depressants have been associated with 28 reports of murder referred to the UK medicines regulator in the last three decades, according to a new BBC investigation. Murderous thoughts were also believed to be linked to the medication on 32 occasions, according to Panorama, although the possible connection does not necessarily mean the drugs caused the events.

26 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/antidepressants-ssris-muders-suicide-panorama-depression-anxiety-side-effects-a7859876.html

  • Horseflies Are Causing Chaos Across UK, Here’s How To Treat Their Bites (Graphic Images)

Forget giant hogweed, horseflies are the newest atrocity plaguing the nation. People across the UK have been sharing photos of their horrendous horsefly bites – and it’s enough to put you off your dinner. The flies, which are large, dark-coloured and 1-1.2cm in size, are often found loitering around farm animals (such as horses and cattle), ponds and other grassy areas.

27 July 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/horsefly-bite-treatment-as-flies-plague-nation_uk_5979b971e4b02a8434b40a65?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Completing antibiotic courses is a medical advice myth that may make bacterial resistance worse, say scientists

Patients are often reminded they should complete each course of antibiotics to prevent bacteria becoming drug-resistant – but this advice is a “myth” that should be dropped, experts have argued. Official guidance from the NHS says “it’s essential to finish taking a prescribed course of antibiotics, even if you feel better, unless a healthcare professional tells you otherwise”.

26 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/antibiotic-courses-complete-bacterial-resistance-worse-medical-myth-scientists-doctors-pills-a7861351.html

  • Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’

People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest. Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping to manage blood sugar, the study, published in Diabetologia, says. They surveyed more than 70,000 people on their alcohol intake – how much and how often they drank.

27 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40740247

  • Slimy slugs inspire ‘potentially lifesaving’ medical glue

A defensive mucus secreted by slugs has inspired a new kind of adhesive that could transform medicine, say scientists. The “bio-glue” is incredibly strong, moves with the body and crucially, sticks to wet surfaces.

28 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40730875

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Heading to Venice? Don’t forget your pollution mask

If you’re heading to Venice on holiday this summer, don’t forget to pack your pollution mask. Worrying about toxic air might seem strange in a city with few roads and cars, but Venice’s air carries hidden risks.

31 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/31/heading-to-venice-dont-forget-your-pollution-mask

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Doctor about to give birth helps to deliver another mother’s baby instead after it became distressed

A doctor about to give birth leapt out of her bed to help bring another woman’s child into the world instead after her baby became distressed. Dr Amanda Hess rushed to the rescue of Leah Johnson in Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Kentucky, when her own doctor was on a break.

30 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/doctor-pregnant-leah-halliday-johnson-birth-frankfort-regional-medical-center-kentucky-a7867916.html

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