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!

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  • BMA: Junior doctors’ strikes significantly improved Hunt deal

Strike action by junior doctors had forced “significant improvements” to the government’s proposed changes to their NHS contracts, the medics’ leader has said.

23 June 2016

  • Don’t come on Mondays, and Google your symptoms first – GPs’ tips on getting more from your appointment

GPs spend on average just eight to ten minutes with each patient, and one in four surgeries now has a waiting time of two weeks for an appointment, according to a recent survey.

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  • Breast cancer drug increases survival

A new cancer drug can significantly slow the spread of deadly recurrent breast cancers, a study shows. Palbociclib works by disabling two key mechanisms that allow a tumour to grow.

7 June 2016

  • Office cake culture is ‘danger to health’

Having cake at work to celebrate colleagues’ birthdays, engagements or just surviving the week is a danger to health, a senior dentist argues. Prof Nigel Hunt, from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, at the Royal College of Surgeons, says “cake culture” is fuelling obesity and dental problems.

24 June 2016

Our Director, Caroline Moore comments: “Also applies holiday sweets! I bought the ‘girls’ lip glosses after my last holiday and I would have bought the ‘lads’ matching aviator sunglasses’ but they had run out on the plane, so they did end up with chocolate!”

  • Testicle removal surgeon Marwan Farouk struck off

A surgeon who tried to cover up the fact he had cut off a man’s testicle in error has been struck off. The organ was removed at the private BMI Chiltern Hospital in Buckinghamshire in April 2014.

24 June 2016

  • Euro 2016: Football alcohol adverts seen ‘once a minute’

People who watched Wales’ Euro 2016 game against England on television saw alcohol marketing almost once every minute during play, a study has found. It found pitch-side alcohol sponsor adverts were seen 78 times per game on average during broadcasts of the two countries’ five Group B games.

People who watched Wales’ Euro 2016 game against England on television saw alcohol marketing almost once every minute during play, a study has found.

27 June 2016


  • Exercise triggers brain cell growth and improves memory, scientists prove

Exercising may help boost memory because it triggers a protein which boosts brain cell growth, scientists believe. For several years, researchers have noticed that aerobic exercise, of the kind which gets the heart pumping, also appears to improve memory and learning. But nobody knew how.

23 June 2016

  • Super-vaccine to prevent Zika and dengue fever is on the horizon

A super-vaccine to prevent both Zika and dengue fever is on the horizon after scientists found that the viruses can be neutralised by the same antibodies. Antibodies work by combining with bacteria and viruses so that the immune system knows what to attack. They also carry a memory of the invader to stop it coming back.

23 June 2016

  • Parkinson’s disease breakthrough ‘could lead to cure’

Scientists believe they have discovered that Parkinson’s disease is caused in a different way than previously thought and also a possible new way of treating the severely debilitating condition. Charity Parkinson’s UK said the research could lead to a new drug that could “slow or stop the condition in its tracks”.

23 June 2016


  • Abortion demand ‘soars’ amid Zika fear

Fears over the Zika virus have contributed to a “huge” increase in the number of women in Latin America wanting abortions, researchers say. Estimates suggest there has been at least a doubling in requests in Brazil and an increase of a third in other countries.

23 June 2016


  • Second baby for womb transplant mum

One of the first women to receive a womb transplant is expecting a second child, a medical conference has heard. Prof Mats Brannstrom, who pioneered the fertility surgery in 2014, made the announcement at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ annual meeting in Birmingham.

20 June 2016

  • Sleep patterns of the rich and successful: Is lack of shut-eye good for business?

Sleep less, work more. That’s the line regularly put out by some of the world’s most successful people, who claim they barely need any shut-eye to get through the day.

The list of non-sleeping high-flyers is lengthy: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, fashion designer Tom Ford, Pepsi boss Indra Nooyi, and even Donald Trump are all supposed to get by on around four hours a night or less.

23 June 2016

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