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 news

ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Waiting lists for routine NHS treatment such as hip and knee surgery longest for a decade

Waiting lists for routine NHS treatment such as hip and knee surgery are at their highest for a decade, official figures have shown. An estimated four million people were waiting to be seen by a specialist at the end of June, the first time the figure has been exceeded since 2007.

10 August 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/10/nhs-waiting-lists-longest-decade/

  • I’ve been waiting so long for an operation on the NHS that I could lose the use of my hand forever

Since Theresa May took power a year ago, millions of people have been denied access to treatment. More than four million people are currently waiting for surgery on the NHS – the highest number in a decade. I’m one sad and sore number in that statistic.

11 August 2017

www.independent.co.uk/voices/nhs-operation-waiting-times-too-long-cuts-healthcare-jeremy-hunt-conservative-government-a7887756.html

  • Ambulance call-outs for mental health patients in England soar by 23%

The number of ambulance call-outs for people experiencing mental health problems in England has soared by nearly a quarter in two years. Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows paramedics helped over 30,000 more patients (172,799) in crisis in 2016-17 compared with 140,137 in 2014-15, a rise of 23%.

13 August 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/13/ambulance-call-outs-mental-health-patients-soar-23-per-cent

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Barbara Vavalidis had been planning a carefree retirement after decades of hard work and a busy family life. Instead she is mourning the loss of her partner of 45 years, the father of her two sons.

10 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40818027

  • This simple memory trick will stop you ever forgetting your keys or umbrella again

If you have been caught out by summer downpours this then scientists have the answer for always remembering to take an umbrella. Thinking about an object in the area where it needs to be remembered, and assigning an action, helps the mind form a concrete memory, which will pop up just when you need it.

11 August 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/11/simple-memory-trick-will-stop-ever-forgetting-keys-umbrella/

  • Is there less stigma around taking Viagra?

The number of prescriptions for viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs have nearly tripled in the last decade, data shows. This is partly due to the fact the cost of sildenafil, sold as the brand name Viagra, fell by 85.9% as generic alternatives became available in 2013.

11 August 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/11/is-there-less-stigma-around-taking-viagra

  • Type 2 diabetes rise in children ‘disturbing’

More than 600 children and teenagers are being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales, and the rise in cases is a “hugely disturbing trend”, local councils are warning. The figures come from a report by child health experts which found 110 more cases among under-19s in 2015-16 than two years previously.

12 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40900269

  • Medical cannabis giants eye UK for next ‘green rush’ ahead of the industry’s first conference in London

In October the UK will host what is believed to be its first medical cannabis conference, an international jamboree of weed-based therapies in London. It may seem like an eccentric choice, given cannabis is illegal in Britain.

13 August 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/08/13/medical-cannabis-giants-eye-uk-next-green-rush-ahead-industrys/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Hundreds more surviving heart failure in hospital, study shows

Hundreds more people are surviving heart failure through better treatment after being admitted to hospital in England and Wales, a study suggests. The National Heart Failure Audit found that 8.9% of patients had died in 2015-16, down from 9.6% the previous year, saving around 500 lives. However, it said there were still too many deaths and too much variation across the country.

10 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40881149

  • Newborn baby development has been vastly underestimated, our study shows

Newborn babies may be adorable, demanding and helpless, but we tend not to think of them as particularly social creatures as they come to terms with what this exciting and terrifying new world outside the womb means for them.

10 August 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/newborn-babies-social-still-face-reengage-gaze-aversion-learning-with-experience-a7876316.html

  • GM pigs take step to being organ donors

The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people.

11 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40886600

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods

Nepal has passed a law criminalising the practice of banishing women to huts during their periods. The ancient Hindu tradition of Chhaupadi, whereby women are confined to animal sheds during menstruation to keep “impurity” out of the home, was banned by the supreme court in 2005.

10 August 2017

www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/aug/10/nepal-outlaws-custom-of-exiling-women-during-their-periods

  • Don’t blame addicts for America’s opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits

Of all the people Donald Trump could blame for the opioid epidemic, he chose the victims. After his own commission on the opioid crisis issued an interim report this week, Trump said young people should be told drugs are “No good, really bad for you in every way.”

13 August 2017

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/13/dont-blame-addicts-for-americas-opioid-crisis-real-culprits

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Woman loses four and a half stone without fad dieting or going to the gym

A woman has revealed how she managed to shed four and a half stone without ‘dieting’ or going to the gym.  At 16 stone, single mother-of-two Tiffany’s weight had spiralled so out of control that she persistently felt uncomfortable, miserable and even depressed, Popsugar reports.

12 August 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/woman-weight-loss-lose-4-stone-no-diet-go-gym-work-home-no-junk-food-dairy-a7888506.html

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