Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Report highlights failings of home care services in England

People who receive care at home have told a health watchdog that a lacklustre service has meant they have had to go two weeks without a shower, eat their dinner at 3.30 in the afternoon and be cared for by workers who can’t make a bed.

24 August 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/24/report-highlights-failings-of-home-care-services-in-england

  • Health service savings consultation launched

Health trusts have unveiled £70m of cost-saving proposals that the public will have the opportunity to respond to in the coming weeks. The public consultation of saving plans is an unprecedented move for trusts. The five trusts have been asked to deliver the savings by the Department of Health.

24 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-41027336

  • What can the NHS learn from New Zealand?

As the NHS begins to grapple with the concept of accountable care systems, the experiences of the Canterbury region on New Zealand’s South Island offer important lessons on how – and how not – to do this. The King’s Fund has been studying the Canterbury transformation for some time, and has just published its latest report [pdf].

25 August 2017

www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/aug/25/what-can-the-nhs-learn-from-new-zealand

  

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Middle-aged told to walk faster

Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health. Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age of 40.

24 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41030630

  • England’s obesity hotspots: how does your area compare?

Obesity is an increasing concern in the UK, with the latest figures showing that a quarter of the English population are obese. Across England, some 64.8 per cent of people are of excess weight – comprised of 40.4 per cent of people who are overweight and a further 24.4 per cent who are obese.

25 August 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/0/englands-obesity-hotspots-does-area-compare/

  • Grenfell Tower: The mental health toll

The Grenfell disaster had a huge toll on the mental health of both residents and witnesses. Six hundred people are receiving treatment for counselling – including 100 children – in what is the biggest mental health response of its kind.

25 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-41045051/grenfell-tower-the-mental-health-toll

  • Arthritis: The Nation’s Joint Problem

Arthritis is one of the biggest public health issues facing the UK. Yet it is all too often passed off as being an inevitable or even an acceptable part of getting older. This perception is wrong, completely underestimates the condition and means that people with arthritis do not get the support and help they need to live well. Over 10 million people of all ages in the UK are living with arthritis. For people who have arthritis, just getting through the day is difficult.

25 August 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/liam-oatoole-/arthritis-the-nations-joi_b_17816658.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • IVF couples advised to avoid products with flame retardants as study finds link with infertility 

Couples undergoing IVF have been advised to choose products without flame retardants after a study suggested chemicals included in products to stop fire may prevent pregnancy.

Researchers at Harvard University looked at urine samples from 211 women who were undergoing fertility treatments Massachusetts General Hospital in the US.

25 August 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/25/ivf-women-advised-avoid-products-flame-retardants-study-finds/

  • Is sugar really as addictive as cocaine? Scientists row over effect on body and brain

An article suggesting that sugar should be considered an addictive substance, and could even be on a par with abusive drugs such as cocaine, has sparked a furious backlash with experts describing the claims as “absurd”.

25 August 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/25/is-sugar-really-as-addictive-as-cocaine-scientists-row-over-effect-on-body-and-brain

 

 FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Asian-American doctor says white patients have refused treatment from her in every state she has worked

An Asian-American physician who sparked debate when she revealed some white patients in Oregon had refused to be treated by her because of her ethnicity, has revealed she has experienced the same thing in every state she has worked.

24 August 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/esther-choo-white-patients-refuse-treatment-asian-american-doctor-racism-tweets-every-state-a7911346.html

  • India swine flu death toll rises above 1,000 this year

India appears to be in the grip of a swine flu outbreak with 1,094 recorded deaths over the past eight months, said an official report on Wednesday. The last three weeks have seen the highest number of fatalities, at 342. A total of 22,186 cases have been reported across the country.

24 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-41034038

  

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Mind healing: why you should let your face ‘speak’ freely

The best way, therefore, to maintain strong, positive relationships and foster optimal development in others is to spend time with them, listening carefully and trying to understand their feelings and intentions. Perfect understanding is great when it happens – although Tronick estimates most parents only achieve that about 20 per cent of the time.

24 August 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/mind/mind-healing-should-let-face-speak-freely/

  • Exoskeleton suit helps children with cerebral palsy to walk smoothly by improving knee extension that is hindered by the disorder

An exoskeleton suit has helped children with cerebral palsy to walk. Experts tested the device on seven children that are suffering from the disorder in a clinical trial. Each of them were having difficulty walking, with their knees starting to slope inwards.

24 August 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4820540/Exoskeleton-suit-helps-children-cerebral-palsy-walk.html

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