Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • NHS launches £100m drive to recruit foreign GPs

The NHS in England is to pay recruitment agencies £100m as part of a huge international drive to boost the number of GPs. Contracts have been put out to tender that could see half of the extra 5,000 GPs promised by 2020 brought in from abroad. It comes as the NHS continues to struggle to train and retain its home-grown GPs.

31 August 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41111553

  • NHS rationing bodies refuse to fund treatment which stalls breast cancer

A breast cancer drug which stalls disease by three months has been rejected by NHS rationing bodies. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence said there was a lack of evidence to prove that the drug called fulvestrant extended lives.

1 September 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/01/nhs-rationing-bodies-refuse-fund-treatment-stalls-breast-cancer/

  • Shortage of organ donations led to 457 deaths last year, says NHS

A reluctance to talk about transplants is contributing to a deadly shortage of organs donation, the NHS has said after figures revealed more than 450 patients waiting for a new organ died last year because families, unsure of their deceased relatives’ wishes, declined to donate.

1 September 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/04/silence-transplants-deadly-organs-shortage-nhs

  • The worst is yet to come for the NHS – hospital chiefs

The NHS in England may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout, hospital chiefs are warning.They say the cash is needed to pay for extra staff and beds because attempts to improve finances have failed.

3 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41030635

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Contraceptive suspended by EU that leaves women in ‘suicidal’ pain could still be in UK supply chain

Doctors have been urged to stop prescribing a potentially dangerous contraceptive implant after its commercial licence was suspended in the European Union. The Essure implant, made by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, has been subject an increasing number of complaints since 2013.

30 August 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/contraceptive-essure-implant-join-abdominal-pain-suicidal-depression-banned-eu-british-doctors-a7919801.html

  • One in three ‘sick notes’ for mental health, says NHS

Nearly a third of fit notes issued by GPs are for psychiatric problems, says an NHS report. This makes them the most common reason for people to take time off work, ahead of musculoskeletal diseases. There was a 14% rise in notes relating to anxiety and stress between 2015-16 and 2016-17.

1 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41124238

  • Boots Sent Charity Legal Letter For Campaigning To Make Morning After Pill Cheaper

High street chemist Boots sent a legal letter to a reproductive rights charity after it urged the store to cut the price of emergency contraception in a nationwide campaign, the charity has said. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) said Boots accused it of engaging in “personal abuse” that “caused immense personal distress” to senior Boots executives.

1 September 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/boots-sent-charity-legal-letter-for-campaigning-to-make-morning-after-pill-cheaper_uk_59a9160de4b0b5e530fda722?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Tenth of men aged 50 ‘have heart age 10 years older’

One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are, heightening their risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke, a study suggests. The Public Health England analysis is based on responses from 1.2 million people to its Heart Age Test – 33,000 of whom were men aged 50.

4 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41126126

  • Pioneering Heart Transplant Man Urges People To Join Organ Donor List

A man whose life was saved by a pioneering heart transplant two years ago is urging people to join the organ donor list. Tom Shing, 25, was the seventh person in the world to receive a non-beating heart at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire in April 2015.

4 September 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2017/09/04/pioneering-heart-transplant-man-urges-people-to-join-organ-donor-list_n_17906520.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Heart attacks during sex are more likely to result in death because people are too embarrassed to call for help

New research shows men are four times as likely to die from a heart attack it if it occurs during sex – because their naked lovers are too embarrassed to call for help. The French study found that heart problems during lovemaking are the most deadly.

30 August 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/30/heart-attacks-sex-likely-result-death-people-embarrassed-call/

  • Disturbed sleep patterns may be key to ADHD, study finds

Struggling to concentrate, having too much energy and being unable to control behaviour – the main manifestations of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – have been linked to disruptions in sleep, researchers will reveal on Sunday

3 September 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/02/disturbed-sleep-patterns-may-be-key-to-adhd

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Mental illness rates among children of undocumented immigrants ‘double when facing deportation’

As Donald Trump weighs scrapping a scheme introduced by his predecessor that has allowed hundreds of thousands of children and young adults without documents to remain in the country and study, researchers said they found that removing the stress of possible deportation had a major impact on mental health.

31 August 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-immigration-deportations-mental-health-undocumented-children-rates-illness-a7923076.html

  • Us Approves New Leukaemia Treatment That ‘Weaponises’ Blood Cells

Opening a new era in cancer care, US health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukaemia.

31 August 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cancer-breakthrough-leukaemia-treatment-gene-therapy-immune-cells-tumours-us-fda-a7921296.html

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Five ways to prepare your little prince (or princess) for the new school term

Like thousands of parents across the country (myself included), the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no doubt spending these last few days of the summer holidays preparing for the new school term.

3 September 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/prince-george-going-school-five-ways-prepare-new-term/

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