Latest NHS and Health News

Latest NHS and Health News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Not enough hospital beds and GPs closing

The King’s Fund report on hospital bed numbers is clear evidence, and a warning, that safe capacity in the NHS has been exceeded. Prof Baker’s blaming of hospitals is really shoddy and invidious, distorting critical research evidence on this subject. His judgments appear to be neither independent nor to grasp the realities of the situation that the NHS faces today.

6 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/03/not-enough-hospital-beds-and-gps-closing

  • Patients died of heart failure and went blind after operation delays at failing hospital, report reveals

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have recommended that the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust be placed in special measures after they found services were failing across several departments, including surgery, maternity and cardiology.

6 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/05/patients-died-heart-failure-went-blind-operation-delays-failing/

  • Cardiff mother wins premature baby care changes

New guidance is being issued to health professionals caring for very premature babies following a mother’s campaign. Emma Jones has been seeking changes following the death of her son, Riley, born at 22 weeks in December 2013.

6 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-41514722

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Pesto Sauces ‘Contain More Salt Than Mcdonald’s Burgers’

Italia Organic Vegetarian Pesto No.5 Basil and Italia Pesto No.1 Classic Basil by Sacla were found to be 30 per cent saltier than seawater, and contain two and a half times of salt per 100g than peanuts, Consensus on Salt and Health (Cash) found in a survey.

4 October 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/pesto-sauces-salt-content-high-mcdonalds-burgers-more-than-diet-healthy-eating-a7982056.html

  • Doctors praise plan for organ donor presumed consent in England

Transplant doctors and health charities have praised Theresa May’s decision to change how organ donation works in England in an attempt to provide more hearts, kidneys and livers for patients in need. The prime minister announced plans to move to a system of presumed consent

5 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/05/doctors-praise-plan-for-organ-donor-presumed-consent-in-england

  • Retainers Should Be ‘Worn For Life’ After Braces To Prevent Need For Future Corrective Treatment

Most people who have had braces will need corrective treatment years later, orthodontists have said. To tackle the problem, experts from the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) advised that retainers, which are used for a period of time after a person has had their braces removed, should actually be “worn for life”.

6 October 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/former-braces-wearers-urged-to-use-retainer-for-life-to-prevent-need-for-future-corrective-treatment_uk_59d754a8e4b0f6eed34f9898?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Retailers pull baby positioners from shelves after death warnings

Tesco, John Lewis and Mothercare are among retailers which have removed baby sleep positioners from sale due to concerns raised about the risk of suffocation. The move follows reissued advice from US health regulator Food and Drug Administration (FDA), telling parents not to put babies in the products.

6 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/06/retailers-pull-baby-positioners-shelves-death-warnings/

  • Father loses IVF damages claim

A father has lost a damages claim against a London IVF clinic after his ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos. The High Court found IVF Hammersmith was not negligent. The couple broke up in 2010 but some months later the woman asked the clinic to implant an embryo, which they had stored.

6 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41525215

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Vitamin D supplements protect against severe asthma attacks, study shows 

Asthma sufferers could halve their risk of suffering a severe attack which requires hospital simply by taking a vitamin D supplement, a new study suggests. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London found that the number of people visiting A&E because of an attack dropped from six per cent to three per cent in people taking vitamin pills.

3 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/03/vitamin-d-supplements-protect-against-severe-asthma-attacks/

  • More Than Half Of Cancer Drugs May Not Work, Study Suggests

All new cancer drugs are given Europe-wide market approval through the European Medicines Agency (EMA). But a new study, published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ), found that of cancer drugs approved by the EMA between 2009 and 2013, 57% (39/68) had no supporting evidence of better survival or quality of life when they entered the market.

5 October 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cancer-drugs-ineffective-european-medical-british-medical-journal-a7984261.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • First global pledge to end cholera by 2030

Health officials from around the world are meeting in France to commit to preventing 90% of cholera deaths by 2030. The disease, which is spread through contaminated water, kills about 100,000 people every year. It is the first time governments, the World Health Organization, aid agencies and donors have made such a pledge.

3 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41483903

  • New York hospital’s secret policy led to woman being given C-section against her will

The Staten Island University hospital (SIUH) policy offers doctors step-by-step instructions for performing procedures and surgeries without a pregnant woman’s consent if they can’t persuade her to give permission and several doctors agree that the treatment carries a “reasonable possibility of significant benefit” for her fetus that “outweigh[s] the possible risks to the woman”.

5 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/05/new-york-staten-island-university-hospital-c-section-ethics-medicine

  • Doctors warn there is ‘nothing’ they can do to save the life of a baby born with a flat head and a sac on the back of his neck

Indian doctors have warned there is ‘nothing’ they can do to save a baby who was born with two severe birth defects. The boy, called Babu, suffers from encephalocele – a rare condition which caused him to be born with a flat head and a sac on the back of his neck. His parents, Jyotsna and Jhontu Das, were told their son had no hope of survival – despite him now being two months old, local reports suggest.

6 October 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4955432/Doctors-say-save-baby.htm

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • How an agoraphobic woman travels the world using Google Streetview

Jacqui Kenny has agoraphobia but that hasn’t stopped her travelling the world – using Google Streetview. Her unusual coping method has led to thousands of people following her travels on Instagram.

4 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-41487857/how-an-agoraphobic-woman-travels-the-world-using-google-streetview

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