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:

  • NHS Airbnb-style scheme ‘not ruled out’ by minister

The idea of NHS hospital patients recuperating in Airbnb-style accommodation has not been ruled out, health minister Philip Dunne has said. Southend Hospital had been linked to a trial where hospital patients could be discharged to people’s spare rooms.

29 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41795579

  • Chancellor will not fund nurses’ pay rise unless NHS is made more efficient, Jeremy Hunt suggests

Mr Hunt said the Chancellor had made clear that “if we can have a negotiation and look at some of the ways that we could improve productivity” then he will be “willing to have a discussion” about the possibility of handing over more money.

29 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/29/philip-hammond-tells-jeremy-hunt-will-not-fund-pay-rise-nurses/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Gwytherin Death: Boy, 16, Dies After Suspected Ecstasy-Type Drug Overdose In Wales

A 16-year-old boy has died after he was believed to have taken ecstasy-type tablets at a Halloween rave. North Wales Police and the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board issued a warning after the teenager died from a suspected drugs overdose in the early hours of Sunday morning.

29 October 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/teen-dies-after-suspected-ecstasy-type-drug-overdose_uk_59f5e1e6e4b03cd20b82226a?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • One night as a zombie could leave partygoers permanently blind 

Doctors are warning that the trend for novelty contact lenses – which can turn their wearer into a zombie or vampire – could result in lifelong blindness. Optometrists said many of the lenses could lead to painful conditions and eye infections – including those which can jeopardise sight for life.

29 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/29/one-night-zombie-could-leave-partygoers-permanently-blind/

  • Abortion shouldn’t become a postcode lottery

The proposal by Zoe Williams (G2, 26 October) that there should be no specific legal framework for the regulation of abortion suggests a comparison with the situation which pertained in Scotland before the passage of the 1967 Abortion Act. The 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which outlawed abortion in England and Wales, did not apply to Scotland.

29 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/29/abortion-shouldnt-become-a-postcode-lottery

  • The agony of being a childless man: Women have talked for years about the longing for a baby. Now would-be dads are sharing their pain

It’s a subject we rarely broach. Although we often hear about the 20 per cent of women over 43 who are childless, the voices of men in the same position are rarely, if ever, heard. ‘It’s never spoken about, written about, studied,’ says Robin. ‘Men like me, who want to be dads but aren’t, are invisible. People don’t always realise that the pain of not having a child can affect men, too.’

29 October 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5029609/The-agony-childless-man.html

  • ‘Radical changes’ needed to £1bn stroke care

Caring for people who have suffered from stroke is costing Wales £1bn annually, according to a leading charity. The Stroke Association has also warned the figure could almost triple to £2.8bn by 2035 if immediate action is not taken.

30 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-41791065

  • 40 years of successful IVF – but what comes next?

Next week marks 40 years since her conception, on November 10, 1977, following many years of work by Prof Robert Edwards and Dr Patrick Steptoe, who pioneered a technique that would go on to give millions of couples the chance to have children.

30 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/40-years-successful-ivf-comes-next/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Having heart surgery is much better in the afternoon, major new study finds

Nobody wants to have open heart surgery. But if you do, you want to have it in that afternoon. That’s the conclusion of a major new study that found there is a significantly higher risk of damage for people having surgery in the morning.

27 October 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/heart-surgery-afternoon-morning-safety-post-illness-recovery-circadian-rhythm-body-clock-a8023736.html

  • Tobacco firms using ‘clever tactics’ to target poorest smokers, study finds

Big tobacco companies have introduced marketing tactics to keep cigarettes affordable for the poorest smokers, undermining efforts to reduce smoking rates, researchers say. Overall smoking rates are declining, but the most recent figures show 23% of those in manual occupations smoke, compared with 12% in professional or clerical roles.

30 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/30/tobacco-firms-using-tactics-to-target-poorest-smokers-study-finds

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • NFL concussion: researchers hope blood tests can better detect head trauma

In the second quarter of an NFL game on Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco slid to gain a first down. The 233lb Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso flew into him, ploughing shoulder-first into his head. Such was the force of the hit, Flacco’s helmet flew off. He walked from the field but he was dazed and bleeding from one ear. There was little doubt he had suffered a concussion.

30 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/30/nfl-concussion-head-trauma-researchers-blood-tests

  

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Marriage may protect against dementia

Marriage and having close friends may help protect against dementia, according to Loughborough University researchers. The study, published in Journals of Gerontology, followed 6,677 adults for just under seven years. The quality of a person’s social circle appeared more important than the overall size, the research team said.

28 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41780686

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