Latest NHS and Health News

Latest NHS and Health News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:         

  • Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limit

Jeremy Hunt has ordered NHS England to stick to waiting time limits, putting him at loggerheads with its leaders who said hours earlier that insufficient funding from last week’s budget made this impossible.

30 November 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/30/nhs-bosses-waiting-time-targets-abandoned-next-year

  • Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

A hospital failed to spot cases of lung cancer because it did not check patients’ chest X-rays properly, the Care Quality Commission has found. The health watchdog found that three patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth suffered “significant harm”.

1 December 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-42178069

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Kellogg’s to cut sugar in kids’ cereals by up to 40%

Cereals giant Kellogg’s is to cut the amount of sugar in its three top selling children’s cereals by between 20% and 40% by the middle of next year. The lines are Coco Pops, Rice Krispies, and Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes.

23 November 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42174618

  • Former McDonalds Posterboy Turned vegan By Fast Food

When Ben was just 7 years old in 1993, McDonald’s came to Hampstead. A well-to-do part of North London, McDonald’s had fought for years for the approval to open one of their fast-food chains there. And in an effort to lure the clientele, the fast-food brand turned their focus on the children.

27 November 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/christmas/food-drink/mcdonalds-vegan-fast-food-poster-boy-pr-ben-williamson-london-hampstead-a8078256.html

  • Viagra To Be Sold Over The Counter At UK Pharmacies To Combat Counterfeit Online Sales

Men suffering from erectile dysfunction will soon be able to purchase Viagra over the counter at a pharmacy, rather than seeing their GP for a prescription. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced the decision to declassify Viagra Connect (containing sildenafil 50mg) as a prescription only medicine.

29 November 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/viagra-to-be-sold-over-the-counter-at-uk-pharmacies-to-combat-counterfeit-online-sales_uk_5a1e7899e4b0d724fed4c250?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

  • Girls Aged 16-17 Are Among Highest Users Of NHS Mental Health Services – Here’s Why

Young women aged 16 and 17 were the most likely to have had an NHS referral for mental health, learning disability or autism services last year out of all young people, and among the highest service users across the population.  For the first time, NHS Digital’s annual report on these services has included referral statistics for under 18s.

30 November 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/girls-aged-16-17-are-among-highest-users-of-nhs-mental-health-services-heres-why_uk_5a2000c5e4b037b8ea200c4c?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

  • Wear a scarf over your face this winter, asthmatics told

Asthmatic people are being encouraged to wear scarves over their mouths and noses this winter as experts say breathing in cold air can increase their risk of an attack. Asthma UK says wearing the garment warms air before it reaches the respiratory system.

4 December 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/04/wear-scarf-face-winter-asthmatics-told/?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Migraine Drug That Cuts Frequency And Duration Of Attacks Hailed As ‘Incredibly Important Step Forward’

Migraines are far more than headaches and can be debilitating to those who suffer them regularly, but that could be set to change. A new drug has been found to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, cutting the duration of migraines by 50% for half of sufferers.

30 November 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/migraine-drug-that-cuts-frequency-and-duration-of-attacks-hailed-as-incredibly-important-step-forward_uk_5a1fc400e4b0392a4ebb300a?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

  • Heart transplants likely to be obsolete within 10 years, says heart surgeon

On the 50th anniversary of the first human heart transplant, carried out by South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard, Professor Stephen Westaby said it was time to switch to artificial pumps and stem cell therapy, which could help thousands more people in Britain each year.

3 December 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/03/heart-transplants-likely-obsolete-within-10-years-says-heart/

  • Eating the placenta does NOT prevent postpartum depression: Celebrity fad favoured by Coleen Rooney and the Kardashians does little to avoid the ‘baby blues’, study finds

Eating the placenta does not prevent postpartum depression, new research reveals. The celebrity fad favoured by sisters Kim and Kourtney Kardashian does not avoid the ‘baby blues’ in new mothers, despite boosting certain hormone levels, a US study found.

4 December 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5142963/Eating-placenta-does-NOT-prevent-postpartum-depression.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Some Amish Have A Genetic Advantage

Recent research has found that members of the Old Order of Amish who carry a single copy of a mutated gene (the SERPINE1 gene) not only have less diabetes, their chromosomes have longer telomeres (1) which translates into longer lifespans.

20 November 2017

www.acsh.org/news/2017/11/20/some-amish-have-genetic-advantage-12173

  • Australia bans transvaginal mesh products as ‘too risky’

Transvaginal mesh products used by surgeons to treat pelvic organ prolapse have been quietly banned overnight by Australia’s medical devices regulator, which found the products are too risky.

29 November 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/30/australia-bans-transvaginal-mesh-products-as-too-risky?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

  

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Cardiff University Down’s syndrome vision research prize

Evie is eight years old and has Down’s syndrome. She was struggling to write letters. But pioneering research by Cardiff University led to her being prescribed with bifocal lenses – and soon she could write her own name for the first time.

30 November 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42169449

  • World Aids Day: The pioneering work of a Brighton gynaecologist

Perry Evans thought he would never be a father after contracting HIV. But a pioneering gynaecologist from Brighton made it possible, and to mark World Aids Day she finally met the family she helped to create.

1 December 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-sussex-42185124/world-aids-day-the-pioneering-work-of-a-brighton-gynaecologist

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