Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • ‘Freezing death’ man’s brother wants answers over 999 call handling

Tony Barnard, 57, was found dead in freezing conditions by neighbours outside the home in Lowestoft, Suffolk he had been evicted from. Concerns were raised on 27 December and his body was found the next day. His brother Jeremy said an apology from the authorities involved in his final hours would not be “good enough”.

31 January 2018

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-42863050

  • Hyponatraemia inquiry: Children’s hospital deaths were avoidable

An inquiry into the deaths of five children in Northern Ireland’s hospitals has found that four of them were avoidable. The findings followed a 14-year inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths. Hyponatraemia is a medical condition that occurs when there is a shortage of sodium in the bloodstream.

31 January 2018

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42884446

  • MP alleges firm ‘illegally’ hid records in negligence cover up

A victim of alleged clinical negligence has accused a national firm of colluding in a cover-up to hide the cause and effects of a hospital’s error. Labour MP Andrew Gwynne claimed in a parliamentary debate this week that health and social care firm Hempsons Solicitors had assisted Tameside Hospital to conceal an error made back in the summer of 2006.

1 February 2018

www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/mp-alleges-firm-illegally-hid-records-in-negligence-cover-up/5064594.article

  • NHS compensation payouts ‘unsustainable’, say health leaders

Payouts given to NHS patients who have been victims of negligence should be reduced because they are “unsustainable”, health service leaders have told the justice secretary. The rising cost of payouts is diverting significant amounts of funding away from frontline patient care, they said in a letter seen by the Guardian.

2 February 2018

www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/02/nhs-compensation-payouts-unsustainable-say-health-leaders

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Vaginal mesh: England review into scale of harm

The government has agreed to carry out a full audit of how many women in England have suffered complications as a result of vaginal mesh implants. Women have long complained about the implants – which are used to hold up pelvic organs to treat incontinence and prolapse – causing agony by cutting into tissue.

30 January 2018

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42871621

  • Why I Became A Mental Health First Aider And You Should Too

If you cut your finger at work, or slip and hit your head in a shopping centre, chances are you’ll be greeted by a first aider who will assess the situation and administer the appropriate care.

1 February 2018

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/why-i-became-a-mental-health-first-aider-and-you-should-to_uk_5a722a82e4b09a544b562422

  • Alfie Evans: Continuing life support ‘futile’

The father of a seriously ill 20-month-old boy broke down in tears as a court was told further hospital treatment would be “futile”. Tom Evans and Kate James, both 20 and from Bootle, Liverpool, want to take their son Alfie abroad for treatment.

1 February 2018

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-42903246

  • Nice approves life-extending drug for patients with incurable breast cancer

The decision by Nice, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, to give the green light for NHS doctors to use pertuzumab, sold under the brand name of Perjeta by the Swiss drug company Roche, was enthusiastically welcomed by breast cancer charities.

1 February 2018

www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/01/nice-approves-life-extending-drug-for-patients-with-incurable-breast-cancer

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s

LaVonne Moore has Alzheimer’s disease, but her doctors hope her dementia symptoms could possibly be kept in check by a new type of treatment. Electric wires implanted deep in her brain stimulate areas involved with decision-making and problem-solving. Unlike many long-term dementia patients, LaVonne, 85, can cook meals, dress herself and organise outings.

30 January 2018

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42857576

  • More Than 3,700 Deaths Linked To Alcohol Per Year, Report Says

Findings from NHS Health Scotland show that drink was involved in more than 1,000 deaths from cancer in 2015 and hundreds of deaths from conditions such as liver disease, as well as accidental injuries. In addition, more than 41,000 people were admitted to hospital in the same year as a result of consuming alcohol, the study found.

1 February 2018

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/more-than-3700-deaths-linked-to-alcohol-per-year-report-says_uk_5a72d0f4e4b0bf6e6e21c55f?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

  • Prostate cancer kills more people than breast cancer for first time, new figures reveal 

The research, published today by Prostate Cancer UK, reveals that 11,819 men died of prostate cancer in 2015, the equivalent of one every 45 minutes, compared with 11,442 women who died of breast cancer.

2 February 2018

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/02/prostate-cancer-kills-people-breast-cancer-first-time-new-figures/

  • Snorers are three times more likely to suffer from dementia, scientists warn

Snoring caused by sleep apnoea – a condition which restricts oxygen supply to the brain – can damage nerve cells. Apnoea is the most common sleep disorder, affecting around 1.5 million people in the UK.

2 February 2018

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/913385/Dementia-Alzheimer-s-sleep-apnoea-snorers-three-times-more-likely-suffer-condition

             

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Lactalis baby milk scare in France: Salmonella taint ‘began in 2005’

The French dairy group at the centre of a baby milk scandal, Lactalis, has admitted some of its products may have been tainted over more than a decade. Millions of boxes of powdered milk have been recalled worldwide following a salmonella outbreak last year. Researchers say that the exact same strain of salmonella was responsible for another outbreak in 2005.

1 February 2018

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42908706

  • India’s ‘Modicare’ to cost about $1.7 billion a year: source

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to provide health insurance for about half the country’s population would require an estimated 110 billion rupees ($1.72 billion) in federal and state funding each year, an official told Reuters.

2 February 2018

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-india-health/indias-modicare-to-cost-about-1-7-billion-a-year-source-idUKKBN1FM0QD

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • How A Breast Cancer Diagnosis Helped Me Rethink My Career

I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer the summer after I graduated from law school. I was 27 and had just moved to Toronto to pursue my legal career and finally live with my husband (we were married the year before and living long-distance while I was in law school). On August 26, 2015, I had to put my career on hold to endure a year of gruelling treatments.

24 January 2018

rethinkbreastcancer.com/how-a-breast-cancer-diagnosis-helped-me-rethink-my-career/

  • We can be heroes: the masks putting children with cancer at ease

Putting on a radiotherapy mask that covers your face, stretches over your shoulders and fastens to a treatment bed to hold you in place can be a claustrophobic experience for most adults. It’s worse if you are a child unable to understand the vital importance of staying still for targeted treatment.

31 January 2018

www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2018/jan/31/masks-children-cancer-radiotherapy-leeds?CMP=share_btn_tw

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