Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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  • ‘Opt-out’ organ donations won’t solve waiting lists deaths, says NHS chief

Claire Williment said there was “no magic formula” to cutting down the tally of three people a day who currently die while waiting for a donor organ, and predicted switching to a system of presumed consent may only yield 100 extra donors each year.

15 February 2018

  • Valentine’s Day leads to spike in new pregnancies, NHS data shows

In the week of the 14 February 2015 health service data shows a five per cent bump in officially recorded conceptions, 16,263 compared to the weekly average of 15,427.

13 February 2018

  • Government raided £1bn from NHS maintenance budget to keep service going

The Government raided £1bn from NHS funds to keep services running this year, Treasury papers reveal. The money had been earmarked for maintenance and repairs of ageing NHS buildings and equipment, NHS funds for essential modernisation shrank by 8 per cent in 2017-18, despite the Treasury pledging £500m for equipment like state-of-the-art scanners and IT upgrades.

15 February 2018

  • Top women doctors lose out in NHS pay stakes

Senior NHS female doctors are earning less than their male counterparts, a BBC investigation shows. Of the top 100 earning consultants in England, just five are women, despite more than a third of the workforce being female.

16 February 2018



  • ‘It’s a life or death situation’: why GPs are referring patients to food banks

More than half of the practice’s 4,000 registered patients are classed by GPs as “very deprived”, with high rates of alcohol and drug problems, social isolation and homelessness. Increasingly, a referral to Salford Foodbank has become more crucial to their care than anything she can offer from her clinical training.

9 February 2018

  • Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers.They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”.

15 February 2018

  • Life expectancy gap between rich and poor widens

On average, a boy born in one of the most affluent areas will outlive one born in one of the poorest by 8.4 years. That was up from 7.2 years in 2001, the Longevity Science Panel (LSP) found. The government said it was tackling the issue, and added cancer survival rates were “at an all-time high”.

15 February 2018

  • Xanax Use Among Young People Needs To Be Treated As A Public Mental Health Issue

Xanax, or ‘Xanny’, as I was corrected by an 18-year-old, is a benzodiazepine, twenty times the strength of Valium and is a Class C drug. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the mental health crisis in our classrooms is causing teens to self-medicate to deal with anxiety.

16 February 2018



  • Opioid use is linked to risk of serious infections

Prescription opioid use is associated with a higher risk for serious invasive pneumococcal diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia, a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine has found. As opioid use has increased in the United States the safety of prescription opioids has come under scrutiny.

13 February 2018

  • Cleaning Chemicals ‘Likely Cause Substantial Damage To Women’s Lungs’, Study Finds

Women now have the perfect excuse to offload more housework onto men. According to new research, women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning products at home experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean.

16 February 2018

  • New blood test can detect autism in children

Researchers at the University of Warwick said the test, believed to be the first of its kind, could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children who could then be given appropriate treatment much earlier in their lives.

19 February 2018



  • US nursing homes misuse prescription drugs to control residents, says Human Rights Watch

Nursing homes across the US are giving antipsychotic drugs to residents with dementia to control their behaviour, despite rules against the misuse of drugs as “chemical restraints”, a new report claims.

5 February 2018

  • Iceland law to outlaw male circumcision sparks row over religious freedom

Iceland is poised to become the first European country to outlaw male circumcision amid signs that the ritual common to both Judaism and Islam may be a new battleground over religious freedom. A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes a penalty of up to six years in prison for anyone carrying out a circumcision other than for medical reasons.

18 February 2018



  • Patient’s chest rebuilt with 3D print after tumour surgery

A man has had his chest rebuilt using 3D printing technology during an operation to remove a large tumour. The prosthesis was inserted into Peter Maggs’ chest after he had three ribs and half his breastbone removed.

16 February 2018

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