Latest NHS and Healthcare News Update

Latest NHS and Healthcare News Update

Here is the latest NHS and Healthcare News from the last week that our Team focused upon at Medical Solicitors!

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  • I’m a new junior doctor and I already hate my job

I knew it was going to be a baptism of fire, but I don’t want to risk people’s health for the sake of my own education

15 August 2016

  • The NHS are testing a cannabis product for the first time

A cannabidiol (CBD) vaporiser that has helped thousands of people suffering from a variety of conditions is being tested by an NHS unit, an unprecedented step that could increase scrutiny on cannabis’ medical benefits and have a huge impact on the UK’s legislation on it.

15 August 2016

  • How real-time data is reducing A&E waiting times

In many trusts, the only way to find out something like how long people are waiting in accident and emergency is to phone the department and ask. “There are not many people at any one time who know what’s going on,” says Marc Farr, director of information at East Kent hospitals university NHS
foundation trust.

17 August 2016

  • Joshua Titcombe death: Accused midwife ‘in denial’ over failings

A midwife accused of failings leading to the death of a baby boy in Cumbria is “in denial” about the impact of her actions, a hearing has been told. Holly Parkinson was one of the midwives caring for newborn Joshua Titcombe at Barrow’s Furness General hospital after his birth in 2008.

19 August 2016


  • Meningitis W: Students urged to get vaccine

Young people starting university or college this autumn are being urged to get a vaccine against meningitis. Public Health England says the jab will help protect against meningitis W in particular – a sometimes deadly strain that is on the rise.

17 August 2016

  • Syphilis cases increase by 163% in London in five years

Five times more people were diagnosed with syphilis in London last year than in any other English region, according to a report that says cases of the infection have more than doubled in the capital since 2010. Nearly 60% of syphilis cases in England were diagnosed in London, according to research published on Wednesday by Public Health England, with rates increasing in 32 of the capital’s 33 boroughs in the five years to 2015.

17 August 2016

  • Childhood obesity: Plan attacked as ‘weak’ and ‘watered down’

The government’s childhood obesity plan has been attacked by health experts, campaigners, MPs and the boss of one of Britain’s biggest supermarkets. The British Medical Association said the government had “rowed back” on promises, and the CEO of Sainsbury’s said the plan did not go far enough.

18 August 2016

  • Men Who Act As Family’s Sole Breadwinner Experience Negative Health Repercussions

Men who provide the main source of income in their household could be seriously harming their health. A study has found that the more men took on financial responsibility in their marriages, the more their psychological wellbeing and health declined.

19 August 2016

  • Half of UK parents allow children to drink alcohol at home, says survey

Half of parents with children under the age of 14 allow them to drink alcohol at home, research by Churchill home insurance has found.

19 August 2016


  • Parkinson’s could potentially be detected by an eye test

Researchers may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson’s disease before its symptoms develop. Scientists at University College London (UCL) say their early animal tests could lead to a cheap and non-invasive way to spot the disease.

18 August 2016

  • Hundreds of volunteers to help spot early Alzheimer’s

British researchers are hoping to shed new light on the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Using techniques including wearable technology, they are looking for what are known as biomarkers – the very early physical signs of the disease.

22 August 2016


  • LGBT advocates applaud landmark CDC study on high school students’ health

For some, the results of the Center for Disease Control and Preventions’s landmark study on lesbian, gay and bisexual youth were not surprising. “It reminded me a lot of my experiences in school,” Joshua Deese, a University of Maryland student and volunteer with the Trevor Project, a national suicide intervention and prevention organization, said. Growing up in a small Florida town, Deese was verbally and physically bullied in high school, both before and after he came out as gay.

16 August 2016

  • Zika Virus Could Cause Alzheimer’s-Style Symptoms On Adults

The Zika virus could cause long-term damage to adult brains, mirroring the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, a new piece of research has suggested. Until now it was believed that the virus only had a small impact on adults other than pregnant women. Most adults show little or no symptoms while others experience flu-like effects such as a fever, headache or joint pain.

19 August 2016


  • Britain’s oldest ballerina, 71, on boozy puddings, dodgy knees and wearing her tutu to the shops

At 71, she has just become the oldest person ever to pass the grade six exam at the Royal Academy of Dance. Less than a week on from receiving the news, she’s back at the barre ready to lick her battement degagés into shape ahead of the next challenge – grade seven, which she hopes to pass within the next two years.

20 August 2016

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