Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • The tale of two hospitals

Most hospitals now find that patient numbers are equally high coming through the doors of A&E in summer and winter. There is no let-up throughout the year. That’s certainly the case at Northwick Park in north-west London, which has one of the largest emergency departments in the UK, in terms of floorspace.

18 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41643145

  • When it comes to smokers’ burden on the NHS, they may well contribute more in tax than they take

The NHS has come under criticism after plans to ban patients from surgery unless they quit smoking were revealed. The logic behind the move is that smokers are a higher burden the health service due to the illnesses that they pick up as a result of their own decision, but this clear-cut, utilitarian approach has come under fire.

18 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/18/comes-smokers-burden-nhs-may-contribute-tax-take/

  • NHS waiting times: hospital bosses fear ‘a return to 1999’

Hospital bosses have taken the unusual step of publicly drawing attention to the NHS’s declining ability to treat patients quickly enough, with one comparing lengthening waits for care to the huge delays last seen in 1999. Four NHS trust chief executives in England have posted comments on Twitter since Tuesday lamenting the challenges the service is facing while it struggles with a tight budget and mounting staffing problems.

18 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/19/nhs-waiting-times-hospital-bosses-fear-a-return-to-1999

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • What Doctors Can Tell About Your Health Just By Looking At Your Eyes

If seeing well isn’t enough of a priority, here’s a better reason to get your vision checked regularly: A third of all known genetic syndromes can affect your eyes. Dr Neal Adams lists the gamut of systemic disorders — diseases that affect the entire body — that ophthalmologists can detect during a simple eye exam.

18 October 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/health-eye-test-ophthalmologists-diabetes-nutritional-deficits-cardiovascular-disease-nerve-damage-a8006636.html

  • Public Share ‘Alarming’ Experiences Of Poor Eye Tests Following Damning Report On High Street Opticians

Members of the public have been sharing their “alarming” experiences of eye tests after a report uncovered two in five high street opticians deliver “poor” or “very poor” services. The Which? report warned that patients are receiving inaccurate and potentially dangerous prescriptions, with some professionals missing vital symptoms of serious eye conditions.

18 October 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/public-share-alarming-experiences-of-poor-eye-tests-following-damning-report-on-high-street-opticians_uk_59e70b3de4b0d0e4fe6c0480?utm_hp_ref=uk-health 

  • One in five children obese by the time they leave primary school 

Record numbers of children are leaving primary school fat with one in five now obese, shocking figures suggest. NHS data shows that 9.6 per cent of children are dangerously overweight by the time they start school – an increase from 9.3 per cent the year before. By the time children reach the age of 10 and 11, 20 per cent are obese, the statistics for 2016/17 show.

19 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/19/one-five-children-obese-time-leave-primary-school/

  • Grieving families ‘missing out on critical support’

Thousands of families are going without the support they need after losing a child or parent, according to the psychotherapist who helped princes William and Harry after the death of their mother, Princess Diana.

20 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/20/grieving-families-missing-out-on-critical-support

  • London’s £10 T-charge comes into effect in fight against toxic car fumes

Drivers of the most polluting vehicles must from now on pay a daily charge of up to £21.50 to drive in to central London. From Monday, people driving older, more polluting petrol and diesel vehicles will be liable for the £10 T-charge, on top of the congestion charge of £11.50, which has been in place since 2003.

23 October 2017

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/23/london-10-pound-t-charge-comes-into-effect-toxic-car-fumes

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes – rather than in just one – leading to blurring and confusion.

18 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41666320

  • Italian scientists claim new type of pasta can help ward off heart attacks

It could only have happened in Italy, the land of linguine, vermicelli and tagliatelle – scientists in Tuscany have developed a new type of pasta that can help ward off heart attacks. While health experts might frown on people gorging on too much spaghetti carbonara or creamy linguine, the new pasta is being touted as beneficial to well-being.

19 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/19/italian-scientists-claim-new-type-pasta-can-help-ward-heart/

  • Smoking And Oral Sex With Multiple Partners Could Increase Risk Of Head And Neck Cancer In Men

Men who smoke and perform oral sex with five or more partners have the highest risk of developing a type of head and neck cancer triggered by the human papilloma virus (HPV), according to a new study.

20 October 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/smoking-and-oral-sex-with-five-or-more-partners-could-increase-risk-of-oropharyngeal-cancer-in-men_uk_59e9b2e1e4b05b4f1c3a6699?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Old age is not for taking it easy. Elderly must exercise to keep health costs down, say experts 

Writing in the British Medical Journal, doctors and ageing charities called for a shift in the ‘prevailing attitude’ which views exercise as an activity only for the young. They called on elderly people to ‘understand their role’ in reducing demand for social care by staying physically fit.

20 October 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/17/old-age-not-taking-easy-elderly-must-exercise-keep-health-costs/

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Pollution linked to one in six deaths

Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a quarter of deaths. Bangladesh and Somalia were the worst affected. Air pollution had the biggest impact, accounting for two-thirds of deaths from pollution.

20 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41678533

 

 GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • BBC Radio 1 names teen hero from the West Midlands

A 12-year-old boy from the West Midlands has been announced as one of BBC Radio 1’s teen heroes. Harrison, turned his life around through diet and exercise, documenting his journey on social media.

19 October 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-birmingham-41681607/bbc-radio-1-names-teen-hero-from-the-west-midlands

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