Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Almost 10,000 EU health workers have quit NHS since Brexit vote

Around 10,000 EU nationals have quit the NHS since the Brexit referendum, it has emerged. NHS Digital, the agency that collects data on the health service, found that in the 12 months to June, 9,832 EU doctors, nurses and support staff had left, with more believed to have followed in the past three months.

21 September 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/21/almost-10000-eu-health-workers-have-quit-the-nhs-since-brexit-vote

  • Mental health staff Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years. Those taking long-term leave of a month or more rose from 7,580 in 2012-13 to 9,285 in 2016-17, BBC freedom of information requests found.

22 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41172805

  • Surgery ‘segregation’ as NHS patients made to sit on hard chairs while private patients get plush sofas 

A surgery has been accused of “segregation” after it was revealed that NHS patients are made to sit on hard chairs while private patients get plush seats in the waiting room.

Chris Corcoran, a pensioner from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, made the discovery when he visited The Junction Surgery in Moldgreen.

22 September 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/22/surgery-segregation-nhs-patients-made-sit-hard-chairs-private/

  • Exposed: ‘secretive’ NHS cost-cutting plans include children’s care

Cancer diagnostics and treatment for children with complex needs are among services earmarked for cost-cutting plans considered by the NHS to plug a funding gap, according to documents seen by campaigners.

25 September 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/25/exposed-secretive-nhs-cost-cutting-plans-include-childrens-care

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance, warns WHO

Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat the threat of deadly drug-resistant infections, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. The vast majority of the drugs being developed are modifications to existing kinds of antibiotics, which only provide short-term solutions, the health organisation said in a new report.

20 September 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/antibiotics-development-drug-companies-drug-resistance-superbugs-mrsa-who-world-health-organisation-a7957156.html

  • Chloe Delevingne: how a gynae cancer scare led me to campaign for ‘lady gardens’

It all started just over ten years ago, when Delevingne was at university studying biomedical science and tumour biology. “I actually completed a dissertation on cervical cancer and the HPV virus,” she tells me

22 September 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/chloe-delevingne-gynae-cancer-scare-led-campaign-lady-gardens/

  • Quitting coal: a health benefit equivalent to quitting tobacco, alcohol and fast-food

A world focused on ending our addiction to fossil fuels would also experience fewer heat-related deaths – a significant achievement given that experts estimated 70,000 deaths were caused by the European heatwave in 2003, and 15,000 deaths in the Russian heatwave in 2010. Heatwaves have caused more deaths in Australia over the past 100 years than any other natural event.

25 September 2017

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/25/quitting-coal-a-health-benefit-equivalent-to-quitting-tobacco-alcohol-and-fast-food

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • One In 12 Deaths Globally Could Be Prevented By Exercising 30 Minutes Per Day, Five Days A Week

That’s according to a new global study published in The Lancet journal, which shows physical activity is associated with a lower risk of premature mortality and heart disease.

The researchers tracked 130,000 people in 17 countries in order to assess the affects of exercise on health.

21 September 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/one-in-12-deaths-globally-could-be-prevented-by-exercising-30-minutes-per-day-five-days-a-week_uk_59c3db11e4b06f93538d08cc?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi.

22 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41351159

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Victory for sugary drinks industry as US court blocks health warnings on adverts

In a victory for the soda industry, a California appeals court has blocked a San Francisco ordinance that would have required health warnings in advertisements for sugary beverages. A city ordinance passed in 2015 requires ads for sugar-sweetened drinks to bear language saying consuming drinks with added sugar “contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay”.

19 September 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/sugary-drinks-ads-health-warning-victory-california-appeals-court-ruling-a7956286.html

  • Australian schoolgirl raises alarm over flesh-eating disease

An Australian schoolgirl suffering from a flesh-eating ulcer is calling for better government funding for research into the infectious disease. Ella Crofts, 13, is slowly recovering from a Buruli ulcer, a skin disease usually found in the developing world.

21 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-41343626

  • Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

The rapid spread of “super malaria” in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam.

22 September 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41351160

  

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Success rates for people quitting smoking hit record high

Success rates for smokers trying to give up have hit a record high in part thanks to the increasing use of e-cigarettes, figures reveal. Nearly 20% of those who attempted to quit in the first half of 2017 managed to kick the habit, a University College London report shows.

20 September 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/20/success-rates-for-people-quitting-smoking-hit-record-high

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