NHS and Health News – Round up!
NHS and Health news that we focused upon in the last 7 days!
ALL ABOUT THE NHS CASH CRISIS:
- Doctors urge Chancellor to increase social care funding
Fourteen doctors’ leaders have written to George Osborne asking for further funding for social care in next week’s Budget. In a letter to the chancellor, they said cuts in social care funding were putting real pressure on the NHS. And they said investing in social care was “vital to the success of the NHS”. The government said it was already giving local authorities access to up to £3.5bn of new funding for adult social care by 2019-20. (Article Dated: 12/03/2016)
ALL ABOUT JUNIOR DOCTORS AND 7 DAY WEEK:
- Junior doctor row putting strain on NHS, health leaders warn
Health service leaders have cautioned that the junior doctor dispute is starting to take its toll on the NHS in England, as junior doctors participate in their third strike.
Medical staff began a third strike at 08:00 on Wednesday 9 March, due to last 48 hours, in a bid to stop the government from imposing the new junior doctor contract. However, Dr Anne Rainsberry of NHS England warned that the sustained nature of the action was making it difficult for hospitals to operate smoothly. (Article Dated: 09/03/2016)
- Striking junior doctors accuse Jeremy Corbyn of ignoring their fight
Thousands of junior doctors are taking part in a 48-HOUR strike – their longest ever – but say their struggle is being ignored by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The doctors walked out around the country for 48 hours in protest over a new contract imposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. But despite the previously high profile nature of the dispute not a single MP – including the Labour Leader – highlighted the strike during Prime Minister’s Questions. (Article Dated: 09/03/2016)
GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:
- Joan Bakewell ‘deeply sorry’ over anorexia comments
Labour peer Joan Bakewell says she is “deeply sorry” for causing “distress” by suggesting the rise of eating disorders among teenagers was a sign of “narcissism” in society. She told The Sunday Times “no one has anorexia in societies where there is not enough food”, and it was a sign of “the overindulgence of our society”. Campaigners criticised her comments, saying anorexia had complex causes. The broadcaster, 82, later tweeted she was “full of regret”. (Article Dated: 13/03/16)
- Doctor misled courts in ‘shaken baby’ cases
A leading doctor who was an expert witness for parents accused of killing their children has been found to have misled courts. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruled that Dr Waney Squier had given irresponsible evidence outside her area of expertise. Dr Squier, 67, based at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, disputed the existence of “shaken baby syndrome”.
She said she was “devastated” and stands by her evidence. (Article Dated: 11/03/16)
- Double mastectomy after breast cancer is pointless for most women
The majority of women who have double mastectomy would never have developed cancer in the healthy tissue, new research shows. Thousands of women are needlessly having their breasts removed to prevent cancer even though it may do more harm than good, a new study suggests. Around 4,000 women in Britain a year opt for a double mastectomy in the belief that it will prevent cancer returning in the healthy breast. (Article Dated: 11/03/16)
- Prince William to voice concern over young people’s mental health problems
The Duke of Cambridge will carry out a series of public and private engagements with his wife Catherine on Thursday, focusing on efforts to prevent suicide and to support those bereaved by suicide. The couple will visit St Thomas’ Hospital, in south London followed by a screening of a documentary about mental illness at Kensington Palace. (Article Dated: 09/03/16)
- How Obesity May Impair Memory
Researchers uncover a molecular link between obesity and memory deficits in mice—as well as a potential treatment. It’s no secret that obesity, which plagues more than 600 million people worldwide—more than one in three adults in the U.S. alone—leads to serious health problems: cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even several types of cancer.
But obesity has also been established as a risk factor for cognitive decline, particularly in middle-aged and older people. What’s not as well understood is this link’s underlying molecular mechanism—and that’s exactly what a group of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham sought to decipher in a four-part experiment on mice published last month in The Journal of Neuroscience. (Article Dated: 11/02/16)
- What is Meldonium and why did Maria Sharapova take it?
Meldonium is also known as mildronate; it increases exercise capacity in athletes and the Olympic figure skating champion Ekaterina Bobrova admitted to testing positive for the drug on Monday. Maria Sharapova revealed on Monday that she had failed a drugs test at this year’s Australian Open and immediately brought meldonium to the world’s attention. Several athletes have been suspended since the turn of 2016 after testing positive for the dug. Abebe Aregawi, the 2013 women’s 1,500m world champion, has been provisionally suspended after meldonium was found in a sample she provided. (Article Dated: 08/03/16)
AND FINISHING WITH SOME GOOD NEWS STORIES!
- Swansea boy, 10, first to get new bionic hand in Wales
A Swansea schoolboy has become the first child in Wales to receive a new state-of-the-art bionic hand. Alan, 10, of Loughor, had both hands amputated at the age of three after complications arising from an infection. His mother Hannah Jones, 32, managed to raise £30,000 in eight months so he could get an i-limb quantum hand. She said: “It’s made a huge difference to his life – he’s more confident.” Alan underwent almost 40 operations during his early years due to a heart defect, but an infection which affected his circulation meant he needed a double hand amputation to save his life. (Article Dated: 13/03/16)