Breathing Difficulties in Children Escalate According to NHS Figures

The number of infants being admitted to hospital for conditions related to breathing difficulties, such as asthma, bronchitis and jaundice, has increased quite significantly over the last ten years. Modern children are being taking in for emergency care, while treatment for conditions such as tonsillitis, breathing problems, drug poisoning and infections are also increasingly common. Official NHS figures have outlined these problems, and experts now suggests that the NHS must be overhauled... Readmore

Can Frogs Help Healthcare Beat Flu Epidemics?

A new study suggest that the residue produced by a certain species of frog may provide a new method for fighting flu epidemics. A south Indian frog called Hydrophylax bahuvistara produces secretions from its skin, among which is a peptide with the ability to kill certain flu viruses. This peptide has now been laballed urumin, and scientists discovered that this substance also has the ability to protect mice from the flu virus. Only 3 in 10 mice given urumin died from the infection, compared... Readmore

800 Women Suing NHS Over Vaginal Mesh Complications

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Game Changing Treatment to Assist Stroke Patients

NHS England has made the decision to invest millions of pounds in a new stroke treatment that will potentially save thousands of patients from lifelong disability. The healthcare Organisation has already hailed the new treatment as a game changer for the condition. Approximately 8,000 patients who suffer from strokes will benefit from a massive expansion in the number of hospitals offering mechanical thrombectomy. This is delivered to only a few hundred patients annually at present, despite... Readmore

Advanced Emergency Treatment to Assist Stroke Victims

An estimated 8,000 stroke patients a year are set to benefit from an advanced emergency treatment which can significantly decrease the risk of long-term disability and also save millions of pounds in long term health and social care costs. NHS England has announced that it will commission mechanical thrombectomy so it can become more widely available for patients who have certain types of acute ischaemic stroke. If used within the first six hours of symptoms beginning to show – alongside... Readmore

Number of Patients Waiting Over 18 weeks for Surgery Set to Double

New analysis of official NHS figures indicate that the number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for surgery could double over the next three years. NHS Partners Network has conducted the analysis, and concluded that over 800,000 patients annually may be forced to wait for more than 18 weeks by 2020. The organisation also suggested that the total number of people awaiting operations will reach almost five million by the end of the decade; an increase of nearly two million over the last... Readmore

Learning Disabilities Patients Missing Vital Health Checks

NHS data indicates that patients in England suffering from learning disabilities are frequently denied critical health checks. These can include cancer screening, blood pressure checks and mental health assessments. While 70% of women eligible for breast cancer screening received checks over the last 12 months, this declined to 50% for those with learning disabilities. But despite this discouraging news, NHS England noted that the number signing up for the annual health check had increased. The... Readmore

Communities and Local Government Committee Promotes Major Social Care Reform

Major reform of social care funding and provision is needed, according to the Communities and Local Government Committee Select Committee. Both long term funding and serious threats to social care provision must be addressed, it is asserted by a report published by the committee. The report finds inadequate funding very seriously affects the quantity and quality of adult social care provision, impacting on those receiving care, the NHS, care staff, carers and providers. Consequently, a number... Readmore

Ten Years of Free Prescriptions in Wales Considered Long-Term Investment

The Welsh health secretary has spoken on the decision to provide 10 years of free prescriptions for people in Wales, asserting that it is effectively a long-term investment in public health. This policy was instigated back in April 2007, and Health Secretary Vaughan Gething asserts that it has been responsible for keeping healthy people out of hospital and reducing the overall costs to the NHS system. And the expenses involved in the policy have proven to be relatively manageable, with the Welsh... Readmore

New Study Focuses on Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with intensive medical treatment using oral medications, insulin and lifestyle therapies, according to a new study. The research has been published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Individuals with type 2 diabetes often need to use a healthy diet, exercise and an increasingly complex combination of medications to manage the condition. "By using a combination of oral medications, insulin and lifestyle therapies... Readmore

NHS Providers Calls for Social Care Targets

NHS Providers has suggested that short-term reduction targets for hospital bed days should be agreed between NHS leaders and councils. Bed-blocking has been a massive problem in the NHS, and the authorities recently announced an additional £1.2 billion investment in social care for 2017/18 in an attempt to address the situation. The healthcare body tasked with the responsibility of representing NHS trusts welcomes the extra funding announced in the recent budget, but also warned members that... Readmore

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Breast Cancer Risk Study Suggests

A new study suggests that consuming a Mediterranean diet on a regular basis can have a significant impact on the chances of conducting breast cancer. Researchers in the Netherlands studied data involving over 60,000 women aged 55-69 over a period of two decades. At the start of the study, details of the women's diet, physical activity and other cancer-related risk factors were collected. Scientists then compared the diets of over 2,000 women who went on to develop breast cancer with a control... Readmore
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