Jury Out on Herpes Study Reports

Media reports have focused on a study that examined the link between herpes in pregnancy and children with autism. The Sun newspaper particularly prominently suggested that women suffering from herpes are twice as likely to bear children that are autistic. This headline has been based on a study that considered whether internal infections during pregnancy can be associated with the risk of neurological developmental disorders. But media reports on the topic had been frequently misleading,... Readmore

Dundee’s Royal Victoria Hospital Faces Elderly Care Wards Closure

Dundee’s Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) faces plans for wards used to care for the elderly to be closed. The news has already been confirmed by the authorities, with information on the subject having been distributed among staff. Wards three and six, containing 22 beds at the West End hospital will undergo a “phased retraction”. Managers have cited organisational changes as the reason behind the move, asserting that the quality of care offered to patients will not diminish. This... Readmore

Argument Brewing Over Ten-a-Day Fruit and Vegetables Guidance

Researchers suggest that British people should be aiming to consume 10 portions of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. This call to double the amount being eaten is based on a study conducted by Imperial College in London. Scientists asserted that instigating such eating habits across the nation could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths annually. Another interesting aspect of the study was the identification of specific types of fruit and vegetable that can reduce the risk of cancer... Readmore

Cancer Diagnosis Shows Extreme Regional Variations

An analysis into the systems that deal with cancer suggest that there are worrying regional variations in Accident and Emergency departments, particularly with regard to cancer diagnosis. Public Health England data indicates that Accident and Emergency departments in some parts of England are three times more likely to diagnose cancer than other regions. Figures vary from 11% of all cancer diagnoses in one clinical commissioning area to 33% in another; indicating a major gulf in the way that... Readmore

40% Fall in British Cosmetic Surgery

Figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons indicated that the number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery dropped by 40% in Britain last year. The surprising fall from the figures for 2015 perhaps indicate a newfound caution about cosmetic practices. Only 30,750 procedures were conducted during the calendar year, which compares to over 51,000 in 2015. Surgeon Rajiv Grover, who compiled the report, suggested that financial motivations had also played a major part... Readmore

Major New Study Suggests Vaping Far Safer than Smoking

E-cigarettes are significantly less damaging than conventional tobacco products, according to a major new research project. What many are calling the first long-term study of the effects into vaping has indicated that the new technology may be safer for smokers than traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, but many of the harmful substances produced by smoking tobacco, such as tar and carbon monoxide, are not inhaled in the vaping process. Nonetheless, there has been controversy... Readmore

Over One-Third of NHS Knee and Hip Operations Conducted by Private Sector

NHS figures indicate that over one-third of hip and knee operations in the UK are currently being conducted by private healthcare companies. This is indicative of the outsourcing of non-emergency services by the NHS, once again underlining the idea that the health service is completely publicly-funded is misleading. Companies such as Spire Healthcare, BMI and Nuffield frequently perform minor operations within the NHS now, with 22% of those operations carried out being paid for by the NHS. In... Readmore

Study Suggests Ibuprofen Offers no Benefit in Treating Back Pain

A study that examined 6,000 people suffering with back pain found that drugs such as ibuprofen have no more than placebo benefits. Although NSAIDs did reduce pain to some extent, the extent of this was so minimal that researchers concluded it was no better than a sugar pill. NSAIDs reduced pain and disability compared with the placebo in the immediate term (mean difference (MD) -9.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] -11.1 to -7.3), while NSAIDs reduced pain and disability compared with the placebo... Readmore

Compound Commonly Found in Fruit and Veg can Reduce Risk of Smoking-Related Lung Cancer

A new study suggests that a compound found in oranges, sweet red peppers and many other fruits and vegetables can reduce smoking-related lung cancer. Beta-cryptoxanthin (BCX) may help to lower the risk of lung cancer, according to researchers. Published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, the study found that BCX has the ability to reduce the number of receptors required for nicotine to fuel lung tumour growth. Study co-author Xiang-Dong Wang, of the Jean Mayer United States Department... Readmore

Cervical Screening Plummets to 19-Year Low

A major cancer charity has warned that the level of attendance for cervical screening has plummeted to the lowest level in 19 years. The Cervical Cancer Trust found that there are a massive differences in efforts made by local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to increase the uptake of the screening, and this is resulting in unequal performance across the NHS system. Nearly 50% of local authorities in England have failed to carry out any activities to increase cervical screening... Readmore

Study Suggests that Reducing Salt Intake would Have Massive Health Impact

New research suggests that the soft regulation of salt could have a major impact on health outcomes. A new British and American study led by Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts concluded that reducing salt intake by 10% over the next 10 years would have a massive benefit for the general population. Researchers indicated that this can be achieved by combining food industry targets and public education, and that another advantage of this approach would be its cost-effectiveness. Healthcare... Readmore

Doctors Suggest Gluten-Free Prescriptions are Scandalous

The decision of the NHS to spend what is effectively millions of pounds on the prescription of gluten-free food products to coeliac sufferers should be considered scandalous, according to a raft of family doctors. Gluten-free food prescriptions cost the NHS £25.7 million last year according to official figures. But GP Dr James Cave believes that this is a massive misuse of NHS money at a time of financial hardship. “It’s ludicrous for the NHS to be treating a food product as a drug... Readmore
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