Pupils should have more time for well-being, say MPs

Schools and colleges struggle to provide adequate time and resource for pupils’ well-being,  the Health and Education Committees assert. As part of a joint inquiry into children and young people’s mental health, the Committees found that financial pressures are restricting the provision of mental health services in schools and colleges. The next government must review the effect of the budget reductions in the education sector, the report adds. An increasing number of education providers... Readmore

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


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

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

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

Two-Thirds of Population Would Support Assumed Consent for Organ Donation

A poll conducted by the British Medical Association suggests that two-thirds of the British population would accept a system of presumed consent for organ donation. This policy has already been instigated in Wales, but England, Northern Ireland and Scotland have maintained the existing opt-in approach. BMA leaders believe that a switch to presumed consent would be beneficial for the healthcare system, but such a step can nonetheless be considered controversial. Medical ethics have always... Readmore

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
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