Category: Health

NHS hospitals overspend by up to £141m a year

Underfunding and staff shortages are among reasons for deficit, says watchdog Some hospitals are overspending by as much as £141m a year due to NHS underfunding, staff shortages and demand for care, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog. King’s College healthcare trust, which runs two hospitals in London, ended last year £141.4m in the red – […]

I introduced fun to the lives of A&E staff. The laughter was infectious

Emergency departments are challenging places – but if we are to provide good patient care, we must look after ourselves The emergency department can be a solemn and challenging place: many of the patients we see are scared, vulnerable, upset or frustrated. Demand for the care and treatment we provide has also been rising. I […]

Mental health changes give care homes too much power, critics say

Charities, lawyers and Labour warn against government rushing out legislation in England and Wales Changes to mental health safeguards – intended to protect hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people – will hand care home managers and private hospitals far too much power, the government has been warned. The Law Society, mental health charities and Labour […]

Patient groups assessing NHS drugs receive undeclared industry funds

Study calls for rules to be tightened over disclosure of money received from drug makers Most patient groups involved in the appraisal of drugs or medical devices for use in the NHS have received money from the manufacturers that they have not declared, research has found. Patient groups are asked to give their views when […]

New plant-focused diet would ‘transform’ planet’s future, say scientists

‘Planetary health diet’ would prevent millions of deaths a year and avoid climate change The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised. It requires huge cuts in red meat-eating in western countries and radical changes across the world. The “planetary […]

Activity sharpens even dementia-affected brains, report suggests

Moving more and strong motor skills seem to help cognitive prowess, results show Moving more might help to keep people’s brains sharp as they age – even in the face of dementia, researchers have said. Scientists have found older adults fared better when it came to cognitive tasks if they clocked up higher levels of […]

Woman had plastic pill packet lodged in her throat for 17 days

Scan finally detected the foreign body after four separate hospital visits A woman in Northern Ireland lived with a plastic pill packet lodged in her throat for 17 days before it was detected following four visits to the hospital. BMJ Journals reported that a woman in her 40s, described as otherwise fit and well, swallowed […]

‘Living medicine’ helps make toxic ammonia breakthrough

Using genetically modified bugs to prolong life was ‘fanciful’ until recently, says scientist A “living medicine” made from genetically modified bugs has prolonged the lives of animals with severe metabolic disease in a landmark test of the treatment. Researchers created the medicine by making a common strain of bacteria mop up excess ammonia in the […]

Should you swap your morning coffee for some mushroom water?

Fungi are increasingly touted as a magic cure-all by health and wellness gurus. We took a look at the claims of immune support, stamina and longevity One Saturday last May, Shane Heath woke up with an idea: the young serial entrepreneur would market the drink he had been sharing with friends in Venice Beach – […]