Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018
Category: Health

A lame response to NHS ward closures | Letters

Do they ever step outside their offices in Whitehall? asks Dr Richard Turner of the Department of Health. And Dr Frank Arnold points out the benefits foreign staff have brought to the NHS If there is one thing more depressing than increasingly frequent ward closures in the NHS, now including cancer care units (Report, 19 […]

Sometimes a dog can be better for a patient than hospital

Suffering patients may need to just be asked ‘tell me about your pet’ An elderly patient is admitted to hospital after a fall at home. He is stunned after the fall but, thankfully, uninjured. It takes him a few days to recover but as soon as he able, he wants to go home. The physiotherapist […]

Air pollution cuts two years off global average lifespan, says study

Analysis finds toxic air trims lifespans by 1.8 years, making it main threat to human health Air pollution cuts the average lifespan of people around the globe by almost two years, analysis shows, making it the single greatest threat to human health. The research looked at the particulate pollution produced by the burning of fossil […]

Big pharma ‘failing to develop urgent drugs for poorest countries’

Two-thirds of treatments identified by WHO yet to be developed, says monitor group The world’s biggest pharmaceutical firms have failed to develop two-thirds of the 139 urgently needed treatments in developing countries, according to an independent report, which highlights the need for medicines including an infants’ vaccine for cholera. The report by the Access to […]

Diabetes: the inventor trying to make injections pain-free

Many diabetics find the process of injecting themselves distressing. Could a strange-looking new device be the answer? Peter Bailey wasn’t sure how people would react to his invention at the culmination of the Design Council’s Spark programme. He had won £15,000 from Spark in 2016 for his product to make self-injecting easier for people with […]

Mental health hospital admissions linked to cocaine use treble in 10 years

NHS data shows surge in England, with increased availability of drug and government cuts blamed The number of hospital admissions for mental health disorders linked to cocaine use has almost trebled in the past decade, official figures show. NHS Digital data has shown that in England between 2017-18 there were 14,470 admissions where patients were […]

Charities risk becoming irrelevant, warns new report

Voluntary sector must stop chasing government contracts and go back to fighting for communities in need Health Connections Mendip (HCM) never set out to be a model for anything. However, this deceptively simple project in the small Somerset town of Frome is being talked about, not just as a blueprint for community revitalisation, but as […]

Boost NHS funds for northern England, academics demand

Report calls for bigger share of extra £20.5bn to be spent in ‘northern powerhouse’ area The north of England deserves a greater slice of NHS funding to help it close the health gap between the region and the south and boost productivity, according to academics from six universities. The so-called “northern powerhouse” area, which covers […]

How to curb your drinking on cold winter nights

A study has linked lower temperatures and less sunshine with increased boozing. Can it help us combat binge drinking? The colder and darker the weather, the boozier we become, says a study published in the Journal of Hepatology. Data from more than 190 countries found a strong correlation between lower temperatures and fewer sunshine hours […]