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Social care staff, what is your experience of working with the NHS?

Social care staff, what is your experience of working with the NHS?

Integration between health and social care has long been touted as an answer to the gargantuan problems faced by both sectors. But now a scathing report by the National Audit Office (pdf) has revealed that integration is not working and that barriers pre

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Trump's 'global gag' aid rule endangers millions of women and children, Bill Gates warns

Trump's 'global gag' aid rule endangers millions of women and children, Bill Gates warns

The “global gag rule” imposed by Donald Trump, blocking US funds to any organisation involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls, endangering their lives and those of their babies, Bill and Melinda Gates have w

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Father of meningitis death girl accuses government of complacency

Father of meningitis death girl accuses government of complacency

A man whose daughter’s death from meningitis sparked a nationwide petition for more children to be vaccinated against it has accused the government of complacency. On the first anniversary of Faye Burdett’s death, her father, Neil said the government has

14 February 2017 in Health
 
‘I love the NHS. Without it, I wouldn’t be here’

‘I love the NHS. Without it, I wouldn’t be here’

I attempted suicide. Without the NHS, I wouldn’t be here When I was 20 I attempted suicide. I ended up in A&E where every staff member I came into contact with was patient, kind, and calm, even though the department seemed busier than usual. I was...

14 February 2017 in Health
 
65% of British public support new Clean Air Act, says survey

65% of British public support new Clean Air Act, says survey

More than half of the British public believe air pollution levels across the UK are damaging to their health and almost two-thirds back proposals for new laws to tackle the issue, according to research. Canvassing the views of 1,670 adults, the survey fo

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Ditch dating apps but share the love: finding a match for people with dementia

Ditch dating apps but share the love: finding a match for people with dementia

It was wonderful spending the day with Irene and sharing our passion for football by watching our rival teams – Leicester City and Chelsea – play each other. We had so many laughs together. Fiona and Irene really hit it off when they met up, after being

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Half of GPs unaware of drug's use in cancer prevention – study

Half of GPs unaware of drug's use in cancer prevention – study

A “worrying” number of family doctors are not offering at-risk patients a preventive breast cancer drug, a charity has said. A study found that only half of GPs were aware the drug tamoxifen could be used to reduce the risk of breast cancer. In 2013 the

14 February 2017 in Health
 
NHS needs £9.5bn upfront to secure its future, says BMA

NHS needs £9.5bn upfront to secure its future, says BMA

Modernising and securing the future of the health service in England would cost at least £9.5bn in upfront spending, money that the NHS does not have, the British Medical Association has said. Health managers in 44 areas have been charged with creating s

14 February 2017 in Health
 
Kenya's health system on the verge of collapse as doctors' strike grinds on

Kenya's health system on the verge of collapse as doctors' strike grinds on

Kenya’s hospitals have almost ground to a halt, with millions facing a third month in a row without healthcare as doctors strike over low pay and poor working conditions. The public healthcare system has long been overburdened and underfunded, but has no

13 February 2017 in Health
 
Do you have any cosmetic surgery regrets?

Do you have any cosmetic surgery regrets?

The cosmetic surgery industry has seen relatively consistent growth over the years, but in 2016 the number of people going under the knife fell to a near-decade low. So what’s going on? The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, which compile

13 February 2017 in Health
 
Very premature babies at risk of mental health problems – research

Very premature babies at risk of mental health problems – research

Children who are born very prematurely are at greater risk of developing mental health and social problems that can persist well into adulthood, according to one of the largest reviews of evidence. Those with an extremely low birth weight, at less than a

13 February 2017 in Health
 

£115K raised for children of couple who died of cancer within days of each other

The children of a terminally ill couple who died of cancer within days of each other have said they are “overwhelmed” after well-wishers raised more than £100,000 for them. The money flooded in after the children of Julie and Mike Bennet, from Wirral, re

13 February 2017 in Health
 
I moved from Canada to be a nurse in the UK – but now I want to quit

I moved from Canada to be a nurse in the UK – but now I want to quit

“I don’t think you’re going to like it,” said my manager, turning from her computer. She’d just marked my last day of work in her calendar. I’d finally found the courage to announce I was leaving to move to London. She wasn’t being mean-spirited or spite

13 February 2017 in Health
 
Unproven alternative medicines recommended by third of Australian pharmacists

Unproven alternative medicines recommended by third of Australian pharmacists

Nearly one third of pharmacists are recommending complementary and alternative medicines with little-to-no evidence for their efficacy, including useless homeopathic products and potentially harmful herbal products. The finding comes from a Choice survey

13 February 2017 in Health
 
Commute earlier and pray for rain: what to do when there's a pollution warning

Commute earlier and pray for rain: what to do when there's a pollution warning

In the UK, the department for environment, food and rural affairs issues daily alerts measuring air pollution levels. But when it comes to tips on how to respond, Defra confines itself to the slightly gnomic “reduce activity”. So we asked a team of air p

13 February 2017 in Health
 
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