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Archive for March, 2011

Health On The Net questionnaire

Health Direct have been accredited by the Health on the Net Foundation since 2008 and we have been asked if you would kindly help them by completing a short questionnaire to find out your views on finding health information online. A survey on search behavior conducted by HON for the KHRESMOI EU project What is […]

High costs put patients off from going to the dentist

The cost of NHS dentistry is prompting some patients to delay treatment or opt for cheaper care, a survey suggests. The NHS Information Centre poll of more than 11,000 people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found a fifth had put off treatment over price. The Adult Dental Health Survey, which is carried out every […]

HIV infection rates double in UK

A doubling of new HIV infections in the UK in the past decade is leading experts to tell GPs to offer testing to all adult male patients in some areas. The Health Protection Agency data shows new UK-acquired cases rose from just under 2,000 in 2001 to nearly 3,800 in 2010. Many of these new […]

Foreign health tourists face government crackdown

The government is putting in place measures to prevent the National Health Service from becoming an international health service, and is undertaking a wider review of current practice in charging non-residents for care to create a fairer system. Following consultations last year on a package of proposals on charging visitors for NHS hospital care, the […]

A dirty weekend away really could kill you

With the weekend coming up- a word of warning- a dirty weekend away could really kill you, a study suggests, after finding that having sex only occasionally puts you at more than twice the risk of suffering a heart attack.Exercise is generally considered good for you as it decreases your overall risk of heart disease […]

NHS satisfaction at record high

Public satisfaction with the NHS has reached record levels, according to a leading health economist. Writing on the BMJ website, Professor John Appleby said 64% of people were either very or quite satisfied with the NHS. Critics have questioned why the government is reorganising the NHS when the public is happy with it. The Department […]

War on drugs has failed say former heads of MI5, CPS and BBC

The “war on drugs” has failed and should be abandoned in favour of evidence based policies that treat addiction as a health problem, according to prominent public figures including former heads of MI5 and the Crown Prosecution Service. Leading peers – including prominent Tories – say that despite governments worldwide drawing up tough laws against […]

Life expectancy on the rise despite obesity epidemic

Life expectancy in the UK is on the rise, despite fears over the impact of obesity a population expert has said. Analysing trends from the past 40 years, Professor David Leon credited a decline in deaths from heart disease for the continued rise. People in the UK are also living longer than those in the […]

Killer quango NICE bans another cancer drug

It is looking increasingly likely that PharmaMar’s Yondelis will not be available on the National Health Service for patients with ovarian cancer, after cost regulators again rejected the drug on questions over efficacy. The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) has republished draft guidance turning down the use of Yondelis (trabectedin), in combination with pegylated […]

Swine flu- labour’s spin led to sensationalised reporting say MPs

It is “absolutely essential” that the coalition government improves how it communicates risk and uncertainty to the public and the media, say MPs, reporting on Ministers’ handling of the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic. On July 16, 2009, when Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson held a press briefing that led to media reports suggesting that […]