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Archive for December, 2011

Health Direct wishes you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year

Health Direct wishes you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.Health Direct wishes you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year in 2012 and thanks you for your comments, posts and support throughout 2011. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank and support all of those hard working professionals within the NHS- […]

Record number of patients catch infections in hospitals

The number of patients who contracted life threatening infections in NHS hospitals has almost doubled in two years to a record level, official figures have shown.Recorded cases of patients with a “nosocomial condition” – any infection acquired in hospital or a medical environment – also rose by more than a third last year compared with […]

Alcohol hospital admissions double in a decade

The number of people being admitted to hospital after drinking too much alcohol has more than doubled in less than a decade, new research show.Some 1,173,386 people in England were admitted to casualty for injuries or illnesses caused by drinking in 2010/11, compared with just 510,780 in 2002/3, according to the research. The figures for […]

Norovirus bug outbreak at 35 hospitals closes dozens of wards

Health officials have issued a warning about the serious threat posed by the norovirus bug after an outbreak has seen cases jump by 20 per cent on this time last year.The winter diarrhoea and vomiting bug has affected 35 hospitals, with hundreds of beds unavailable after 27 wards were shut in the past two weeks […]

Scandal of NHS production line as readmissions soared under labour’s red tape

The number of NHS patients who have to undergo emergency readmission to hospital within a month of being discharged has increased by more than three quarters over the last decade, the Daily Telegraph has disclosed.Hospitals have been accused by ministers of treating patients “like parts on a production line” after official figures suggested that hundreds […]

IVF women still receiving two embryos despite twin risk

The majority of women having IVF treatment still have two embryos implanted in the womb despite clinics being warned of the risks of multiple pregnancies and having targets to reduce them.Two thirds of women having IVF treatment have two embyos placed in the womb, increasing the likelihood of them having twins, figures from the regulator […]

Low vitamin D linked to Type 2 diabetes risk

Children with low vitamin D levels are more likely to be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study suggesting a deficiency could help trigger the disease.Researchers found those with lower vitamin D levels were more likely to be obese and have higher degrees of insulin resistance, when the hormone becomes less […]

New 60 step plan for the NHS by Andrew Lansley

Andrew Lansley has called on the NHS to focus on “what really matters” as he prepares to announce plans to judge hospitals and doctors against 60 new goals that are designed to save more than 20,000 lives a year.The Health Secretary has unveiled a new system to assess success in the health service based on […]

High blood sugar levels speeds up ageing

Living an unhealthy lifestyle could make you look older because high blood sugar causes the face to age more quickly, new research has found.People whose blood sugar levels are higher than average look older than those with low levels, experts said. Blood sugar, which can rise as a result of an unhealthy diet or lack […]

Childhood cancers forcing parents into debt

Two thirds of parents who have children fighting cancer are being forced into debt due to the costs of caring for them, according to research.The charity CLIC Sargent found in it’s survey Childhood cancer drives two thirds of parents into debt families were struggling to meet the extra expenses of childcare, travel and accommodation. Many […]