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Archive for September, 2012

Serious NHS safety incidents up by a quarter since 2010

The number of reported NHS accident and incidents resulting in death or severe harm to patients has risen by a quarter since the Coalition came to power and now tops 10,000 a year.Campaigners claim that cuts to frontline staff have had an impact on patient safety, with doctors and nurses increasingly having to work in […]

Third of health authorities still imposing postcode lottery treatment bans

A third of local health authorities are still imposing postcode lottery treatment on certain ailments including hernia operations, IVF, varicose vein removal and even hip and knee replacements, according to a survey of GPs.Last November Andrew Lansley- the then Health Secretary, banned primary care trusts (PCTs) and health commissioning groups from imposing across-the-board restrictions, describing […]

Gonorrhoea cases jump 25pc in a year

Cases of gonorrhoea have jumped by 25 per cent in onee year, new official figures show- prompting criticism of the Government’s ‘safe sex’ message for teenagers.The new statistics from the Health Protection Agency show there were almost 21,000 new diagnoses of the disease in England in 2011, up from just under 17,000 in 2010. Dr […]

Benefits of statins for healthy hearts exceed diabetes risk

The benefits of taking statins for healthy hearts exceeds the increased risk of diabetes from the drugs new research has found.Although the cholesterol busting drugs raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in those already prone to the disease, the cuts in heart attacks and strokes are worth it, an article- Cardiovascular benefits and […]

Superfoods- scientifically what are they?

Superfoods is yet another ambiguous food phrase to go along with “all-natural,” “no sugar added,” and “no artificial flavours or colours”.But scientifically speaking- what are they? There really are foods that many nutritionists consider superfoods. But these foods won’t come from your nearest take away or the processed, pre-packaged food from the grocery store or […]

Litigation culture draining billions from NHS hospitals

The growth of the “litigation culture” is draining NHS hospitals of money, a report warns.Payouts made by the NHS have trebled over the past decade to more than £1.3 billion a year, of which more than £200 million goes in fees to lawyers. At the same time, fear of being sued has fuelled the growth […]

Abortions raise risk of premature births next time

Women who abort their first pregnancy are at significantly greater risk of having subsequent premature births a study has found.Previous studies suggested that multiple abortions could result in complications in future pregnancies, but a new paper suggests that the risk after one termination is just as great. Researchers from Aberdeen University studied the health data […]

Creating better health sector websites

Like any online experience NHS health websites must be built around it’s users’ needs- in this case patients. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here. The Health Direct listing on MedHunt, Health On the Net’s medical search engine: http://www.hon.ch/cgi-bin/update.pl?HON17856 Historically the NHS and the web have not mixed well. […]

NHS rationing is putting health at risk says doctors’ leader

Dr Mark Porter, the new head of the BMA, says NHS cuts are ‘morally wrong’ and present a serious risk to patients. The NHS is putting patients’ health at risk by denying them drugs and operations because of growing rationing being imposed to save money, the new leader of Britain’s doctors has warned. The drive […]

Statins fear is putting patients health at risk researchers warn

Everyone over 50 should consider taking statins to reduce the risk of a heart attack because the possible side effects have been exaggerated, a leading expert has said.Sir Rory Collins, of Oxford University, said taking cholesterol-lowering statins before warning signs start to appear could provide much more protection from heart attacks or stroke. He accused […]