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Archive for September, 2014

Tooth decay affects 12% of three year olds

More than one in ten three year olds children have tooth decay according to the first survey of this age group. Public Health England researchers checked the teeth of nearly 54,000 children at nurseries, children’s centres and playgroups. They found that 12% of children had evidence of tooth decay. These youngsters had an average of […]

Heart disease warnings missed by most adults

Many adults in the UK are unaware of the risk factors for heart disease, according to new research. While a third of people are worried about getting dementia or cancer, only 2% are afraid of coronary heart disease, a survey by the British Heart Foundation has found and one in ten adults confessed to not […]

NICE wants to limit TV watching

Adults and children should consider having TV free days or limiting viewing to no more than two hours a day under new proposals to tackle obesity. The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) recommendations also include avoiding drinks with added sugar and limiting takeaways. The draft guidance- the first on the subject since 2006, is […]

NHS whistleblowing problems persist

NHS Whistleblowers still face real problems in speaking out in the health service – despite the drive to create a more open culture. Promoting whistleblowing was a key recommendation of the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal. A number of steps have since been taken in England, but Patients First warned that a “culture […]

Obesity is new smoking says NHS boss

Obesity is the new smoking in terms of the impact on health and the cost to the NHS says the head of the NHS. A quarter of adults – up from 15% 20 years ago – and one in five schoolchildren is obese, figures show and the problem is estimated to already cost the NHS […]

Dementia patients face unfair care tax

Dementia patients in the UK face an “unfair care tax” because they have to pay for most of the care they need themselves say experts. The Alzheimer’s Society found that on average, the equivalent of £32,242 a year was spent on care per patient, but the researchers said on average only a third – £10,784 […]

NHS cancer services struggling warns charity

NHS cancer services are at a “tipping point” after years of efficiency savings and the recent NHS reforms warns Cancer Research UK. Their new report, the charity suggests services need urgent investment or cracks will appear- and the analysis calls for greater funding towards cancer diagnosis in order to meet the “looming demands” of an […]