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Archive for May, 2015

Smoking ban cut child hospital admissions

Thousands of children have been spared serious illness and hospital treatment since the smoking ban was introduced in England in 2007. The study, in the European Respiratory Journal, looked at 1.6 million hospital admissions of under 14s from 2001-12. The law against smoking in indoor public places saw 11,000 fewer children being admitted to hospital […]

UK drinks more alcohol than estimated

The amount of alcohol people in England drink has been underestimated according to new research. In England surveys measuring typical drinking habits account for only around 60% of alcohol sold, the medical journal BMC Medicine report said. Report author Dr Mark Bellis said this was because many studies do not include drinking on special occasions. […]

Prostate cancer gene targeted by drugs

Scientists have published a comprehensive genetic map of advanced prostate cancer. The study, published in the journal Cell, shows that nearly nine in 10 men had gene mutations that could be targeted with drugs. The study was led in the UK by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) London in collaboration with several […]

End Of Life care letting people down

Thousands of dying patients are being let down by poor End Of Life care provision according to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) The health ombudsman’s report detailed “tragic” cases where people’s suffering could have been avoided or lessened. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has investigated 265 complaints about end-of-life care in the past […]

Stepping Hill nurse guilty of murder

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua has been found guilty of murdering patients. A nurse has been convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others at a Greater Manchester hospital. Victorino Chua killed Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules. These […]

Younger people having more strokes

There has been a big rise in the number of working age men and women having stroke. In England in 2014 there were 6,221 hospital admissions for men aged 40-54 – a rise of 1,961 on 14 years earlier according to reserach by the Stroke Association. Experts said unhealthy lifestyles were partly to blame for […]

The NHS- how big should the National Health Service be?

The National Health Service was founded in 1948 with 144,000  health professionals. In less than seven decades that figure has risen tenfold to over 1.4 million staff across the UK. But with all the political parties promising more health workers in the coming years -just how many doctors, nurses, porters, therapists and managers does the […]