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NHS will miss targets on foreign patient cost payments

The government is expected to fall well short of its target of recovering £500m a year from overseas visitors treated in NHS hospitals in England. The Department of Health has “refined” to £346m its target for 2017-18, says the National Audit Office. Some £289m was paid in 2015-16; £73m in 2012-13. A new “surcharge” for […]

DVLA making unfair health driving licence decisions

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is not making fair decisions about medical fitness-to-drive cases, a report has suggested. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report found “major failings” in eight drivers’ cases. It said people’s lives had been put on hold for years because of flawed decision-making and poor communication. The DVLA said […]

Hospital staffing levels affect death rates

Fewer patients die after emergency surgery in hospitals that have more doctors and nurses. The research, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, analysed data involving nearly 295,000 patients. The findings stood despite patients at these hospitals being sicker and suffering more complications. Researchers also found death was more likely following a weekend admission, which […]

Alcohol detox centre saves NHS millions

The NHS could save £27 million a year by changing the way it deals with alcoholic patients. Alcohol abuse costs the NHS £3.8 billion a year, £145 for each UK household. One in three of all A&E admissions are alcohol related- but on a weekend that can rise to 70%. Dr Chris Daly, the lead […]

Simple skin test may diagnose Alzheimer and Parkinson disease

Scientists have proposed a new simple idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Their work which is at an early stage- found the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain in such disorders can also be found in skin. Early diagnosis is the key to preventing the loss of brain tissue […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder- SAD winter blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) describes a type of depression with a seasonal pattern, usually occurring during winter. A lack of light is thought to affect the part of the brain that rules sleep, appetite, sex drive, mood and activity levels. Patients experience lethargy and a craving for sugary snacks. In 1984 psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal first […]

Food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water

 The huge rise in food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water according to new research.Food allergies have risen sharply over the past 20 years, with 1-2 per cent of adults and 4-6 per cent of children thought to be affected. The number of children admitted to hospital for food-related anaphylaxis (a life-threatening […]

Low vitamin D levels need preventative action

There is growing awareness about the importance of the “sunshine vitamin” – vitamin D – for you health.Low vitamin D levels need preventative action, but Professor Mitch Blair, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says more action is needed – potentially including fortifying more foods and even cutting the cost of the […]

Drinking red wine may help you lose weight

Drinking red wine could help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite and preventing you from overeating according to new research.Researchers found that when bees were fed resveratrol-  a compound found in red wine, they ate less food afterwards. While bees normally gorge themselves on sugary foods when they are freely available, those which had […]

MMR vacination rates finally recovered from Wakefield scandal

MMR vaccine uptake rates have finally recovered from the Dr Wakefield autism scandal as new figures show more than nine in ten now have the jab-  the highest in 14 years.More children are now being vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella than at any time since 1997/8, new data shows. Uptake rates plummeted following the […]