'Medical opinions ignored' by NHS payment assessor, workers say

September 10, 2017 1:38 pm0 comments
'Medical opinions ignored' by NHS payment assessor, workers say

Medical opinions have been ignored in the assessment of NHS payments to patients receiving care, it is claimed. Three health workers said an assessor organisation discounted medical views so some patients were denied NHS care. Norman Lamb MP said England-wide data obtained by the BBC showed a “regional disparity” and […]

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Beware of social media during terror events, NHS guidelines warn

September 9, 2017 2:23 am0 comments
Beware of social media during terror events, NHS guidelines warn

NHS staff and terror attack victims and their families have been warned about the risks of using social media in new guidelines issued by NHS England. The guide cautions that internet trolls may subject victims to “vile and upsetting abuse”, as was seen after the Manchester and London terror attacks. […]

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Powerful painkiller use 'doubled in 15 years'

September 8, 2017 2:39 pm0 comments
Powerful painkiller use 'doubled in 15 years'

The use of potentially addictive painkillers across England has doubled in the last 15 years, according to a report by leading public health experts. Researchers found one in 20 people was being prescribed opioid painkillers, such as codeine and tramadol. They also found that drugs were being prescribed for longer […]

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Girl's donated organs help a record eight people

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Girl's donated organs help a record eight people

A 13-year-old girl who died from a brain aneurysm has helped a record eight different people, including five children, through organ donation. Jemima Layzell, from Somerset, who died in 2012, donated her heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver. Jemima’s parents said she was clever, compassionate and creative – […]

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Anxiety over health 'caused by cyber-chondria'

September 7, 2017 3:09 pm0 comments
Anxiety over health 'caused by cyber-chondria'

Worrying excessively about health, and going for unnecessary appointments and tests, is a growing problem – fuelled by looking up symptoms on the internet, researchers say. Health anxiety can also be caused by previous health scares and could affect one in five hospital out-patients. UK researchers said psychotherapy could reduce […]

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Public 'tricked' into buying unhealthy food

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Public 'tricked' into buying unhealthy food

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK’s obesity crisis is being fuelled by businesses pushing unhealthy food and larger portions on shoppers, according to health experts. The Royal Society for Public Health warned consumers were being tricked by a marketing ploy known as upselling. The tactic involves shops, […]

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Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson's

September 6, 2017 3:36 pm0 comments
Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson's

A test that involves drawing a spiral on a sheet of paper could be used to diagnose early Parkinson’s disease. Australian researchers have trialled software that measures writing speed and pen pressure on the page. Both are useful for detecting the disease, which causes shaking and muscle rigidity. The Melbourne […]

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Endometriosis: My life full of pain

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Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Endometriosis isn’t just painful periods, it’s a chronic condition in a league of its own. One in 10 women has it yet, in the UK, it takes on average seven years to get it correctly diagnosed by a doctor – something experts want to change. With endometriosis, tissue that behaves […]

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Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

September 5, 2017 4:05 pm0 comments
Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

A harmful virus that can cause devastating brain damage in babies could offer up a surprising new treatment for adult brain cancer, according to US scientists. Until now, Zika has been seen only as a global health threat – not a remedy. But latest research shows the virus can selectively […]

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'Sharp rise' in student mental illness tests universities

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'Sharp rise' in student mental illness tests universities

Almost five times as many students as 10 years ago have disclosed a mental health condition to their university, say researchers. In 2015-16, more than 15,000 UK-based first-year students disclosed mental health issues, Institute of Public Policy Research analysis suggests. The 2006 figure was about 3,000 and the rise risks […]

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