Archives for June, 2015

Emergency Bowel Surgery Death Rates Described as ‘Too High’

June 30th, 2015
Emergency Bowel Surgery Death Rates Described as ‘Too High’

The number of people who die following emergency bowel surgery is too high, according to an audit carried out in England and Wales. Members of the National Laparotomy Audit team discovered that 1 in 10 people die within 30 days of an emergency laparotomy procedure. Experts believe that some of these deaths could be prevented […]

New Cancer Directives Could Save 5,000 Lives Per Year, NICE Suggests

June 23rd, 2015
New Cancer Directives Could Save 5,000 Lives Per Year, NICE Suggests

New guidelines for cancer testing could save up to 5,000 lives per year, according to NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence). Experts from NICE believe that new directives, which would see GPs sending patients directly for tests rather than referring them to a specialist first, would speed up the diagnostic process and enable […]

Chocolate Linked to Lower Risk of Stroke and Heart Disease

June 16th, 2015
Chocolate Linked to Lower Risk of Stroke and Heart Disease

Eating around two chocolate bars per day has been linked to a decreased risk of stroke and heart disease. The University of Aberdeen led research that discovered those who consume a higher intake of chocolate had an 11 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25 percent lower risk of associated death than those […]

Wales Push Ahead for E-Cigarette Ban

June 9th, 2015
Wales Push Ahead for E-Cigarette Ban

Under a new public health law, people are to be banned from the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed places like work, pubs and restaurants in Wales. The changes are likely to take place in 2017 and it will be the first to come into force in Britain. It has already split opinions among medical and health groups, […]

NHS England Hits A&E Waiting Time Target for the First Time in 10 Months

June 2nd, 2015
NHS England Hits A&E Waiting Time Target for the First Time in 10 Months

NHS England has achieved the target waiting time for A&E patients for the first time since September 2014. Figures show that the waiting time target of 95% was reached last week (week ending 24th May) for the first time in 33 weeks. The statistics show that 95.1% of patients attending A&E the week ending the […]

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