Archives for January, 2016

New Figures Confirm that the NHS is Missing Important Targets

January 14th, 2016
New Figures Confirm that the NHS is Missing Important Targets

New figures have revealed that the NHS in England is missing important targets. Statistics from November show that services, including ambulance services, cancer care and the NHS 111 phone line are failing to hit targets. Figures for urgent care services were perhaps the most worrying, with A&E units only managing to see 91.4 percent of […]

DNA Project Produces First Diagnoses for Children with ‘Mystery’ Illnesses

January 12th, 2016
DNA Project Produces First Diagnoses for Children with ‘Mystery’ Illnesses

A large-scale project to analyse and evaluate DNA has produced its first diagnoses. The 100,000 Genomes Project was launched to try and provide answers for people like Amanda and Matt Walburn-Green, whose daughter Georgia has been battling a mystery illness for the last four years. When Georgia, who is now four years old, was born, […]

Hundreds of Appointments and Procedures Cancelled, as Junior Doctors Strike

January 12th, 2016
Hundreds of Appointments and Procedures Cancelled, as Junior Doctors Strike

Hundreds of patients across the country are facing a wait for treatment as junior doctors take part in the first strike in 40 years. From 8am this morning (12th of January), doctors all over England walked out, forcing hospitals to cancel or postpone routine operations, appointments and diagnostic tests. Doctors will be providing emergency cover […]

Cameron to Invest More in Mental Health Services in England

January 11th, 2016
Cameron to Invest More in Mental Health Services in England

David Cameron has made a clear indication that he plans to increase investment in mental health and support services in England. The Prime Minister is expected to call for a “more mature conversation” about mental health in the future and will discuss increased investment in existing and new services designed to support those suffering with […]

‘No Safe Level of Drinking’ According to New Guidelines

January 8th, 2016
‘No Safe Level of Drinking’ According to New Guidelines

New guidelines have been issued on alcohol, cutting the recommended drinking limits and saying there is no safe level for drinking. Chief medical officers in the UK say that new studies have shown any amount of alcohol can increase cancer risk. The latest advice says women and men who regularly drink should not consume more […]

UK Report Predicts Link Between Rise in Cancer Cases and Obesity

January 7th, 2016
UK Report Predicts Link Between Rise in Cancer Cases and Obesity

A UK report has predicted that extra cases of cancer may be linked to increasing levels of unhealthy weights and obesity within the next 20 years. Experts say that nearly three out of four adults are likely to be obese or overweight in 2035 if the current trends continue. The report comes from the Cancer […]

GP Surgeries in England Close Their Doors to New Patients

January 6th, 2016

A BBC investigation has revealed that a growing number of GP practices in England are closing their doors to new patients due to a lack of resources. A Freedom of Information request made by the BBC revealed that more than 100 GP surgeries across the country applied to stop accepting new patient applications in 2014/2015 […]

Could Regular Workouts Prevent Prostate Cancer from Spreading?

January 6th, 2016
Could Regular Workouts Prevent Prostate Cancer from Spreading?

Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University are teaming up with Cancer Research UK to determine whether there is a link between frequent exercise and a lower risk of metastatic prostate cancer (prostate cancer that has spread outside of the prostate gland). Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the UK, affecting […]

Aneurysm Screening Programme Has Detected 10,000 Aneurysms in Just 6 Years

January 6th, 2016

A national aneurysm screening programme introduced in 2009 has detected more than 10,000 aneurysms, according to the latest research. Aneurysms often cause no symptoms and the effects may┬ánot become apparent until they burst, often with fatal consequences. Until 2009, the incidence of fatal aortic abdominal aneurysms in the UK was the highest in Europe, but […]

Junior Doctors to Strike After Negotiations with the Government Break Down

January 5th, 2016
Junior Doctors to Strike After Negotiations with the Government Break Down

Junior doctors in England will strike on the 12th January after talks between the British Medical Association (BMA) and the government broke down. The BMA has confirmed that strike action will be employed next week, with a 48-hour strike planned for the 26th January and a further walk-out set for the 10th February. The announcement […]

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