Category “General Health”

NHS trusts rack up £900 million deficit over winter months

February 21st, 2017
NHS trusts rack up £900 million deficit over winter months

NHS trusts have racked up a deficit of almost £900 million over the course of the winter months, it has been revealed. During the first 9 months of the new financial year, trusts have overspent as a result of treating more patients than planned over the winter. New figures show that increasing demand for NHS […]

BBC research suggests 90 percent of hospitals in England are overcrowded

February 7th, 2017
BBC research suggests 90 percent of hospitals in England are overcrowded

Research carried out by the BBC suggests that 90 percent of hospital wards in England are overcrowded. Guidelines suggest that hospitals should have a maximum occupancy rate of 85 percent to minimise the risk of infection and prevent delays in patients accessing treatment; however, the BBC claims that 137 of the 152 trusts in England […]

New research suggests significant cancer drug price increases

January 31st, 2017
New research suggests significant cancer drug price increases

New research shows that the cost of cancer drugs has increased significantly over the last five years. Information made available by the European Cancer Congress suggests that the cost of some drugs has risen sharply, despite the fact that they are no longer under patent. One example is tamoxifen, a drug used to treat breast […]

The real reason you feel hungry when you drink alcohol

January 17th, 2017
The real reason you feel hungry when you drink alcohol

Have you ever wondered why you seem to feel hungry when you’re drinking, or you’ve been out the night before? Well now, you don’t have to speculate any further. Scientists have discovered that drinking causes your brain to switch into starvation mode, causing you to feel hungry, even if you’ve eaten as much as you […]

Public Health England issues warning over middle age health crisis

January 5th, 2017
Public Health England issues warning over middle age health crisis

Experts from Public Health England have issued a warning over a looming health crisis facing middle-aged people in the UK. Experts believe that a sedentary lifestyle, fast food and work-related stress are taking on their toll on people aged between 40 and 60 years old. The body has warned that eighty percent of middle-aged people […]

NICE advises GPs to send ‘harmful drinkers’ for liver scans

December 20th, 2016
NICE advises GPs to send ‘harmful drinkers’ for liver scans

New guidelines issued by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) advise GPs to send ‘harmful drinkers’ for liver scans. According to new guidelines, GPs should consider referring women who drink more than 3.5 bottles of wine and men who drink more than 5 bottles of wine per week for liver scans. This quantity […]

Doctors appeal for diesel ban in London

December 14th, 2016
Doctors appeal for diesel ban in London

A group of doctors is appealing for a ban on diesel in London. Doctors Against Diesel are calling for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to follow the lead of officials in Paris, Athens, Mexico City and Madrid and ban diesel engines in the capital city. Calls come after several high-profile cities vowed to ban […]

Leading GP Describes 5-a-Day Target as ‘Unrealistic’

November 22nd, 2016
Leading GP Describes 5-a-Day Target as ‘Unrealistic’

The new chair of the Royal College of GPs has described the 5-a-day target as ‘unrealistic’. Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard stated that many people may find it difficult to consume five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. She added that recommending two portions rather than five might be more realistic. Dr Stokes-Lampard’s comments go against […]

Dementia is the Most Common Cause of Death in England and Wales

November 15th, 2016
Dementia is the Most Common Cause of Death in England and Wales

New research has suggested that dementia has overtaken heart disease as the most common cause of death in England and Wales. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 61,000 people died from dementia last year. This represents 11.6 percent of deaths. Most cases (41,283) affected women. Experts believe that increased life expectancy improved […]

Officials in Glasgow Set to Approve the UK’s First ‘Fix Room’

November 1st, 2016

Officials in Glasgow are set to approve new plans to open a fix room in the city. The facility, which would be the first of its kind in the UK, would provide a safe place for drug abusers to inject drugs under supervision. The aim of the proposal is to tackle problems caused and faced […]

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