Drive to raise sepsis awareness, as unknown killer tales more than 44,000 lives per year

March 14th, 2017

Health chiefs and campaigners have stepped up efforts to raise awareness of sepsis, a disease that kills more than 44,000 people in the UK every year. Despite the fact that sepsis takes more lives than bowel, prostate and breast cancer combined, very few people are aware of the signs and symptoms. Sepsis is triggered by […]

CQC issues warning over online prescriptions

March 7th, 2017

The Care Quality Commission has issued a warning over the safety of prescribing medication online. The CQC has expressed concerns after research revealed “widespread failings” among some Internet prescribers. During investigations, the CQC followed 11 online providers in England. They concluded that some had the potential to pose “significant risk to patients.” Some were well […]

Public Health England wants to make all hospitals smoke-free zones

February 28th, 2017

Public Health England has called for all hospitals in England to be made smoke-free zones. Currently, only 1 in 10 hospitals ban smoking on NHS grounds and the body wants to see a total ban enforced. Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, said that the move wasn’t designed to force patients to quit […]

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 […]

Cosmetic surgery takes a tumble in the popularity stakes

February 14th, 2017
Cosmetic surgery takes a tumble in the popularity stakes

After years of growing popularity, cosmetic surgery has become a less appealing prospect, new figures suggest. The latest statistics show that the number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery fell by 40 percent in 2016. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the number of surgical procedures dropped from 51,140 in 2015 to […]

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 […]

Could browned toast increase your risk of developing cancer?

January 24th, 2017
Could browned toast increase your risk of developing cancer?

Most of us like our toast and roast potatoes crisp and brown, but could overcooking starchy foods increase your risk of developing cancer? New guidelines recommend cooking starchy foods, such as bread and potatoes until they are golden to reduce the risk of consuming acrylamide, a chemical, which is believed to elevate cancer risk. Acrylamide […]

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 […]

Theresa May promises reforms to improve mental health care and tackle societal stigma

January 10th, 2017
Theresa May promises reforms to improve mental health care and tackle societal stigma

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has pledged to reform mental health care in bid to improve services and tackle the stigma attached to mental health in society. Speaking on Monday 9th January, the Prime Minister set out plans to “transform” the way we view mental health in society. She spoke about targeting young and vulnerable […]

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