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Infected blood scandal: Government proposes more money for victims

Source: BBC Source: PA The government wants to increase the amount of money on offer for those affected by the blood contamination scandal by a further £100m, public health minister Jane Ellison has said. Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s. Ms [...]

Diabetes: Government and NHS too slow to act, say MPs

Source: BBC Source: PA MPs have criticised the Department of Health and the NHS in England for being "too slow" to act in preventing and treating diabetes. A report by the Public Accounts Committee says variations in the care of both type 1 and 2 diabetes mean the annual cost to the health [...]

Pharma ‘cash call’ for new antibiotics

Source: BBC More than 80 pharmaceutical companies have called on governments to develop new ways of paying them to develop antibiotics. In a joint declaration, at the World Economic Forum, they said the value of antibiotics "does not reflect the benefits they bring to society". Source: SPL In return, they have promised to invest [...]

16 health trends to look out for in 2016

Source: Independent Source: Independent High-spec supplements Vitamins go premium, with comprehensive packs and delivery services to make sure you’re deficient in nothing. Inner Me offers age-tailored packs with vitamins, minerals, Omega 3 and probiotics, while subscription company Vitl has daily doses of vitamins, krill oil, Co-Enzyme Q10 and supergreens. Sirts Forget counting calories, [...]

Exercising during cancer: ‘Stop telling patients to slow down’ charity says

Source: Independent  Source: Independent   Over 331,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year Telling cancer patients to “take it easy” may cause them to miss out on the benefits of exercise, a charity has warned. By advising those diagnosed with the disease to stop being active, family and friends  - [...]

The awful scale of Britain’s dementia problem

Source: Telegraph Telegraph View: The growth in the condition is arguably the most pressing medical and social problem facing the western world Ministers pledged to dramatically improve rates of dementia diagnosis, which led to the new scheme. Source: Alamy What is to be made of the sharp increase in the diagnosis of dementia? [...]

Hundreds of bereaved families blocking organ donation, according to NHS

Source: Independent Source: Independent 1,200 patients would have received transplants if families did not veto a donor's wishes. New data has revealed that one in seven bereaved families have gone against a relative’s wishes and refused organ donation in the past five years.  Some 547 transplants have been stopped by families despite the deceased signing [...]

Dementia: ‘Shocking’ variation of hospital care in England revealed by Alzheimer’s Society

Source: Independent Source: Independent Dementia patients experience a ‘shocking’ variation in the quality of hospital care they receive across England, with some suffering malnourishment and falls, a charity has warned. As many as 92 per cent of dementia patients found hospitals frightening, according to new figures released by The Alzheimer’s Society to coincide with [...]

Mental health: ‘One in four adults in England has a condition’

Source: BBC Source: Thinkstock One in four adults has been diagnosed with a mental illness at some stage during their lifetime, the annual health survey for England suggests. The survey asked 5,000 adults and found 26% said they had received a mental health illness diagnosis. Depression was the most frequently reported mental illness, with [...]

NHS England ‘to impose 20% sugar tax’ in hospital cafes

Source: BBC Source: Thinkstock The NHS is to impose its own "sugar tax" in hospitals and health centres in England to help tackle the growing problem of obesity, its head has said. Chief executive Simon Stevens told the Guardian newspaper he was proposing a 20% tax on all sugary drinks and foods in NHS [...]