Category: Health

Britain’s High Quality Healthcare Is Not Without Flaws

BBC revealed that England patients needed to wait for months before they were advised to leave the hospital. In their post regarding British healthcare, the BBC revealed that hospital records in the NHS revealed patients who remained stuck in UK hospitals for 100 days from 2013 to 2016.

According to the BBC, hospitals said they did not have enough community care to provide for their patients — most patients were left alone, leaving them isolated and “frightened.” Most of these patients were aged 70 to 90 years of age.

One case BBC highlighted was of an 89-year-old patient named Iris Sibley who spent more than six months in Bristol’s Royal Infirmary. She needed a nursing home — instead she was left alone in the room.

Isolation had also left a man who needed home care dead due to chest infections as he was found to spend his days alone in a room and became “extremely distressed.”

One report indicated that of a 62-year-old patient in an NHS Trust in Mid Yorkshire, who stayed about 449 days in a single room. Without further details from the BBC’s Freedom of Information Act request, the woman’s identities were revealed but the data indicated there are 130 patients who had waited for more than half a year to be discharged from their hospitals without proper care.

Contraceptive Pills Contributed To Fall in Ovarian Cancer Deaths Worldwide

The widespread use of contraceptive pills for women had contributed to the reduction of ovarian cancer deaths worldwide. The reduction of hormone replacement therapy had also helped reduce the symptoms of menopause according to studies.

According to Italian scientists who published their study in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology, the use of contraceptive piils for five years or so protects women when they grow older as it removes the risk presented by hormone therapy during a woman’s middle age of 50.

Deaths from ovarian cancer dropped by 10% in the 28 countries of the EU between 2002 and 2012, according to the study. There are substantial variations in the size of the drop between countries. In the UK, the fall was 22%; in Denmark and Sweden it was 24%; but in Hungary, just 0.6%.

Death rates fell in the United States by 16% and in Canada by 8%. In Australia and New Zealand it went down by 12%.

The protective impact of taking the pill is experienced decades later. More than 40% of the over 4,000 deaths year in the UK are in women aged over 75. Women began taking the pill in the 1960s in the UK.

Seven Million Diseases Can Happen In The UK Due to Overweight and Obesity

According to the Obesity Health Alliance, a unity of Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Cancer Research UK, about seven million diseases would be caused by obesity and being overweight in the next 20 years.

The diseases include about 4.62 million cases of Type 2 Diabetes, 1.63 million cases of coronary heart diseases, 680,000 cases of stroke and 670,000 new cases of cancer.

The Alliance predicts that about 76 per cent of men and 69 per cent of women would reach overweight and obese levels by 2035. About three out of 10 adults in the UK are currently obese. The number would rise to 4 out of 10 by 2035 should the trend continue.

The Alliance is asking the government to publish a childhood obesity strategy as soon as possible. The government has kept delaying the publication since the previous year.

It also called on the government to restrict junk food TV advertising before 9pm, tightening online marketing rules to force industries to lower the amount of sugar and fat in food.

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of prevention and member the Obesity Health Alliance, said: “These numbers are shocking. And it’s difficult to think of the impact this will have on public health and an already strained NHS. Without bold action, the next generation will face more disease and live shorter lives.

“Kids are bombarded with advertisements for unhealthy food and if we are to give our children the chance for better and healthier lives, it’s vital the Government’s childhood obesity strategy restricts this kind of marketing.”

Modi Mwatsama, Director of Policy and Global Health at the UK Health Forum and member of the Obesity Health Alliance, said: “This study is a wakeup call for the Government and shows a daunting future if no strong action is taken against the obesity epidemic.

“We can’t expect industry to make changes on their own and people need help making healthier choices. Companies will have to be held accountable by Government. The Government must lead the way by creating a level playing field with independent, regulated targets for reducing the amount of sugar, fat and salt in food. Without Government action, our children face a life of disease and early death.”

Walnuts Can Keep Old Age And Ailments Away

It would seem walnuts have those great fats that keep you healthy.

The best thing about them is it could improve your elderly health.

According to San Diego Researchers, which include the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and Loma Linda University, the elderly including walnuts as part of their 15pc calorie intake improve their health further.

The study used about 707 older adults. The group was split in two.

Test partition A included walnuts as part of their calorie diet daily. The other half had none.

The results were tremendous.

The first group showed significant improvement of weight reduction and HDL levels or ‘good’ fat levels. However, the first group exhibited improved LDL levels with immense reduction. The second group had none.

Researcher Emilio Ross said that good fats from walnuts keep adiposity levels low while maintaining or greatly improving blood cholesterol levels to improve ageing adults.

The teams hope that further studies can shed light to their discoveries.

Earlier studies conducted by the Experimental Biology Conference indicated that walnuts helped improve other aspects of the body. Walnuts contained the nutrients that helped improve the situation of most elders’ gut and metabolism. Many who undertook the 15pc calorie diet made of walnuts also felt satiated.

NHS Still Committing Errors Such As Operating On Wrong Patient

Serious errors possibly due to fatigue and depression are conquering NHS professionals. According to official tallies by the Health Ministry, about 1,200 unacceptable serious events have occurred in English hospitals under the NHS over the last four years. These include operations on the wrong patient, wrong organ, wrong limb, objects and medical tools left inside the body, kidneys removed instead of an ovary and other seriously erroneous events.

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has been called out to provide the actual figures wherein the NHS is currently in deficit. King’s Fund, a financial think-tank, established that the hospital is in £2.3 billion deficit, with some trustees saying the service can no longer afford to pay its agency staff the maximum appointed by the government.

The catalogue of errors were classified as “never events”. These events are believed to seriously harm a patient. NHS England indicates the errors are showing a steady trend. Between April 2012 and March 2013, there were 290 never events, in 2013/14 there were 338, in 2014/15 there were 306 and from April 2015 to December, which is the latest month with figures yet recorded, there have been 254 – although that will be adjusted if more reports for later months come in.

Jeremy Hunt is known to have kept a whiteboard that lists all the NHS disasters and serious errors in the Health Ministry. He said it was to keep openness and transparency for everyone. He said it would help healthcare staff to learn from their own and others’ mistakes.

About 420,000 Children Die Each Year Due To Tainted Food

About 600 million people die in the world every year because of contaminated food. According to the World Health Organisation, about one-third of those deaths are related to children.

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UN’s Health Agency found that about one in 10 people get sick yearly because of contaminated food, viruses, toxins and chemicals.

WHO Food Safety Division Chief Kazuaki Miyagishima said:

“Until now, we have been combating an invisible enemy, an invisible ghost.”

Foodborne pathogens can destroy weak immune systems quickly. Small children are the ones at great risk. Children below the age of five may only account for nine per cent of the global population but about 40 per cent of illnesses caused by unsafe or toxic food their numbers account form.

Children who may have consumed toxins in food could have violent episodes of diarrhea and vomiting. These children are also at risk of cancer, kidney or liver failure, brain and neural disorders, according to the report.

Most cases occur due to the consumption of raw or undercooked meat. Salmonella, e.Coli or campylobacter bacteria found in old eggs and dairy products are mostly responsible for the diseases.

Mould on grain contains the Taenia Solium tapeworm and aflatoxin, which could cause liver and kidney cancer.

Patient’s Safety Compromised By Junior Doctors’ Contract

Former Conservative Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter said the Tory Government’s proposal for junior doctors could mean trouble for patients.

The once-Health Minister explained:

“There was … a recognition by the Department of Health that now appears to have been lost: that better pay and work-life balance incentives were needed to ensure doctors were attracted to A&E and other gruelling specialities.”

Junior doctors are facing proposed pay cuts. But Dr. Poulter said it is more than just money. The contract forced doctors to work excessive hours where fatigue could compromise the quality of their professional integrity.

Working for 12 hours for seven days, the human body could start to feel fatigue settle in.

Dr. Poulter said the government’s original platform, which was to achieve a good work-life balance, is being offset by its interest to save more than £22 billion from the health industry. According to the former Health Minister, the Junior Doctors’ working conditions and pay were “ways to close the gap” that is both unjustified and unfair.

However, the UK Department of Health said Dr. Poulter’s interpretation is widely erroneous.

A spokesman said:

“Our proposals will mean average pay will not go down and there is no intention to increase working hours,” a spokesman said.

“In fact, we want to offer more safeguards over total hours worked for junior doctors than ever before.

“We call on the Junior Doctors Committee to re-enter negotiations and work with us to put in place a new contract that’s safe for patients and fair for doctors.”

 

Weight Management Service Rationing Can Undermine Obesity and Health Efforts

NHS mental and physical health service restrictions and exercise programs rationing could hamper health initiatives. According to the Royal Society for Public Health people who are dangerously overweight could pay the price for the money-saving efforts of the UK government.

In the RSPH survey of 100 public health officials in the NHS and local councils, about 49 per cent said the weight management programmes have been rationed in the area in the last year. Part of the rationed services include quit-smoking programmes and obesity workouts for overweight Britons.

According to the National Obesity Forum Spokesman Tam Fry:

“To ration nationally agreed weight management programmes is both short-sighted and quite stupid. It could well be unethical if patients’ hope of returning to good health is prejudiced.”

UKactive, a group that promotes physical activity said that rationing exercise referral programmes will make it difficult to follow through for most obese patients. Excutive Director Steven Ward said:

“Being physically active can treat, prevent or manage 20 lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. This is a time for an industrial-scale rollout of services, not for reducing already established services.”

RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer said:

“Our research suggests that funding cuts are beginning to bite and are having a direct impact on frontline services.

“Obesity, which NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has called ‘the new smoking’, is arguably the number one threat to both the public’s health and our NHS. But people on the frontline are reporting that some of our most effective weapons aimed at tackling this threat, such as exercise referral and weight management services, are being restricted.”

 

Do ‘Garden Cities’ Actually Contribute To The Health?

Gardens are truthfully stunning and relaxing upon first sight. For the next few minutes, natural distractions help you focus on relaxation. However, is there evidence that ‘Garden Cities’ actually contribute to a person’s well-being?

The UK plans to reinvent Ebbsfleet, where there are new buildings and has become an ‘industrial paradise’, whichever connotation anybody wants to read it.

Environmentalists are praising the effort as it replaces everything with energy-efficient structures, green spaces and car-free zones, all the modern troubles of urban life blown away in one second.

Urban planners Arup had researched green cities to contribute to the well-being of its citizens and help the city become more prosperous and safer. They predict that two out of three cities in the world will live in such cities.

According to Arup Director of Landscape and Urbanism Tom Armour, humans are ‘hard-wired to enjoy nature’.

Exeter University’s 17-year study had found that UK residents who reside in greener urban environments have lower anxiety levels and had higher states of well-being.

A classic study, used as a related literature of the current study, showed that patients who are recovering from surgery recovered faster with a view of trees from their bed.

However, there are still more troubles ahead.

The greening of poor environments could possibly drive up property prices and force low income residents out. Marginalisation may widen as a result.

Health Experts Blame US Food Companies and Lax Governance For Obesity Spread

With major numbers of US children consuming more than 200 calories in a day, health experts point to a lack of government intervention and prodigious advertising and marketing by food companies for obesity.

According to the Lancet Medical Journal’s new estimates, children in the US consume 50% more calories than they did in 1970. They also weigh 11 more pounds than they did 30 years ago.

The US food industry earns £13 billion yearly from extra eating and uncontrolled habits by US citizens. Because of the large revenue, a lacking balance in favour of economic growth compromises health.

The research highlighted the problem of obesity and the food companies’ interest in targeting children with processed foods and sweetened drinks.

It also indicated that at a young age, children’s appetites are shaped by processed infant foods. It could also build taste preference, brand loyalty and high profits.

Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Researcher Dr. Christina Roberto said “Our understanding of obesity must be completely reframed if we are to halt and reverse the global obesity epidemic.

“On one hand, we need to acknowledge that individuals bear some responsibility for their health, and on the other hand recognise that today’s food environments exploit people’s biological (eg, innate preference for sweetened foods), psychological (eg, marketing techniques), and social and economic (eg, convenience and cost) vulnerabilities, making it easier for them to eat unhealthy foods.

“It’s time to realise that this vicious cycle of supply and demand for unhealthy foods can be broken with ‘smart food policies’ by governments alongside joint efforts from industry and civil society to create healthier food systems.”