Suffering patients may need to just be asked ‘tell me about your pet’
An elderly patient is admitted to hospital after a fall at home. He is stunned after the fall but, thankfully, uninjured. It takes him a few days to recover but as soon as he able, he wants to go home. The physiotherapist wants to work with him, the social worker wants to examine his support system, but all he wants to do is go home. We feel he is not yet safe. He acknowledges that a worse event could happen but still, he wants to go home. Theories are posited as to why.
Maybe the concussion is worse than we first thought. Maybe he is cognitively impaired and unable to make decisions about his safety, in which case a state-appointed guardian may be needed. Maybe he doesn’t like the other patients, in which case he could be placated by moving him to another room. It is the beginning of a month of medical rounds for me and he is the handover without a plan. Continue reading...
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday allowed generic drug company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories to sell a copycat version of the Indivior Plc opioid treatment Suboxone Film, sending Indivior's stock price down more than 40 percent.
(Reuters Health) - Secondhand marijuana smoke appears to have provoked a cannabis allergy and worsened the asthma of a 6-year-old child, researchers told the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's annual conference in Seattle.
New analysis calls toxic air the greatest threat to human health, finding it shortens lives by up to six years in pollution hotspots
Air pollution cuts the average lifespan of people around the globe by almost two years, according to a new analysis, making it the single greatest threat to human health.
The research looked at the particulate pollution produced by the burning of fossil fuel by vehicles and industry. It found that in many parts of the worst-affected nations – India and China – lifespans were being shortened by six years. Continue reading...
For years, Mostafa Mahmoud struggled to pay for his expensive drug addiction, spending much of his meagre income on hashish. A few months ago, he switched to a cheaper way to get high which he says is pushing him to his death.
(Reuters Health) - On weekday mornings, two healthy activities - exercise and sleep - compete with each other for time, researchers say.
James McGleenan, 11, swaps places with his doctor to find out what happens when blood is taken.
Income from the levy, which began in April, is on track to meet the estimate of £240m for the year.
Many diabetics find the process of injecting themselves distressing. Could a strange-looking new device be the answer?
Peter Bailey wasn’t sure how people would react to his invention at the culmination of the Design Council’s Spark programme. He had won £15,000 from Spark in 2016 for his product to make self-injecting easier for people with diabetes, and had already spent the money on tools to start mass producing it.
During that process, however, he had discovered some fairly major issues. “I gave it the drop test on my hard bathroom floor and it sprung apart.” So he totally redesigned the product, eking out the last of the prize money to re-tool. Continue reading...
The head of Britain's medicines watchdog is to step down in September 2019, handing over the reins to a yet to be appointed successor at a time of heightened regulatory concerns due to Brexit.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Tuesday slashed its recommended limits in food of dioxins and related toxins - chemicals that have been linked to problems with reproductive health, the immune system, hormone levels and tooth enamel.
Many of the world's top drugmakers are not doing enough to provide medicines to poor countries, leaving big gaps in access to treatments in crucial disease areas, including cancer, according to a new report on Tuesday.
Two-thirds of treatments identified by WHO yet to be developed, says monitor group
The world’s biggest pharmaceutical firms have failed to develop two-thirds of the 139 urgently needed treatments in developing countries, according to an independent report, which highlights the need for medicines including an infants’ vaccine for cholera.
The report by the Access to Medicine Foundation, which monitors 20 major drugs companies and the availability of their medicines in low to middle income countries, found that most firms focus on infectious diseases such as HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis but had failed to focus on other serious ailments. Continue reading...
Nearly one in five local hospital services have failed to hit their key waiting time targets for a whole year.
NHS data shows significant rise, with increased availability of the drug amid government cuts blamed
The number of hospital admissions for “mental disorders” linked to the use of cocaine has almost trebled in the past decade, official figures show.
NHS Digital data has shown that in England between 2017-18 there were 14,470 admissions to hospital where patients suffered from “mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine”. The number was up year-on-year, substantially higher than the 5,148 between 2007-8. The figures did not distinguish between powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. Continue reading...
A 5 Live survey on attitudes to sex finds the stress of modern living is taking a toll in the bedroom.
Voluntary sector must stop chasing government contracts and go back to fighting for communities in need
Health Connections Mendip (HCM) never set out to be a model for anything. However, this deceptively simple project in the small Somerset town of Frome is being talked about, not just as a blueprint for community revitalisation, but as a road to renewal for a UK charity sector struggling to maintain its relevance and public confidence in an age of great social upheaval and public distrust.
The work of HCM, based in a GP practice, has attracted attention mainly because of a startling research study which suggests that when people with health conditions are supported by community groups and volunteers, both they and the NHS benefit. The findings are provisional, but they show that over the three years of the study, while emergency hospital admissions in Somerset rose by 29%, in Frome they fell by 17%. Continue reading...
Normal government has effectively ceased, leaving a crucial health review on hold
The whole thing reads like a misprint: if you present at your GP’s with mild to moderate depression or anxiety, you will wait, on average, six weeks for treatment, which itself sounds like a significant amount of time. But if you arrive with a very severe mental illness – schizophrenia or bipolar disorder – you will wait much longer, 14 weeks, just for an assessment. The average wait for treatment to begin is 19 weeks. One in six people wait longer than six months. Parking the human beings for a second, it makes no sense as a system: physical and mental health are not equivalent, and having a psychotic episode is not the same as breaking your leg. But in the broadest possible terms, this is like fast-streaming people with arthritis while leaving cancer sufferers in a half-year limbo. It’s not a system anyone would design; it’s hard to fathom how it could simply evolve.
Reading the report from the charity Rethink Mental Illness, though, you cannot park the human beings for very long. Heartbreaking testimonies leap off the page: “These answers were on behalf of my husband, who sadly took his own life six weeks ago … I truly believe that, if he had received therapy sooner, he would still be here.” “I was left for months at a time with no contact from my community psychiatric nurse. Following a suicide attempt, I did not hear from them for a month.” Continue reading...
Margot Noel has misophonia, which means "hatred of sound". Noises that may be annoying to some people cause her real distress.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists says it's worried some people are not getting the help they need.
Democrats will scrutinize the Trump administration's decision not to defend Obamacare in federal court, when Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, a leading Democrat said on Monday.
(Reuters Health) - Workers with diabetes who switch to high-deductible health plans that require paying more out-of-pocket for care may be more likely than those who remain in low-deductible plans to delay needed checkups, a U.S. study suggests.
A vaccine to prevent infections caused by the deadly mosquito-borne Zika virus induced immune response and was found to be safe in an early stage trial, Emergent BioSolutions Inc and partner Valneva SE said on Monday.
(Reuters Health) - People who are bullied or exposed to violence on the job may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than individuals who don't deal with these challenges at work, a European study suggests.
(Reuters Health) - Most health information data breaches in the U.S. in recent years haven't been the work of hackers but instead have been due to mistakes or security lapses inside healthcare organizations, a new study suggests.
A top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official testified on Monday that the agency has concerns about drugs made by compounding pharmacies and still sees problems with them six years after a fungal meningitis outbreak tied to a Massachusetts pharmacy killed 76 people.
European Union authorities on Monday stepped in to effectively ban sales of blood pressure medicine valsartan made by an India-based unit of Mylan NV after some batches were found to contain a probable cancer-causing impurity, the latest in a global crackdown.
European Union authorities are cracking down on blood pressure medicine valsartan made by a unit of Mylan NV after an impurity was found in some batches of the treatment.
(Reuters Health) - For years dieters were told that a calorie is a calorie, but a new study suggests people may burn more calories on a low-carb diet than on a diet rich in carbohydrates.
A study has linked lower temperatures and less sunshine with increased boozing. Can it help us combat binge drinking?
The colder and darker the weather, the boozier we become, says a study published in the Journal of Hepatology. Data from more than 190 countries found a strong correlation between lower temperatures and fewer sunshine hours and higher alcohol consumption. With winter on its way and binge-drinking rates in Britain already among the highest in the world, can the research help combat the nation’s problems with drink?
“We can’t change the weather; we can’t all move to Spain, especially in a post-Brexit era,” wrote Dr Peter McCann, co-author of the study and a medical adviser to Castle Craig Hospital, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in the Scottish Borders. McCann pointed to solutions that have worked well in Nordic countries, such as Iceland, which he says has successfully reduced teenage drinking and substance abuse by increasing participation in sport and other organised activities, and restricting time spent outdoors in the evening. Continue reading...
(Reuters Health) - Peanut allergy can be life-threatening, but a new study suggests that peanut protein itself can be used to slowly dial down the intensity of the allergic reaction.
Greece on Monday issued the first licences to private companies for growing medicinal cannabis in the country, part of an attempt to tap a burgeoning market worth billions.
The former world record holder told the BBC about how he made a full recovery after suffering a stroke.
Mum Laura McCartney says her son Tom, who has complex medical needs, was "enthralled" to see a story told "in his language".
Palantir Technologies Inc will set up a cancer data analytics joint venture with German lab supplies company Merck KGaA, as the U.S. analytics and security firm makes further inroads into health care.
The contact lens was designed to help people with diabetes monitor their glucose levels
The allegations relate to alleged mistreatment and neglect of some stroke patients in Blackpool.
The doctors were involved in the care of Claire Roberts who died at a Belfast hospital in 1996.
Global health authorities need to counter a worrying lull in the fight against malaria by focusing their efforts on the near-dozen mostly African countries where it claims most lives, the World Health Organization said.
A large study raises hope that people can build up tolerance to protect themselves from peanut allergy.