Health

The £97m invoice for 'midwife scarcity'

The £97m bill for 'midwife shortage' UK maternity items are turning to costly non permanent staffing preparations comparable to extra time and company workers to plug gaps in midwife rotas, union leaders say. Royal School of Midwives knowledge confirmed the invoice hit practically £100m in 2016, with companies having to pay hourly charges twice as excessive as the traditional charges. The union mentioned that was sufficient to cowl the “nationwide

The nurse employed to fight most cancers myths on-line

The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online A most cancers charity has appointed a digital nurse to fight “faux information” on-line, which they are saying leaves sufferers “scared and liable to bogus cures”. Macmillan Most cancers Assist discovered two-fifths of individuals with most cancers regarded up details about their prognosis on the web. One in eight of these went on-line as a result of they did not totally perceive

NHS Airbnb-style scheme 'not dominated out' by minister

NHS Airbnb-style scheme 'not ruled out' by minister The concept of NHS hospital sufferers recuperating in Airbnb-style lodging has not been dominated out, well being minister Philip Dunne has stated. Southend Hospital had been linked to a trial the place hospital sufferers might be discharged to folks’s spare rooms. The hospital distanced itself from the concept following criticism by politicians and well being teams. However Mr Dunne instructed BBC Radio

Marriage might shield towards dementia

Marriage may protect against dementia Marriage and having shut associates might assist shield towards dementia, in line with Loughborough College researchers. The research, published in Journals of Gerontology, adopted 6,677 adults for slightly below seven years. The standard of an individual’s social circle appeared extra vital than the general measurement, the analysis staff mentioned. The Alzheimer’s Society mentioned it was important to assist sufferers to keep up “significant social connections”.

Coronary heart surgical procedure survival probabilities 'higher within the afternoon'

Heart surgery survival chances 'better in the afternoon' Open coronary heart surgical procedure seems to be safer within the afternoon due to the physique’s inside clock, scientists have mentioned. The physique clock – or circadian rhythm – is the rationale we need to sleep at night time, however it additionally drives big modifications in the best way our our bodies work. The analysis, published in the Lancet, suggests the center

Ladies in Scotland allowed abortion tablet at house

Women in Scotland allowed abortion pill at home Ladies in Scotland are the primary within the UK to be allowed to take the abortion tablet at house. Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has written to all well being boards to say the drug misoprostol will be taken by ladies outdoors of a medical setting. The change brings Scotland in keeping with different nations corresponding to Sweden and France. The British Being

'Unimaginable' modifying of life's constructing blocks

'Incredible' editing of life's building blocks Scientists have demonstrated an “extremely highly effective” capacity to control the constructing blocks of life in two separate research. One altered the atoms in DNA to rewrite the human genetic code and the directions for all times. The opposite edited RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA and unlocks the knowledge within the genetic code. The research – which may ultimately deal with

Typhoid vaccine set to have 'enormous influence'

Typhoid vaccine set to have 'huge impact' A brand new vaccine that would forestall as much as nine-in-10 instances of typhoid fever has been really helpful by the World Well being Group. Consultants say it may have a “enormous influence” on the 22 million instances, and 220,000 deaths, from typhoid annually. Crucially it really works in kids, who’re at high-risk of the an infection, not like different typhoid vaccines. It’s

Sufferers want relaxation, not antibiotics, say well being officers

Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials Extra sufferers ought to be advised to go residence and relaxation reasonably than be given antibiotics, in accordance with well being officers. Public Well being England (PHE) says as much as a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are pointless as many sicknesses get higher on their very own. Overusing the medication is making infections tougher to deal with by creating drug-resistant superbugs. PHE

Taxpayer-funded medicine 'too costly for sufferers’

Taxpayer-funded drugs 'too expensive for patients’ Taxpayer-funded medical analysis is producing medicines that are more and more unaffordable for sufferers who want them, says a brand new report. Campaigners declare that the NHS spent greater than £1bn on medicine developed from publically funded analysis in 2016. A authorities spokesperson stated it needed the UK to be a worldwide chief in analysis and improvement”. However NHS England stated it was involved