Cannabinoid based spray reduces spasticity, new study shows
Scientists test spray in patients with motor neurone disease Related items fromOnMedica MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women New evidence on benzodiazepine link to Alzheimer ’s Debate goes on over valproate in pregnancy Cannabis compound may help curb frequency of epileptic seizures Government to review medicinal use of cannabis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Review reveals young cancer patients are put at risk
Systemic anti-cancer therapy — safeguards needed Related items fromOnMedica Obesity as cause of cancer set to overtake smoking CCGs struggling to meet cancer targets Chemo treatment ‘unsustainable’ due to staff shortages Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival UK child health near bottom in Europe (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Potential brain disease risk posed by surgical procedures
Sticky proteins can be transferred between people Related items fromOnMedica Anticholinergic drugs may be linked to increased risk of dementia Risk of Alzheimer ’s lower in people with gout Don ’t delay young children’s surgery for fear of GA harms Genes identified involved in age-related brain deterioration Low vitamin D levels linked to faster cognitive decline (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Demand for A & E at record high in November
But discharge targets fell to record low Related items fromOnMedica NHS figures paint ‘bleak picture’ for staff and patients Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years NHS funding falls short of 4% needed for improvements (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Genetic study raises hopes for acne treatment
The shape of hair follicles may be key to why some people are affected Related items fromOnMedica Eczema a greater burden on patients than heart disease or diabetes Silk garments for skin conditions set to come off NHS prescription Eyeballing skin cancer not good enough for accurate diagnosis, say experts NICE approves new treatment for high-risk skin cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Organ donors to be asked if they are religious
Changes to donor forms hope to boost applications from black and Asian people Related items fromOnMedica Nine-year wait transplant patient makes donor plea England considering opt-out system for organ donation Opt-out organ donation well-meant but ‘misguided’ Wales votes for opt-out on organ donation Scotland launches organ donor consultation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midstream urine test 'flawed'
Researchers say it must be replaced by genome sequencing Related items fromOnMedica Dipstick test children ’s urine before prescribing antibiotics UTI self-management Ibuprofen not a safe alternative to antibiotics for uncomplicated UTIs GPs should consider restricting antibiotics for COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors may amputate without consent
Court rules that patient lacks mental capacity to make treatment decision Related items fromOnMedica Lasting powers of attorney for health and welfare Help those who find decision-making difficult, urges NICE Medical errors now US ’s third-leading cause of death Also in the press Antidepressants differ in effect on weight gain (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurses call for 'People's Vote' on Brexit
Royal College of Nursing members lobby Parliament for a new ballot Related items fromOnMedica Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors NHS strain would worsen in the face of a harsh Brexit MPs to debate call to remove 1% nurse pay cap Pay for NHS managers trumps that of nurses 1% pay deal slammed by health unions (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

21.5-year ‘good health’ gap for women across UK
Latest figures show wide differences in healthy life expectancy by local authority Related items fromOnMedica Four factors to deal with the problem of long-term health conditions Life expectancy gap continues to widen Social prescribing can free up GPs ’ time and save resources Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 GPs urged to prescribe ‘social activities’ to combat loneliness (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New standards to clarify digital health technology needs in NHS
NICE sets out requirements for development of products such as healthcare apps and wearable devices Related items fromOnMedica Building an inclusive digital health and care service CCGs free to choose own tech for new NHS digital systems Wealthy tech companies creating ‘digital divide’ in health Greater use of technology in NHS requires culture change New digital technology code 'will protect patients' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Thousands more women affected by Capita cervical screen blunder
Time to strip the company of its NHS contract, urge doctors ’ leaders Related items fromOnMedica The risk factors for cervical cancer Home samples for cervical screening tests could boost uptake Cervical smear blunder affects thousands New test could mean cervical cancer screening could stop sooner Vaccine could 'eradicate' cervical cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Significant ’ health outcome gap persists in Scotland, latest data show
Some inequalities have narrowed over the long-term, but overall picture is of little or no change Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 GPs and pharmacists have cut quit-smoking prescriptions by 75% UK women ’s health lags behind much of Europe Asthma outcomes in England still vary hugely by region and wealth Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS not making most of its health data, says think tank
It stands to lose out on revenue suitable partnerships without formal strategy in place Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Friends and family test extended across NHS in England Too many CCGs ’ residential mental health placements are out-of-area Obesity as cause of cancer set to overtake smoking Health Foundation sets out reasons for more NHS investment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doubt cast on ‘Use it or lose it’ claim for brain health
But sudoku, crosswords, and other problem-solving activities may boost brain power over a lifetime Related items fromOnMedica Foetal alcohol syndrome may be more common than previously thought Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women UK lagging behind peers on child health Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Youngest and oldest mothers ’ babies have highest risk of problems (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Improve NHS bereavement care for new parents, government urged
Current provision is ‘worryingly’ inconsistent and poorly resourced, audit finds Related items fromOnMedica PM appoints UK ’s first minister for suicide prevention CCGs ’ duties for children with disabilities ‘No improvement’ in community mental health care NHS is failing patients with mental health problems Experts urge radical action on mental health crises (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Eyeballing skin cancer not good enough for accurate diagnosis, say experts
But dermoscopy may help GPs make appropriate referrals, finds Cochrane review Related items fromOnMedica Counsel young people to avoid skin cancer, says US NICE approves new treatment for high-risk skin cancer A.I. better at diagnosing skin cancer than humans Silk garments for skin conditions set to come off NHS prescription (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

National lung disease plan needed to help ease winter pressures, experts urge
These illnesses account for nearly one million A&E attendances, with admissions peaking sharply in winter, says British Thoracic Society Related items fromOnMedica Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s UK ‘can and should do better’ in many areas of healthcare UK falls behind other nations in preventing avoidable death Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival Lung experts call for ‘national plan for lung cancer’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Home care sector in ‘extremely fragile state’, report warns
Funding squeeze and staff shortages driving providers to desert market Related items fromOnMedica NHS strain would worsen in the face of a harsh Brexit GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase Brexit could leave health and social care 51,000 nurses short GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse EU migrants contribute more to the NHS than they consume (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS told to 'axe the fax'
Outdated equipment must go in a radical overhaul of communications Related items fromOnMedica Accelerating Innovation in the NHS Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems Greater use of technology in NHS requires culture change CCGs free to choose own tech for new NHS digital systems Wealthy tech companies creating ‘digital divide’ in health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health nurses set to become first responders
Specialist paramedic response cars aim to treat patients in crisis at home Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Commission calls for mental health parity in Northern Ireland Patients confused over emergency care Major trauma centres have saved an extra 1,600 BMA says winter pressures will continue into summer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs say 10-minute consultation 'no longer fit for purpose'
RCGP calls for longer consultations and more cash to ease appointment delays Related items fromOnMedica GPs urged to prescribe ‘social activities’ to combat loneliness Patients go to A&E as unable to access alternatives GPs must have longer patient consultations, says BMA Digital proposals set out for the NHS NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Long-term plan 'must put primary care at heart of mental healthcare'
Report says primary mental health care services need more support and resources Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Too many CCGs ’ residential mental health placements are out-of-area Only a quarter have access to needed mental health services Care for Schizophrenic patients – ‘shameful’ Huge disparity in access to psychological therapies (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Review aims to tackle ‘problematic polypharmacy’
Chief pharmaceutical officer to lead the review which will also look at efficiency and new technology Related items fromOnMedica Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine Public should ask GPs about drugs ’ relative risks and benefits GPs are letting down heart failure patients MPs want GPs to record prescription drug abuse Terminally ill patients get inadequate pain relief (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs should consider restricting antibiotics for COPD
NICE says antimicrobial resistance is a risk issue Related items fromOnMedica Making sense of the LABAs and LAMAs for COPD COPD: ageing and multimorbidity, a new risk defined Include nurse-led CBT in routine COPD clinical care pathways Four in 10 women with asthma may develop COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GMC more likely to sanction doctors with poor exam performance
Worst performing doctors 12 times more likely to be sanctioned Related items fromOnMedica Better assessment of doctors in training will cut burden Over half of junior doctors have taken time out Give your views on examinations Doctors enter UK not prepared for clinical work Admissions staff look up candidates on the internet (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP practice appointment numbers rising
307 million appointments in past year, data shows Related items fromOnMedica State-backed or practice-backed indemnity? NHS needs 10,000 more beds to meet winter demand Drive to boost doctors ’ professionalism at work UK-wide workforce planning needed to avert NHS staffing crisis Nearly one in three GPs set to leave profession within five years, survey shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government plans could increase GP indemnity costs
Consultation on clinical negligence cover launched Related items fromOnMedica GPs likely to need extra cover despite state indemnity scheme Plans for state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in Wales State-backed or practice-backed indemnity? GP leader calls for rethink on indemnity scheme bill GPs should consider restricting antibiotics for COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

EU doctors working in UK get assurance
No-deal Brexit paper is common sense, says BMA Related items fromOnMedica Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors Health secretary ‘committed’ to contract negotiations So long and thanks for all the fish … Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland NHS staff report stress, violence and dissatisfaction with pay (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Home samples for cervical screening tests could boost uptake
Women missing screening appointments could use self-sampling kits Related items fromOnMedica Some doctors misunderstand smear test says GP Parents unsure of HPV vaccine for daughters JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination Experts call for wider HPV vaccination Vaccinating girls against HPV benefits men (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mental health law reform will give patients more rights
Reforms designed to improve patient experience Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Mental health patients report poorer hospital experiences Mental health needs better management in criminal justice system ‘No improvement’ in community mental health care NHS is failing patients with mental health problems (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drive to boost doctors ’ professionalism at work
Support needed to ensure doctors gain more skills Related items fromOnMedica Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services GPs to consult via social media and take on more roles NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ The incredible invisible bed crisis Treatment of whistleblowers a “stain on NHS”, say MPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts call for greater use of breath test in GP practices
Five-year plan for better lung health launched Related items fromOnMedica Lung experts call for ‘national plan for lung cancer’ Battle against chronic diseases in China Asthma outcomes in England still vary hugely by region and wealth Emergency admissions at end of life set to sky rocket Action plan launched on COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS needs 10,000 more beds to meet winter demand
Analysis predicts NHS set for worse winter pressures Related items fromOnMedica Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years NHS figures paint ‘bleak picture’ for staff and patients NHS performance figures show ‘the writing is on the wall’ NHS ends financial year almost £1bn in deficit NHS England last met a key target in February 2016 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Alcohol-related deaths among UK women at record high
Overall alcohol-related deaths are at a 10-year peak Related items fromOnMedica Drinking alcohol linked to higher risk of PMS Women drinking almost as much alcohol as men Deaths among under-fives more likely in England than in Sweden Less risk of obesity in children of healthy mothers Only a third of women with regular bloating would see their GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mother gives birth with uterus from deceased donor
Previous uterine transplants have been from live donors who are in short supply Related items fromOnMedica UK to expand trials of womb transplants Epilepsy does not affect chance of pregnancy, or outcomes Acupuncture with IVF does not increase women ’s chance of a baby Patients face postcode lottery for IVF, new data shows Egg freezing for social reasons is not without risk, warns Royal College (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Parents ’ fertility may influence child’s asthma risk
Lengthy time to conception and fertility treatment may affect child ’s asthma risk Related items fromOnMedica Target rates for caesareans may be too low Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Women using short-acting asthma relievers can take 20% longer to conceive More help to quit smoking in pregnancy SSRIs raise risk of rare neonatal hypertension (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lack of nurses linked to increased risk of patient death
Too few fully trained nurses on wards increases risk of patient death by 3% per day Related items fromOnMedica Over a third of nursing posts earmarked for cuts Emergency care in Northern Ireland unsustainable, warn emergency doctors GMC warns of 'state of unease' amongst doctors Step up pace of change now, auditor general urges NHS Scotland Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK-wide workforce planning needed to avert NHS staffing crisis
Current workforce crisis could be compounded by Brexit, GMC warns Related items fromOnMedica This is good news for patients and GPs Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors BMA welcomes review of visa system Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Perinatal mental health services will provide support for fathers
Mental health assessment to be offered to partners of mothers with mental health issues Related items fromOnMedica Public figures plea for a change of language around suicide Suicide attempt risk higher among non-heterosexual teens New funding to help cut suicides World ’s first Ministerial Mental Health Summit announced Childhood abuse associated with psychosis in women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Funding for projects for people affected by alcohol
£10.5 million of funding to help improve the lives of adults and children impacted by alcohol Related items fromOnMedica Children put at risk by parents' alcohol misuse UK child health near bottom in Europe Childhood fitness leads to healthy lungs as adult Texting can improve flu jab uptake £6m fund for children living with alcohol-dependent parents (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statins are being overprescribed, study suggests
The risks of statins for primary prevention are greater than the benefits for many patients Related items fromOnMedica Withdrawn valsartan meds not linked to short-term cancer risk Direct oral anticoagulants as safe as warfarin after VTE Too few women take part in many CVD clinical trials Use of DPP-4 inhibitors associated with increased risk of IBD Metformin doesn ’t help HbA1c in teens with type 1 diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Red tape delaying availability of new cancer drugs
Report also criticises NICE for lack of emphasis on innovation when assessing new drugs Related items fromOnMedica Is crowdfunding for cancer patients paying for ‘quackery’? Cancer patients using complementary meds die sooner New targeted drug could help treat advanced cancers Prediction tool to help develop better cancer drugs Exercise and psychological treatments cut cancer fatigue (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Volunteers reduce pressure on frontline NHS staff, report finds
90% of staff believe that volunteering adds a lot of value for patients Related items fromOnMedica 100,000 people in NI wait over a year for hospital treatment Stop cynically undermining trust in doctors says BMA Patients report better overall satisfaction with A&E Practice sees huge benefits from integration GPs to consult via social media and take on more roles (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Babies ’ nose bacteria may be linked to respiratory infection and asthma risk
Those with narrower range and more Moraxellaceae or Streptococcaceae species took longer to recover Related items fromOnMedica Three quarters of adult COPD cases may originate in childhood Paracetamol unlikely to increase child ’s asthma risk Texting can improve flu jab uptake Pregnancy raises risk of critical illness with swine flu Swine flu cases fall but jabs must continue (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Joint professional initiative to improve care of mothers and babies
ROCG and RCM educational scheme aims to make UK safest place to give birth Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Maternity care to become more ‘personalised’ Home births safe and cost-effective for low-risk women Urgent shakeup required in the way stillbirths are reviewed Midwife-led birth safest for straightforward pregnancy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Excess winter deaths highest for 40 years, ONS figures reveal
Respiratory disease accounted for over a third of these deaths in 2017-18 Related items fromOnMedica Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Funding cuts leave contraceptive services in jeopardy Worsening death rates ‘must be investigated’ Social media could help raise breast screening take-up (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drugs regulator asks pharmacies to return more valtsartan meds
Move is precautionary and follows earlier pharmacy level recall in July Related items fromOnMedica More than 450 deaths ‘without medical justification’ Gosport enquiry finds Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems Think tanks pile pressure on government to stump up more cash for NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nearly one in three GPs set to leave profession within five years, survey shows
Bolster efforts to retain existing workforce, urges Royal College of GPs Related items fromOnMedica Daily Mail highlights desperate GP shortage Make GP a more attractive career, agree MPs Threefold higher rise in GP consults than in doctor headcount over past five years NHS Scotland pressures ‘need urgent action now’ The incredible invisible bed crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Very low-calorie diets set to tackle obesity and diabetes
After successful pilot, approach to be scaled up from next year Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Sweetened drinks greater risk for poor glycaemic control Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Scotland reveals plans to cut impact of type 2 diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news