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Flu cases rising sharply
Hospitalisation for flu numbers double in a week Related items fromOnMedica NHS winter plans centre on more flu jabs and A&E staff Parents urged to vaccinate children against flu Struggling NHS will be floored by flu outbreak or cold snap, warn NHS leaders Pregnant women urged to have flu jab Flu jab linked to fewer hospitalisations (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public still largely ignorant of safe drinking guidelines
Only 16% of people aware of recommended guidelines Related items fromOnMedica Alcohol dependency and detoxification Alcohol minimum unit pricing gets go ahead in Scotland Metabolic factors combined with alcohol increase risk of severe liver disease Experts identify how alcohol raises cancer risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Avoidable cardiac deaths as women receive different treatment
Women have three times higher excess mortality in year after heart attack Related items fromOnMedica Atrial fibrillation poses greater risk for women than men Heart rehabilitation services neglect women Migraines linked to cardiovascular disease and death in women Heavy drinking is bad for women's hearts Hospitals fail women with myocardial infarction (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

QOF targets in Wales eased to help winter pressures
Extra £10m announced to help relieve NHS pressures Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to scrap QOF system of GP pay Include management of nutrition in QOF, says Patients Association QOF suspended in Northern Ireland Is there a life after QOF? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

PM defends NHS performance but admits ‘nothing’s perfect’
GP cooperation with hospital praised by prime minister Related items fromOnMedica Trusts set to use multiple measures to ease winter pressure Sickness surveillance system hopes to ease winter pressures BMA calls for increased funding to end annual winter crisis NHS 111 calls hit new high as winter pressures build Give us long-term solutions, not quick fixes, urge health and social care leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts slam theory that sugar is driving obesity/diabetes epidemics
Argument overly simplistic and fundamentally flawed, they say Related items fromOnMedica Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease “Sugar-free” drinks – are they really healthy? High sugar diet linked to depression in men Sweet drink consumption linked to heart failure risk Diabetes risk lower with high intake of fruit and veg (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public fear NHS at risk of collapse within five years without extra cash
Patient safety also a concern, small survey of service users and locum staff indicates Related items fromOnMedica GMC issues warning over impact of winter pressures NHS pressures will jeopardise patient safety, doctors warn Fall in nurse numbers could threaten patient safety Social care collapse by next year will hurt NHS, warn experts General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New pharmacy standards aim to boost patient experience and cut drug errors
RPS updates professional framework for hospital services Related items fromOnMedica Look to the efficiencies community pharmacy offers to make a dent in the £22bn Strategy for community pharmacy needed to deliver its full potential Pharmacists lose battle to overturn government cuts to community pharmacy Pharmacy service could save NHS £500m Community pharmacy staff offered clinical skills programme (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Discuss all options for fertility preservation with patients, clinicians urged
And include transgender people and those with congenital conditions Related items fromOnMedica Fertility treatments may impact on breast cancer risk Infertility UK to expand trials of womb transplants Fertility preservation for girls with cancer ‘haphazard’ Patients face postcode lottery for IVF, new data shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Give us long-term solutions, not quick fixes, urge health and social care leaders
Time to rethink staff and resources, they urge, in wake of winter pressure figures Related items fromOnMedica Winter pressure BMA calls for increased funding to end annual winter crisis NHS 111 calls hit new high as winter pressures build GPs under growing pressure as well as A&Es BMA warns ‘year-round crisis set to be the norm’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts identify how alcohol raises cancer risk
Alcohol can cause damage to DNA in blood stem cells Related items fromOnMedica Government urged to stress dangers of even moderate drinking Alcohol dependency and detoxification Detox units 'putting patients at risk' Alcohol directly causes seven types of cancer England faces 135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths by 2035 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Quarter of pregnant women have mental health problems
Simple questions can identify problems, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Postnatal depression Postnatal depression far more common in previous sufferers 30,000 pregnant women with mental health problems do not get adequate care Large shortfall in mental health care for new mothers, UK survey reveals (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Some CCGs fail to declare drug company payments
More than £3.7m of undisclosed payments found Related items fromOnMedica GPs warned over potential conflicts of interest in CCG decisions New NHS conflict of interest clampdown Declare gifts above £50 and any commercial work, CCG and trust staff told Database of pharmaceutical industry payments to doctors goes live Conflicted (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS 111 calls hit new high as winter pressures build
Ambulance waits rise 40% in a week at end of 2017 Related items fromOnMedica Ongoing pressures putting NHS at risk of ‘serious lapses in care’ A&E is the barometer for a health and care system under pressure Better funding and capacity vital for A&E to survive A&Es are inadequately resourced, MPs agree Missed A&E targets reflect cuts in social care and NHS funding (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs under growing pressure as well as A & Es
RCGP renews call for patients to consider different NHS help Related items fromOnMedica The incredible invisible bed crisis Physicians offer help on managing winter pressures Trusts set to use multiple measures to ease winter pressure Winter pressure BMA calls for increased funding to end annual winter crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gaming addiction gets disease classification status
Condition will be listed in WHO's 11th International Classification of Diseases Related items fromOnMedica Daily screen time linked to teen sleep problems Longer screen time may increase children ’s risk of diabetes Cell phone fixation puts children at risk of accidents, study shows Children ditching sport in favour of video games Video gaming may improve child development (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA calls for increased funding to end annual winter crisis
It says NHS still lags behind many European countries on health spending Related items fromOnMedica Winter pressure Performance figures show NHS under continued pressure Physicians offer help on managing winter pressures Trusts set to use multiple measures to ease winter pressure Sickness surveillance system hopes to ease winter pressures (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Processed meat 'cancer risk' in older women
New study shows older women who eat processed meats have raised breast cancer risk Related items fromOnMedica Mediterranean diet cuts womb cancer risk Diverticulitis in men linked to high red meat intake Processed meat linked to worsening asthma symptoms Breast cancer risk lower with Mediterranean diet plus oil Dietary intake of veg linked to lower risk of ER-negative breast cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Parents urged to limit children's snacks to 100 calories
Campaign aims to encourage healthier snacking to reduce obesity and tooth decay Related items fromOnMedica “Sugar-free” drinks – are they really healthy? Chocolate bars and cakes could shrink under new sugar guidelines Experts call for ban on sales of energy drinks to under 16s Tenfold global rise in childhood/teen obesity since 1975 Children order fast food from schools, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Abortion clinics and private GPs to get CQC ratings
A wide range of providers will be required to display ratings in a public place Related items fromOnMedica CQC to focus reviews on delayed transfers of care CQC says safety in quarter of care homes is unacceptable What makes an outstanding mental health trust? CQC praises GPs under ‘very real pressures’ as it rates 90% good Auditor says CQC itself requires improvement (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Internet-based testing for STIs doubles uptake
Findings from first UK study to compare effect of access to internet-based STI testing against face-to-face appointments Related items fromOnMedica Chlamydia trachomatis infection Sexually transmitted infections Drug-resistant gonorrhoea spreads in England Regulator issues warning over unreliable HIV testing kits London has highest rate of new STIs, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Calcium and vitamin D supplements not associated with lower risk of fractures
Evidence does not support the routine use of supplements in older people living in the community Related items fromOnMedica Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections but may increase falls for older adults Heart attack/stroke risks may outweigh benefits of calcium supplement Dietary calcium not linked to fracture risk Neither vitamin D nor exercise affect overall fall rates among older women A new focus on falls prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Topiramate in early pregnancy increases risk of oral clefts
Risk of cleft lip or cleft palate is greater if mother takes a higher dose of the drug Related items fromOnMedica Adverse pregnancy outcomes far more likely in epilepsy Study reveals mental cost of epilepsy in pregnancy Cannabis derivative cannabidiol reduces seizures in severe epilepsy disorder New guidelines on epilepsy in pregnancy Epilepsy drug linked to 4,000 birth defects in France (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

High Court quashes Ombudsman ’s decision on complaint against GP practice
PHSO should not have entertained out-of-time complaint, High Court says Related items fromOnMedica Families of older patients struggle to complain Complaints to primary care rose by 9.7% in past year Hospitals failing to learn from patient deaths Patients ’ champion accuses ombudsman of poor service NHS eating disorder services badly failing patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS considering use of ‘drunk tanks’ to ease pressure on A & E
Facilities based in major towns and cities will allow revellers who have overindulged to sleep off the effects Related items fromOnMedica Metabolic factors combined with alcohol increase risk of severe liver disease Alcohol dependency and detoxification Alcohol and the nervous system Detox units 'putting patients at risk' Most emergency staff suffer alcohol-related abuse (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs should do more post bariatric surgery follow-up care
Experts argue primary care should play greater role Related items fromOnMedica Gastric band surgery Bariatric surgery for type 2 diabetes cuts medication costs NHS must do much more bariatric surgery to beat obesity Childbirth soon after bariatric surgery associated with increased risk of complication Obese couples take longer to achieve pregnancy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MS patients to get routine access to beta interferon drug
But MS Society warns guidance limits patient choice Related items fromOnMedica A clinical review of multiple sclerosis New multiple sclerosis drug hailed as a 'landmark' MS patients miss out on specialist support Stem cell transplant shows promise for MS outcomes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Prescriptions may be scrapped for some over-the-counter items
NHS England says plan will free up £136m for frontline care Related items fromOnMedica Gluten-free food CCGs ban routine prescription of some treatments Dropping ‘low value prescription items’ set to save NHS ‘millions’ Green light for ban on prescription of ‘low value products’ on NHS Public should ask GPs about drugs ’ relative risks and benefits (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health leaders warn against removal of Working Time Regulations
Scrapping the WTR ‘puts patients and doctors at risk’ Related items fromOnMedica NHS pressures will jeopardise patient safety, doctors warn Trainees still suffer from heavy workloads Tired GPs greatest threat to patient safety EWTD has impacted on quality of doctor training, report says Health workers ’ rights will be protected post Brexit (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fear of litigation impacts on how GPs practise
87% ‘increasingly fearful’ of being sued Related items fromOnMedica Where will indemnity rises stop? DH to develop state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs NHS clinical negligence claims up by 14% 'Explain all options to patients,' say surgeons Government must act on rising clinical negligence costs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cancer survivors age faster than their peers, study shows
Long-term follow-up should be offered, say experts Related items fromOnMedica Smoking causes DNA mutations Half a million people a year will be diagnosed with cancer by 2035 Cancer cases have risen 12% since mid-1990s One in 20 cancers are attributable to diabetes and being overweight 170,000 people alive 25 years after cancer diagnosis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts urged to adopt a standardised clinical assessment system
NHS England endorses the National Early Warning Score Related items fromOnMedica Video game improves doctors' recognition and triage of severe trauma patients Set up protocols to iron out differences in emergency surgery, hospitals told Delayed discharges hit highest level since records began Better funding and capacity vital for A&E to survive A&E four-hour target only for ‘urgent’ patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gingko biloba may boost memory after stroke, study shows
Herbal extract may protect against nerve cell death Related items fromOnMedica Scan suspected stroke patients within 1 hour, says RCP Blood-thinning drugs appear to protect against dementia in AF patients Big improvements in stroke care Rising use of antithrombotics linked to subdural haematoma RCGP defends ‘under-prescription’ of stroke medicines by GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors struggle to help anxious terminally ill patients
More support needed for palliative care doctors Related items fromOnMedica Palliative care NHS can ’t afford not to transform end-of-life care Palliative/end-of-life care provision a ‘postcode lottery’ in England High staff turnover major barrier to improving end-of-life care in care homes First guideline on end-of-life care launched by NICE (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medical profession at ‘crunch point’ warns GMC
Annual report calls for action on workforce Related items fromOnMedica PM indicates overseas trained doctors can stay in UK post Brexit NHS ‘workforce gap’ is harming the quality of care General practice training may be extended by another year NHS workforce strategy GMC warns of 'state of unease' amongst doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Depression remains a taboo subject at work
Poll finds people would rather talk about sex or money worries than mental health Related items fromOnMedica High sugar diet linked to depression in men Anxiety and depression linked to higher cancer death risk Depression raises risk of developing psoriatic arthritis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scientists close to 'sniff' test for Parkinson's
Documentary charts the story of woman's ability to detect the disease in her husband Related items fromOnMedica People with parkinsonism die on average sooner than others Diabetes drug could halt Parkinson's progression Hepatitis may increase risk of Parkinson's disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Extra cash for GPs in Northern Ireland
Department of Health says £2.2m will increase the value of the GP contract Related items fromOnMedica Doctors seek assurances on extra funding for health in Northern Ireland Act now on health reform in Northern Ireland demand doctors ’ leaders GPs ’ goodwill and resilience propping up NI general practice (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sickness surveillance system hopes to ease winter pressures
Data gathered by Public Health England will track surges in norovirus and other conditions Related items fromOnMedica Struggling NHS will be floored by flu outbreak or cold snap, warn NHS leaders Pregnant women urged to have flu jab Physicians offer help on managing winter pressures Trusts set to use multiple measures to ease winter pressure Norovirus a huge cause of gastroenteritis worldwide (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS to fund new specialised treatments
Some 3,000 patients with HIV, genetic conditions and skin disorders will benefit Related items fromOnMedica Work needed to boost GPs ’ knowledge of cancer drug Ovarian cancer drug may help stall breast cancer NHS launches mass HIV prevention trials World AIDS Day: The fight against HIV Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study shows one in six children drink alcohol by age 14
Attempts by well-intentioned parents to promote moderate drinking could backfire Related items fromOnMedica Protect children from alcohol marketing, say doctors Early intervention tackles teen substance abuse Teen alcohol link to dementia Commission more teen mental health and alcohol services Half of parents let children drink alcohol at home (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts call for ban on sales of energy drinks to under 16s
Study reveals that they have 'unacceptably high' levels of sugar and caffeine Related items fromOnMedica Sugary drinks may be banned from hospital shops Toddler and maternal fructose intake linked to asthma “Sugar-free” drinks – are they really healthy? Warning over mixing energy drinks with alcohol Energy drinks affect heart function (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

National bowel screening continues to improve
Although audit shows that diagnoses via screening vary across the country Related items fromOnMedica Developing and using a tool to improve outcomes in colorectal cancer Long delay after FIT linked to higher risk of cancer Fifth of emergency bowel cancer cases had red flag symptoms Screening for colorectal cancer should start at 45 years Early stage bowel cancer more likely to be picked up by screening (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Almost half of young people never use a condom with a new partner
PHE wants more under 25s to be protected to stop the spread of STIs Related items fromOnMedica Chlamydia trachomatis infection Sexually transmitted infections Gonorrhoea becoming difficult or impossible to treat, warns WHO Drug-resistant gonorrhoea spreads in England London has highest rate of new STIs, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA says A & E working with 'little or no spare capacity'
Four-hour wait figures for England reveal worst performance since February Related items fromOnMedica Struggling NHS will be floored by flu outbreak or cold snap, warn NHS leaders BMA warns ‘year-round crisis set to be the norm’ Bed cut plans ‘undesirable and unachievable', warns think tank Better funding and capacity vital for A&E to survive Missed A&E targets reflect cuts in social care and NHS funding (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GMC approves model for Medical Licensing Assessment
UK and international graduates will take same applied knowledge test from 2022 Related items fromOnMedica PM indicates overseas trained doctors can stay in UK post Brexit Health workers ’ rights will be protected post Brexit Negativity could deter medical students from general practice New postgrad training standards to give doctors broader skills Students shun a career in medicine, figures show (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GMC to slash registration fees for doctors
Newly qualified doctors could save over £1,000 under the cuts announced Related items fromOnMedica Indemnity costs may lead GPs to quit general practice CQC fee hike plans will hobble frontline care, GP leaders warn Government promises to pay for GP indemnity fee rises Health watchdog ‘must demonstrate value for money’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Self-taught breathing retraining improves quality of life for people with asthma
The self-taught technique has similar impact on quality of life to training given by a physiotherapist Related items fromOnMedica NICE produces first ever GP asthma guidance Over 55 age group most likely to have asthma flare-ups Yoga may relieve asthma symptoms and boost quality of life Children with asthma prescribed ‘unnecessary antibiotics’ Vitamin D supplements may cut risk of acute respiratory infections (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS could save £200 million a year by managing staff well, research shows
Extensive use of good people management practices would also improve patient satisfaction Related items fromOnMedica Action needed to reduce tensions between clinicians and managers Huge cost of STPs and impact on patients revealed General Practice must be ‘properly supported’ ‘Smart’ rostering Making management work in practice (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice training may be extended by another year
Plan to align general practice training with other medical specialty training is included in Health Education England ’s draft workforce strategy Related items fromOnMedica RCGP raises concerns about GP training plans Chronic shortage of doctors jeopardising patient care Ring-fenced cash to help trainees get back into training after time out Investment in primary care leads to secondary care savings Excessive workload driving GPs to breaking point (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news