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First African to head World Health Organization
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will be the new director-general of WHO Related items fromOnMedica Somalia heading for cycle of hunger and disease, says WHO 12 bacteria posing greatest threat to human health named Global language of drug-resistant infections 'must change' World ’s first malaria vaccine to be piloted Pollution kills 1.7 million children, says WHO (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Worryingly’ high levels of suicide amongst people with autism
Differences in risk factors for suicide in autism mean journey from suicidal thoughts to behaviour might be quite different Related items fromOnMedica Keeping our focus on suicide prevention Better training for GPs needed to help prevent suicide People with autism die prematurely Parent ‘training’ can improve severity of child’s autism symptoms Personalising support for people living with autism (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cannabis derivative cannabidiol reduces seizures in severe epilepsy disorder
Seizure frequency was reduced by 39% in Dravet syndrome Related items fromOnMedica Diabetes linked to epilepsy Study reveals mental cost of epilepsy in pregnancy Evidence to back use of cannabis for MS is limited Medical cannabis should be made legal, say MPs New guidelines on epilepsy in pregnancy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Delayed rather than immediate antibiotics may be preferable for uncomplicated RTIs
Delayed antibiotics do not increase risk of hospital admission or death compared to immediate Related items fromOnMedica GPs need support to convince public to stop expecting antibiotics Antibiotics not effective for treating infected eczema in children (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cuts to addiction services in England are ‘a false economy’
‘Savings’ in specialist services are increasing pressure elsewhere in the NHS, addiction expert warns Related items fromOnMedica Substance misuse grows in the 50+ age group UK ’s war on drugs has failed, say experts Medical cannabis should be made legal, say MPs Preventing drug-related deaths Failing national drugs policy behind rising death toll, say experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Location of body fat can predict cancer risk
Fat around your middle could be as good an indicator of cancer risk as BMI Related items fromOnMedica Managing obesity in primary care - Part 2 Managing obesity in primary care - Part 1 Global alliance now needed to drive down obesity, argue experts General public unaware of link between obesity and cancer Weight gain linked to cancer risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Manchester hospital staff thanked with free drinks
Crowdfunding campaign raises £10,000 to buy drinks for hospital staff who supported victims of terrorist attack (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fibre-rich diet linked to lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis
Findings from two long-term studies show additional benefit from fibre in diet Related items fromOnMedica Taking the sting out of osteoarthritis Skin patch could provide early warning of osteoarthritis No role for paracetamol in treating pain in osteoarthritis Transforming MSK care and patient outcomes Diet for lowering blood pressure also reduces risk of kidney disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Regular chocolate consumption may lower risk of atrial fibrillation, study claims
Study suggests women who eat 1 serving/week and men who eat 2-6 servings/week have lowest risk Related items fromOnMedica Eating chocolate associated with lower CVD risk Chocolate bars and cakes could shrink under new sugar guidelines 1970s advice to cut dietary fat not evidence-based Real food and brisk daily walk best for heart health May be time for Britons to switch to Mediterranean diet, study suggests (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis
Researchers say chondroitin sulfate offers a long-term treatment option for reducing pain and improving function Related items fromOnMedica Fresh study links prescribed NSAIDs with heart attacks Skin patch could provide early warning of osteoarthritis Taking the sting out of osteoarthritis NSAIDs and COX 2s linked to heart failure admission No role for paracetamol in treating pain in osteoarthritis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New postgrad training standards to give doctors broader skills
GMC brings in new ‘generic professional capabilities framework’ for postgraduate training Related items fromOnMedica Government outlines plans for expanding medical training Better training for GPs needed to help prevent suicide GMC calls for major overhaul of medical training Excessive stress among juniors affects mental and physical health Current heavy workloads threaten doctors ’ training (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

No major party pledges enough to plug NHS funding gap
Nuffield Trust analysis shows all three manifesto promises on NHS cash fall short of need Related items fromOnMedica Patients face longer waits for elective operations Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall Pledges on public health not matched by funding NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows STP proposals to cut beds not credible without community investment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CVD event risk raised soon after COPD exacerbations
Heart attack/stroke risk four times higher in month after COPD exacerbation in people with CVD Related items fromOnMedica Making sense of the new LABAs and LAMAs for COPD Inhalers High indoor temperatures exacerbate COPD symptoms Loss of lung function faster with COPD exacerbations Diagnosis of COPD needs to be improved (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sleep apnoea might increase risk of atrial fibrillation
Separate study shows it might also increase risk of pregnancy complications Related items fromOnMedica New implantable device may curb sleep apnoea in heart failure patients Sleep apnoea linked to earlier cognitive impairment Poor quality sleep linked to heart disease Oral device improves sleep apnoea and related symptoms (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Starting statins not beneficial in many older adults
No cut in all-cause mortality or CHD events when statins begun for primary prevention Related items fromOnMedica Modifying cardiovascular risks and lipid modification Higher dose statins could prolong lives of CVD patients Statins' side effects have been overstated, study suggests US expert group updates statins recommendations Never too old to benefit from CVD prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS set to lose over 2,000 European GPs if status isn ’t protected during Brexit
GP shortage will deepen and leave 3 million patients doctorless, warns RCGP Related items fromOnMedica Grant EU doctors permanent residence now, BMA urges government Brexit business has become real – the NHS must keep watch Put patients before Brexit, College tells politicians MPs say NHS must be at the heart of Brexit talks Politicians warned not to let Brexit dominate the general election (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Plain pack regulations for cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco in force
As of Saturday 20 May, all UK retailers must comply with the new standards Related items fromOnMedica Smoking cessation Global tobacco treaty cuts smoking rates by 2.5% Plain cigarette packs may be helping to drive down smoking prevalence Cutting smoking rates could save NHS £67m a year Public Health doctor argues for a smoke-free NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Widespread public support for tax hike to fund NHS
Representative poll shows nearly two thirds of respondents back the move Related items fromOnMedica Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall Government considers inquiry to decide on how NHS is funded in the future NHS prescription charges to rise Charging for GP appointments would raise NHS funds and reduce DNAs Making personal health budgets work for all (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

E-health device helps heart failure patients better manage their condition
Preliminary research shows promising results for touch screen/weighing scale aid Related items fromOnMedica Early menopause linked to heart failure risk One third of heart failure patients do not resume work Chronic heart failure – a review and update Fewer heart failure risk factors by midlife cuts long-term risk Prognosis for heart failure worse than many common cancers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pharmacists lose battle to overturn government cuts to community pharmacy
But ruling establishes legal principle to consider impact of health policies on most vulnerable 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 Government announces massive cuts to community pharmacy funding Practice sees huge benefits from integration Pharmacist leaders voice concerns about planned cuts to funding (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Vegetarian diet could cut obesity risk
Strongest vegetarian diet results in 43% smaller risk of obesity Related items fromOnMedica Mediterranean diet reduces brain shrinkage in elderly Sponsorship and ad bans needed to tackle child obesity Gluten-free diet not recommended for people without coeliac disease Study casts doubts on alternate-day fasting diet Obesity may skew results of rheumatoid arthritis blood tests in women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs urged to step up meningitis vaccination programme
Calls for high-profile awareness campaign to clarify vaccine eligibility Related items fromOnMedica GPs need to prioritise mental health more, say experts GPs should not feel threatened by patients performing online health searches GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual" Politicians urged to protect EU GPs working in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NI GPs willing to leave NHS to protect services
Northern Ireland GPs prepared to quit NHS to ensure quality of primary care services Related items fromOnMedica GPs need to prioritise mental health more, say experts GPs should not feel threatened by patients performing online health searches GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual" Politicians urged to protect EU GPs working in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts warn 500,000 people undiagnosed with irregular heartbeat
GPs urged to do more to identify atrial fibrillation Related items fromOnMedica GPs need to prioritise mental health more, say experts GPs should not feel threatened by patients performing online health searches GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual" Politicians urged to protect EU GPs working in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Parties offer NHS general election sweeteners
Plans for new GP contract, pay rises and NHS cash boost Related items fromOnMedica Politicians urged to protect EU GPs working in Scotland Making mental health patients ’ voices heard in the 2017 general election Politicians warned not to let Brexit dominate the general election NHS should be ‘at the forefront’ of general election debate, RCGP says NHS problems must be tackled in new general election (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Global standards on reporting clinical trial results agreed
Rules to tackle 50% of trials that are currently unreported Related items fromOnMedica GPs need to prioritise mental health more, say experts Areas facing the biggest GP retirement risk revealed GPs should not feel threatened by patients performing online health searches GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual" (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Alcohol abstention advice to pregnant women is wrong, say campaigners
Campaigners claim alcohol abstention advice to pregnant women is overly cautious Related items fromOnMedica Online abortion service can offer alternative to unsafe methods Epilepsy drug linked to 4,000 birth defects in France Birth weight linked to fatty liver disease Hunt orders inquiry into baby deaths High Court says doctors can withdraw ventilation from baby Charlie (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs need to prioritise mental health more, say experts
Vanguards miss chances to boost mental health in general practice Related items fromOnMedica Increase in children with mental health problems treated ‘out of area’ Tories promise 10,000 more mental health staff Mental health care for forces veterans gets a boost Three quarters of CCGs miss child mental health target Large shortfall in mental health care for new mothers, UK survey reveals (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Deaths from dementia set to quadruple by 2040
Annual deaths in England and Wales from dementia could rise by 25% by 2040 Related items fromOnMedica New hope for drugs to prevent some forms of dementia Poor access to patient records hindering good dementia care, say pharmacists Autoimmune disease might be linked to dementia risk More help needed for people with learning disability and dementia Footballers may be at heightened risk of brain trauma linked to dementia (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA warns general practice is on 'brink of collapse'
Politicians must end callous disregard for NHS, warns BMA Related items fromOnMedica GPs need to prioritise mental health more, say experts Areas facing the biggest GP retirement risk revealed GPs should not feel threatened by patients performing online health searches GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual" (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Warm weather increases risk of serious surgical site infections
Rates of infection post surgery rise in summer and fall in winter, study finds Related items fromOnMedica Global language of drug-resistant infections 'must change' NICE says new prisoners should be tested for infections Raised risk of serious infections for people with schizophrenia Sexually transmitted infections Vitamin D supplements may cut risk of acute respiratory infections (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Online abortion service can offer alternative to unsafe methods
Study supports growing calls for reform of highly restrictive abortion laws Related items fromOnMedica Obese couples take longer to achieve pregnancy Pregnancy BMI has little impact on children ’s fatness Experts query treatment of mild hypothyroidism in pregnancy Antidepressants in pregnancy linked to heightened risk of birth defects Flu during pregnancy not linked to child ’s autism risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs should not feel threatened by patients performing online health searches
Searching for health information online improves a patient and GP ’s mutual understanding of symptoms and diagnosis Related items fromOnMedica GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual" ‘Staggering’ GP vacancy problem must be tackled Prescription history could help GPs diagnose cancer earlier Politicians urged to protect EU GPs working in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Areas facing the biggest GP retirement risk revealed
Some STP areas are highlighted as being at high risk of future GP supply problems Related items fromOnMedica GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual" ‘Staggering’ GP vacancy problem must be tackled Prescription history could help GPs diagnose cancer earlier Politicians urged to protect EU GPs working in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital treatment from older doctors linked to higher death rates
But the link disappears when older doctors treat high numbers of patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises
MDU launches 'Save General Practice' campaign in face of massive rise in negligence claims Related items fromOnMedica Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual" Prescription history could help GPs diagnose cancer earlier Politicians urged to protect EU GPs working in Scotland GPs fear sexual health will become ‘Cinderella service of NHS’ Charity advises GPs to register undocumented migrants as ‘no fixed abode’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

School nurse cuts threaten children's health
Cuts to public health funding, health visitors and school nurses put health at risk, warns RCN Related items fromOnMedica Angry nurses plan summer of protest Corbyn and Farron to address nurses England faces a shortfall of 42,000 nurses by 2020 Nurses asked to consider strike action BME nurses and midwives more likely to be referred to regulator (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

US researchers suggest better way to estimate children's fat levels
Alternative method to body mass index could be more accurate screening tool for overweight Related items fromOnMedica Weight loss can slow down knee joint degeneration Birth weight linked to fatty liver disease Overweight young men more likely to get severe liver disease Exercise and psychological treatments cut cancer fatigue Pregnancy BMI has little impact on children ’s fatness (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

US researchers suggest better way to estimate children's fat levels?
Alternative method to measure body mass index could be more accurate screening tool for overweight Related items fromOnMedica Weight loss can slow down knee joint degeneration Birth weight linked to fatty liver disease Overweight young men more likely to get severe liver disease Exercise and psychological treatments cut cancer fatigue Pregnancy BMI has little impact on children ’s fatness (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

People with parkinsonism die on average sooner than others
Patients with synucleinopathies died about two years earlier than people without Related items fromOnMedica Somalia heading for cycle of hunger and disease, says WHO Gluten-free diet not recommended for people without coeliac disease Birth weight linked to fatty liver disease UK to double spending on tropical diseases Clues to why air pollution raises risk of heart disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Early menopause linked to heart failure risk
Women who had shorter total reproductive duration or never gave birth at higher risk Related items fromOnMedica Fresh study links prescribed NSAIDs with heart attacks Prognosis for heart failure worse than many common cancers Death rate higher in women after discharge for heart arrhythmias Teenage stress increases risk of depression during menopause Early menarche and nulliparity linked to early menopause (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual"
GPs and practice staff worked over the weekend to repair infected systems Related items fromOnMedica Cutting smoking rates could save NHS £67m a year NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows NHS trust faces prosecution over teenager's death Labour will scrap NHS hospital parking charges Pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted, says NHS Providers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Angry nurses plan summer of protest
Nurses threaten strike action unless pay curbs are eased Related items fromOnMedica Pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted, says NHS Providers Locum pay rates continue to rise Nurses asked to consider strike action Unions slam 1% pay rise for NHS staff Anger at 1% pay rise for NHS staff in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Diversity and Inclusion champions named
30 NHS trusts will develop best practice and share ideas (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New initiative aims to cut food waste and promote healthy eating
Nine London boroughs lead campaign to raise awareness about food and waste Related items fromOnMedica Labour vows pre-watershed junk food ad ban Real food and brisk daily walk best for heart health Scotland to review school food provision New rules ban junk food ads aimed at children MEPs to vote on ban of bisphenol in food packaging (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Labour pledges extra £37bn for NHS in England
Cash would be spent on IT upgrades and building repairs Related items fromOnMedica NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows NHS England extends GP indemnity scheme NHS England announces funding for vanguards Sort out GP trainee payments now, GP leaders urge NHS England NHS England loses appeal over PreP drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Somalia heading for cycle of hunger and disease, says WHO
Action needed to prevent ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ Related items fromOnMedica Pollution kills 1.7 million children, says WHO Study confirms Zika and microcephaly link Climate change poses major threat to health UK to double spending on tropical diseases (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cutting smoking rates could save NHS £67m a year
Study examines health and economic impact Related items fromOnMedica Global tobacco treaty cuts smoking rates by 2.5% Smoking cessation Plain cigarette packs may be helping to drive down smoking prevalence No safe level of smoking, study finds Smoking consumes nearly 6% of global healthcare costs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New report reveals 1 in 4 children in UK lives in poverty
Poverty is ‘making children sick,’ say paediatricians Related items fromOnMedica NHS bears brunt of cost of poverty Studies reveal socioeconomic and race disparities in lupus Preschool tooth extractions rise by a quarter Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Eight-year-olds to get 'happiness lessons' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Staggering’ GP vacancy problem must be tackled
RCGP urges full delivery of the GP Forward View Related items fromOnMedica Make GP a more attractive career, agree MPs NHS staff headcount rises, but GP numbers fall GPs face nearly 10% rise in patient contacts in two years GP leaders warn against ‘imposing’ services BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news