NHS to reuse more medical equipment
Patients can return aids for reuse Related items fromOnMedica Changes that benefit environment could save NHS £400m NHS wheelchair services 'need major revamp' Changing the paradigm of medicines optimisation Providers can ’t keep making unrealistic recurrent savings (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Regulator seizes thousands of fake STI test kits
Public willing to buy ‘risky’ products online Related items fromOnMedica Free home testing kit for HIV launched Sexually transmitted infections Internet-based testing for STIs doubles uptake Rates of syphilis continue to rise Regulator issues warning over unreliable HIV testing kits (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drop in health visitor numbers - ‘bleak’ for children
School nurse numbers fall by nearly a quarter Related items fromOnMedica RCN warns of school nurse shortages Checkout sweets targeted in obesity fight The health needs of the teenager Child mental health services at breaking point England falling behind on child health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Children of parents with mental illness need support
GPs urged to collect data on this ‘high-risk’ group Related items fromOnMedica Prevalence of mental health issues soars among the young Severe mental illness linked to poorer physical health Chief medical officer to draw up social media guidelines for children Child mental health services at breaking point Doctors demand investment in public mental health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurse leaders give stark warning over Brexit
‘No progress’ on health and care concerns Related items fromOnMedica Microbes don ’t need visas! The reality of Brexit and public health ‘No-deal’ Brexit Ministers risk putting money before health, BMA warns Rising NHS staff shortage figures spark alarm Drugs regulator launches consultation on ‘no deal’ Brexit status (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Smacking prohibition linked to lower rate of youth violence
Countries with full ban on corporal punishment have far lower rates of violence in young males and females Related items fromOnMedica One million teen study reveals suicide risk Violence akin to an infectious disease, say public health experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Eyeballing’ most reliable assessment in emergency triage
Basic clinical assessment more effective in predicting mortality than formal structured algorithm Related items fromOnMedica Children with mental health crises get raw deal in emergency care departments Video game improves doctors' recognition and triage of severe trauma patients GP direct access testing for cancer ‘as good as’ consultant triage Change A&E staffing patterns to improve smaller hospital viability, says report (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Women treated for cancer have higher CHF risk in pregnancy
Anthracycline-exposed women should receive close cardiac surveillance during pregnancy Related items fromOnMedica Child cancer survivors can become pregnant as adults Breast cancer during pregnancy need not harm baby Include pregnant women in studies, urge researchers Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors demand investment in public mental health
Government policy must factor in cradle to grave support for people ’s mental health, says BMA Related items fromOnMedica Sick doctors to get new mental health support Severe mental illness linked to poorer physical health Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Child mental health services at breaking point ‘Prioritise’ junior doctors’ mental health, bosses told (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

London STPs ’ progress lags behind much of England
'Complex, cluttered health and care system' hampering plans to improve Londoners ’ health Related items fromOnMedica Making integrated care happen Vanguards haven ’t lived up to initial promise, says spending watchdog Eye health care placing avoidable pressure on GPs in London STP realities Collaboration is not for control freaks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Support for disabled people to become more active
Nearly half of all disabled people are inactive Related items fromOnMedica What promotes uptake and retention in group-based weight management services? Diabetes and obesity higher among LGBQ teens Stigmatising overweight people is counterproductive Making health changes more effective as a couple Stop smoking aids — better than going 'cold turkey' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Postpartum depression associated with pain after childbirth
It ’s not just pain during delivery that counts, study shows Related items fromOnMedica Preterm birth risk higher after PTSD and major depression NHS funding boost to support new mothers ’ mental health MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Assess pregnant and new mums ’ mental health Maternal suicides remain a concern, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

England falling behind on child health
Infant mortality on the rise, says report Related items fromOnMedica UK lagging behind peers on child health NHS investment in child health will reap rewards A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world Prevalence of mental health issues soars among the young (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs urged to prescribe ‘social activities’ to combat loneliness
Prime minister launches government ’s ‘loneliness strategy’ Related items fromOnMedica Mental and physical healthcare should be integrated Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Life expectancy gap continues to widen Older people under-referred for mental health therapies Home births safe and cost-effective for low-risk women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health innovation hampered by drive for profit, report warns
Major overhaul needed in way pharma delivers to NHS Related items fromOnMedica Multidisciplinary prescribing can help reduce errors Guidance issued on prescribing responsibilities Review launched into prescription drug dependency Call for NHS England to ‘think again’ on limiting treatment NHS saves £324m by switching to cheaper medicines (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gout more linked to genes than diet
Genes more important than diet in causing gout, says study Related items fromOnMedica Obstructive sleep apnea linked with higher risk of gout Men with eating disorders struggle to get help Erectile dysfunction increases cardiovascular risk Job strain linked to heightened risk of early death in men with heart disease/diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Use of caesarean section almost doubles since 2000
21% of births globally are C-section, study shows Related items fromOnMedica Unprotected sex among British teens – soars Parity lower in women with unfavourable lipid profile Fertility treatment does not appear to raise serious cancer risk Ultrasonography needed to check for ectopic pregnancy NICE to review fertility guidance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More penalties for UK-based overseas doctors, says BMA
International health surcharge to double to £400 Related items fromOnMedica Junior doctor strikes had 'significant impact' on healthcare GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors Long-term NHS plan must be honest, realistic, achievable and clear (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medicinal cannabis will be legal from next month
Specialist doctors and not GPs will be able to prescribe cannabis Related items fromOnMedica MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women Tougher restrictions on valproates Cannabis compound may help curb frequency of epileptic seizures Multidisciplinary prescribing can help reduce errors Government to review medicinal use of cannabis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CCGs bore brunt of generic drug price rises last year, say MPs
Government must be better prepared for drug shortages post-Brexit Related items fromOnMedica NHS saves £324m by switching to cheaper medicines UK patients losing out in access to cancer drugs The medicine price debate New cancer drug ‘refused’ by NICE Pledge to cut 1000 alcohol deaths (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Obesity levels in Year six children rise again
20.1% of 10 to 11-year-olds and 9.5% of four to five-year-olds are obese Related items fromOnMedica GPs should lead on weight management advice to children Campaign to cut sugar intake Poorest Scottish kids do the least exercise Health 'time-bomb' warning from severely obese children Less risk of obesity in children of healthy mothers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors should steer young children away from decongestants
Under six-year-olds should not have decongestants, say experts Related items fromOnMedica GPs advised to avoid antibiotics for patients ’ coughs Flu ‘jabathon’ aims to boost frontline staff vaccination rate More powerful flu jab available for over 65s this winter (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Boards overspend to operate managed GP practices
Welsh health boards overspent by more than £1m Related items fromOnMedica All GP training places filled in Wales GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse GP out-of-hours service in Wales floundering GP out-of-hours standards not being met Hunt supports efforts to prevent GP surgery closures (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP performance improving, says regulator report
Report shows growing overall 'care injustice' around England Related items fromOnMedica GPs forced to ration access to hospital care BMA and College demand halt in CQC inspections Lead GPs disagree on opening hours GPs in catch-22 over appointment length and rising demand Stop cynically undermining trust in doctors says BMA (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Warning Brexit may damage UK research and healthcare
Immigration restriction post-Brexit may cause damage, says study Related items fromOnMedica Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors Women underrepresented in senior roles in NHS Study shows why GPs quit patient care Over a third of nursing posts earmarked for cuts NHS faces unpredictable outcomes following Brexit vote (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Air pollution link to heightened mouth cancer risk
High levels of fine particulate matter seem key Related items fromOnMedica Lower cancer risk in people with higher vitamin D levels Global cancer burden set to soar Cancer survival rates not improved much in a decade Warfarin is not the answer for thromboses in cancer patients The NHS must adapt now to care for older cancer patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Planned intermittent fasting may help treat type 2 diabetes
Need for insulin dropped in the case studies shown Related items fromOnMedica Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Mystery of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats solved Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Sugar not saturated fat is the major issue for CVD Weight Watchers helped stave off type 2 diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

PM appoints UK ’s first minister for suicide prevention
All local areas must have suicide plans in place Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises ‘No improvement’ in community mental health care Mental health needs better management in criminal justice system NHS is failing patients with mental health problems Deprivation strongly linked to mortality, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Prioritise’ junior doctors’ mental health, bosses told
BMA calls for better access to occupational services Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Doctors believe patient care has worsened Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland Over a third of nursing posts earmarked for cuts Gaps in doctors ’ rotas is putting patients at risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health secretary ‘committed’ to contract negotiations
Matt Hancock writes to BMA chair over pay deal Related items fromOnMedica Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Study shows why GPs quit patient care ‘Prioritise’ junior doctors’ mental health, bosses told Over a third of nursing posts earmarked for cuts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Long-term NHS plan must be honest, realistic, achievable and clear
Providers demand end to paradox where NHS faces ‘permanent cycle of debilitating public failure’ Related items fromOnMedica Fund NHS standards or change them, warn NHS Providers Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse GP numbers have fallen by 1,340 in just two years MPs must fight for long-term funding for NHS and social care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Suicide attempt risk higher among non-heterosexual teens
Sexual minority adolescents have at least three times higher risk of attempting suicide than straight peers Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ Integrated mental health care cuts demand for GPs NHS investment in child health will reap rewards CCGs ’ duties for children with disabilities (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Surgical mesh last resort for prolapse or incontinence
Only consider mesh or tape when all other non-surgical options have failed or are not possible Related items fromOnMedica Midwife-led birth safest for straightforward pregnancy Doctors campaign against ‘too much medicine’ Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review Hospitals failing to prevent cardiac arrests (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Brain and cognitive changes found after regular GHB use
GHB-induced coma linked to negative effects on long-term memory, working memory, IQ and stress Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises New evidence on benzodiazepine link to Alzheimer ’s Doctors urge ban on children buying caffeinated energy drinks We are ‘sitting on a young people’s health time bomb’ MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Women who lost weight had lower breast cancer risk
Even moderate weight loss in postmenopausal women might reduce risk of invasive breast cancer Related items fromOnMedica Diabetes risk lower with high intake of fruit and veg Rising skirt size linked to postmenopausal breast cancer risk Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Waist size predicts type 2 diabetes risk Apply different obesity criteria to BME patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Human rights of disabled people 'being eroded'
Report finds one in five disabled people suffer some form of discrimination Related items fromOnMedica Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 NICE to consider bribing people to be healthy Surgeries must not become border agencies says RCGP MDU objects to duty of candour for GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Child mental health services at breaking point
Children face long waits because services can't cope with rising demand Related items fromOnMedica Nearly one in four children denied access to mental health services in England Mentally-ill children locked in police cells Increase in children with mental health problems treated ‘out of area’ Experts urge radical action on mental health crises GPs to lead on improving children ’s access to mental health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors advised to avoid using jargon
New guidelines will help clinicians understand priorities from a patient's perspective Related items fromOnMedica Language matters – part 2 Doctors given guidance on how to write to patients Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Poor investment in general practice risks patient safety Wealthy tech companies creating ‘digital divide’ in health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Shared GP appointments prove a hit
RCGP says sharing consultations reduces GP workload and benefits patients Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Patients highly satisfied with GP care Government ‘must abandon simplistic GP ratings’ Public wants NHS to prioritise 7-day GP access Better GP access would cut A&E misuse (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sick doctors to get new mental health support
National initiative covering 110,000 doctors builds on success of GP support programme Related items fromOnMedica Juniors offered 11% pay rise on eve of strike ballot GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse GP recruitment time-bomb ‘ready to explode’ GPs set to be balloted on willingness to take industrial action Scottish government pledges ‘significant investment’ in primary care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Vitamin D supplements really don ’t stave off falls or boost bone mineral density
No justification for using them anymore, except for rare conditions, say authors of largest meta-analysis to date Related items fromOnMedica Dietary calcium not linked to fracture risk New guidance launched for hip replacement NSAIDs no better than placebo for spinal pain DH pushes to cut admissions for falls NHS should not fund glucosamine (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flu ‘jabathon’ aims to boost frontline staff vaccination rate
Competition, celebrity tweets, blogs and films will all be part of the drive in England Related items fromOnMedica Influenza More powerful flu jab available for over 65s this winter Repeated flu jabs reduce hospital admissions Rapid rise in flu consultations putting strain on GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drugs regulator launches consultation on ‘no deal’ Brexit status
MHRA would need to take on roles currently carried out at EU level Related items fromOnMedica Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine Finding new cures with data transparency MPs slam government for its poor management of Cancer Drugs Fund UK spends 20% less on cancer treatment than rest of EU Also in the press (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Change A & E staffing patterns to improve smaller hospital viability, says report
Improving triage and pooling ‘front door’ clinical capacity could make the difference Related items fromOnMedica Less than 4% of patients took up over a third of NHS bed capacity last year Ambulance response time overhaul set to cut ‘hidden’ waits Community care must be improved to reduce bed use Scottish government pledges extra cash to ease bed-blocking and A&E pressures Better funding and capacity vital for A&E to survive (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS turns to Australia to plug GP shortfall in England
Recruitment drive targets doctors who left UK as well as home-grown Australian GPs Related items fromOnMedica ‘Make GP partnerships more attractive than locum work’ Study shows why GPs quit patient care Monitor launches ‘exploration’ of GP services 2013 in review Almost 300 GP practices face closure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wealthy tech companies creating ‘digital divide’ in health
Frontline GPs aren ’t tech dinosaurs – they just can’t afford sky-high costs of new technology Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises CQC tells Trust to improve safety of 111 service Hunt announces 11 hospital trusts in special measures Pressure threatens integration and transformation plans Hospitals in Wales failing to give GPs discharge information (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hugs might lessen distress of interpersonal conflict
Being hugged on same day as conflict linked to reduction in deleterious effects on mood Related items fromOnMedica Peer support may curb readmission to mental health crisis units Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Scotland sets out ambitions to cut suicide rate by 20% by 2022 University staff need suicide prevention training Management support for depressed employees linked to fewer days off (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Usually no benefit in treating subclinical hypothyroidism
Data do not support routine use of hormone therapy in adults with subclinical hypothyroidism Related items fromOnMedica Amiodarone: thyroid monitoring Hyperthyroidism: diagnosis and management First trimester exposure to antithyroid drugs linked with birth defects Update treatment guidelines for underactive thyroid, urge doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts urge radical action on mental health crises
Aim for 100% access to services in a behavioural health crisis and zero suicide in healthcare Related items fromOnMedica NHS is failing patients with mental health problems Mental health patients report poorer hospital experiences Too many CCGs ’ residential mental health placements are out-of-area Commission calls for mental health parity in Northern Ireland ‘No improvement’ in community mental health care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Industry funders involved in most aspects of funded trials
Academics should refuse collaboration where industry demands control over trial design, conduct, analysis or reporting Related items fromOnMedica Philip Morris knew nicotine is just one part of smoking addiction Half of EU clinical trials have flouted rules on reporting results Medical journals should debate health-relevant political issues Are industry ‘supertrialists’ imbalancing diabetes research? Cancer research funding heavily skewed to male researchers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news