Poor provision on mental health is failing young people
Only a third of children with mental health issues get NHS treatment Related items fromOnMedica New drive to improve mental health in schools Regulator to lead major review of children ’s and teens mental health services Financial boost for child mental health in Scotland Experts urge radical action on mental health crises World ’s first Ministerial Mental Health Summit announced (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fibre in diet significantly cuts risk of heart disease
Up to 30% reduction in mortality for those with high fibre diets Related items fromOnMedica Obesity associated with worse mortality and higher CVD risk More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease ‘Health warnings needed on ready meals and Chinese takeaways’ Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Diabetes growth will cause surge in cardiovascular disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flu hits Britain: Official figures reveal cases of influenza have DOUBLED in the space of a week
Figures released by Public Health England revealed nearly two million people claimed to be suffering from flu-like illnesses last week as cases of the virus soar in England, Scotland and Wales. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How missing appointments increases the risk of death
(Lancaster University) Missing GP appointments is associated with early death, and those with long-term mental health conditions are at particular risk.In the largest study of its kind, the team examined over 500,000 patients' appointment histories in Scotland, tracked for three years between 2013 and 2016. Patients with mental-health conditions had an eight times greater risk of death and those with physical conditions a threefold increase in all cause mortality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland welcomes Minor Ailment Service report
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland has welcomed the release of the Minor Ailment Service report published today by Community Pharmacy Scotland. Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland, (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 9, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Assessing antibiotic stewardship using the surgical site infection prevention bundle
Antibiotic prophylaxis is crucial in head and neck surgery to prevent infection from clean contaminated wounds. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guidance, the gold standard of practice, recommends that administration of broad spectrum antibiotics is discontinued after 24 hours post-operation. A three-audit cycle quality improvement project was conducted to assess clinical practice against SIGN guidance at a large London teaching hospital. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workforce toughest issue NHS faces over long-term, say employers
Planning and talent management must be priorities, says NHS Employers in this year ’s submission to Pay Review Body Related items fromOnMedica Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland ‘Make GP partnerships more attractive than locum work’ Steep rise in early retirement for hospital doctors GP contract – a step in the right direction? Staff survey results ‘alarming’, say health leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RWE: The Missing Link
This article is from our latest'Trends in Real-World Evidence'magazine.  Download for free.Data linkage challenges Linking data is not an easy process; not only does it require the right technological tools and knowhow, it raises a range of concerns, from patient anonymity and data ownership, to how to transcend geographical barriers.Anonymizing data is a fundamental challenge, says Nigel Hughes, Scientific Director at Janssen Clinical Innovation – Patient Data for Research. “Data linkage requires, via an underlying consent model, linking different data together – with the patient being the common l...
Source: EyeForPharma - January 7, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nicola Davies Source Type: news

RWE: The Missing Link
This article is from our latest'Trends in Real-World Evidence'magazine.  Download for free.Data linkage challenges Linking data is not an easy process; not only does it require the right technological tools and knowhow, it raises a range of concerns, from patient anonymity and data ownership, to how to transcend geographical barriers.Anonymizing data is a fundamental challenge, says Nigel Hughes, Scientific Director at Janssen Clinical Innovation – Patient Data for Research. “Data linkage requires, via an underlying consent model, linking different data together – with the patient being the common l...
Source: EyeForPharma - January 7, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nicola Davies Source Type: news

Mark Thomas gives the NHS a comedy check-up
Photo: Steve Ullathorn Political comedian Mark Thomas is about to go on the road with his award-winning show about the NHS. Check Up: Our NHS at 70, which Thomas first performed last year, is based on a series of interviews with leading experts on the NHS, and a month of residencies in hospitals during which he shadowed doctors, nurses and clinicians. And among the questions he raises: what’s going wrong in our NHS, how can it improve, and what will the future hold for generations of future patients? A Guardian review of the show when it first aired at the Edinburgh Fringe observed that many of the establishment figu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News health NHS birthday NHS in crisis Source Type: news

NHS patient has been waiting 849 DAYS for hospital treatment
The unnamed patient has been waiting for treatment from NHS Tayside, which covers the Scottish cities of Dundee and Perth, despite the country's Government introducing a 12-week time limit in 2011. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stop prioritising cars in transport plans, urges NICE
Means of boosting physical activity levels and saving £900 million for NHS Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Obesity could bankrupt NHS, says its chief executive Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sir Billy Connolly: 'Death doesn't frighten me'
Sir Billy reminisces about his life as he returns to Scotland for a documentary airing on Friday evening. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

JAMA: CCTA may not be best first-line exam for chest pain
Current evidence does not support coronary CT angiography (CCTA) as the test...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 5 reasons why CCTA should be a first-line test for CAD SCOT-HEART: CCTA cuts risk of heart attack, death by 41% CCTA increases emergency room costs, length of stay CCTA can cut complications and hospital stays CCTA halves adverse events in SCOT-HEART trial (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 2, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Cancel your GP appointment rather than just not show up, patients urged
15 million no-shows every year, says NHS England in new drive to reverse trend Related items fromOnMedica Make GP a more attractive career, agree MPs Threefold higher rise in GP consults than in doctor headcount over past five years BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP Primary care lead says GPs could embrace 7-day care Scottish Conservatives back bigger share of NHS budget for GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK children have already eaten 18 years ’ worth of sugar by 10th birthday
Public Health England launches new campaign to enlist parents ’ help to cut back on sugar Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation Fast food outlets cluster in poorest areas of England Doctors demand more action against child obesity (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Four new drugs accepted by Scottish Medicines Consortium
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - January 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Why losing a loved one really CAN break your heart: Stress triggers a 'storm' of the immune system
Research in Scotland found an inflammatory response in MRI scans of patients with 'broken heart syndrome'. The heart muscles temporarily shut down, but it wasn't understood why. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of the SIGN head injury guidelines and NHS 4-hour emergency target on hospital admissions for head injury in Scotland: an interrupted times series - Marincowitz C, Lecky FE, Morris E, Allgar V, Sheldon TA.
OBJECTIVES: Head injury is a common reason for emergency department (ED) attendance. Around 1% of patients have life-threatening injuries, while 80% of patients are discharged. National guidelines (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)) were i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Girl with cystic fibrosis is at the top of the national 'super urgent' list for a lung transplant
Ruby Walker, from Angus, Scotland, is at the top of the national 'super urgent' list. Her family worry 'the window of time for her transplant is closing' as she has waited for more than two years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government lops £85 million off public health grant for next year
Unnecessary, undesirable and unacceptable ’ say public health directors Related items fromOnMedica ‘Prevention better than cure’ vision to add five healthy years to lifespan by 2035 Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets Funding cuts leave contraceptive services in jeopardy Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities Get much tougher on salt and sugar in foods, CMO urges government (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Urging councillors to help end violence at work
The UK’s largest union is asking that councils refuse to grant service and partnership contracts to organisations that won’t sign up to the 10 point plan to protect members at work. The campaign, which already has 35 charities and housing associations signed up, is gaining momentum and UNISON hopes that a new focus on council commissioning will encourage more community employers to take violence against their staff more seriously. The Charter is a list of 10 basic actions that third sector employers can take immediately to improve safety at work, including appropriate training, support for the victims of violen...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 19, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article community and voluntary sector end violence at work charter local government Source Type: news

Councillors urged to help end violence at work
The UK’s largest union is asking that councils refuse to grant service and partnership contracts to organisations that won’t sign up to the 10 point plan to protect members at work. The campaign, which already has 35 charities and housing associations signed up, is gaining momentum and UNISON hopes that a new focus on council commissioning will encourage more community employers to take violence against their staff more seriously. The Charter is a list of 10 basic actions that third sector employers can take immediately to improve safety at work, including appropriate training, support for the victims of violen...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article community and voluntary sector end violence at work charter local government Source Type: news

Teenager, 19, reveals doctors thought her rare vomiting condition was an eating disorder
Caitlin White, 19, Scotland, was believed to be refusing food whilst in the clinic in 2014. Her body rejected food tubes, leaving her with sepsis and her hair falling out. She is now at risk of organ failure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish care home sector experiencing nursing workforce ‘crisis’
There is an ongoing recruitment and retention “crisis” among the nursing workforce in the independent social care sector in Scotland, a report has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Removing unhealthy snacks from checkouts linked to fall in purchases
Policies removing sweets and crisps from checkouts could lead to fewer unhealthy eat 'on the go' purchases Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Very low-calorie diets set to tackle obesity and diabetes Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets Tackling obesity ‘must be made a national priority’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hip replacements in a DAY: Scottish health board becomes the first to offer the procedure
David McCallion (pictured), from Kirkcaldy near Edinburgh, was one of the first patients to have the trial operation on his right hip, and he was in and out of hospital in less than 12 hours. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Fife offers patients hip replacement day surgery
NHS Fife is the first health board in Scotland to perform hip replacements as day surgery for suitable patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kaiser Receives 2018 International Medal from the Society of Endocrinology
Ursula Kaiser, MD, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, was honored with the 2018 International Medal from the Society for Endocrinology at the society ’s British Endocrine Society conference in Glasgow, Scotland. (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - December 14, 2018 Category: Hospital Management 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

Temporary clinical waste measures put in place
Temporary storage is being put in place at sites across Scotland to prevent a potential backlog. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women in Camden have the longest lives of anyone in the UK
A report released today by the Office for National Statistics has revealed people in the UK live 81.5 years, on average, and their lives become shorter the further north they live, being worst in Scotland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

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

Crosswords And Puzzles Do Not Prevent Mental Decline, Study Says
(CNN) — Tackling a tricky crossword or a challenging Sudoku puzzle will not fend off age-related mental decline, new research has shown. Scientists have, in recent years, argued that brain-training exercises, such as completing puzzles or learning another language, can reduce the risk of developing dementia. But that may not be the case after all, according to a team of Scottish researchers whose research was published in the BMJ. The study’s authors argue that such pursuits will not necessarily act as a preventative, but they could still provide a “higher cognitive point” from which to decline. The...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News aging Crossword Puzzle Local TV Source Type: news

That was the year that was
January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewher...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 11, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news

That was the year that was – the year in UNISON
January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewher...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news

Asbestos is in nine out of ten NHS hospitals
Sexual health consultant Mags Portman, 44, (pictured) was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working at  Law Hospital in south Lanarkshire, Scotland for more than 20 years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

England ’s school staff asked to vote on effect of cuts
School support staff in England will be asked whether they are prepared to take industrial action over the way central government cuts are affecting their jobs and employment. UNISON will hold an on-line indicative ballot in January, asking school workers across England about the issue. Education is a devolved issue in Cymru/Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. “The ballot gives us an opportunity to get into schools and raise funding concerns with members,” says national secretary Jon Richards. “The employment issues they face are linked to cuts in funding and that is why we are conducting the ballot.&rd...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News cuts education cuts education services England Industrial action local government school cuts schools 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

The neighbourhood social environment and alcohol use among urban and rural Scottish adolescents - Martin G, Inchley J, Marshall A, Shortt N, Currie C.
OBJECTIVES: This research examined the relationship between neighbourhood social environmental characteristics and drinking outcomes among a sample of urban and rural adolescents. METHODS: From a sample of 1558 Scottish secondary schoolchildren, su... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents 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

One in 20 nursing and midwifery posts in Scotland vacant
Shortages of nursing staff continue to be a problem across Scotland, show the latest workforce figures published ahead of a key debate on new safe staffing law. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 5, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Evidence suggests following the Mediterranean diet can lower stroke risk in women by 22%
(Natural News) Following a proper diet has many health benefits, such as preventing various diseases and improving your overall well-being. According to a study by researchers from Scotland, following a certain kind of diet can also help reduce your risk of having a stroke. Dietary habits and stroke risk Data from the study, which was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breast milk donors help premature babies
BBC Scotland meets the donors, the drivers and the babies benefitting at Scotland's only breast milk bank. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news