Opioid crisis spreads beyond Canada and U.S. to Europe, OECD says
Deaths linked to opioid also rising sharply in Sweden, Norway, Ireland, and England and Wales. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Doctors are fueling opioid crisis in the UK by over-prescribing as deaths rise by almost 50% 
The OECD looked at data from 25 leading economic countries including the UK. Opioid-related deaths increased by more than 20 per cent overall in five years, and by 46 per cent in England and Wales. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients: 2019 Annual Report
This third annual report describes the process and outcomes of care for 147,162 patients, diagnosed with breast cancer between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2017 in England and Wales. The patterns of care received by people aged 70+ years are compared with the care received by people diagnosed with breast cancer aged 50 –69 years. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS to fund drug that prolongs lives of children with muscle-wasting disease
Spinraza to be made available to spinal muscular atrophy patientsA drug that could prolong the lives of children with a rare muscle-wasting disease has been approved by the NHS in England after lengthy negotiations with the manufacturer over the high price.Spinraza could help between 600 and 1,200 children and adults in England and Wales who have the genetic condition spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). It affects the nerves in the spinal cord, making muscles weaker and causing problems with movement, breathing and swallowing. It can shorten the life expectancy of babies and toddlers.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: NHS Health Society UK news Pharmaceuticals industry Business Drugs Science Source Type: news

Nurse safe staffing laws set to be extended in Wales
Safe staffing legislation in Wales is set to be extended to other areas of nursing, with paediatric inpatients earmarked as a priority, the country ’s chief nursing officer has said. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Mother left on death’s doors battling ‘raging’ sepsis after having the contraceptive coil fitted
Linsey LeTubb, 38, of Gwent, South Wales, had the coil fitted in 2011. In 2018, she was rushed to hospital in pain where doctors diagnosed pelvic inflammatory disease, which triggered sepsis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cardiff cyclist's eating disorder warning
A Wales Academy cyclist says obsession with body image and losing weight took him to a "pretty dark" place. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Take Two Bike Rides and Call Me in the Morning: Cycling as Doctor ’ s Orders
Doctors in Wales can now prescribe free bike rides to encourage people to exercise under a pilot program, the first in Britain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PALKO KARASZ Tags: Bicycles and Bicycling Exercise Doctors National Health Service Cardiff (Wales) Great Britain Source Type: news

Elen Jones appointed Director of RPS in Wales
Elen Jones has been appointed as the new RPS Director for Wales. This important role is accountable for national policy development, professional advocacy and member engagement across Wales, in partne (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Latest NHS performance figures dubbed ‘shocking’
Thousands left waiting on trolleys and chairs Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided NHS lagging on preventing cancer and heart deaths Day surgery shake-up for Northern Ireland Care to be delivered ‘closer to home,’ says Welsh government Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Green light for primary progressive MS drug
NICE reverses its decision on ocrelizumab Related items fromOnMedica Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication Call for NHS England to ‘think again’ on limiting treatment Wales cancer spend at record high Resources wasted on low-risk blood pressure patients NHS saves £324m by switching to cheaper medicines (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales seeks to retain nursing talent with distance degrees
Healthcare support workers in Wales can now study to become a nurse from home while maintaining their job as part of a “landmark” new initiative to stop valuable staff leaving the country. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bangor University staff celebrate victory in pensions dispute
Support staff at Bangor University have declared victory after a UNISON-organised campaign convinced management to rethink plans to downgrade the workers’ pensions. A Hands off our Pensions rally was scheduled to be held at noon today, as the university’s executive committee was meeting to decide whether to go ahead with cuts to pension benefits of up to 12% for clerical workers, IT and lab staff, cleaners, caterers, security staff and other low-paid staff. There were no plans to reduce the pensions of Bangor’s higher-paid staff, including lecturers and executive managers. The staff trade unions had ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Cymru Wales education services higher education pensions universities Welsh universities Source Type: news

Vaccination benefits need to be explained better, report says
Wales' chief medical officer says a "small minority" are unconvinced by their safety and benefits. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pollen count: Bank Holiday hay fever warning - how to prevent symptoms and signs
POLLEN COUNT UK forecast: The Met Office has warned of ‘Moderate’ pollen levels across England, Wales and Scotland on Bank Holiday Monday. These are some easy tricks to prevent hay fever symptoms and signs. Could you be at risk of allergic rhinitis? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The nature and cost of readmissions after work-related traumatic spinal injuries in New South Wales, Australia - Sharwood LN, M öller H, Young JT, Vaikuntam B, Ivers RQ, Driscoll T, Middleton JW.
This study aimed to measure the subsequent health and health service cost burden of a cohort of workers hospitalised after sustaining work-related traumatic spinal injuries (TSI) across New South Wales, Australia. A record-linkage study (June 2013-June 201... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Data-informed targets for suicide prevention: a small-area analysis of high-risk suicide regions in Australia - Torok M, Shand F, Phillips M, Meteoro N, Martin D, Larsen M.
PURPOSE: To investigate small-area variation in risks associated with suicide deaths across four regional communities in New South Wales, Australia, and to determine whether these areas have unique demographic and socioeconomic risk profiles that could inf... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Climate extremes explain 18%-43% of global crop yield variations
(University of New South Wales) Climate extremes, such as drought, heatwaves, heavy precipitation and more are responsible for 18%-43% of variation in crop yields for maize, spring wheat, rice and soybeans. according to a new paper published in Environmental Research Letters. The researchers have also identified global regions which are highly susceptible to extremes and also supply a high proportion of the world market. Climate change is likely to make these areas more vulnerable in the future with consequent impacts on world markets. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Safe discharge of elderly patients scheme in Wales set to be extended
Originally pilot initiative to stave off readmissions during winter period Related items fromOnMedica Cash injection needed to bolster ‘fragile’ care system Social care spending fell while dementia cases rose Kite-mark care of elderly in general hospitals, urge doctors CQC to focus reviews on delayed transfers of care Home-care support often ‘poor’ finds health watchdog (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Avoidable death four times as likely among the poor as among the well off
Gap in rates in England and Wales has widened since 2011 Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors Brexit could result in thousands of extra CVD deaths Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cwm Taf maternity: Welsh Government partly to blame, says MP
A Labour MP says the Welsh Government should look at its part in the Cwm Taf maternity crisis. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health minister apologises after 27 baby deaths at two Welsh NHS maternity units
An inquiry into maternity units at Cwm Taf University Health Board, which has two hospitals in South Wales, raised 'significant concerns'. Left, Monique Aziz, whose baby son died days after leaving hospital (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study reveals hip and knee replacement performance in England and Wales
The performance of different prosthetic implant combinations used in patients undergoing hip and knee replacements in England and Wales over the last 14 years have, for the first time, been directly compared in two new studies. The University of Bristol findings, published in the BMJ Open today [Tuesday 30 April], reveal substantial variability in the performance of different joint replacements, and the number of patients requiring a second surgery. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - April 30, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Translational Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Measles is NOT a minor childhood illness – it robbed Nicky of her hearing
Nicky Jones, 35, from Holyhead, Wales, has been deaf since she was a baby after contracting measles. Here, she tells her compelling story. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Compulsory CPR lessons rejected for schools in Wales
A charity says it would improve the odds of survival for people who have cardiac arrests outside hospitals. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Psychostimulant Use Pervasive in Young Adults' Fatal Strokes
FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 -- Psychostimulant use plays a substantial role in fatal strokes among young adults, according to a study published online April 2 in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Shane Darke, Ph.D., from the University of New South Wales... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 26, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Police staff publish 5% pay claim for England and Wales
UNISON and other police staff unions are calling for a 5% pay rise in England and Wales in the joint pay claim published today. The claim, drawn up by UNISON, Unite and the GMB, also calls for the bottom two points in the pay scale (salary points and eight) to be abolished. This would lift the lowest pay among police staff from £17,262 a year to £18,078, on the current pay scale, or £18,982 if the 5% claim was met in full. The unions point out that the bottom pay points “do not compare favourably with the lowest pay points in Police Scotland and in the NHS,” and warn that pay risks becoming mo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News pay police and justice Police and justice staff police and justice staff pay police staff Source Type: news

Peer-led drug prevention
Researchers at Bristol and Cardiff universities are running the largest ever trial of a peer-led drug prevention programme in schools across the West of England and South Wales. FRANK Friends will run over three years, across 48 schools, and involve around 5,655 students. It will evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a peer-led programme in preventing drug use among young people. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - April 24, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, Health; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

The popular kids at school will act as 'anti-drug influencers'
The scheme, known as 'Frank Friends', is funded by the NHS body National Institute for Health Research, and will run across 48 schools in West England and South Wales. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trusts at risk of losing millions in tariff row
Hospital trusts along the Welsh border are at risk of losing millions of pounds this year, as a cross-border dispute over tariffs drags on. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Under the microscope: Actress Nerys Hughes, 77, answers our health quiz
Nerys Hughes's husband once bought her membership to Diana, Princess of Wales's gym. She bumped into Diana, who said: ‘Let’s go in together.’ Hughes lied and said had just been in. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia’s hate campaign against holistic healing
(Natural News) From the mind of Jimmy Wales, to the alternative health community: “What we won’t do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of “true scientific discourse”. It isn’t.” (Article by Gary Null and Helen Buyniski republished from PRN.fm) One of the most exciting and successful healing modalities is energy... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Firefighter involvement in youth justice conferencing: implications for fire prevention - Pooley K.
In response to the 'Black Christmas' bushfire crisis in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, the Premier of NSW called for the utilisation of Youth Justice Conferencing to 'confront young people with the harm they had caused' by their misuse of fire. Legislat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

At-home brain stimulation device could treat depression - but experts warn it could do damage
Rates of depression and suicide are far higher in the rural US than in urban areas. Researchers at the University of New South Wales gave at-home brain stim to rural patients - but experts warn of dangers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cuts increase risk to public in England and Wales
Public health is being put at risk by continued austerity and cuts, says a new UNISON report on environmental health in England and Wales. In November and December last year, the union sent Freedom of Information requests to all 374 local authorities in the two countries (197 answered), as well as surveying members working in environmental health. Comparing the results with comparable figures from 2009, when councils last answered a UNISON freedom of information request on the same issue, shows that: environmental health budgets per head of population have more than halved over the past decade (falling by 52.92% between 2...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News austerity council cuts cuts to local services environmental health local government Source Type: news

An A & E perspective on violence in England and Wales
A report from Cardiff University finds that despite the recent spate of knife violence and homicide in some UK cities, the number of people injured in serious violence in England and Wales dropped by 1.7% between 2017 and 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales attempts to boost pharmacy workforce
Welsh government launches new campaign to attract more pharmacists and £3.6m more for to train them Related items fromOnMedica ‘The Price Ain’t Right’ Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors ‘Make GP partnerships more attractive than locum work’ BMA welcomes government decision to drop settled status fee This is good news for patients and GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Welsh Government drive to boost pharmacy workforce
RPS in Wales welcomes the Welsh Government's commitment to invest further in the training of pharmacists for the future of healthcare in Wales. Increasing the number of training places and transfo (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 17, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Cuts to learning disability course will have 'devastating effect'
Cuts to the learning disability nursing lecturing team at Bangor University will have a “devastating effect” on students and patient care across North Wales, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN Wales launches nursing excellence awards for 2019
The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has today announced the official launch of its Nurse of the Year Awards for 2019. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS dentist charges rise by 5% in England
From the BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47724076An inflation-busting hike in dentistry fees mean NHS patients in England will pay £1.10 extra for a routine check-up.The new charges, which begin on Monday, will also see the cost of a set of dentures rise by £12.80 to nearly £270.Dentistry leaders say charges are increasingly being relied on and in the future dentistry could end up as an NHS service " in name only " .But the government said charges were important to help keep services sustainable.The new charges are:Band 1 treatment (examination, X-rays and scale and polish) £22.70Band ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - April 12, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Welsh government seeks talks with Westminster over border dispute
The Welsh government has said it is seeking talks with ministers in Westminster over the decision by a trust in England to stop taking referrals from Wales. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Violent attacks in England and Wales are becoming LESS common
Cardiff University researchers analysed attendance data from dozens of A&E departments, walk-in centres and minor injury units. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are active children and young people at increased risk of injuries resulting in hospital admission or accident and emergency department attendance? Analysis of linked cohort and electronic hospital records in Wales and Scotland - Griffiths LJ, Cortina-Borja M, Tingay K, Bandyopadhyay A, Akbari A, Destavola BL, Bedford H, Lyons RA, Dezateux C.
INTRODUCTION: Children and young people (CYP) are encouraged to increase time spent being physically active, especially in moderate and vigorous intensity pursuits. However, there is limited evidence on the prospective association of activity levels with i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Saving the planet – and your pension
Climate change is an issue that will have an impact on all of us, now and for future generations. One way that we can make a practical difference is in thinking about where our money is invested – specifically where our pension schemes invest their funds on our behalf. UNISON members in England and Wales can make a difference by campaigning through their branches for their local government pension scheme (LGPS) pension fund to pull out of all investments in fossil fuels, commonly known as divestment. A new UNISON report shows that the rate of divestment away from investing in fossil fuels is still far too slow. Accor...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article climate change LGPS pensions pensions divestment Source Type: news

‘Once in a generation opportunity to put younger workers at the heart of our union’
Delegates at UNISON’s health conference today welcomed moves to better recruit, represent and include young members. As Shipha Begum of the Young Members Forum (above) told the conference: “We’re not the future of the union – we’re right here, right now, getting active, getting organised and building the union. “And we want to make sure that all our colleagues in the NHS and across the health sector are right beside us.” The TUC has highlighted the fact that less than 8% of workers aged 16-24 are in a union, while almost 40% of union members are aged 50 or over. Like the TUC, UNISO...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 10, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference health care Year of Young Workers young members Source Type: news

When Time Is Critical: How Involving Frontline Health Workers Can Improve Stroke Survival Rates
By Carmen Graffagnino, Neurologist, Duke Hospital ; Nilima Mehta , Philanthropy program manager, Medtronic Foundation ; Anne Katharine Wales, Senior philanthropy portfolio lead, Medtronic FoundationApril 09, 2019Here are three ways to change a system of acute care.April 10 started as an ordinary day for Sarah. But while eating breakfast, her husband noticed that her face had started to droop and she was unable to find her words. Immediately he called 911.Within 10 minutes, the ambulance arrived with emergency medical services (EMS), a segment of the local health system that recently became partners in a new regional ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Noncommunicable Diseases Education & Performance Private-Sector Approaches SwitchPoint Health Workforce Systems USA Source Type: news

Wales to become a 'global player' in cancer treatment using therapy which treated Ashya King
The Rutherford Cancer Centre, in Newport, South Wales, was the first to treat UK patients with proton beam therapy from April 2018 and is now accepting NHS patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safe staffing a ‘ vital ’ campaign for NHS ’ s frontline staff
The lack of safe staffing on wards and in ambulances is putting patients and staff at risk, UNISON’s health conference heard today. Once again in Bournemouth delegates were told about an aspect of members’ working lives that was causing stress and anxiety, which in turn was leading to people leaving their jobs and even more understaffing. James Anthony (pictured) of the health service group executive said that nurses in hospitals and community settings must be prepared to stand together “and where necessary take industrial action to defend patient care and safe staffing.” Speaking on the motion &ldq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference health care NHS staff safe staffing Source Type: news

Police staff unions submit pay claim
UNISON, UNITE and GMB have submitted a one-year pay claim on behalf of police staff members in England and Wales. It would take effect from 1 September this year. The claim calls for: a 5% increase on all pay points; 5% increase on standby allowance; he deletion of pay points seven and eight; an additional two days on the minimum annual leave entitlement in the Police Staff Council Handbook, to provide 25 days annual leave on appointment and 30 days leave after five years service; support and encouragement from the police staff council for police forces to sign up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, which provides f...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News industrial relations pay pay negotiating and bargaining police and justice police staff Source Type: news