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Welsh respiratory plan to shift focus to community nurses
Funding for the delivery of respiratory care is set to be “rebalanced” in Wales away from hospitals and towards specialist nurses working in the community, according to a plan to reduce variation. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Virus shown to be likely cause of mystery polio-like illness
(University of New South Wales) A major review by UNSW Sydney medical researchers has identified strong evidence that a virus called Enterovirus D68 is the cause of a mystery polio-like illness that has paralysed children in the US, Canada and Europe. The study is published in the journal Eurosurveillance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

If adolescence now lasts until 24, what does that mean for the rest of us? | Yvonne Roberts
The rigid boundaries of youth are giving way, but sooner or later we must all learn to grow upIn medieval times, childhood ended at the age of seven, with the arrival of a supposed understanding of right from wrong. Childhood and adolescence have constantly been refashioned. Last week it received its latest round of remodelling.Scientists have announced that adolescence, previously thought to end at 19,now stretches from 10 to 24, and they recommended that laws should be changed to take this into account (considerably raising the criminal age of responsibility in England and Wales from 10 would be a start, but is probably ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Yvonne Roberts Tags: Society Ageing Science Children Young people Source Type: news

Drone Rescue Executed off Australian Beach
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney. They were about a kilometer (0.6 mile) from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones, equipped with a camera, rescue gear and six rotors. After a friend raised the alert, lifeguard Jai Sheridan said he piloted the drone to the swimmers and dropped a rescue pod minutes faster than l...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Drone Rescue Executed off Australian Beach
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney. They were about a kilometer (0.6 mile) from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones, equipped with a camera, rescue gear and six rotors. After a friend raised the alert, lifeguard Jai Sheridan said he piloted the drone to the swimmers and dropped a rescue pod minutes faster than l...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Teva cutting 200+ local jobs as part of broader restructuring plan
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will be laying off more than 200 local employees as part of a major restructuring plan designed to save the company $3 billion by the end of 2019. The Israeli generic drug maker, which calls North Wales, Pa. its U.S. headquarters, said last month it would eliminate 14,000 positions globally — more that 25 percent of its total work force — over the next two years. It has about 56,000 employees worldwide including about 2,000 people in Nor th Wales, West Chester and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jeff Blumenthal Source Type: news

Flu death toll hits 149, official figures reveal
Some 120 flu deaths have been recorded in England, 21 are known to have died in Scotland and eight in Northern Ireland. No precise data exists for Wales. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu surge continues as GP visits rise 42% in a week
GP consultations for flu-like symptoms have continued to soar across the UK in the last week, with numbers now exceeding 'high' levels in Wales. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Inside the NHS ’ s winter crisis
Among the procedural messages that paramedic Jason Anderson and his ambulance colleagues receive on their onboard computers as they drive through London, one particular request from hospitals is becoming more and more frequent: Extreme pressure here. Please avoid and use alternative hospital if patient criteria permit. “This morning I’ve received three or four messages like that,” he says. “It means that if we show up to overstretched hospitals there is a high possibility of extended waits. Therefore we constantly try to ensure we take our patients to the most appropriate emergency department”...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article Magazine ambulance service fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS NHS in crisis Source Type: news

A&E safety risks in Wales 'unacceptable'
Hospital safety is being "compromised to an unacceptable degree", Welsh emergency consultants warn. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Under pressure
How has Wales' biggest hospital been coping with winter pressures? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stuart Wenham: scientists pay tribute to 'Einstein of solar world'
University of New South Wales colleagues pay tribute to pioneer with ‘Crocodile Dundee persona’ who died age 60 from malignant melanomaAustralia ’s scientific community has paid tribute to Prof Stuart Wenham, a solar energy pioneer described as the “Einstein of the solar industry”, whose research increased the efficiency of solar cells a hundredfold.Wenham passed away on 23 December, age 60, after suffering from malignant melanoma. He was the director of the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Photovoltaics and Photonics at the University of New South Wales.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Naaman Zhou Tags: Solar power Science Energy Renewable energy New South Wales Australia news Sydney Environment Australian universities Source Type: news

Human bite injuries to the head and neck: current trends and management protocols in England and Wales - Jenkins GW, Isaac R, Mustafa S.
INTRODUCTION: Human bite injuries can be challenging in their presentation to the examining physician. In a study by Merchant et al., 18% of patients presenting with a human bite injury had suffered wounds to the head and neck region. Current trends in the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

The NHS crisis in five charts
Unless you’ve been truly hibernating so far this year, you will have heard that thousands of NHS operations have been cancelled. But what is the NHS winter crisis? Here are five charts that can shed some light. The number of cancelled operations is on the rise Hospitals across the country are having to cancel elective operations. These are the operations that are planned in advance, and they are  cancelled because of an increase in emergencies which take up staff time and hospital space. The data on cancelled operations is published quarterly, so we don’t know the number of cancellations for this month, bu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: P.S data health health care Health Funding Crisis NHS NHS funding winter pressures on NHS Source Type: news

Revolution in health and social care urged in Wales
There is an appetite for bold changes in the NHS and social care in Wales, says an expert review. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Welsh father lost his arm due to deadly flesh-eating bug
Luke Dobson, 42, from Undy, near Chepstow, South Wales, initially just had pain in his elbow but was rushed to hospital when his condition took a turn for the worse. He is still in intensive care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Father lost his arm due to a deadly flesh-eating bug
Luke Dobson, 42, from Undy, near Chepstow, South Wales, initially just had pain in his elbow but was rushed to hospital when his condition took a turn for the worse. He is still in intensive care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Welsh LMCs debate call to deny locums access to indemnity support
Locums should be denied access to a Welsh version of the state-backed indemnity scheme being developed in England to force more GPs into 'permanent positions', according to a motion that will be debated by Welsh LMCs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

New Transition Programme for NHS111 pharmacists in Wales
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is delighted to announce that the RPS Transition Programme pilot to support pharmacists moving into the NHS111 work environment in Wales will commence today. The NHS1 (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Health improvement and educational attainment in secondary schools: complementary or competing priorities? Exploratory analyses from the school health research network in Wales - Littlecott HJ, Long S, Hawkins J, Murphy S, Hewitt G, Eccles G, Fletcher A, Moore GF.
BACKGROUND: Implementing health improvement is often perceived as diverting resource away from schools' core business, reflecting an assumption of a "zero-sum game" between health and education. There is some evidence that health behaviors may affect young... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Promising Experimental Drug Treating Dogs With Cancer
NORTH GRAFTON (CBS) – When it comes to cancer research, dogs just might be the key to unlock vital clues needed to find a cure. Veterinarians in central Massachusetts are excited about some recent results and it’s also making for some extremely thankful pet owners. “They gave me my best friend back and they gave him more time, quality time,” said Edward Sloan, whose dog, Dozer, a 7-year-old bull mastiff, became sick last fall. “All of sudden he went blind, overnight,” Sloan said. “He was scared.  He was sad.” Dozer had cancer. Dozer, a 7-year-old bull mastiff, is be...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cancer Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Hospital operations for child teeth removal increase in England
Dentists say England has a "second-class" dental service compared with Wales and Scotland. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu will reach epidemic proportions in Britain in 2 WEEKS
EXCLUSIVE: Wales will reach their threshold of cases next week, while the other three home nations will follow the week after, if cases of flu continue to escalate at their current speed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'UK should follow Wales' lead on organ donation'
Liver transplant patient Ellie Lacey urges other UK nations to move to presumed consent organ donation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reality Check: Is NHS funding worse in Wales?
Theresa May criticised the NHS in Wales for missing targets and claimed funding had been cut. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Conference vows to step up campaign against HE marketisation
UNISON will step up its campaign against the increasing turn to markets and commercialisation in higher education, especially in England. The union’s higher education conference in Chester today pointed out that government policy for the sector in England “has been dominated by the pursuit of competition, markets and privatisation”. This has been even more the case since the Higher Education and Research Act came into law early last year, including setting up a new regulator for the sector – the Office for Students – which has no staff voice. Moving the successful motion on behalf of the servi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2018 Higher Education Conference universties Source Type: news

UNISON sets out higher education pay targets
UNISON vowed to work with other unions for an end to poverty pay in the country’s universities, its higher education service group decided today. Delegates at the union’s higher education conference in Chester voted this morning for a pay campaign to include: a pay rise of £1,500 a year or 7.5% – whichever is higher; for all employers to pay the real living wage and work towards a minimum rate of £10 an hour in the sector; eradicating the gender pay gap by 2020; an end to zero-hour contracts. And it called for the campaign to be backed by the possibility of escalating, lawful industrial acti...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2018 Higher Education Conference higher eduction pay pay up now universities Source Type: news

South Wales Police want mental health lessons for young people
It comes as one force sees a significant rise in young people being detained under the Mental Health Act. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON launches campaign to divest pensions from carbon
A campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon will be launched today (Wednesday) by UNISON. UNISON’s step-by-step guide is designed to help members of local government pension schemes push for changes in the investment of their funds. The aim is to explore alternative investment opportunities, allowing schemes to sell their shares and bonds in fossil fuels and to go carbon-free. Chair of UNISON’s policy committee James Anthony said: “Pensions are meant to safeguard our future, but that future is threatened by the burning of carbon in fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. &ldq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Clare Santry Tags: Press release Energy Environment local government pensions Source Type: news

Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos
For millions of Australian parents, the biggest concern when sending their children off to school is what to pack in their lunchbox. This is hardly surprising, given their perception that schools are a safe place for children. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Many children are at risk of exposure to asbestos in aging school buildings. A recent audit of Australian schools revealed most contain some form of asbestos. In the southeastern state of Victoria alone, only 39 of the 1,440 state schools audited — or 3 percent — passed the test. Hundreds of schools in North South Wales contain asbe...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 8, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: asbestos abatement Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act asbestos in schools Australia Committee on Carcinogenicity Environmental Working Group Action Fund Health and Safety Act 2011 North South Wales Occupational Health and Safety Vict Source Type: news

BMA demands QOF suspension in England to ease winter pressure
GP leaders in England have called for the suspension of QOF targets to ease winter pressure, as ministers in Wales agreed to freeze most of the framework for the second year running. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

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

Health secretary apologises for cancelled operations
But Vaughan Gething says the Welsh NHS is well-prepared to cope with winter pressures on services. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Wales chief executive apologises for cancellations
The chief executive said the NHS received the highest month of life-threatening calls in December. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Aussie flu' continues rampage as NHS struggles to cope
Some 1,649 people were struck down with flu in England and Wales as temperatures plummeted over the week of Christmas. The virus spreads easier in the cold weather. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity 'my prison'
A 34 stone woman says she is desperate to lose weight but there is no help for her in north Wales. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meat eaters 'have more sex than vegetarians'  
A survey suggests that 42% (or 49% of Welsh people) of those who eat meat at least once a day have sex once a week or more but for vegetarians the figure drops to only 16%. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Terminally ill Hengoed parents fundraise for daughters
Dawn Wilson, 35, from Hengoed, South Wales, suffers from an incurable tumour while the father of her two daughters, has Huntington disease, a degenerative brain condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An analysis of suicide trends in Scotland 1950-2014: comparison with England & Wales - Dougall N, Stark C, Agnew T, Henderson R, Maxwell M, Lambert P.
BACKGROUND: Scotland has disproportionately high rates of suicide compared with England. An analysis of trends may help reveal whether rates appear driven more by birth cohort, period or age. A 'birth cohort effect' for England& Wales has been previously ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Hepatitis A outbreak: Symptoms of viral infection spreading across UK and Europe
A HEPATITIS A outbreak has stretched to 22 European countries since the end of September - including England and Wales - and has affected almost 1,000 people. These are the signs and symptoms to watch out for. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ysbyty Gwynedd pioneers electronic early warning system
An electronic "scoreboard" can now track any sudden changes in patients' health at a Welsh hospital. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Annual Report 2017: Results of the NPCA Prospective Audit in England and Wales for men diagnosed from 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016
This report presents national demographic information on patients diagnosed with prostate cancer, key aspects of the diagnostic and staging process they underwent and treatments received. It describes variation in disease presentation across providers and presents performance indicators related to short-term treatment outcomes for men undergoing radical prostatectomy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother donates her breast milk to dozens of families
Mother-of-one Harriet Tutton, 28, from Barry, Wales, started expressing her milk when her daughter Luna struggled to latch on as a newborn, but produced enough to fill three freezers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother, 28, donates her breast milk to dozens of families
Mother-of-one Harriet Tutton, 28, from Barry, Wales, started expressing her milk when her daughter Luna struggled to latch on as a newborn, but produced enough to fill three freezers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A review of alcohol media literacy interventions and potential applications for a UK context
Conclusion Alcohol media literacy interventions aid development of key critical analysis skills in young people and have potential applications in a UK context. Evidence suggests that the concept of advertising exposure underpinning alcohol media literacy interventions may benefit from expansion to incorporate broader types of exposure to alcohol marketing and promotion cited by participants. Testing inclusion of different forms of media as intervention components is recommended and will arguably still be amenable to the critical appraisal skills taught in media literacy (Jolls and Wilson, 2014). Although evidence suggests...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - December 20, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Tiny marsupial believed extinct in NSW rediscovered by scientists
Crest-tailed mulgara caught in a trap by University of NSW researchers working on Wild Deserts projectA tiny carnivorous marsupial that was presumed extinct in New South Wales has been discovered just inside the border, two years before scientists planned to reintroduce it.The juvenile female crest-tailed mulgara,Dasycercus cristicauda, was caught in a trap in November by University of New South Wales researchers working on the Wild Deserts project, which aims to reintroduce long-absent marsupials to two predator-free areas of the western edge of Sturt national park.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 20, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Calla Wahlquist Tags: Animals New South Wales Australia news Science Source Type: news

Who are Kindred ’s new owners?
So who are these companies that are acquiring Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare Inc.? News broke this morning that Kindred (NYSE: KND) would be acquired by Louisville-based Humana and two huge private-equity firms: TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe. Kindred will be split into two standalone businesses: Kindred at Home, which will operate the company's home health, hospice and community care businesses; and Kindred Healthcare, which will operate Kindred’s long-term acute-care hospitals,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 19, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Who are Kindred ’s new owners?
So who are these companies that are acquiring Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare Inc.? News broke this morning that Kindred (NYSE: KND) would be acquired by Louisville-based Humana and two huge private-equity firms: TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe. Kindred will be split into two standalone businesses: Kindred at Home, which will operate the company's home health, hospice and community care businesses; and Kindred Healthcare, which will operate Kindred’s long-term acute-care hospitals,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Humana, private equity firms to buy Kindred Healthcare for $4.1 billion
The rumors were true: Kindred Healthcare Inc. will be acquired by Humana Inc. and two private-equity firms in a $4.1 billion deal. The companies will pay $9 in cash for each Kindred share. That's a 27 percent premium to Kindred's 90-day weighted average price, according to a news release. The private-equity companies that are joining Humana in the acquisition are TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe. When the acquisition is complete, Kindred's home health, hospice and community care… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Carolyn Tribble Greer Source Type: news

Humana, private equity firms to buy Kindred Healthcare for $4.1 billion
Kindred Healthcare Inc. is being acquired by Humana Inc. and two private-equity firms in a $4.1 billion deal. The companies will pay $9 in cash for each Kindred share. That's a 27 percent premium to Kindred's 90-day weighted average price, according to a news release. The private-equity companies that are joining Humana in the acquisition are TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe. When the acquisition is complete, Kindred's home health, hospice and community care businesses will be separated… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Carolyn Tribble Greer Source Type: news