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Autism concern over home schooling rise in Wales
Many autistic children are struggling to cope in schools and are being removed, a charity warns. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can brain training reduce dementia risk? Despite new research, the jury is still out
There are good reasons to be cautious about a new study claiming computer-based training can reduce the risk of dementia. But what does work?More than 30 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer ’s disease, and while researchers are pushing hard to find a cure, their efforts so far havemetwithfailure. With no effective treatment on the horizon, prevention has become the only game in town. But what can be done to reduce the risk of dementia, now theleading cause of death in England and Wales?In researchpublished on Thursday, US scientists claim that a form of computer-based brain training can reduce the risk of de...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Alzheimer's Dementia Science Health Mental health Society Source Type: news

Respiratory nurse educator named ‘nurse of year’ by RCN Wales
A respiratory nurse has been named as “nurse of the year” by the Royal College of Nursing in Wales for her work in tackling some of the worst mortality rates from chronic lung disease in the UK. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Dating and relationship violence among 16-19 year olds in England and Wales: a cross-sectional study of victimization - Young H, Turney C, White J, Bonell C, Lewis R, Fletcher A.
This study examines the association between DRV victimization and socio-demographic characteristics, sexual identity and dat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Higher wages for council employees would save the Treasury money, says UNISON
  Higher wages for council employees would save the Treasury money, says UNISON The Treasury would save half the total cost of awarding council workers the pay rise called for in the 2018 claim put to the Local Government Association, according to new research published today (Thursday) by UNISON. The claim, submitted in May 2017, calls for a 5% pay rise and the real living wage for the lowest paid (£8.75 an hour or £10.20 in London). If council employees were given a decent pay rise, they would be paying more in taxes and national insurance, spending more and paying VAT, as well as claiming less in tax cr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget councils heather wakefield local governemnt low pay national insurance pay up now savings New Policy institute tax credits Source Type: news

Swansea woman has hernia larger than size of child ’s head
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT Tanya Evans, 27, from Swansea, Wales, is at risk of rupturing her bowel while she waits for surgery to remove the mass which has grown to the size of a football. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minimum unit pricing in Scotland will make life better for thousands of people, says charity – and calls for Westminster to step up
The Supreme Court in Scotland today (15 November) delivered its judgement that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal, a step which charity Alcohol Concern says will improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of people. Harmful drinking is the biggest avoidable cause of death for people aged 15-49 in the UK. It also costs the NHS £3.5 billion a year. The decision in Scotland comes after a long and protracted legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association and follows the recent announcement by the Welsh Government on its plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Wales. Alcohol Concern, along with...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Blog Post: Supreme Court makes momentous decision on Minimum Unit pricing in Scotland
Today the Supreme Court has ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal. This is a momentous decision, following five years of legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association. It means that the Scottish Government can now implement MUP and allow a potentially game-changing alcohol policy to finally be introduced. After years of public debate on the merits and politics of MUP, we may lose sight of the basic principle behind it. MUP establishes a minimum price below which a unit of alcohol can be sold. It is not a new tax on alcohol, and – unlike alcohol taxes – it applies equally regardless o...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Underage sexting has doubled in two years: Authorities concerned about the mental and emotional impact on children
(Natural News) Children as young as 10 are revealed to be already “sexting” (sending text messages that are sexual in nature) as police forces in Wales and England have reported that sexting offenses have increased by around 33 percent to 6,238 in 2016-2017 – a rate of 17 every day – from 4,681 in 2015-2016.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statutory guidance for new nurse staffing laws in Wales
Health boards and NHS trusts in Wales have been issued statutory nurse staffing guidance by the government, ahead of the introduction of new laws next year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Incidence and cost of hospitalisation of children with injuries from playground equipment falls, in New South Wales, Australia - Bierbaum M, Curtis K, Mitchell R.
AIMS: To describe the epidemiological profile and cost of hospitalised injuries caused by playground equipment falls of children aged 0-14 years, in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: Linked New South Wales hospitalisation data from 1 January 201... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Assessing for head injury in alcohol-intoxicated patients - Hoban C.
Each year, 1.4 million people with recent head injuries attend emergency departments in England and Wales. The incidence of head injury in acutely intoxicated patients is estimated to be as high as 65%. One of the challenges of assessing and managing patie... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trends in fall-related ambulance use and hospitalisation among older adults in NSW, 2006-2013: a retrospective, population-based study - Paul SS, Harvey L, Carroll T, Li Q, Boufous S, Priddis A, Tiedemann A, Clemson L, Lord SR, Muecke S, Close JC, Lo S, Sherrington C.
OBJECTIVE and importance of study: To describe characteristics and temporal trends of fall-related ambulance service use and hospital admission in older adults in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Such information will facilitate a more targeted approach t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Orange juice 'halves the risk of hip fracture'
Drinking orange juice daily could almost halve the risk of hip fractures, which about 65,000 people suffer from every year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How compliant are dental practice Facebook pages with Australian health care advertising regulations? A Netnographic review
ConclusionsThis study found that compliance with the National Law by the Facebook pages surveyed was poor. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 10, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Bridging the gap between health and housing. A united approach in South Wales
With housing and health increasingly integrating to respond more effectively to citizens'needs, this new Housing LIN Cymru case study puts the spotlight on Caerphilly-based housing association United Welsh. It explains their new wellbeing partnership, Wellbeing 4U, and highlights how it is drawing from housing expertise to improve the patient and GP experience across 25 surgeries in Cardiff and Barry. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government has no real choice but to boost NHS coffers, say think tank trio
2018-19 will be ‘crunch year’, with funding growth at lowest level this parliament Related items fromOnMedica Doctors and NHS leaders call for urgent investment in NHS Welsh budget ‘a missed opportunity for patient care’ CCGs warn of shrinking value of their funding Government missing targets on GP investment NHS chief calls for Brexit NHS funding pledges to be honoured (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS targets super-sized chocolate bars in battle against obesity, diabetes and tooth-decay
16 October 2017 Hospitals have been ordered to take super-size chocolate bars and “grab bags” of sugary snacks off of the shelves in the latest step of the NHS plan to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth-decay. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has announced a 250 calorie limit on confectionary sold in hospital canteens, stores, vending machines and other outlets. Hospital chiefs will have to ensure that four out of five items purchased on their premises do not bust the limit, which is an eighth of a woman ’s and a tenth of a man’s recommended daily intake, or lose out on funding ring-fenc...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 9, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Census 2017: workforce figures for consultants and specialty doctor psychiatrists
This report outlines the findings of this year's census of psychiatric workforce across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

University Hospital, Cardiff 'critical' mortuary failings
Human tissue was kept longer than necessary after post-mortem examinations at Wales' biggest hospital. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dementia is now Britain ’s biggest killer, figures show
The figures combine existing data for England, Wales and Scotland with new statistics published yesterday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is it ... Baa-rack Obama? Sheep able to recognise celebrities, say neuroscientists
Sheep able to distinguish pictures of celebrities from unfamiliar faces with near-human accuracy, with implications for research into Huntington ’s diseaseIt has all the makings of a pub quiz teaser: what do Barack Obama, Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal and the British TV presenter Fiona Bruce have in common? The answer, courtesy of neuroscientists in Cambridge, is that all have been recognised by sheep.The unlikely connection emerges from work on the face recognition skills of a Welsh Mountain breed that belongs to a university flock. Having trained the animals on mugshots of the four, scientists found the sheep could ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 8, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Medical research Science Genetics Neuroscience Biology Source Type: news

Dementia now Britain ’s biggest killer, figures show
The figures combine existing data for England, Wales and Scotland with new statistics published yesterday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNSW research on reversing negative effects of maternal obesity
(University of New South Wales) A drug that increases energy metabolism may lead to a new approach to prevent obesity in children born to overweight mothers, UNSW Sydney researchers have found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Blog: The time for kind words is over, it ’ s time for decent pay
It’s Living Wage Week, which means new rates have been announced for the real living wage (£8.75 an hour across the UK and £10.20 in London), and it’s when organisations throughout the country take time to celebrate the value and importance of paying workers a basic salary they can live on. That’s what the living wage is all about – being able to live on what you earn. It should be a simple ask. In fact, in 2017, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it should be a given. Yet every year unions are forced to demand – once again – that businesses pay decent wages and...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 7, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Former cricketers 'more likely to experience osteoarthritis and joint surgery'
Elite-level cricketers are more likely than most to experience osteoarthritis and other related bone health issues, according to new research. The University of Oxford-led study, which was supported by theArthritis Research UK Centre for Sport,Exercise andOsteoarthritis* and the England and Wales Cricket Board, has offered evidence that more needs to be done to monitor and address the specific health risks associated with the sport, and to offer tailored support for those in need. The impact of cricket on musculoskeletal health For this research, a group of 113 former elite cricket players were asked to complete a health q...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - November 7, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Joining in the fungi: black truffle grown in UK for first time
Dog unearths P érigord black truffle successfully grown in Wales, the furthest north the delicacy has ever been foundAn expensive Mediterranean black truffle has been cultivated in the UK for the first time, the farthest north that the species has been found.Researchers believe the truffle, mostly found in northern Spain, southern France and northern Italy, was able to grow in Wales due to climate change.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Climate change Fungi Environment Wales Food & drink Biology Life and style Science UK news Source Type: news

Make the NHS a living wage employer says UNISON
UNISON is today (Friday) calling on the government to enable the NHS to pay the living wage and lift almost 80,000 health employees out of poverty. Ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage week, UNISON has published an analysis that reveals most workers on the lowest pay bands such as catering assistants, porters, cleaners and pharmacy assistants, in England are paid below the minimum recommended. The new rates are due to be announced next week. They are currently £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 in the rest of the UK. Wales and Scotland already pay living wage rates, leaving those in England an...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release catering assistant cleaners England living wave NHS pay porters poverty Sara Gorton Source Type: news

One in ten council workers paid below the living wage, says UNISON ​
One in ten council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are paid below the living wage, according to an analysis from UNISON released today (Friday). Ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage week, UNISON is calling on the government to fund councils so they can become living wage employers. If it did, it would lift more than 60,000 cleaners, library assistants, residential and home care workers and other local authority staff out of poverty, says UNISON. The new living wage rates are due to be announced next week. They are currently £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 in the rest of the U...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget government living wage living wage week local governemnt pay Source Type: news

One in 10 council workers paid below the living wage, says UNISON ​
One in ten council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are paid below the living wage, according to an analysis from UNISON released today (Friday). Ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage week, UNISON is calling on the government to fund councils so they can become living wage employers. If it did, it would lift more than 60,000 cleaners, library assistants, residential and home care workers and other local authority staff out of poverty, says UNISON. The new living wage rates are due to be announced next week. They are currently £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 in the rest of the U...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget government living wage living wage week local governemnt pay Source Type: news

Plastic nanoparticles could improve delivery of cancer drugs
University of New South Wales researchers have developed a method to control polymer molecule shape that can turn into effective drug delivery systems. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Look at Attacks Where Vehicles Have Been Used as Weapons
The attack on a bike path in New York City, which killed eight and injured 11 others, is the latest example of a driver who used a vehicle as a weapon. Some were orchestrated by extremist groups, others by unstable individuals with unclear motives. Radical groups have urged supporters to use any weapons at hand, including cars, a tactic that presents a major challenge for security forces around the world. Here's a look at some other attacks: ___ Aug. 17, 2017 A rented van veered into Barcelona's crowded Las Ramblas promenade, swerving along the walkway and killing 13 people. Armed with an ax, knives and false explosives be...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News WMD & Terrorism Source Type: news

New CEO in place for Cempra, Melinta combination
Following their announcement of plans to merge, Chapel Hill-based Cempra (Nasdaq: CEMP) and New Haven, Connecticut-based Melinta Therapeutics has selected Dan Wechsler to be president and CEO – as well as a board member – of the combined company.  The merger is expected to close later this year. Wechsler will join the combined company from New York-based private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe, which he joined last year after serving as president and CEO of Smile Brands before … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 1, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Plastic nanoparticles inspired by nature could improve cancer drug delivery
(University of New South Wales) UNSW Sydney scientists have developed a way to control the shape of polymer molecules so they self-assemble into non-spherical nanoparticles -- an advance that could improve the delivery of toxic drugs to tumors. Very little in nature is perfectly spherical, but it has proved very difficult for scientists to synthesize particles that are not round until now. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Superbug-related deaths hit at least 15-year Wales low
The number of deaths related to MRSA, C. diff and Staphylococcus aureus continue to fall. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hair dye dangers warning for children
"Lives at risk" as some salons in Wales offer hair colour appointments for under-16s. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dr Rosemary Stanton reveals the truth about coconut oil
Dr Rosemary Stanton, a leading nutritionist based at the University of New South Wales, debunks the myths. No study has found coconut oil helps weight loss, she says in a piece for The Conversation. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic study uncovers evolutionary history of dingoes
(University of New South Wales) A major study of dingo DNA has revealed dingoes most likely migrated to Australia in two separate waves via a former land bridge with Papua New Guinea. The find has significant implications for conservation, with researchers recommending the two genetically distinct populations of dingoes be treated as different groups for management and conservation purposes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 30, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Sharp rise in children being admitted to intensive care units
The number of children admitted to intensive care in England and Wales has risen sharply since 2009, adding further strain to an already overstretched NHS, warn researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Hundreds of mental health patients' deaths still uninvestigated
The families of patients who have died while detained under the Mental Health Act in England and Wales are continuing to be denied inquests, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Stunning teacher gave birth with a totally lopsided face
Kirby Logie, 27, from Albury, New South Wales, woke on August 13 this year to find the left side of her face completely frozen, leaving her unable to close an eye, moved her mouth or raise an eyebrow. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Warning over Wales NHS Brexit 'catastrophe'
A hard or 'no deal' Brexit could have a serious impact on NHS Wales, a health expert warns. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Long-term opioid use does not increase risk of Alzheimer ’s disease
A previous smaller study had suggested that opioids may increase the risk of developing the disease Related items fromOnMedica Antidepressant use increases risk of head injuries in Alzheimer's disease Head injuries linked to Alzheimer ’s and other disorders Statins may influence risk of Alzheimer ’s Dementia now leading cause of death in England and Wales Major study set to detect early signs of Alzheimer ’s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Breast cancer risk HIGHER in western parts of time zones
In America, California has a higher risk than Nevada. In the UK, Cornwall and Wales have a higher risk than Norwich. Why? In those western edges of time zones, they use more artificial light at night. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Australian research highlights worldwide risk of HIV and Hepatitis C epidemics
(University of New South Wales) Two reviews of the global prevalence of injecting drug use and of interventions to prevent the spread of blood borne viruses among people who inject drugs are published today in leading international journal The Lancet Global Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mass lobby of parliament against cuts to school funding
Over a thousand parents, teachers, school support staff and head teachers will be attending the School Cuts mass lobby of Parliament this Tuesday, 24 October. They will bring the message to MPs that schools are seriously underfunded, which is having a negative impact on children and young people’s education. This situation must change. The majority of constituencies (400) in England and Wales will be represented. Many more who cannot attend on the day will be lobbying MPs in their constituencies. We will be asking MPs to join us in demanding that the Chancellor releases more funds for our schools to ensure every chil...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release education lobby public services school workers teaching assistants Source Type: news

Police community support officers in England: a dramaturgical analysis - O'Neill M.
Police community support officers (PCSOs) have become an integral part of neighbourhood policing teams (NPTs) in England and Wales since the national roll-out of neighbourhood policing in 2008. Most research on PCSOs examines their outward-facing role, suc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

Ian Robinson obituary
Agricultural consultant who developed a system for rapidly assessing the quality of crops that could be used to warn experts of impending food crisesIan Robinson, who has died aged 72, helped to improve the lives of millions of people across the world with his work on monitoring crops and livestock in developing countries and conflict zones. In particular he developed a scoring system for rapidly assessing the quality and quantity of crops and farm animals, which could then be used to alert UN experts and aid organisations to impending food crises.Apart from the creation of such pioneering systems, Ian ’s life as an ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ken Booth Tags: Agriculture Africa Famine Farming United Nations Technology Wales Aberystwyth University Global development Source Type: news

Minimum alcohol price law unveiled in Wales
It is claimed one life a week could be saved in Wales if cheap alcohol sales are banned. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minimum alcohol price law to be unveiled in Wales
It is claimed one life a week could be saved in Wales if cheap alcohol sales are banned. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news