Down's syndrome no bar to bilingualism, study suggests
Raising children with Down's syndrome in Welsh and English does not disadvantage them, a study suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Knee osteoarthritis can be treated with a combination of joint mobilisation and exercise
A new clinical trial has found that exercise, combined with mobilisation to realign the kneecap, can reduce knee osteoarthritis pain and improve the quality of life for people with arthritis. The study– which took place at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, found that a combination of joint mobilisation andexercise significantly decreasedpain for people with kneeosteoarthritis. The mobilisation is relatively simple. Patients were instructed to lie on their side, with the knee supported and slightly flexed. This allowed the patella, or kneecap, to glide vertically from side to side. This mobilisation was perform...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 20, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Update on FE pay in Wales
Thanks to lobbying by the Joint Trade Unions in Wales, the Welsh Government has provided additional funding to the Further Education sector in Wales. Last week, Colegau Cymru (CC) subsequently made an improved offer on pay to the Joint Trade Unions as follows: All teaching grades up to and including Main Grade 6 lecturers – a rise of 3.5% Upper spine (UP 1 – 3) – a rise of 2% All staff on Management contract (excluding senior post holders) –  a rise of 1.5% Business support – (salaries below £19,500) – a rise of 4.5% Business support – (salaries above £19,501) &nd...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Cyrmu FE pay further education Source Type: news

Neath nurses to host Christmas dinner for lonely community patients
Nurses based at a hospital in South Wales are hosting a Christmas Day lunch for patients in the community who are most vulnerable. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

A baby was born so premature she would have been classed as a miscarriage if she had died
Baby Ayah Malik defied the odds of a 5% chance of survival  after spending weeks in hospital. Her parents, from Wales, had dealt with a stillborn four years prior. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Practice manager training programme to launch in Wales
A bespoke training programme for practice managers in Wales will commence in March next year, it has been announced.  Funded by the Primary Care Division of Public Health Wales, the programme will comprise three cohorts, with the first two starting in March 2019, according to a spokesperson for Public Health Wales.  The programme aims to equip practice managers with the skills and knowledge to be confident and successful in their roles. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - December 14, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

The long dry: why the world's water supply is shrinking
(University of New South Wales) A global study has found a paradox: our water supplies are shrinking at the same time as climate change is generating more intense rain. And the culprit is the drying of soils, say researchers, pointing to a world where drought-like conditions will become the new normal, especially in regions that are already dry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Video game players frequently exposed to graphic content may see world differently
(University of New South Wales) Disturbing imagery disrupts perception, but not as much among violent video game players, UNSW Sydney psychologists have shown. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health 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

Multiproxy evidence highlights a complex evolutionary legacy of maize in South America
Domesticated maize evolved from wild teosinte under human influences in Mexico beginning around 9000 years before the present (yr B.P.), traversed Central America by ~7500 yr B.P., and spread into South America by ~6500 yr B.P. Landrace and archaeological maize genomes from South America suggest that the ancestral population to South American maize was brought out of the domestication center in Mexico and became isolated from the wild teosinte gene pool before traits of domesticated maize were fixed. Deeply structured lineages then evolved within South America out of this partially domesticated progenitor population. Genom...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kistler, L., Maezumi, S. Y., Gregorio de Souza, J., Przelomska, N. A. S., Malaquias Costa, F., Smith, O., Loiselle, H., Ramos-Madrigal, J., Wales, N., Ribeiro, E. R., Morrison, R. R., Grimaldo, C., Prous, A. P., Arriaza, B., Gilbert, M. T. P., de Oliveira Tags: Anthropology reports Source Type: news

Forgotten statue kept in a margarine tub is 2,000-year-old treasure
Silver-eyed Minerva found by a farmer 10 years ago dates back to first or second centuryA 2,000-year-old Roman statuette of a silver-eyed goddess Minerva that for more than a decade was kept in a plastic margarine tub is among a record number of treasure discoveries made by the nation ’s army of metal detectorists.TheBritish Museum on Tuesday revealed the details of 1,267 finds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, more than there has ever been since theTreasureAct was passed in 1996.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mark Brown Arts correspondent Tags: Archaeology British Museum Heritage Art Hobbies Oxford UK news Source Type: news

Number of abortions in the UK rises to a 10-year high=
Figures from the Department of Health and Social Care revealed that 197,533 abortions were carried out in England and Wales in 2017, the highest level since 2007. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patient petition saves small local GP surgery in Wales
A Welsh village is to keep its GP surgery after the health board listened to patient complaints regarding plans to close it.  The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in South Wales said it had sent letters out to patients of the Goytre branch of Churchwood Surgery in Monmouthshire, following a public engagement process and review by the branch closure panel.  The health board said it had accepted the panel’s conclusion that services should continue in the village of Goytre. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - December 11, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Practice management Latest News 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

Cognitive control and network disruption in remitted depression: a correlate of childhood adversity - Quinn ME, Stange JP, Jenkins LM, Corwin S, DelDonno SR, Bessette KL, Welsh RC, Langenecker SA.
Individuals in a major depressive episode often display impairment in cognitive control, and this impairment exists outside of the acute phase of illness. Impairment in cognitive control also has been associated with exposure to childhood adversity (CA). T... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Carols by glow sticks: a retrospective analysis of Poisons Information Centre data - Cairns R, Brown JA, Dawson AH, Davis W, Buckley NA.
OBJECTIVE: To win a Christmas hamper. We also devised a study of our most festive seasonal poisoning, to demonstrate how hard we are working while everyone else is partying. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of the New South Wales Poisons Information ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Developmental changes in resting-state functional networks among individuals with and without internalizing psychopathologies - Burkhouse KL, Stange JP, Jacobs RH, Bhaumik R, Bessette KL, Peters AT, Crane NA, Kreutzer KA, Fitzgerald K, Monk CS, Welsh RC, Phan KL, Langenecker SA.
BACKGROUND: Three well-established intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs) involved in cognitive-affective processing include the cognitive control network (CCN), default mode network (DMN), and salience and emotional network (SEN). Despite recent advances ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Meet the talking and crying childlike manikin
Students at the University of South Wales are learning from a childlike doll which has a pulse (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Mother-of-five, 37, is ‘paralysed’ every time she moves her head
Leah Smith, from Prestatyn in Denbighshire, North Wales, has a condition called atlantoaxial instability, which is a weakness in the spine and can put pressure on the nerves. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

C-Suite Awards: Gregory Cole
Greg Cole has spent a decade with K2M Group Holdings Inc., joining in 2008 after helping take XM Satellite Radio public. At the time, he was looking for another early-stage company with similar aspirations. That ’s when he connected with a college classmate, K2M CEO Eric Major. Since then, the spinal device maker has had its ups and down — with more ups. In 2010, Cole and Major signed a deal with their first private equity partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe. “We really scrambled back… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Volunteers taking on police roles as cuts continue to bite
Cash-strapped police forces are filling some key job vacancies with unpaid volunteers amid ongoing cutbacks, says a report published today (Friday) by UNISON. The number of police support volunteers (PSVs) being used across England and Wales has soared to more than 6,000 – the equivalent of a 15% rise – in just four years from 2014 to 2017, according to the report Crossing the Line. Yet the number of paid police staff including Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) has dropped by 4,177 – or 5% – from 80,749 to 76,572 over a similar period, according to government figures*. The increasing relian...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 7, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release dave prentis police volunteers Source Type: news

C-Suite Awards: Gregory Cole
Greg Cole has spent a decade with K2M Group Holdings Inc., joining in 2008 after helping take XM Satellite Radio public. At the time, he was looking for another early-stage company with similar aspirations. That ’s when he connected with a college classmate, K2M CEO Eric Major. Since then, the spinal device maker has had its ups and down — with more ups. In 2010, Cole and Major signed a deal with their first private equity partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe. “We really scrambled back… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Government plans could increase GP indemnity costs
Consultation on clinical negligence cover launched Related items fromOnMedica GPs likely to need extra cover despite state indemnity scheme Plans for state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in Wales State-backed or practice-backed indemnity? GP leader calls for rethink on indemnity scheme bill GPs should consider restricting antibiotics for COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCGP Wales urges Government to give 11% of NHS budget to general practice
RCGP Wales has urged the Welsh Government to allocate a larger proportion of the NHS budget to general practice.  The college’s calls come after the findings of a recent RCGP workforce survey, presented in Transforming general practice: building a profession fit for the future report, found that 42% of GPs believe it is financially unsustainable to run a practice and 82% blame this on insufficient funding.  RCGP Wales put the suggestion forward on 4 December, on the day Welsh Assembly members debated the draft budget for 2019/20.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - December 6, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

How do schools address self-harm in adolescents?
(Wiley) In a survey-based study of 153 secondary schools in England and Wales, staff stated that adolescent self-harm is an important concern, but emotional health and wellbeing is the primary health priority for schools. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Save Our Services blog: The environmental health officer ’s tale
For SOS Day on 6 December, we asked our members working in safety related roles, such as environmental health, trading standards, social services and many others, to tell us about the reality of working to keep their communities safe under years of austerity. Here is the account of an environmental health officer. As an environmental health officer, I’m responsible for… …inspecting homes to make sure that standards are met and to improve the quality of homes. I conduct criminal investigations to prosecute rogue landlords who rent unlicensed and dangerous shared accommodation. Increasingly, we ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Blogs SOS local government Save Our Local Services save our services Source Type: news

New Study Sheds Light on Medication Administration Errors Leading to Death
Medication administration errors leading to death are common with anticoagulants and antibiotics in particular, according to a new study that analysed incidents reported in England and Wales. The most common error category was omitted medicine, followed by a wrong dose or a wrong strength. In half of the reported incidents, the patient was aged over 75. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - December 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Redundancies raise their heads
UNISON branches in England and Wales are gearing up to defend members after the University of Gloucester and Cardiff University both announced plans for redundancies to deal with funding shortages. Gloucester warned unions at the weekend that it plans to cut 100 posts as it seeks to make savings of around £5m as part of its ‘Securing a Sustainable Future’ plan. The university has recently opened a new £16m business school, and a new sports centre is close to being completed. The local branch said it has been “aware for some time” that the university is trying to make savings, and had bee...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 5, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article education education services higher ed higher education redundancies redundancy universities Source Type: news

Are Smaller Hip Implants in Older Patients More Cost Effective?
A study by researchers at the University of Bristol Medical School has shown that small-head cemented metal-on-plastic hip replacements less than 36 mm in diameter are the most cost-effective in patients older than 65. The research was led by the Hip Implant Prosthesis Study (HIPS) team and found no evidence that uncemented or hybrid hip replacements are cost-effective options, while large-head implant sizes more than 36 mm in diameters are also not cost-effective. To reach their conclusion the researchers used data from two large national cohorts, the National Joint Registry for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, along...
Source: MDDI - December 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Implants Orthopedics Source Type: news

Perceived safety benefits of aftermarket driver support systems: results from a large scale European field operational test - Welsh R, Morris A.
In this study, a pan-European FOT was used to evaluate Navigation, Speed Inf... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Welsh scientists hunt down the latest flu strains
The work will help identify the latest types of flu and ensure new vaccines can fight off the virus. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disappointment at lack of increase in student nurses for Wales
The number of nurse training places in Wales will not increase in 2019 despite a £7m boost in government funding to support education and training for health professionals. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

What seabirds can tell us about the tide
(European Geosciences Union) Razorbill tag data revealed that, at night, these seabirds spent a lot of their time idle on the sea surface. 'We saw this as an opportunity to (...) test if the birds might be drifting with the tidal current,' says Matt Cooper from Bangor University in Wales. It turns out they were, according to a new Ocean Science study that shows the potential of using seabirds to measure ocean currents. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 29, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

GPs order three times more diagnostic tests than 15 years ago
Tests ordered by GPs cost NHS around £2.8bn per year Related items fromOnMedica Plans to boost GP evening and weekend appointments IT investment needed to help GP services survive Historic NHS Mandate published today GPs should offer HIV tests in routine appointments GP out-of-hours service in Wales floundering (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nearly 7,000 children and young adults with type 2 diabetes
According to figures published by Diabetes UK, 6,836 children and young adults have been reported to have type 2 diabetes in England and Wales – only around 10% of which are receiving care in paediatric diabetes units. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Country diary: dinosaur poo on the banks of the Severn
Aust Cliff, South Gloucestershire: We are after fossils from the upper strata, inaccessible until chunks are torn off by winter ’s teethAust Cliff is half a hill, sliced open like a birthday cake by the River Severn ’s slow knife, exposing two ornamental layers of pink and blue-green mudstone. Right here, about 200m years ago, a red desert was overwhelmed by a balmy ocean. Today, a cold northern sea mingles with a slowly churning river of mud, crossed at this point by the old Severn Bridge, once the longest s ingle-span bridge in the world. The scale of this place, in time, space and ambition, is magnificent.Co...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Dawn Lawrence Tags: Fossils Geology Environment Wales UK news Biology Evolution Science Dinosaurs Zoology Source Type: news

National adult asthma audit programme
The national adult asthma audit launched on the 1 November 2018 across England, Scotland and Wales. To date, 156 hospitals have registered to participate. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Repeat missing child reports in Wales - Hutchings E, Browne KD, Chou S, Wade K.
BACKGROUND: There were approximately 306,000 reports of missing persons in the UK from 2012 to 2013, 64% involved children. Repeat missing incidents account for approximately 38% of reported missing incidences. Within their research Biehal et al. (2003) id... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

School, peer and family relationships and adolescent substance use, subjective wellbeing and mental health symptoms in Wales: a cross sectional study - Moore GF, Cox R, Evans RE, Hallingberg B, Hawkins J, Littlecott HJ, Long SJ, Murphy S.
This study tests the independen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The future of youth justice - Haines K, Case S.
What is the future for juvenile justice in England and Wales? In a current climate of divergence, normlessness and local variations, we explore reform recommendations and the impact of economic austerity on local Youth Offending Teams: a retraction of supp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

What is a juvenile? A cross-national comparison of youth justice systems - Abrams LS, Jordan SP, Montero LA.
In this article, the authors analyze cross-national variations in how the category of 'juvenile' is defined in criminal law and policy. The authors purposively selected the cases of Argentina, Belize, England/Wales, and Finland to maximize differences in t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Endometriosis: Early diagnosis 'would make huge difference'
Alex Roach, who waited seven years for a diagnosis, backs a pledge to improve care in Wales. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thousands of women 'dying from heart attacks needlessly because they get worse care than men'
Poor treatment contributed to the deaths of more than 8,200 women in England and Wales over a ten-year period, the research reveals. Female patients are more likely to dismiss chest pains, it was found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

8,200 women in UK died of heart attacks for lack of same care as men, study estimates
More than 8,200 women in England and Wales could have survived heart attacks over the course of a decade, had they received the same quality care as men, research says. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family size shrinks to record low of 1.89 children
Women are having children later, and one-child families are growing in England and Wales, statistics show. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of young Britons suffering from diabetes sufferers is 'TEN times higher than expected'
The charity Diabetes UK analysed an audit of GPs and found that nearly 7,000 under-25s received treatment for the condition in England and Wales in 2016/17. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news