Cardiff scientists create world’s first synthetic, non-biologic vaccine 

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The non-biologic influenza vaccine, which can be delivered orally, could herald a revolution in vaccine delivery. Stable at room temperature, the new type of vaccine, which could be given in pill form, does not require refrigeration – a process that can account for most of the cost of delivery of many current vaccines. Vaccines that do not require refrigeration can be transported more easily and are more suitable for developing countries where...

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Why is life expectancy in England and Wales ‘stalling’?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Several independent analyses, by both epidemiologists and actuaries, have concluded that the previous rate of improvement of life expectancy in England and Wales has now slowed markedly, and at older ages may even be reversing. However, although these findings have led the pension industry to reduce estimates of future liabilities, they have failed to elicit any significant concern in the Department of Health and Social Care. In this essay...

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NHS Staff Survey 2017 results

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The results of NHS England’s latest Staff Survey 2017 are “challenging”, show that staff cannot absorb further work pressures, and show that investment is needed in health and social care services, according to NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer. “Employers in the NHS have been anticipating worsening results from this most recent survey and sadly their concerns have been reflected in the outcome. “The country needs to take these...

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News from Nowhere

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

News from Nowhere and its regular update on UK public health matters in general. Revolving doors keep going round   Former NHS Improvement chair Ed Smith will join a new board of senior government and NHS figures advising the private digital GP company ‘Push Doctor’, according to the Health Service Journal (March 2nd 2018). The board (see box below for its membership) will advise on regulation, governance and a strategy to “expand its digital...

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British ‘puts up’ with health symptoms and illness for more than five months before seeking help

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The average adult ‘puts up’ with worrying or annoying health symptoms for more than five months before seeking help, a study has found. A poll of 2,000 adults found many are burying their head in the sand when it comes to their physical well-being – living with issues such as back pain or hearing problems for months, or even years, before they finally get them checked out. More than one in twenty even admit to waiting at least a year...

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HOW DOES UK RATE IT’S WELLBEING? NEW ONS DATA

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Today the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released their estimates of personal wellbeing in the UK, with analysis by country, age and sex. David Tabor, from the ONS shares the key messages and calls for readers to take part in a survey on wellbeing inequalities. Since 2011, we have asked personal well-being questions to adults in the UK. They provide insight into people’s feelings about their lives and surroundings which economic...

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COULD CITIZEN SCIENCE HELP UNCOVER MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING LINKS?

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Last week, the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World launched Secrets of Happiness, a national survey to gather data on wellbeing. Here, the former President of the British Psychological Society and the Centre’s community lead Peter Kinderman, who is involved in the ‘citizen science’ research project, sets out how the results might help us better understand the relationship between mental health and wellbeing. The relationship between mental health and...

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