Medical education in under-served areas.

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The costs of medical education are so great that some believe that students from lower income families are put off from applying, reinforcing medicine’s image as a profession for the already privileged. The latest attempt to overcome the cost barrier comes from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), which in partnership with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT), will offer...

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Receptionists could put people off seeing their GP

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

FORTY PER CENT of people say that having to talk through their symptoms with doctors’ receptionists could put them off going to their GP, according to an analysis of the Cancer Awareness Measure (CAM)* published today (Tuesday) in the Journal of Public Health. In a survey of almost 2,000 people** in Great Britain, the most commonly perceived barriers to seeing a GP were finding it difficult to get an appointment with a particular doctor (42 per...

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Royal Society of Public Health calls for lower drink driving limit

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has joined a wide range other groups calling for MPs to reduce the UK’s high drink driving limit. There is also strong public support for lowering the limit, with the British Social Attitude Survey recently finding that three quarters of the public (77%) support lowering the drink driving limit. Lowering our drink drive limit to 50mg alcohol per 100ml blood could reduce drink driving deaths by at least...

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The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Book and article review | 0 comments

“Healthmatters originally reviewed The Spirit Level first edition over six years ago and it was by accident that I picked up the second edition on holiday. I was unaware of the original review, that being before-my-time in working with the healthmatters team, but my eye was caught by the sleeve note detailing that it was an updated version with a response-to-critics-section. Intrigued I jumped immediately to page 200 or so and read the 30...

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Can health be affected by a patient’s location?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Dr Francine Watkins, Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Director of the Master of Public Health Programmes at the University of Liverpool, discusses the issues that affect the quality of health within communities in the UK, and how a patient’s location may be a key factor in health inequality.  The number of people living in relative poverty in the UK has risen for the first time in nearly a decade, with almost 10 million individuals sitting...

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New Data Generation use personal information as bargaining chips for better quality of life

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

A new data generation has emerged that is acutely aware of its consumer capital and the benefits this brings to individuals and society, according to a study by SAS, the leader in analytics and the Future Foundation, an independent research agency. The study reveals eight out of 10 guard their data unless they get something in return The majority (69 per cent) of this “Data Generation” (compromising 16- to 34-year-olds) view their own personal...

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Low birth weight and poor health

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The large-scale study, “Genome-wide associations for birth weight and correlations with adult disease”, which was published in Nature on Wednesday September 28, could help to target new ways of preventing and treating these diseases. This new research finds genetic differences that help to explain why some babies are born bigger or smaller than others. It also reveals how genetic differences provide an important link between an...

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