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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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to Carers UK’s report Pressure Points

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to Carers UK’s report Pressure Points, Charlotte Argyle, Carers Support Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “This report highlights the urgent need to support carers in the community and ensure they are included and consulted at every stage and through every process of their loved one’s care. Our new research shows that a quarter (25%) of cancer carers say they were not involved when planning how and when the person...

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The BMA – Ignominious defeat?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

The BMA has called off the junior doctors strikes planned for October, November and December. Whilst asserting that it is still in dispute with the government, the BMAs campaign has collapsed. As we brood on this we should remember the words of Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis, a member of the BMA’s junior doctors committee (JDC), as quoted by the Daily Telegraph on August 12th. “It’s time to dust off our picket armbands. An escalated fight is on....

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Research priorities need to be set in order to improve social work with adults

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

The adult social work sector in England needs to urgently identify its key research priorities, in an inclusive and rigorous way, if it is to generate the ideas and evidence needed to ensure that people receive the best possible support, according to researchers at the Policy Institute, King’s College London. In a discussion paper on the state of social work research with adults in England, the researchers stress that the profession needs to be...

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