News from Nowhere – STP update, mental health & care of seriously ill children

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

News from Nowhere’s roving reporter on STP news, the state of mental health services, a crisis in Children’s palliative care funding and to lighten the mood – medicine as a career. No better but at least no worse? The newly published results of the Picker Institute’s 2016 Community Mental Health Survey demonstrates how difficult it is to bring about service improvements in an austere economic climate. Declines in communication,...

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Money worries biggest cause of stress for adults

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Research by health and wellbeing charity Central YMCA has revealed a 52% divide in wellbeing scores between the most and least financially confident people in society, money worries, being extremely worried about money, causes a 33% fall in wellbeing. Financial stability is the factor most affecting the wellbeing of UK citizens, according to a new report. Being happy with your finances causes a 19% uplift in wellbeing scores, while being...

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Research reveals what we really mean when we say ‘ I’m fine ‘

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

A survey into the emotions of the nation has revealed that Brits are feeling ‘fine’. Apparently. A study of 2,000 Britons has found that the average adult will say ‘I’m fine’ 14 times a week, though really just 19 per cent mean it.  Almost a third of those surveyed said they often lie about how they are feeling to other people, while one in ten went as far to say they always lie about their emotional state. And this dishonesty goes both ways,...

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UK Government deliberately inducing an NHS crisis – News from Nowhere

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Inducing an NHS crisis? NHS Improvement is talking about an “NHSI bond” as a kind of equity release scheme for hospitals with spare land that want to sell it off, and get some fast money up front to invest in modernisation, land sales often being lengthy events. This idea is a response to the Department of Health’s capital budget being frozen at £4.8bn a year over the course of this parliament, which in real terms means it is being cut. The...

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Strictly Come Dancing – Walzing to Wellbeing!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

One of the excitements of the autumn TV schedules is Strictly Come Dancing. For me, like 10 million other viewers, it is compulsory Saturday evening viewing as well as being a useful topic for small talk in all kinds of situations and with all kinds of people. I am old enough to remember its predecessor programme Come Dancing which was nowhere near as compulsive viewing. Or it may have been that, being considerably younger, my interests lay...

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135,000 Alcohol related deaths predicted by 2035

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Alcohol related deaths will rise to around 135,000 cancer deaths over the next 20 years and will cost the NHS an estimated £2 billion in treatments, according to estimates from a new report* by Sheffield University, commissioned by Cancer Research UK**. The new figures, published today (Friday), reveal that by 2035 the UK could see around 7,100 cancer deaths every year that are associated with alcohol. Of the cancer types included in the...

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No willpower required: families adopt healthy behaviours through trial and error

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Forgoing a reliance on motivation, families can adopt healthy behaviours — eating better and exercising more — by following a new approach that focuses on the redesign of daily routines. In a series of pilot tests of the approach — known as “SystemChange”— by nursing scientists at Case Western Reserve University USA, families and individuals changed unhealthy habits by systematically manipulating their environments, despite wavering willpower....

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