Higher weekly activity levels lower risk of five chronic diseases

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

Higher total physical activity levels are strongly associated with lower risk of five common chronic diseases – breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, finds a study in The BMJ today. Many studies have shown the health benefits of physical activity. This has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend a minimum total physical activity level of 600 metabolic equivalent (MET) minutes a week across different...

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Salaried General Practice: get stuck in before you have to?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

In a letter published on Wednesday July 3rd 2016, Mr Hunt asked the Doctors and Dentists Review Body for its “observations” on the factors affecting recruitment, retention and motivation of salaried GPs. The review body’s previous report had an expansion of the salaried model in general practice and the Secretary of State said that “understanding this trend would be important”. GP Online had as its headline on 4th July “Jeremy Hunt asks pay...

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Labour and the NHS in Era 3 – Policy Challenges

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Don Berwick, a North American fan of the NHS and critic of the wasteful US healthcare system, urges us to create ‘ Era 3 ’ of modern medicinei. His arguments have not only appeared in a US academic publication, the Journal of the American Medical Association, but also in a presentation to the King’s Fund on improving the quality of NHS care, in February 2016 he offers a manifesto for the NHS which differs from the usual exhortations to...

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Top 5 Ways To Prevent Food Poisoning

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

When we think about food poisoning, we normally think about it happening to us when we eat out, but according to statistics released by the British Food Standards Agency, a large proportion of food poisoning incidents that occur in the UK each year actually occur from food that’s been cooked in the home. There are more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning a year from known pathogens. This figure would more than double if it included food...

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The effects of poverty costs the UK £78 billion a year

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Dealing with the effects of poverty costs the UK £78 billion a year, £1,200 for every person, new research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed. A new report, Counting the cost of UK poverty by Heriot Watt and Loughborough Universities, is the first research to illustrate how much poverty across all age groups costs the public purse. It finds that £69 billion, £1 in every £5 of all spending on public services, is needed because of...

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Just 150 minutes of exercise a week could boost life span by more than three years

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Just 150 minutes of exercise a week, that’s just over 21 minutes a day, boosts life expectancy by over 3 years A Survey run by Vitality, Mercer, University of Cambridge and RAND of 6,600 people over 12 months found that sedentary people who increased activity levels to 150 minutes a week (government recommended level) saw life expectancy increase of 3.1 years and: · People who increased activity levels to 90 minutes saw an increase of...

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Stem Cell therapy commercialised

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

WideCells Group, a company in the stem cell industry, has raised £2m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The funds will enable the Company to develop its own stem cell storage facilities and roll out its unique stem cell healthcare insurance plan, the first of its kind globally, that enables people to cover against the high costs of stem cell therapy, to treat diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. This makes stem cell therapy...

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