Light to moderate drinking linked to increased risk of certain cancers in women and male smokers

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Limit alcohol to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men, say experts Even light and moderate drinking (up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men) is associated with an increased risk of certain alcohol related cancers in women and male smokers, suggests a large study published by The BMJ today. Overall, light to moderate drinking was associated with minimally increased risk of total cancer in both men...

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NHS Confederation responds to today’s NHS statistics

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in News, NHS | 0 comments

The NHS Confederation says that new figures released by NHS England on 13th  August 2015 reflect pressure across the health service and the crucial need for a ‘whole system’ response. Dr Johnny Marshall, policy director of the NHS Confederation, said: “The health and care system is dealing with increasing demand in an ongoing period of change and financial restraint that stretches back over the last five years. The subsequent strain on the NHS...

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Male doctors are more likely to have legal action taken against them

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in News, Public Health | 0 comments

Male doctors have nearly two and half times increased odds of having medico-legal action taken against them than their female counterparts, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. A better understanding of why this is the case will lead to improved support for doctors and make patient safety better. Recent times have seen an increase in the number of medico-legal actions taken against doctors. In the US, between...

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British-based company set to save lives this winter as it reveals true cost of ignoring a flu vaccination

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in News, NHS | 0 comments

As more than 80 fatalities in Britain every day are caused by respiratory diseases, such as the flu, one British-based company is urging more GPs to communicate the importance of flu vaccinations this winter. With UK death toll figures for flu higher than anywhere else in Europe, recent government findings suggest that flu vaccinations can reduce hospital attendance by 74% in children and 77% in the over 65s. With the ability to save 1 in 4000...

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NHS trusts with largest deficits are least able to end costly private sector deals

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in News, NHS | 0 comments

Dealing with PFI payments needs coordinated government response, says expert NHS trusts under the most serious financial pressures are the least likely to be able to terminate expensive private sector deals, warns an expert in The BMJ this week. Mark Hellowell, a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, says dealing with the problem of PFI payments “is likely to need a coordinated response from central government to ensure that trusts...

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