Men’s health: a problem hiding in plain sight

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

World Cancer Day (4 February) provides a good opportunity to highlight the little-known fact that men are much more likely than women to develop and die from cancer – and by a considerable margin. The global male age-standardised cancer incidence rate is 205 per 100,000 and the male mortality rate is 126. The comparable respective figures for females are 165 and 83. The global data reveals very clearly just how badly men’s health is...

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Medical charity launches web-app to help refugees find healthcare

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

International medical charity Doctors of the World is today launching a website to help refugees find free healthcare. The ClinicFinder website is the first of its kind: a mobile-web application to provide simple and clear information about free primary healthcare and medical services for refugees and migrants across Europe. The website, designed by Daniel Yu, CEO of Reliefwatch, uses GPS location to show on a map the nearest free health...

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Commission calls for radical rethink of care for older people

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Care must be driven by the needs of individuals rather than rigid institutions and structures. That is the main message from an independent report published today. The Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older people is calling for a fundamental change to the way care for older people is designed and delivered. Experts, drawn from across the health and care sector, have called for a radical new approach to urgent care for older people....

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Cancer Research UK urges government to make big tobacco cough up

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Cancer Research UK is today (Tuesday) calling on the Government to make the tobacco industry pay* for the damage it causes and help reduce the number of people killed by its deadly product. Earlier this month a report published by Cancer Research UK** revealed that cuts to public health funding mean local Stop Smoking Services are being closed down. In response, the charity is launching a new “Cough Up” campaign, and wants the public to support...

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NHS England announces major field tests of new technologies to improve patient care

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Older patients and people with long term conditions and mental health problems will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care, according to NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday 22nd January Simon Stevens launched the first wave of NHS Innovation ‘Test Beds’. These collaborations between the NHS and innovators – including Verily...

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