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Nurses warn of workforce crisis

Nurses warn of workforce crisis

12 November 2012 Last updated at 19:01 ET By Adam Brimelow Health Correspondent, BBC News The Royal College of Nursing has warned of a “deepening workforce crisis” in the NHS in England. Continue reading

Depression in pregnancy warning

Depression in pregnancy warning

10 November 2012 Last updated at 19:25 ET More than a third of women who become depressed during their pregnancy have suicidal thoughts, suggests a snapshot survey carried out by the Royal College of Midwives and Netmums. The poll of 260 mothers with antenatal depression found they were at greater risk of worsening mental health problems then women with postnatal depression. Only 22% sought help from their GP. Continue reading

More plus-size models could change women’s obsession with thin bodies

More plus-size models could change women’s obsession with thin bodies

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — British women’s obsession for thin bodies could potentially be changed if advertising showed more plus size models, suggests a preliminary study published November 7. The Durham University researchers, who studied over 100 women, provide evidence to back calls for models in adverts to be more representative of the actual population. Continue reading

Anti-tobacco policies responsible for Brazil’s big success in reducing smoking rates

Anti-tobacco policies responsible for Brazil’s big success in reducing smoking rates

ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2012) — Smoking rates in Brazil have dropped by half over the past two decades thanks to strict tobacco control policies, according to a study by US and Brazilian researchers published in this week’s PLOS Medicine . Using a modeling simulation study called Brazil SimSmoke, the authors from authors from Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University in Washington DC and the Brazilian National Cancer Institute in Rio de Janeiro, calculated that 46% of the reduction in smoking rates between 1989 and 2010 (34.8% of Brazilian adults smoked in 1989 compared to 18.5% in 2008) was over and above that which would have occurred if the anti-smoking policies had not been implemented Continue reading

Diabetes care ‘depressingly poor’

Diabetes care ‘depressingly poor’

5 November 2012 Last updated at 21:17 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News The standard of care for diabetes in England is “depressingly poor”, causing unnecessary deaths and disabilities, a parliamentary committee says. Continue reading

Scottish doctors in strike ballot

Scottish doctors in strike ballot

5 November 2012 Last updated at 19:03 ET NHS doctors in Scotland are being asked whether they are willing to go on strike to defend pension changes. Planned reforms would mean doctors working longer and contributing up to 14.5% of their pay for their pension Continue reading

Over-65s heart death inequality

Over-65s heart death inequality

4 November 2012 Last updated at 23:01 ET By Caroline Parkinson Health editor, BBC News website The gap in heart disease deaths for over-65s in the richest and poorest areas has widened since the 1980s, despite general improvements. An analysis by experts at Imperial College London 1 looked at rates for men and women aged 30-64 and over-65s. The research, in the International Journal of Epidemiology, is thought to be the first to burrow down to look at individual electoral wards. Continue reading

New medication shows promise as lipid-lowering therapy for rare cholesterol disorder

New medication shows promise as lipid-lowering therapy for rare cholesterol disorder

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Concern over NHS end of life care

Concern over NHS end of life care

1 November 2012 Last updated at 12:57 ET It is “completely wrong” for terminally ill patients to be put on a “pathway” to death without relatives being consulted, a health minister has said. Norman Lamb has called a meeting of doctors and patients to discuss worries about the Liverpool Care Pathway – which can see water and food withdrawn. Continue reading

The cost of prescription drugs: Comparison of two countries

The cost of prescription drugs: Comparison of two countries

ScienceDaily (Nov. 1, 2012) — In the United States, the cost paid for statins (drugs to lower cholesterol) in people under the age of 65 who have private insurance continues to exceed comparable costs paid by the government in the United Kingdom (U.K.) by more than three fold Continue reading