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NHS Updates

    Study links shift work to increased risk of diabetes

    NHS updates

    “Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests,” BBC News reports.

    The BBC reports on a review that searched the literature and found 12 studies including more than 225,000 people which looked at the link between shift work and diabetes.

    When pooling the results the researchers found that overall, shift work was associated with a 9% increased risk of diabetes. The association was found to be stronger in men (37%) and for those working rotating shifts – such as two weeks on ni...

    TV and gaming after work 'leads to feelings of guilt'

    NHS updates

    “Watching TV after work makes you feel ‘guilty and like a failure’,” says The Independent, citing a study looking at the concept of “ego depletion”.

    Ego depletion is the idea that after a gruelling task your levels of self-control become drained. So after a hard day’s work, instead of going to the gym as you promised yourself, you spend the evening playing “Plants Vs Zombies” or watching repeats of “Mrs Brown’s Boys”.

    Researchers felt that these procrastinations would cause feelings of guilt and shame. To test this hypothesis, they recruited 471 participants to take part ...

    Government response: Care Act 2014: supporting people at risk of abuse or neglect

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to the National Autistic Society’s campaign, Careless.

    The Care Act 2014 will introduce a modern system that promotes people’s wellbeing by enabling them to prevent and postpone the need for care and support. It will put them in control of their lives to pursue opportunities and realise their potential, including in education and employment. The Act will be implemented from April 2015. To support the implementation of the Act, the department published draft regulations and statutory guidance for consultation on 6 June.

    Th...

    Government response: Care Act 2014: supporting people at risk of abuse or neglect

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to the National Autistic Society’s campaign, Careless.

    The Care Act 2014 will introduce a modern system that promotes people’s wellbeing by enabling them to prevent and postpone the need for care and support. It will put them in control of their lives to pursue opportunities and realise their potential, including in education and employment. The Act will be implemented from April 2015. To support the implementation of the Act, the department published draft regulations and statutory guidance for consultation on 6 June.

    Th...

    Government response: Care Act 2014: supporting people at risk of abuse or neglect

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to the National Autistic Society’s campaign, Careless.

    The Care Act 2014 will introduce a modern system that promotes people’s wellbeing by enabling them to prevent and postpone the need for care and support. It will put them in control of their lives to pursue opportunities and realise their potential, including in education and employment. The Act will be implemented from April 2015. To support the implementation of the Act, the department published draft regulations and statutory guidance for consultation on 6 June.

    Th...

    Government response: Commissioning of hearing aids: response to Hearing Link’s campaign

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to Hearing Link’s campaign, Stop the cuts to hearing aid services!

    Ministers note the campaign’s supporters’ concerns about North Staffordshire CCG’s proposal to decommission hearing aids for adults with mild or moderate age-related hearing loss.

    Decisions about local NHS services are made at a local level. It is for the local NHS to determine local priorities, taking into account local clinical priorities, national and other clinical guidance, examples of good practice, and funding. Therefore,...

    Government response: Commissioning of hearing aids: response to Hearing Link’s campaign

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to Hearing Link’s campaign, Stop the cuts to hearing aid services!

    Ministers note the campaign’s supporters’ concerns about North Staffordshire CCG’s proposal to decommission hearing aids for adults with mild or moderate age-related hearing loss.

    Decisions about local NHS services are made at a local level. It is for the local NHS to determine local priorities, taking into account local clinical priorities, national and other clinical guidance, examples of good practice, and funding. Therefore,...

    Government response: Commissioning of hearing aids: response to Hearing Link’s campaign

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to Hearing Link’s campaign, Stop the cuts to hearing aid services!

    Ministers note the campaign’s supporters’ concerns about North Staffordshire CCG’s proposal to decommission hearing aids for adults with mild or moderate age-related hearing loss.

    Decisions about local NHS services are made at a local level. It is for the local NHS to determine local priorities, taking into account local clinical priorities, national and other clinical guidance, examples of good practice, and funding. Therefore,...

    Government response: Improving the NHS: response to Unite’s campaign

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to Unite the Union’s campaign, Save our NHS.

    The government believes that modernisation of the NHS is necessary, in patients’ interests and is the right thing to do to secure the NHS for future generations. The NHS must keep improving if it is to meet rising public expectations, the demands of an ageing population and the costs of effective new treatments.

    Ministers have stated that the government’s reforms are not about privatisation, but about...

    Government response: Improving the NHS: response to Unite’s campaign

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to Unite the Union’s campaign, Save our NHS.

    The government believes that modernisation of the NHS is necessary, in patients’ interests and is the right thing to do to secure the NHS for future generations. The NHS must keep improving if it is to meet rising public expectations, the demands of an ageing population and the costs of effective new treatments.

    Ministers have stated that the government’s reforms are not about privatisation, but about...

    Government response: Improving the NHS: response to Unite’s campaign

    NHS updates

    Department of Health’s response to Unite the Union’s campaign, Save our NHS.

    The government believes that modernisation of the NHS is necessary, in patients’ interests and is the right thing to do to secure the NHS for future generations. The NHS must keep improving if it is to meet rising public expectations, the demands of an ageing population and the costs of effective new treatments.

    Ministers have stated that the government’s reforms are not about privatisation, but about...

    Deadly MERS 'camel flu' may now be airborne

    NHS updates

    “Deadly Mers virus 'could now be airborne',” The Independent reports. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, which has an estimated case fatality rate of 30%, has been detected in an air sample in a camel barn in Saudi Arabia. This raises the possibility the virus could be spread through the air in the same way as flu.

    MERS emerged in 2012 and can be extremely serious, leading to severe breathing difficulties, kidney failure and death (though it appears some people may become unaffected carrie...

    Paracetamol 'doesn't work' for lower back pain

    NHS updates

    “Paracetamol used to treat acute lower back pain is no better than a dummy pill,” BBC News reports. A well-conducted trial casts doubts on the widespread recommendation that paracetamol is an effective treatment for lower back pain.

    It reports on a randomised double-blind controlled trial of people with acute low back pain. All participants were told to remain active and avoid bed rest. They were split into ...

    Sleep deprivation may affect memory

    NHS updates

    The Mail Online states that “just one bad night’s sleep can have a dramatic effect on your memory – even leading to false memories”.

    Though the results of this small experimental study involving US students are interesting, they're far from dramatic.

    Researchers were interested in investigating whether sleep deprivation has an effect on a person’s susceptibility to false memories, which are surprisingly common.

    In one famous study, many people claimed to have seen Bugs Bunny when visiting Disneyland as a child. This is plainly untrue, as Bugs Bunny is a Warner Brothers character.

    In the first part ...

    Umami flavouring 'may help you feel fuller faster'

    NHS updates

    "Always hungry? You need more umami in your life: study finds so-called 'fifth taste' in sauces and meat helps us feel satisfied," reports the Mail Online.

    Umami is a Japanese term that roughly translates as "pleasant savoury taste" and has been described as the fifth taste, the other four being sweet, sour, bitter and salty.

    The sensation of eating umami-rich food, such as soy sauce and shellfish, is caused by glutamate. Glutamate is an amino acid, a building block of proteins. The salt form, monosodium glutamate (MSG), is a flavour enhancer.

    In this study, researchers proposed that another chemical, inosine-5'-monophosphate (IMP...

    Research and analysis: The Olympic and Paralympic legacy: Inspired by 2012 – second annual report

    NHS updates

    This report describes the activities which took place in the second year since the Games to build a lasting legacy across a number of commitments, namely sport and healthy living, the regeneration of east London, bringing communities together, the Paralympic legacy and economic growth.

    The report includes a foreword by the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London, and an assessment of progress by Lord Sebastian Coe, the Prime Minister’s Olympic & Paralympic Legacy Ambassador.

    Research and analysis: The Olympic and Paralympic legacy: Inspired by 2012 – second annual report

    NHS updates

    This report describes the activities which took place in the second year since the Games to build a lasting legacy across a number of commitments, namely sport and healthy living, the regeneration of east London, bringing communities together, the Paralympic legacy and economic growth.

    The report includes a foreword by the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London, and an assessment of progress by Lord Sebastian Coe, the Prime Minister’s Olympic & Paralympic Legacy Ambassador.

    Research and analysis: The Olympic and Paralympic legacy: Inspired by 2012 – second annual report

    NHS updates

    This report describes the activities which took place in the second year since the Games to build a lasting legacy across a number of commitments, namely sport and healthy living, the regeneration of east London, bringing communities together, the Paralympic legacy and economic growth.

    The report includes a foreword by the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London, and an assessment of progress by Lord Sebastian Coe, the Prime Minister’s Olympic & Paralympic Legacy Ambassador.

    News story: New FGM measures launched to ‘care, protect, prevent’

    NHS updates

    The FGM prevention programme - backed by £1.4million - is funded through the largest ever domestic funding package for FGM and is designed to improve the way in which the NHS tackles FGM and clarify the role of health professionals which is to ‘care, protect, prevent’.

    Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:

    FGM can completely devastate the lives of sufferers.

    I am immensely proud of the work the government is doing to eradicate this dreadful practice. This will enhance the safeguarding responsibility of the NHS around FGM to care, protect and prevent.

    The range of measures launche...

    News story: New FGM measures launched to ‘care, protect, prevent’

    NHS updates

    The FGM prevention programme - backed by £1.4million - is funded through the largest ever domestic funding package for FGM and is designed to improve the way in which the NHS tackles FGM and clarify the role of health professionals which is to ‘care, protect, prevent’.

    Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:

    FGM can completely devastate the lives of sufferers.

    I am immensely proud of the work the government is doing to eradicate this dreadful practice. This will enhance the safeguarding responsibility of the NHS around FGM to care, protect and prevent.

    The range of measures launche...

    News story: New FGM measures launched to ‘care, protect, prevent’

    NHS updates

    The FGM prevention programme - backed by £1.4million - is funded through the largest ever domestic funding package for FGM and is designed to improve the way in which the NHS tackles FGM and clarify the role of health professionals which is to ‘care, protect, prevent’.

    Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:

    FGM can completely devastate the lives of sufferers.

    I am immensely proud of the work the government is doing to eradicate this dreadful practice. This will enhance the safeguarding responsibility of the NHS around FGM to care, protect and prevent.

    The range of measures launche...

    News story: Health and social care volunteering grants awarded

    NHS updates

    The Department of Health has awarded 30 voluntary sector projects grants totalling over £4 million as part of the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development ( IESD ) Fund and a further 11 projects have been awarded grants totalling over £1.6 million as part of the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund ( HSCVF ).

    The IESD projects cover a range of different services from dementia friendly swimming to increasing support for those bereaved by suicide. HSCVF projects work across a range of areas including autism, chronic or long term conditions, obesity in children and mental health.

    Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, sai...

    News story: Health and social care volunteering grants awarded

    NHS updates

    The Department of Health has awarded 30 voluntary sector projects grants totalling over £4 million as part of the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development ( IESD ) Fund and a further 11 projects have been awarded grants totalling over £1.6 million as part of the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund ( HSCVF ).

    The IESD projects cover a range of different services from dementia friendly swimming to increasing support for those bereaved by suicide. HSCVF projects work across a range of areas including autism, chronic or long term conditions, obesity in children and mental health.

    Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, sai...

    News story: Health and social care volunteering grants awarded

    NHS updates

    The Department of Health has awarded 30 voluntary sector projects grants totalling over £4 million as part of the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development ( IESD ) Fund and a further 11 projects have been awarded grants totalling over £1.6 million as part of the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund ( HSCVF ).

    The IESD projects cover a range of different services from dementia friendly swimming to increasing support for those bereaved by suicide. HSCVF projects work across a range of areas including autism, chronic or long term conditions, obesity in children and mental health.

    Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, sai...

    Study offers insight into genetics of schizophrenia

    NHS updates

    "More than 100 schizophrenia genes have been pinpointed," reports the Daily Mail. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers have gained further insights into the genetics of the condition, which it is hoped could lead to new treatments.

    Researchers have identified genetic differences at 108 positions in the genome (the complete set of DNA that "defines" an individual organism) that are more likely to be present in people with schizophrenia.

    The study compared the genetic make-up of more than 36,000 people with schizophren...

    Probiotics 'may improve blood pressure'

    NHS updates

    “Eating probiotics may lower blood pressure,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

    Probiotics, so-called “friendly bacteria”, have been found to moderately reduce blood pressure in a new study.

    The study is what is known as a systematic review, which is essentially a study of studies. Researchers combined the results of nine randomised controlled trials (regarded as the “gold standard” in evidence-based medicine).

    The results suggest that probiotics led to a modest but significant reduction in blood press...

    HIV 'reservoirs' may form earlier than expected

    NHS updates

    "Early HIV drugs 'may not stop virus'," BBC News reports. The report is based on a study of HIV treatments in monkeys, and has been linked by the BBC to the emergence of HIV in a four-year-old girl thought to have been cured of the virus as the result of treatment from birth – the so-called "Mississippi girl".

    HIV infection levels in the blood can be managed through antiretroviral therapy (ART), allowing most people to live a normal life. But if the therapy is stopped, the virus re-emerges from "viral reservoirs" in the body that are immune to ART.

    It was thought these reservoirs are formed during the initial infection, when ...

    Could new potential treatment mean safer IVF?

    NHS updates

    “Dozen babies born using 'safer' IVF treatment,” reads today’s headline in The Independent.

    This headline was based on a new study providing proof of concept that the natural hormone kisspeptin-54 could be used to stimulate egg maturation in women requiring in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

    The modified IVF treatment on trial, which is hoped to be safer than standard IVF, led to 12 healthy babies being born from 53 women undergoing a single IVF treatment.

    One of the main hopes is that using kisspeptin-54 could lead to a safer version of IVF by reducing the need to use human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which has a...

    Statutory guidance: SEND code of practice: 0 to 25

    NHS updates

    Updated: Updated transitional and savings provisions document includes substantial changes throughout.

    This statutory code is for:

    headteachers governing bodies school staff SEN coordinators early education providers health and social services staff local authorities

    It applies to:

    maintained schools pupil referral units ( PRUs ) academies and free schools non-maintained special schools

    The code explains the duties on schools to:

    provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils ...

    Statutory guidance: SEND code of practice: 0 to 25

    NHS updates

    Updated: Updated transitional and savings provisions document includes substantial changes throughout.

    This statutory code is for:

    headteachers governing bodies school staff SEN coordinators early education providers health and social services staff local authorities

    It applies to:

    maintained schools pupil referral units ( PRUs ) academies and free schools non-maintained special schools

    The code explains the duties on schools to:

    provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils ...