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Croydon University Hospital

formerly Mayday University Hospital

NHS Updates

    Minimum alcohol pricing would 'save 100s of lives'

    NHS updates

    “‘Hundreds of lives lost' over failure to bring in minimum alcohol pricing,” The Independent reports.

    The news is based on research that modelled the effect of a minimum alcohol price per unit of around 40-50p. It suggested that this would be 50 times more effective than the current ban on "below-cost sales" (where alcohol is sold at a loss to attract sales of other goods).

    The statistical analyses conducted in this study were based on a number of well-respected data sets, such Hospital Episodes Statistics from 2005 to 2006, showing alcohol-related admissions to hospital.

    The model estimated that a minimum cost of 45p p...

    Viagra 'may cause visual disturbance' in some men

    NHS updates

    "Viagra may permanently damage vision in some men, study finds," reports The Guardian. But the news is, in fact, based on research in mice.

    This research suggests the medication may not be suitable for men who carry a gene mutation associated with the inherited eye condition retinitis pigmentosa.

    Researchers found Viagra (the brand name of the drug sildenafil) caused visual disturbance in mice genetically engineered to carry a single cop...

    News story: Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone conference

    NHS updates

    Clinicians from King's Health Partners working with local medical staff as part of the response to Ebola in Sierra Leone. Picture: Michael Duff/King's Health Partners

    The Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone conference will take place on Thursday 2 October at Lancaster House, London.

    The conference - jointly held by the UK and Sierra Leone - will c...

    News story: Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone conference

    NHS updates

    Clinicians from King's Health Partners working with local medical staff as part of the response to Ebola in Sierra Leone. Picture: Michael Duff/King's Health Partners

    The Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone conference will take place on Thursday 2 October at Lancaster House, London.

    The conference - jointly held by the UK and Sierra Leone - will c...

    News story: Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone conference

    NHS updates

    Clinicians from King's Health Partners working with local medical staff as part of the response to Ebola in Sierra Leone. Picture: Michael Duff/King's Health Partners

    The Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone conference will take place on Thursday 2 October at Lancaster House, London.

    The conference - jointly held by the UK and Sierra Leone - will c...

    High levels of tooth decay found in three-year-olds

    NHS updates

    "Tooth decay affects 12% of three-year-olds, says survey," BBC News reports. The survey, carried out by Public Health England, found big variations in different parts of the country. Experts believe sugary drinks are to blame for this trend.

    The survey looked at the prevalence and severity of tooth decay in three-year-old children in 2013. This is the first time the dental health of this age group has been surveyed nationally. It found 12% of children surveyed had tooth decay – more than one in eight children.

    Tooth decay ...

    Deep-fried Mars bars: unhealthy, but no killer

    NHS updates

    “Eating a deep-fried Mars bar could give you a stroke in minutes,” reports the Metro.

    However, the study that prompted this headline found no evidence that the Scottish snack can potentially trigger a fatal stroke within minutes. 

    Fans of deep-fried Mars bars actually have little to worry about in this regard, aside from the obvious risks of regularly consuming a meal full of sugar and saturated fats.

    The over-al...

    Press release: Personalised GP care for everyone

    NHS updates

    Under changes to their contract with the NHS, GPs will ensure all 53.9 million people in England will get a dedicated GP personally accountable for coordinating care tailored to their physical and mental health needs. Last year it was initially introduced for all 4 million people aged 75 and over.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

    GPs are the bedrock of the NHS and by bringing back a named accountable GP for everyone we will strengthen the relationship between GPs and their patients.

    I understand the pressures that general practice is facing with an ageing population, but we want to make sure that all patients get personal...

    Press release: Personalised GP care for everyone

    NHS updates

    Under changes to their contract with the NHS, GPs will ensure all 53.9 million people in England will get a dedicated GP personally accountable for coordinating care tailored to their physical and mental health needs. Last year it was initially introduced for all 4 million people aged 75 and over.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

    GPs are the bedrock of the NHS and by bringing back a named accountable GP for everyone we will strengthen the relationship between GPs and their patients.

    I understand the pressures that general practice is facing with an ageing population, but we want to make sure that all patients get personal...

    Press release: Personalised GP care for everyone

    NHS updates

    Under changes to their contract with the NHS, GPs will ensure all 53.9 million people in England will get a dedicated GP personally accountable for coordinating care tailored to their physical and mental health needs. Last year it was initially introduced for all 4 million people aged 75 and over.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

    GPs are the bedrock of the NHS and by bringing back a named accountable GP for everyone we will strengthen the relationship between GPs and their patients.

    I understand the pressures that general practice is facing with an ageing population, but we want to make sure that all patients get personal...

    Will a 'wonder drug' be available in 10 years?

    NHS updates

    "Wonder drug to fight cancer and Alzheimer's disease within 10 years," is the headline in The Daily Telegraph.

    This headline is a textbook example of hope (and hype) triumphing over reality, as the new "wonder drug" is neither available today nor inevitable in the future.

    The headline was based on a study that provides new information about the role of the protein N-myristoylation (NMT) in human cells and a mechanism that inhibits it.

    The study's authors suggest NMT could be involved in the development and progression of a range of diseases, including