Health Care


NHS risks 350,000 staff gap by 2030 - thinktanks NHS risks 350,000 staff gap by 2030 - thinktanks
- November 17, 2018

The health care workforce in England: make or break? - draws on a new forecast of the staffing gaps emerging in the 1.2 million-strong NHS workforce. Address inequalities in recruitment, pay and career progression. This should involve a much more coherent and transparent approach to planning and strategy development. (more...)
128 people died of overdoses in B.C. in September 128 people died of overdoses in B.C. in September
- November 16, 2018

The death rate per 100,000 population from illegal drug overdose is up to 31.3 from 30.3 a year ago. Back in 2008, overdose claimed two people. In September of this year, 19 people died from overdose in the Interior Health Authority. Looking at B.C.as a whole, the latest coroner's report says there were 128 suspected drug overdose deaths in September 2018. So far this year, 63 per cent of all deaths have occurred in the Lower Mainland. (more...)
Voluntary recall for blood pressure medication due to cancer causing ingredient Voluntary recall for blood pressure medication due to cancer causing ingredient
- November 16, 2018

As we know, exposure to carcinogens can directly or indirectly trigger changes in the body that lead to cancer. FDA said they found some contamination: N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in some of these drugs and that's they have recalled them to prevent any further consumption of these contaminated drugs. (more...)
Calls for ban on pub freakshakes Calls for ban on pub freakshakes
- November 16, 2018

That's more than six times the recommended daily intake of sugar for seven- to ten-year-olds in the U.K. ( Health Canada does not set specific recommendations for sugar intake). The milkshake with the highest levels of sugar was a 400ml bottle of Müller Milk Frijj Chocolate Flavour, which contains 304 calories and 42.8g of sugar, equivalent to 11 teaspoons of sugar or four KitKats. (more...)
Doctors told about the benefits of fish oil for heart health Doctors told about the benefits of fish oil for heart health
- November 16, 2018

In addition, while fish oil did not reduce the risk of stroke or other cardiovascular problems, it did reduce the risk of heart attack by 28 percent and that is a significant finding. Dr. Satjit Bhusri is a cardiologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Its results will have a lasting change in the prevention of heart disease", said Bhusri, who was not involved with the studies. (more...)
Nebraska tallies more suspected cases of potentially paralyzing illness Nebraska tallies more suspected cases of potentially paralyzing illness
- November 16, 2018

The polio-like condition brings on respiratory illnesses between three and 10 days prior to the victim experiencing limb weakness. Dr. Nancy Messonnier , director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, told reporters during a press briefing Tuesday that the CDC has created a task force of specialists to better understand AFM. (more...)
You Can Blame Your Coffee Addiction On Your Genetics
- November 16, 2018

The genetic variants linked to caffeine, quinine and PROP perception were previously identified through genome-wide analysis of solution taste-ratings collected from Australian twins. The same study also confirmed that the British population can broadly be divided according to the two beverages - the more cups of coffee you have, the fewer cups of tea. (more...)
Withings Pulse HR smart band unveiled Withings Pulse HR smart band unveiled
- November 16, 2018

All at a reasonable price. "At Withings , we are dedicated to providing people with premium health and fitness tracking options that they can select from that best suit their personal lifestyles". The continuous heart rate measurement feature provides users with a breakdown of their workout session heart rate zones so they can easily track their levels from workout to workout and reach their fitness goals. (more...)
Mayo Clinic receives $200 million donation, its largest gift ever Mayo Clinic receives $200 million donation, its largest gift ever
- November 16, 2018

The cost of medical school at Mayo is now around $50,000 a year. On Tuesday, the clinic announced that its School of Medicine will be named for the philanthropist, Jay Alix , of Birmingham, Michigan. The endowment also will support scholarships as part of Mayo Clinic's commitment to increase access to the medical profession for student candidates regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. (more...)
Google 'betrays patient trust' with DeepMind Health move Google 'betrays patient trust' with DeepMind Health move
- November 16, 2018

Privacy advocates say that by allowing Google to absorb Streams, DeepMind now has little hope of guaranteeing patient data will be used in an ethical way. DeepMind said that one of the reasons for joining forces with Google in 2014 was the opportunity to use the search giant's scale and experience in building billion-user products to bring its breakthroughs more rapidly to the world. (more...)
Northern California Wildfire: 63 Dead; Number of Missing People Hits 631 Northern California Wildfire: 63 Dead; Number of Missing People Hits 631
- November 16, 2018

Now at 63 dead, the body count matches the number of people killed by the 1989 Loma Prieta natural disaster in the Bay Area and underscores the human devastation in California's deadliest fire. President Trump is scheduled to travel to the Golden State on Saturday to visit victims of fires in both the northern and southern ends of the state. (more...)
Try Kicking The Habit During The Great American Smokeout Try Kicking The Habit During The Great American Smokeout
- November 16, 2018

Quitters are most successful when using a combination of therapies, including resources such as nicotine replacement, counseling, self-help materials, and a strong support network of family and friends. According to the American Cancer Society, the body begins to recover within minutes of quitting smoking. "About 1 out of 5 (480,000) deaths in the United States is due to smoking". (more...)
'Batkid' is now cancer 'Batkid' is now cancer
- November 16, 2018

He's now in fifth grade and loves science and robotics. Miles Scott is now 10 years old. "After fighting his own heroic battle with leukemia since he was a year old, Miles visits his oncologist once a year, and has been in remission from leukemia for the past five years". (more...)
'Strongest evidence yet' that being obese causes depression 'Strongest evidence yet' that being obese causes depression
- November 15, 2018

Employees of the Institute of South Australia, together with colleagues from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom used a genomic approach to study . The results held even when they carried out additional tests, such as excluding individuals with a family history of depression, and when the analysis was repeated on data from a large worldwide project called the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. (more...)
Police jailed drunk raccoons in West Virginia because they were being obnoxious Police jailed drunk raccoons in West Virginia because they were being obnoxious
- November 15, 2018

Drunk on fermented crab apples , that is, according to WSAZ. Rabies is no joke, so if you see a wild animal acting weird, it's always a good idea to both avoid it and alert animal control so they can take a look. For instance, residents in a Minnesota city in October called authorities with several reports of birds crashing into windows and ramming into cars. (more...)
Time Spent on Social Media Linked to Mental Health Issues Time Spent on Social Media Linked to Mental Health Issues
- November 15, 2018

Half of the participants used social media as normal, while the other half limited their usage to only ten minutes per day for each of the platforms studied: Facebook , Instagram and Snapchat. However, it should be noted that, first, the study was conducted with a rather small sample, and, secondly, researchers evaluated the use of social networks, only according from a smartphone (measured consumption of battery power in the relevant annexes), use of social networks on the computer, they ... (more...)
Deadly salmonella outbreak related to raw turkey grows Deadly salmonella outbreak related to raw turkey grows
- November 15, 2018

Over the past year or so, 164 people from 35 states have been infected by the strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . "We are still seeing new illnesses being reported on a weekly basis", Colin Basler, an epidemiologist with the CDC, pointed out. (more...)
A British man dies of rabies after holidaying in Morocco A British man dies of rabies after holidaying in Morocco
- November 15, 2018

PHE said health workers and the victim's friends and family were being monitored and had been offered vaccinations. Although rabies doesn't circulate in animals in the United Kingdom, there have been five United Kingdom residents who have contracted the disease after coming into contact with infected animals overseas between 2000 and 2017. (more...)
New research shows fish oil, vitamin D may not be worth it
- November 15, 2018

The study involved 26 thousand people, it lasted more than five years. Doctors have been keenly interested in learning the supplements' true value, given their tremendous popularity with patients. But she doesn't see her study as entirely negative. In a first analysis focusing on the effects of Omega 3 supplements, 386 major cardiovascular events were reported in participants after a follow-up of about five years, compared to 419 events in the placebo group. (more...)
Medics start #ThisIsMyLane to hit back at NRA with gun trauma stories Medics start #ThisIsMyLane to hit back at NRA with gun trauma stories
- November 14, 2018

The position paper, published October 30, updates previous calls by the ACP - the world's largest society of specialty physicians - on efforts to reduce gun violence , including protecting the right of physicians to speak with patients about safe gun storage and advocating for evidence-based policies to reduce fire-arm injuries and deaths. (more...)
My Health Record Opt-Out Date Has Been Extended My Health Record Opt-Out Date Has Been Extended
- November 14, 2018

A call back feature has also been crated that allows individuals to leave their details so a customer service representative can call them back. "The government's implementation of the My Health Record has been a complete debacle from day one". (more...)
Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak 'worst' in country's history Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak 'worst' in country's history
- November 14, 2018

Nearly 300 Ebola cases have been confirmed since the outbreak began in August, authorities say . Ebola has killed 201 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since an outbreak started two months ago in the country's war-torn east. (more...)
It's not too late to get a flu shot It's not too late to get a flu shot
- November 14, 2018

In Canada, about 3,500 people died from the flu . Watch "Your 2-Minute Guide To Getting Flu Shots In Canada". This year's vaccine has been created to protect against influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) and influenza B. And, compared to last year's severe flu season - during which 38 people died in Ottawa - this season is likely to be less severe, based on the prevalent strain of flu and the experience in Australia, which is usually a good predictor. (more...)
Vitamin d, fish oil don't help heart risk, cancer Vitamin d, fish oil don't help heart risk, cancer
- November 14, 2018

The reason being the study discovered the patient's vitamin D levels did not render any difference in their probability of cancer grave heart issues, Rosen said . Dr Stein had no role in the studies or ties to the companies involved. It is pure EPA, while most fish oil contains a mix of both components of omega 3 fatty acids , EPA and DHA. (more...)
New ‘neck scan’ could detect those at risk of dementia New ‘neck scan’ could detect those at risk of dementia
- November 14, 2018

The intensity of this pulse from the heart to different parts of the body often varies. An worldwide team of experts which was led by University College London (UCL ), measured the intensity of the pulse traveling towards the brain in 3,191 people in 2002. (more...)