The ketogenic diet has become a popular way to shed unwanted pounds and a recent study reveals it can also fight off the flu. Researchers fed mice infected with the influenza virus a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, which resulted in a higher survival rate than compared to those on a normal high-carbohydrate diet. The team found the ketogenic diet, or keto for short, triggered the release immune system cells that produce mucus in the cell linings of the lung and trapped the virus before it became worse. Scroll down for video Researchers fed mice infected with the influenza virus a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, which resulted in a higher survival rate than compared to those on a normal high-carbohydrate diet Keto includes a menu of meat, fish, poultry and non-starchy vegetables. This diet is said to share many similarities with the Atkins diet, as it involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. RELATED … [Read more...] about Have the flu? Try the Keto diet! Study finds the high-fat, low-carb diet triggers the release of immune system cells that trap the virus before it spreads
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Ambulance services are increasingly calling in private firms to respond to 999 calls in the latest sign that NHS care providers are struggling to cope with the sharply rising number of patients who need urgent medical attention. The London ambulance service (LAS) has had the biggest increase among England’s 10 regional ambulance trusts. The amount it spent on private ambulance providers soared from £700,000 in 2011 to £10.1m last year, a thirteen-fold increase. Many other NHS ambulance services are also spending more of their budgets on private firms because of their growing reliance on them to meet demand. For example, the amount paid out by South East Coast ambulance service (Secamb), which covers Kent, Sussex and Surrey, rose from £5.8m in 2012 to £11.6m last year, though it spent even more than that, £14.5m, in 2014. Similarly, Yorkshire ambulance service paid private services £1.85m in 2014-15 to respond to 10,862 incidents. Last year that … [Read more...] about Private ambulances increasingly used to respond to 999 calls
An NHS counsellor lets out a deep sigh as she puts the phone down. Her latest caller has revealed a further bout of self-harming. She fans her face to cool down after another tough counselling session on the frontline of Britain’s mental health crisis. This cramped call centre in an industrial park in west Oxford is one of dozens of locations where the NHS is finally starting to grapple on a mass scale with illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The despair caused by a largely hidden national problem spills from the phone lines daily, and this team of 30 counsellors gets frequent reports of suicidal feelings. Patients include everyone from stressed Oxford dons and high-flying students to landscape gardeners and harassed mothers. Problems range from “social anxiety, behavioural avoidance, phobia of toilet, wine”. This is no fringe issue in the health of the nation. The NHS believes people with mental health problems die 15 to 20 years earlier than the average, but … [Read more...] about Can call centre therapy solve the NHS mental health crisis?
A mighty hospital is today felled with one blow. Addenbrooke’s, part of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been downed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), plunging from top ranking to inadequate. Today this world famous institution goes into special measures, taken over by an “improvement director”. The chief executive and finance director jumped. Dr Keith McNeil, headhunted from Australia, was only chief executive from November 2012 – but that’s normal: 30 months is now average survival time. He joins a roll call of NHS heads sacked or fled, leaving 33 trusts with no chief executive. Earlier this month, researching the crisis in the NHS and social care, I chose Addenbrooke’s because of its previous excellent CQC report. I found a hospital under severe pressure, overrun with emergency patients and admissions of over-80s up by 23%. At the morning bed state meeting, ward managers juggled available beds against the inflow of … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt’s hit squad is a danger to our national health
Remember Mavis Skeet? In 2000 the 74-year-old led the news for weeks when her operation for cancer of the oesophagus was cancelled four times, until it became inoperable and she died. Liam Fox, then shadow health secretary, exclaimed: “This is not an isolated case. The NHS is not coping!” When does a rumbling NHS crisis erupt into a volcanic political eruption? Labour’s miserable failure to “weaponise” the NHS into a winner in Copeland makes it worth looking back. Mrs Skeet was the tipping point for Labour. The worst flu epidemic in a decade blew away Tony Blair’s pre-election “waiting lists cut” pledge. Instead Labour stuck to a draconian Tory budget, but this one case sent Blair into the TV studios promising to match average EU spending – and Labour did. The best NHS decade followed: 7% annual budget increases saw waiting times plummet, as heart and cancer results improved. Margaret Thatcher’s eruption came in 1987 with the … [Read more...] about Labour’s failure on the NHS is prolonging this health crisis