Health systems around the world must fundamentally restructure or collapse under the “tidal wave” of demand from people living with multiple serious health conditions, experts have warned. In the NHS alone as many as 20 million people are living with two or more conditions and ineffective treatment is leading to escalating costs and early deaths. The first report produced on the global burden of multimorbidity (multiple diseases) says it is an “enormous threat” affecting a quarter of the adult population and a billion people worldwide. Read more Millions finding it harder to get a GP appointment, new analysis shows Quick turnaround GP appointments ‘running general practice into ground 271 mentally ill people died because of NHS errors Fears GP app will make it harder for ‘complex’ patients to get care High income countries like the UK are seeing an “almost exponential increase” in health care costs where multimorbidity has … [Read more...] about Burden of patients with multiple diseases could sink health systems around the world, warn medical experts
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Hundreds of paramedics are to be given the power to write prescriptions in a bid to cut hospital and GP visits and ensure patients get the right care more quickly. Around 750 staff in the UK are thought to be eligible for additional training to become certified prescribers after an amendment to legislation comes into effect on Sunday 1 April. The change to the Human Medicines Regulations marks a seven year push by paramedic leaders who say it will allow them to support GPs and free up time for more complex patients. “This amendment allows advanced paramedics to do an independent prescribing course where they can prescribe any medication licensed for use in the UK as long as it’s within their scope of practice,” Martin Berry, a registered paramedic and trustee of the College of Paramedics, told The Independent. Read more Paramedics attacked by member of public 'for parking next to car' Six-year-old girl dies after paramedics dismiss symptoms as common flu Paramedics … [Read more...] about Paramedics given power to issue prescriptions amid growing pressures on GP services
A natural dietary supplement that may mimic the health benefits seen by people who regularly undergo calorie-restricted diets, has been reported by scientists/ Regular fasting and cutting calories by around a third, has been demonstrated to have health benefits. In some cases it has been observed as a way to naturally extend lifespan. This longevity boost has been attributed to the suite of changes the body implements, such as slowing down the metabolism, when it recognises that food is scarce. Read more Increasing number of young people contracting ‘old-age’ conditions Busy people have improved cognitive function in old age, study says Key symptom of old age reversed ‘surprisingly easily’, study finds Now a dietary supplement, a substance called nicotinamide riboside (NR), a building block for vitamin B3, has shown early signs that it can have similar effects without having to go to the brink of starvation. Researchers from … [Read more...] about Supplement may lower blood pressure, improve vascular health and could even slow aging, claims study
NHS performance and savings targets are “beyond reach” for most hospitals, according to a new report. It found just one in 20 NHS trusts believed they had a chance of hitting the A&E target of 95 per cent of patients being admitted to hospital, transferred to another provider or discharged within four hours. NHS Providers - a membership organisation and trade association for NHS trusts - warned that the number of people waiting longer than this for A&E could reach 3.6 million next year, in a report into what the health service may look like in 2018/19. Read more NHS finances in ‘perilous state’, says damning report Theresa May faces calls from 100 MPs to break ‘deadlock’ over NHS NHS to train 3,000 extra midwives, Government to announce Jeremy Hunt’s plans for more midwives and nurses will not save the NHS The group, which represents NHS acute, ambulance, community and mental health services, added that the … [Read more...] about NHS cuts and performance targets are ‘beyond reach’, health service leaders warn
We've heard it said often before: technology has the potential to turn our mobile devices into lifesaving tools. But do we really want health workers - whether they're human beings or computers running "anonymizing" algorithms - knowing our every online move? Some say it's not a case of whether we want it - but that we need it. Word-of-mouth done the manual way can be very slow. Take the bird flu strain H7N9. Its potential to spread from person to person has put public health officials worldwide on the lookout for signs of its spreading this way. They're constantly monitoring trends from lab test samples across the world. But that can be drawn-out process. "Our knowledge and ability to respond to emerging strains is two weeks behind," says Dr Rachel McKendry, head of a new £17million collaborative effort that aims to hurry the process of disease tracking…by a lot. McKendry says the average scenario in the UK looks like this: 1) You wake up after a bad night but decide … [Read more...] about Is data mining for disease tracking good for public health or just another snooper’s charter?