Hospital cuts over neighbour debt

30 January 2013 Last updated at 20:33 ET

Protesters marching past Lewisham hospitalAt least 15,000 people marched in protest against proposals on Saturday

A decision is expected later on plans to close the Accident and Emergency department at Lewisham Hospital in south-east London and downgrade its maternity unit.

The proposal came after neighbouring South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) ran up debts of £150m.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce whether an “urgent care” ward will replace the A&E.

At least 15,000 people marched in protest on Saturday.

‘Dangerous precedent’

Many A&Es 'not sharing crime data'

30 January 2013 Last updated at 23:59 ET

By Branwen Jeffreys Health correspondent, BBC News

Man in a hoodie holding a knifeSimilar schemes have seen a fall in incidents of violent crime

A coalition pledge to make hospitals share violent crime data with police is being carried out in only a third of areas in England, an audit shows.

The government has written to hospitals and chief constables for an explanation after the Department of Health audit.

Accident and emergency departments are meant to share information about where knife or gun attacks are happening with the police and local council.

Many A&Es ‘not sharing crime data’

30 January 2013 Last updated at 23:59 ET

By Branwen Jeffreys Health correspondent, BBC News

Man in a hoodie holding a knifeSimilar schemes have seen a fall in incidents of violent crime

A coalition pledge to make hospitals share violent crime data with police is being carried out in only a third of areas in England, an audit shows.

The government has written to hospitals and chief constables for an explanation after the Department of Health audit.

Accident and emergency departments are meant to share information about where knife or gun attacks are happening with the police and local council.

Could going veg lower your risk of heart disease?

A customer selects vegetables at a supermarket in Prague June 14, 2011. REUTERS/David W Cerny

A customer selects vegetables at a supermarket in Prague June 14, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/David W Cerny

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK | Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:36pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Vegetarians are one-third less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than meat and fish eaters, according to a new UK study.

Earlier research has also suggested that non-meat eaters have fewer heart problems, researchers said, but it wasn’t clear if other lifestyle differences, including exercise and smoking habits, might also play into that.

Analysis: Little to fear for Fresenius in U.S. health spending cuts

The headquarters of Fresenius is pictured in Bad Homburg near Frankfurt February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele

The headquarters of Fresenius is pictured in Bad Homburg near Frankfurt February 24, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Johannes Eisele

Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:45am EST

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Fresenius Medical Care’s focus on a life-threatening illness and its buying power with suppliers mean the world’s biggest kidney dialysis provider may cope better with cuts in U.S. healthcare spending than many investors think.

FMC’s shares have slumped about 10 percent over the past three months on expectation the United States, battling to rein in its budget deficit, will reduce funds for state-run health schemes like Medicare that account for about 30 percent of the German company’s revenues.

Functional Issues Similar with Surgery, RT for Prostate Cancer

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By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: January 30, 2013

Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Action Points

  • In this trial, men with localized prostate cancer had declines in sexual, urinary, and bowel function over time, whether they choose surgery or radiation therapy.
  • Note that the extent of functional decline did not differ significantly at 15 years, regardless of the initial radical therapy.

ACE Inhibitors Linked to Hallucinations

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Published: January 30, 2013

Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Action Points

  • Note that this small case-series demonstrated a potential association between lisinopril usage and visual hallucinations.
  • Clinicians should be aware of this potential side effect, but data remain too preliminary to confirm a direct ACE inhibitor-hallucination relationship.

Elderly patients with memory problems who suddenly have visual hallucinations may need to stop taking ACE inhibitors, researchers suggested.

Prostate cancer study tracks long-term urinary, sexual and bowel function side effects

Jan. 30, 2013 — A new study comparing outcomes among prostate cancer patients treated with surgery versus radiotherapy found differences in urinary, bowel and sexual function after short-term follow-up, but those differences were no longer significant 15 years after initial treatment.

The study, led by first author Matthew Resnick, M.D., instructor in Urologic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was published in the Jan. 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Erectile dysfunction drug also helps men ejaculate and orgasm

Jan. 30, 2013 — New data suggests the erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Cialis may also be beneficial in helping men who have problems with ejaculation and orgasm, report researchers from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in the February issue of the British Journal of Urology International. Cialis is currently approved for the treatment of ED, benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) and for treatment of men with both conditions.

Warning For Men: Erection Problems May Signal ‘Silent’ Heart Disease And Early Death

Main Category: Erectile Dysfunction / Premature Ejaculation
Also Included In: Heart Disease;  Men’s Health
Article Date: 31 Jan 2013 – 0:00 PST

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Men with erection problems now have an extra reason to see their doctor: even relatively minor erectile difficulties could signal ‘silent’ heart disease and may indicate an increased risk of dying early from any cause, a major new study shows.