NHS row as EU campaigns get under way

EU referendum: NHS cash row as campaigns get under way

  • 15 April 2016
  • From the section EU Referendum

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The designated lead campaigns can spend up to £7m

The EU referendum campaign has kicked off with a row over claims millions could be freed up for the NHS if Britain voted to leave on 23 June.

Vote Leave claims £50m a day is being sent to Brussels – money it says could be spent instead on building hospitals and reducing pressures on the NHS.

Puberty timing influenced by both parents

Youngsters toboggan in the snow, in Princes Risborough, southern England January 5, 2009.     REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Youngsters toboggan in the snow, in Princes Risborough, southern England January 5, 2009.

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(Reuters Health) – Boys and girls may go through puberty sooner if their mothers and fathers were early bloomers, a recent Danish study suggests.

Researchers studied the timing of puberty for 672 girls and 846 boys relative to their parents and found kids who developed pubic hair and other hallmarks of adulthood at an unusually young age tended to have mothers and fathers who also matured early.

Latest battle to wipe out polio begins with vast vaccine switch


In a huge immunization effort in 150 countries, health teams will on Sunday launch what they hope will be the final push against polio.

Stopping transmission of the contagious viral disease that has infected millions is possible within a year, experts say. And full, official, global eradication could be declared by the end of this decade.

First, however, the vaccine that has successfully fought polio for more than 30 years needs to be switched for one that targets the last few areas of risk.

Patients Won't Take Charge of Cutting Health Costs

Lena Wright’s best friend was hunched over like a character from a French novel, with spinal bones so thin they would fracture with a fit of sneezing. Determined to avoid that fate, Wright (a pseudonym) asked her primary care doctor to test her for osteoporosis with a DEXA scan, also known as dual energy x-ray absorption. The scan would send two x-ray beams through her bones, one high-energy and the other low. The difference in how much energy passes through her bones would somehow (the wonders of physics!) allow her doctors to calculate the thickness of her skeleton.

Check your 2015 Open Payments data

Check your 2015 Open Payments data

April 14
by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

By Shantanu Agrawal, M.D, Deputy Administrator and Director of CMS’ Center for Program Integrity

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ continues to publish data from applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about payments they make to physicians and teaching hospitals on its website, https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/. We’re pleased that the public has searched Open Payments data more than 6.3 million times. Doctors, teaching hospitals and others receiving payments or other transfers of value that are sent to us from reporting entities, should take steps to ensure that this information about you, your related research, ownership, and other financial concerns are accurate.

A&E delays reach new record level

A&E delays reach new record level

By Nick Triggle
Health correspondent
  • 14 April 2016
  • From the section Health

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A&E performance in England sank to a new low in February for the second month in a row, official figures show.

Hospitals are meant to see 95% of patients in four hours, but just 87.8% were, NHS England data revealed.

That is a slight drop on the January figures, which were the worst since the target was introduced in 2004.

Staff shortage prompts A&E closure

Staff shortage prompts Chorley Hospital A&E temporary closure

  • 14 April 2016
  • From the section Lancashire

Chorley Hospital

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Chorley’s Hospital accident and emergency department is to close temporarily

A hospital’s accident and emergency department is to close temporarily as it cannot “recruit enough staff to provide a safe service”.

Chorley Hospital in Lancashire will be downgraded to an urgent care service, a move that will “put lives at risk”, the area’s MP has claimed.

MP Lindsay Hoyle blamed “bad management”.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said there were “no other safe options” due to a shortage of doctors.

Staff shortage prompts A&E closure

Staff shortage prompts Chorley Hospital A&E temporary closure

  • 14 April 2016
  • From the section Lancashire

Chorley Hospital

Image caption

Chorley’s Hospital accident and emergency department is to close temporarily

A hospital’s accident and emergency department is to close temporarily as it cannot “recruit enough staff to provide a safe service”.

Chorley Hospital in Lancashire will be downgraded to an urgent care service, a move that will “put lives at risk”, the area’s MP has claimed.

MP Lindsay Hoyle blamed “bad management”.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said there were “no other safe options” due to a shortage of doctors.

Colombia says two cases of microcephaly linked to Zika virus


Colombia’s health ministry said on Thursday it had confirmed two cases of the rare birth defect microcephaly are connected to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, after the disease was linked to more than a thousand confirmed cases of microcephaly in Brazil.

According to the World Health Organization, there is a strong scientific consensus that Zika can cause microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, though conclusive proof may take months or years.

Colombia says two cases of microcephaly linked to Zika virus


Colombia’s health ministry said on Thursday it had confirmed two cases of the rare birth defect microcephaly are connected to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, after the disease was linked to more than a thousand confirmed cases of microcephaly in Brazil.

According to the World Health Organization, there is a strong scientific consensus that Zika can cause microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, though conclusive proof may take months or years.