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Key Quotes - Health

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Last update: Thursday 18th April
 
Children with mental health conditions are being “failed” by the NHS and ministers must step up action to increase staff numbers to combat the problem, a group of MPs has said.
HealthThe Sentinel, 11 January 2019
 
Scientists believe they have identified about 60,000 cases of depression in adults under 35 in the UK, and more than 400,000 in the US, that could be avoided if adolescents did not smoke cannabis.
HealthThe Guardian 13th February 2019
 
The Western world’s most common genetic disorder causes far higher levels of serious disease and disability than previously thought, despite being easy to detect and treat, research has shown. Two major studies have revealed that the iron overload condition haemochromatosis, previously thought to be a low-level health risk, actually quadruples the risk of liver disease and doubles the risk of arthritis and frailty in older age groups. It also causes higher risk of diabetes.

HealthThe Sentinel, 17 January 2019
 
People with sight problems could benefit from landmark research which shows how adult stem cells help restore the surface of the eye. Patients who had received stem cells showed significant repair of the eye’s surface over 18 months. Researchers now recommend further investigation with a larger trial.
HealthThe Christian Institute 1st February 2019
 
Last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed a record number of people were dying of asthma, with experts warning that air pollution and a lack of basic care could be to blame.
HealthThe Guardian 13th February 2019
 
Over 1,800 doctors and medics have signed a letter opposing the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) change of stance on assisted suicide. Medics say that the move sends a message of support for a change in the law.

HealthThe Christian Institute 13th February 2019
 
The performance of A&E departments in some trusts is below levels set in last year’s record-breaking winter crisis, according to emergency medicine bosses who warn staff and bed shortages mean hospitals are “at or beyond the limits of their resilience”.

HealthIndependent 8th February 2019
 
A new way of screening babies and adults for future risk of type 1 diabetes will be much more effective at identifying the condition than current methods, new research has concluded. Scientists have developed a new risk score which takes into account detailed genetic information known to increase the chances of type 1 diabetes. This could be used to help identify babies at highest risk of developing the condition in the future.

HealthThe Sentinel, 18th January 2019
 
People suffering from Parkinson’s disease can sing themselves better, research suggests. A pilot study found that singing therapy led to fewer involuntary movements, improvements in mood, and less stress. Researchers from Iowa Stats University in the US warned that the early findings should be treated with caution, but said the benefits matched those from taking medication. Each year, around 145,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
HealthThe Sentinel – 8th November 2018
 
More than 90,000 Britons will die due to bugs resistant to treatment with antibiotics over the next three decades, estimates suggest. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warned that superbug infections will kill around 2.4 million people across Europe, North America and Australia by 2050. But simple measures such as hand washing and more prudent prescriptions of antibiotics could avert some of the deaths, the authors said.
HealthThe Sentinel – 8th November 2018
 
The number of people on the organ donor register in Scotland is higher than it has ever been, new figures show. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) figures revealed that between April and October 2018, there were over 285,000 new registrations, making the total figure almost 2.8 million.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 4th January 2019
 
The average lifespan in the UK is expected to rise slightly from 80.8 years to 83.3 by 2040, research shows. In the world league table of longevity, Britons are expected to move up from 26th to 23rd place. But they are easily outranked by the Spanish, whose predicted average lifespan of 85.8 years puts them first in the list, compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
HealthThe Sentinel – 17th October 2018
 
Medicine risks “going back to the dark ages”. Health officials warned as it emerged that cases of some drug-resistant infections are on the rise. Public Health England (PHE) launched a new campaign warning that people could be putting themselves and their families at risk by taking the drugs when they don’t need them. PHE has calculated that if antibiotics become ineffective then three million operations and cancer treatments would become life-threatening.
HealthThe Sentinel – 23rd October 2018
 
Dogs could be trained to sniff out malaria in people after trials showed the animals were able to smell the deadly disease on socks worn by infected children. Researchers from Durham University said their findings could potentially lead to the first rapid and non-invasive test for malaria. Although the research is in its early stages, scientists hope trained sniffer dogs could help to stop malaria spreading between countries and lead to infected people being identified earlier.
HealthThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
Taking antibiotics in infancy has been linked to a higher risk of obesity, a study suggests. US researchers said the drugs may alter gut bacteria, making a child more susceptible to weight gain. The study, published in the journal Gut, found the effect was more pronounced among youngsters who used the drugs for a prolonged period. Data on more than 333,000 infants was examined.
HealthThe Sentinel – 31st October 2018
 
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