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New research on how much we should be eating suggests we’re not getting enough calories every day.
An advisory committee has concluded that the current guidelines on daily calorie intake, introduced 20 years ago, have been slightly under-estimated for both men and women.
The Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA) suggested in 1991 that women should aim to consume 1,940 calories a day and men 2,550. However, this has now been increased to 2,179 for women and 2,605 for men.
Professor Alan Jackman. Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee on …

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A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the care of elderly patients at 100 hospitals nationwide has shown that 1 in 5 is breaking the law.  The damning report goes onto say that 40 out of the 100 were also flagged as having ‘minor to moderate’ concerns about their treatment of some of society’s most vulnerable patients.
Chairman of the CQC, Dame Jo Williams, said that inspectors were far too often witnessing care treated as a chore, rather than with the compassion it should be carried out with.
For example, one inspector …

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A study in Sweden has suggested that the mammogram programme in the UK could be causing women to receive unnecessary treatments for cancers that would otherwise have regressed without problem.
The study by the Nordic Cochrane Collaboration looked at the amount of cancers diagnosed in two groups of women. Of the women, aged from 40-69, some were screened two yearly whilst the others were screened six yearly.
It was expected that the number of cancers found would be similar over the two groups, however the finding showed that over 30% more tumours …

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Those who choose to donate their organs should have their funerals funded by the NHS according to a report by the Nuffield Council on bioethics.
The suggestion is that it would provide an incentive for more people to register as organ donors.
Currently, 3 people die daily whilst waiting for organs whilst 8,000 people continue to wait on the list.
Nuffield have advised that the government run a pilot scheme in order to judge public opinion on the idea. However the report did not support any proposals for an ‘opt out’ system.
Lead of …

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Parenting website mumsnet has launched a campaign fighting towards better NHS care for the thousands of families who suffer a miscarriage.
The campaign, backed by doctors and other specialists, is calling for quicker scans for those waiting to discover if they have had a miscarriage. As it stands women can wait several agonising days to discover whether they have lost their baby and are often left waiting in the same room as heavily pregnant women with experiencing successful pregnancies.
Furthermore, the campaign is fighting for better training for NHS staff to …

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Sunbeds could be more deadly than previously feared according to new research.
Before now, UVA rays emitted by sunbeds were known to cause signs of ageing such as wrinkles, however, new evidence suggests that they are in fact a cause of cancer.
After looking into the effects of both ultraviolet rays A (UVA) and B (UVB), Anthony Young, researcher at King’s College London and an expert at looking into the effects of the sun on skin, explained that despite tanning salons claiming UVA rays to be safe, this information is ‘nonsense.’
The study …

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New research on 100,000 newborns found that pollution emitted by vehicles can cause harm to pregnant women and their unborn babies leading to low birth weights and premature births.
The results suggest that the air carried more pollutants in the winter as oppose to summer and that inner city areas were more likely to be affected than more suburban areas.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, used information derived from health officials regarding the health of moms and babies born within 5 miles of air quality monitoring stations in LA. …

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A brand new institute – The Translational (early stage) Research Partnerships – has been created by the government to cut red tape and allow various different institutions to combine forces to discover ground-breaking new drug treatments.
The idea is to allow both public and private groups to work together, so speeding up the process from trials to full patient use.  The whole procedure will be overseen by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
This new funding will mean that the NHS, life science companies and university clinical researchers will be able …

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An NHS trust is advising doctors to refrain from making a referral for investigation for patients suspected of having cancer, unless they can attend their appointment within two weeks.
Government guidelines suggest that patients suspected of having a tumour should have a referral to see a specialist within two weeks and so the move by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will ensure this target will be met.
However, it will also mean that patients could end up waiting longer than necessary to see a specialist.
Chief Executive of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire …

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A health centre in Yorkshire has written to patients who need minor surgical procedures telling them they are no longer to be funded by the NHS.  The letter details their options to undergo the treatment privately, with a list of four providers and costs.  However, one of the providers is a company that is owned by the doctor’s practice.
The company, HBG Ltd., is one of four options offered to the patients.  The type of procedures it refers to is those such as wart removal, mole removal, cyst removal and ingrowing …