The Health News United Kingdom January 12 2018

  • An NHS hospital in Greater Manchester has become England’s first to ban all sugary food and drinks for both patients and staff. Obesity campaigners have welcomed the “trailblazing” announcement by Tameside Hospital and predicted it will prompt others to follow suit. The new policy goes significantly further than a ban on just fizzy drinks which comes into force across the health service in July.
  • Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and three hundred jobs would be lost. The Alzheimer’s Society called the news “disappointing” and a “heavy blow” to those living with dementia. Currently, about 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. One million people are predicted to be living with the condition by 2021, and this could rise to 2 million by 2051.
  • Supermarket retail organisation Tesco has partnered with 3 UK health charities in order to develop a new workplace health programme for its three hundred thousand UK employees. Its ‘Little helps for healthier living’ partnership, which launched on January 9, 2018, will see Tesco partner with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 12th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/09/hospital-becomes-first-ban-sugary-food-drink/

An NHS hospital in Greater Manchester has become England’s first to ban all sugary food and drinks for both patients and staff. Obesity campaigners have welcomed the “trailblazing” announcement by Tameside Hospital and predicted it will prompt others to follow suit.
The new policy goes significantly further than a ban on just fizzy drinks which comes into force across the health service in July. It followed a successful staff weight-loss scheme at Tameside last year initiated to battle obesity among clinicians who graze on unhealthy snacks to keep going over long shifts.

One nurse lost two stones over twelve weeks after snacks were removed from the menu for a trial period, while others lost twenty pounds over the same period. As part of the “Slimpod” weight-loss programme, some of the participants underwent hypnotherapy telling them to avoid sugary food.

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A recent report revealed one in four NHS nurses is obese, which is exacerbating staff sickness levels. Last week NHS England released an updated contract for hospitals, which for the first time included a clause prohibiting the sale of sugar sweetened beverages.

Retailers including Marks & Spencer, WH Smiths and Subway had already agreed to cut sales of sweet drinks to a maximum of ten percent of their output. Tam Fry, Chair of the National Obesity Forum, said: “Tameside’s initiative should be rolled out to every UK hospital forthwith.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42633871

Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and three hundred jobs would be lost. The Alzheimer’s Society called the news “disappointing” and a “heavy blow” to those living with dementia.

Companies should be encouraged to invest in research into neuroscience, Alzheimer’s Research UK said. The move means Pfizer will also stop looking for treatments for Parkinson’s disease, but the company said it planned to create a new fund dedicated to neuroscience research in the future. A statement from the company said: “We have made the decision to end our neuroscience discovery and early development efforts and re-allocate funding to those areas where we have strong scientific leadership and that will allow us to provide the greatest impact for patients.” Professor Tara Spire-Jones, a neuroscientist at Edinburgh University, told the Today programme on BBC Radio four that despite the decision, there was still a lot of hope.
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She said Pfizer’s decision was understandable because of the failure rate of clinical trials.

The Alzheimer’s Society said it had committed fifty million pounds to fund new research at the UK Dementia Research Institute alongside Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Medical Research Council.
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Currently, about eight hundred fifty thousand people in the UK have a form of dementia. One million people are predicted to be living with the condition by two thousand twenty one, and this could rise to two million by two thousand fifty one.

https://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/issues/january-2018/tesco-partners-uk-health-charities-inform-workplace-health-programme

Supermarket retail organisation Tesco has partnered with three UK health charities in order to develop a new workplace health programme for its three hundred thousand UK employees.
Its ‘Little helps for healthier living’ partnership, which launched on  January nine, two thousand eighteen, will see Tesco partner with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK. The partnership has been designed to help the organisation understand what more it needs to do to support employees with their overall health and how it can remove the barriers to healthy habits.

The five-year partnership will include research projects and policy development, which will aid in the creation of a new workplace health programme that will be rolled out to all employees in the UK. The partnership will aim to encourage and support sustainable, measurable changes in behaviour using a series of activities and campaigns targeted at reducing the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and type two diabetes.

This year, the focus on workplace health follows on from a series of four month-long campaigns that Tesco ran in two thousand seventeen, around the pillars of nutrition, healthy body, and healthy mind. As part of these campaigns, Tesco has provided its UK employees with ten point five million pieces of free fruit, three hundred ten thousand water bottles and snack boxes, health-based pay day deals and discounts, free health checks, and seven thousand blood pressure and diabetes checks. In two thousand seventeen, the organisation also ran nine hundred fifty mental health awareness workshops and had more than seven thousand employees completing online Mindapple courses, which trains employees on stress management, how to maintain concentration, develop innovation, and increase motivation.

 

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