The Health News United Kingdom April 11 2018

  • Health officials said that parents are being warned to look out for signs of scarlet fever in their children, with more cases of the illness reported this year than since 1982.  The highly contagious infection mainly affects young children and is not usually serious if treated. Official figures from Public Health England show there were more than 15,500 cases reported in the first 3 months of the year – twice as many as last year.
  • MPs have said that people receiving treatment for serious mental health issues should be given a reprieve from being hassled by creditors to stop them becoming trapped by spiralling debts.  Labour’s Luciana Berger is leading a cross-party bid to change the law to help an estimated 23,000 people in England who are struggling with problem debt whilst in hospital for their mental health.
  • New figures from NHS Digital suggest that hospital admissions where obesity is a factor have more than doubled in England during the last 4 years. There were almost 617,000 appointments in 2016-17 where obesity was either a primary or secondary diagnosis – up from 292,000 in 2012-13. Primary diagnoses involve weight-loss treatment, while secondary ones include hip problems and heart attacks. d.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 11th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/05/scarlet-fever-outbreak-worst-nearly-40-years/

Health officials said that parents are being warned to look out for signs of scarlet fever in their children, with more cases of the illness reported this year than since nineteen eighty two.  The highly contagious infection mainly affects young children and is not usually serious if treated. Official figures from Public Health England show there were more than fifteen thousand five hundred cases reported in the first three months of the year – twice as many as last year.
There were one thousand six hundred twenty four cases in the most recent week, up to April one, with a spike of two thousand two thousand one hundred five cases the week before.

The latest PHE Health Protection Report also showed eleven thousand nine hundred eighty two cases of scarlet fever were reported from mid-September to March, compared with an average of four thousand four hundred eighty for the same period across the last five years. The first symptoms can be flu-like, including a high temperature of one hundred degrees fahrenheit or above and swollen neck glands. A rash, which looks like sunburn and feels like sandpaper, usually appears a few days later.
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Nick Phin, deputy director of National Infection Service at PHE, said: “While it is not uncommon to see a rise in cases of scarlet fever at this time of year, the numbers we have seen this year have not been seen since nineteen eighty two, when PHE first took over responsibility for collecting data.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mental-health-debt-creditors-treatment-mps-financial-guidance-claims-crisis-a8292011.html

Members of Parliaments have said that people receiving treatment for serious mental health issues should be given a reprieve from being hassled by creditors to stop them becoming trapped by spiralling debts.  Labour’s Luciana Berger is leading a cross-party bid to change the law to help an estimated twenty three thousand people in England who are struggling with problem debt whilst in hospital for their mental health.

Some seventy three MPs have backed amendments to the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill, led by Miss Berger, Tory MP Johnny Mercer and former Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb, which would extend plans for the “breathing space” period to everyone receiving crisis mental health care. Ministers are considering a six-week grace period for people in problem debt – but MPs want it extended to cover people accessing mental health crisis care, who may lose their jobs or fall behind on payments while in hospital. Miss Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, said it was a “vicious cycle” for people who are trying to deal with mounting debts while getting mental health treatment.
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Helen Undy, head of external affairs at the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, said more than one thousand seven hundred people had signed a letter to the chancellor calling for the scheme to be brought in.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43640575

New figures from NHS Digital suggest that hospital admissions where obesity is a factor have more than doubled in England during the last four years.  There were almost six hundred seventeen thousand appointments in two thousand sixteen and two thousand seventeen where obesity was either a primary or secondary diagnosis – up from two hundred ninety two thousand in two thousand twelve and two thousand thirteen.

Primary diagnoses involve weight-loss treatment, while secondary ones include hip problems and heart attacks. Public Health England said it showed obesity was a “significant challenge”.
Obesity is linked to a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
A secondary diagnosis of obesity means it would not be the reason for the admission but a factor that may contribute to the health issue and affect the type of care a patient receives.

Obesity was the main cause of ten thousand seven hundred five admissions – an eight percent increase on the year before – and bariatric surgery appointments increased by  five percent to six thousand seven hundred sixty over the same period. Those aged between thirty five and sixty four made up sixty nine percent of the admissions. Women accounted for sixty six percent of all obesity-related appointments and seventy seven percent of bariatric surgeries.
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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the figures showed the “urgency” that was needed to tackle obesity in childhood.

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