Concerned that GPs are being paid to hand statins out, patients who are at risk of heart disease are skeptic on taking these medications. According to new study, there is doubt over doctors’ motivations. GP practices were offered incentives to drive the rate of patients handed the cholesterol-lowering drugs. As a result, there was a decrease in prescribing due to the controversy surrounding the safety and potency of statins. This also diminished the uptake of statins.
The UK government wants to cut the amount of sugar that’s in some common foods but apparently they are not reaching their goal. Some foods such as puddings are actually getting sweeter and the sugar content in biscuits and chocolates have remained the same. Under the Government’s 2016 childhood obesity strategy, ministers have pledged to reduce sugar levels in a wide range of food products by 20% by 2020. But results from the first official assessment of progress shows that almost 7 in 10 of the most popular brands have shown no change in their sugar content while others have even increased it.
Professor Mel Greaves from the Institute of Cancer Research, one of Britain’s most prominent scientists has discovered that our modern germ-free life is the cause of the most common type of cancer in children. He has compiled 30 years of evidence to show the immune system can become cancerous if it does not “see” enough bugs early in life. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is the childhood cancer that affects one in 2,000 children.
New statistics show that cancer patients are waiting up to a staggering 18 months for treatment amid soaring delays within the UK’s NHS. This information was released following FOI requests that show one patient who waited 541 days for treatment after being referred urgently with suspected cancer by their GP. After that, the patient another waited another 446 days which is completely against the target to complete treatment in 62 days.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing voted in favour of lobbying the Government to change the law around cannabis. They argued that it should be legalized for medical purposes. They state that patients should be allowed to take cannabis if it helped reduce their pain or controlled symptoms of conditions like epilepsy. They added that legalizing the drug would protect patients from disreputable dealers and prevent them being treated as criminals. Countries such as Australia, Italy, Canada and some parts of the United States have already legalized cannabis in some form.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge has hailed the NHS as “one of our country’s greatest treasures” at the NHS Heroes Awards ceremony to mark its 70th birthday. He attended the event on Monday night, which was broadcasted by ITV. The British royal family and celebrities including celebrity chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay and singer Sir Tom Jones celebrated the winners of 11 awards categories including Mental Health Champions, Emergency Lifesaver and Hero Volunteer.
Is there really a way to fight the common cold? According to UK scientists, they may have discover a way to combat this condition. There is a new treatment that targets the human host rather than attacking the actual virus which comes in hundreds of different versions. It supposed to block a key protein in the body’s cells that cold viruses seize to self-replicate and spread.
Researches from The Imperial College London are currently are working on making a form of the drug that can be inhaled, to reduce the chance of side-effects. Within two years, safety trials in people could start.
NHS head Simon Stevens has called on social media giant Facebook to limit junk food advertisements in order to tackle rapid rise of childhood obesity. Health campaigners say that rising obesity levels are being fueled by constant junk food advertising featured on Google, YouTube and social media websites adding that the sites are not properly regulated.