The Health News United Kingdom March 19 2018

  • NHS England is planning to fund the recruitment of 240 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work in care homes to try to cut down on unnecessary medicines taken by the residents. Care home residents often have one or more long-term health conditions, with some prescribed 10 or more medicines. Trials have shown that pharmacists reviewing medicines reduced their use and improved patients’ quality of life.
  • Obesity, childhood obesity and tooth decay are soaring in Bristol, and Public Health England (PHE) has launched a campaign to tackle the problem. PHE says we should be aiming for 400-600-600 in the three main meals of the day and that we should be more careful with our choices when out and about. They recommend around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner, plus a couple of healthy snacks and drinks in between.
  • It has been revealed that baby and toddler snacks can contain almost the same amount of salt as a regular bag of Walkers crisps. According to new research, the massively expanding children’s food market has led to a 70% surge in the sale of “unhealthy” children’s snacks in the last 2 years. The study found that popular child snack Kiddylicious Veggie Straws contains 1.5g of salt per 100g, which is more than ready salted flavoured Walkers crisps (1.4g). For children aged up to 12 months, a typical bag of these snacks can contain around a quarter of their recommended daily salt intake. Too much salt during childhood can result in damage to immature kidneys, consequences in adult health and obesity.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 19th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43404016

NHS England is planning to fund the recruitment of two hundred forty pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work in care homes to try to cut down on unnecessary medicines taken by the residents. Care home residents often have one or more long-term health conditions, with some prescribed ten or more medicines. Trials have shown that pharmacists reviewing medicines reduced their use and improved patients’ quality of life. In one trial, an annual drug cost saving of two hundred forty nine pounds per patient was seen. That pilot scheme took place in East and North Hertfordshire across thirty seven care homes.
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Studies suggest that up to one in twelve of all hospital admissions of residents is medicine-related and two-thirds of these are preventable. Trials across six care home sites showed: reduced reported emergency hospital admissions by twenty one percent;  reduced oral nutritional support usage by seven percent; reduced ambulance callout by up to thirty percent; made drug cost savings of between one hundred twenty five pounds and three hundred five pounds per resident.

The introduction of these specialists is part of NHS England’s Refreshing NHS Plans for two thousand eighteen and two thousand nineteen scheme, which sets out measures to provide joined-up services for patients to ensure they receive the most appropriate care.
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The roles for one hundred eighty pharmacists and sixty pharmacy technicians are being funded over two years at a cost of twenty million pounds by the NHS England Pharmacy Integration Fund. They will be recruited from April, with people starting to take up posts in the summer. The successful candidates will not be based in individual care homes but will be deployed by the hospital trusts to work wherever needed. There are currently forty five thousand nine hundred twenty three registered pharmacists in England, nineteen thousand five hundred ten registered pharmacy technicians and twelve thousand forty two community pharmacies.

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/how-many-calories-government-says-1305387

The government has advised exactly how many calories you should be eating at breakfast, lunch and dinner – and it doesn’t make easy reading. Obesity, childhood obesity and tooth decay are soaring in Bristol, and Public Health England has launched a campaign to tackle the problem.

PHE says we should be aiming for four hundred-six hundred-six hundred in the three main meals of the day and that we should be more careful with our choices when out and about.
They recommend around four hundred calories for breakfast, six hundred for lunch and six hundred for dinner, plus a couple of healthy snacks and drinks in between.

This may come as a shock to many as adults, on average, are consuming two hundred to three hundred more calories that they need each day, leading to unhealthy weight gain. The “One You“ campaign is aimed at helping adults reduce excess calorie consumption and stay within their recommended daily intake – two thousand for women and two thousand five hundred for men each day.

Excess calories are contributing to the country’s growing obesity problem, causing a range of health issues including heart disease, Type two diabetes and some cancers. As well as setting people up for a lifetime of ill health, treating obesity is costing the NHS around six billion pounds per year. Adults consume around a quarter (twenty to twenty five percent) of their calories from eating out, with many unsure how many calories they need each day. The new campaign aims to help people be more aware of the calories they consume on the go and to make healthier choices easier, whether picking up breakfast on the way to work, having lunch at their desks or buying everyday meals.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/baby-snacks-almost-much-salt-14420463

It has been revealed that baby and toddler snacks can contain almost the same amount of salt as a regular bag of Walkers crisps. According to new research, the massively expanding children’s food market has led to a seventy percent surge in the sale of “unhealthy” children’s snacks in the last two years. The study found that popular child snack Kiddylicious Veggie Straws contains one point five grams of salt per one hundred grams, which is more than ready salted flavoured Walkers crisps (one point four grams). But Kiddylicious said the salt was necessary to stop the product from becoming a choking hazard for young children.

For children aged up to twelve months, a typical bag of these snacks can contain around a quarter of their recommended daily salt intake. Too much salt during childhood can result in damage to immature kidneys, consequences in adult health and obesity.
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As part of National Salt Awareness Week, a survey was carried out to gauge the response of parents to the salt content of some baby and toddler snacks. It found that eighty six percent  parents in Wales were “shocked” that baby and toddler snacks could contain the same level of salt as a regular bag of Walkers crisps.

Similarly, sixty nine percent of parents said they were shocked to discover that some baby and toddler snacks contained up to thirty separate ingredients. And sixty four percent of parents wished there were healthier options in the supermarket, while seventy two percent wanted brands to be more transparent about food labelling.

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