- UK stroke victims will increase 59% in the next 20 years, prompting experts to warn action must be taken to prevent the country from “sleepwalking a stroke crisis”.
- Around 12 million people in the UK at increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 9 in 10 Type 2 sufferers are overweight or obese and do not produce enough insulin, or the insulin they produce does not work properly.
- Researchers have found there are 7 types of the most common malignant child brain cancer – paving the way for more precise, “kinder” treatments. Future patients might not need to undergo aggressive treatments.
News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20th of September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News
New research suggests that the number of stroke victims in the UK will soar by fifty nine percent in the next twenty years prompting experts to warn that action must be taken to prevent the country from “sleepwalking a stroke crisis”. High blood pressure and the fact people are living longer are both factors fuelling the rise, which could increase the number of stroke victims by two million, according to a study by the Stroke Association. First-time strokes among people aged forty five and over in the UK will rise from one hundred seventeen thousand six hundred in two thousand fifteen to one hundred forty eight thousand seven hundred in two thousand twenty five and one hundred eighty seven thousand in two thousand thirty five – a fifty nine percent rise over twenty years, with the main rise expected to be among people aged eighty five and over.
At the same time, more people aged forty five and over will survive a stroke, with the figure rising from nine hundred fifty thousand in two thousand fifteen to two million one hundred twenty thousand in two thousand thirty five – a one hundred twenty three percent rise over twenty years. Around a third of these sufferers will be left disabled, with seven hundred thousand of these will be left with long-term disabilities, according to the findings.
The Stroke Association is now calling for a ten million pound investment into research to prevent strokes, saying it could save one hundred fourteen people from having a stroke by two thousand thirty five. Dominic Brand, director of external affairs at the charity, said stroke prevention was in “desperate” need of investment in order to prevent the UK from falling into what he termed a “stroke crisis”. The Stroke Association estimates that there are currently over one point two million stroke survivors in the UK, with someone experiencing a stroke every five minutes. The report states that around eight million people have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, which is the biggest controllable risk factor for stroke. Yet four in ten people are not receiving appropriate treatment to manage their blood pressure, and it is thought that around five million people are unaware that they have the condition in England alone.
A HELPLINE is receiving 54 calls a day from worried Britons demanding advice about the link between diet and diabetes. Incredibly, many still do not realise that type two is largely caused by lifestyle with obesity the single biggest factor. Latest figures show there are around twelve million people in the UK at increased risk of developing the debilitating disease. Nine in ten Type two sufferers are overweight or obese and do not produce enough insulin, or the insulin they produce does not work properly. Colette Marshall, of Diabetes UK, said: “Our Helpline provides a vital service to many; our counsellors were contacted more than twenty thousand times last year by people looking for information and guidance.
Eating well and maintaining a healthy weight is known to reduce a person’s risk of Type two with some able to manage their blood glucose levels simply by improving their diet. A decade ago, no child in Britain had Type two but there are now more than five hundred. They are twice as likely to have a heart attack and three times as likely to have kidney disease.
Health chiefs said, everyone over 40 should be checked to see if they are at risk of Type 2, with two million offered a place on a diet and exercise programme. NHS is set to provide a non-surgical, reversible weight loss device for Type 2 diabetes and obesity using a 2ft long tube which prevents food coming into contact with the small intestine.
Researchers have found there are seven types of the most common fatal child brain cancer – paving the way for more precise, “kinder” treatments. Medulloblastoma affects about seventy to eighty children a year in the UK and requires intensive treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which can leave children with life-altering injuries.
But the breakthrough means targeted treatments could be developed and some of the side-effects avoided. The finding, reported in Lancet Oncology, has been welcomed by families affected by the condition, which is responsible for a fifth of all child brain cancers.
Jessica Mitchell, whose son, Dylan, was diagnosed with the cancer when he was two and has been left with disabilities, said treatment had essentially not changed much for “twenty to thirty years”.
Dylan was diagnosed with brain and spinal tumours in two thousand fourteen after ending up in A&E with a rash, screaming in agony, vomiting and clutching his head. What followed was life-altering surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. A couple of months after coming off his chemo, Dylan relapsed really badly. In all, Dylan had four operations, ninety rounds of chemotherapy, thirty one sessions of radiotherapy and sixty six general anaesthetics.
The treatment has left him with profound disabilities, including brain injury, brain damage and spinal cord injury.