The Health News United Kingdom September 1 2017

Overview

  • Calls to the Metropolitan Police about mental health have risen by almost a third in five years, figures show. There were 115,000 calls with a mental health element to London’s police force in the 12 months to July.
  • A new national centre to investigate cures for influenza will be at the heart of a £160 million Government boost for the UK’s research sector. The announcement coincides with the publication of a review recommending the future strategy for Britain’s £64 billion life sciences industry as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
  • According to a new study, young people who try e-cigarettes are not more likely to take up smoking as a result. Public health experts have been divided over e-cigarettes. Some believe they will help millions quit their deadly tobacco habit, while others are convinced they are little more than a stalking horse for the tobacco industry. years.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 1st of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41083507

News figures show that calls to the Metropolitan Police about mental health have risen by almost a third in five years. There were one hundred fifteen thousand calls with a mental health element to London’s police force in the twelve months to July. That compares to eighty six thousand five hundred twenty in two thousand eleven to two thousand twelve and equates to about three hundred fifteen a day. Call-outs included to people involved in or suspected of crime, those in crisis, support to other emergency services and local council health assessments. Forty thousand of the calls had a police unit assigned – or sent out – to them, the detail showed. The calls were a mixture of emergency nine nine nine and one zero one calls.

Of those, thirteen thousand related to mental health hospitals, of which four thousand have a unit assigned.The Met received almost five million nine nine nine and one zero one calls in the same period. Commander Richard Smith, head of safeguarding at the Metropolitan Police Service, said one-in-four Londoners would experience “a diagnosable mental health condition” in their lifetime and that included the “large number of people” held in custody who would need an assessment and a care plan. Use of Section one three six of the Mental Health Act was also up – the emergency police power to take someone into a safe place when they are out in public.
Police said it was up about ten  percent each year, and could double in London during the next ten years.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/life-saving-flu-vaccines-heart-160-million-boost-life-sciences/

A new national centre to investigate cures for influenza will be at the heart of a one hundred sixty million pound Government boost for the UK’s research sector, ministers will announced.
The facility is also expected to manufacture large-scale vaccines to tackle polio and a host of other illnesses. The announcement coincides with the publication of a review recommending the future strategy for Britain’s sixty four billion pound life sciences industry as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
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Each year thousands of lives depend on health officials accurately predicting which strains of influenza will strike the UK and preparing the right vaccines to defeat them. In winter two thousand fourteen – two thousand fifteen, there were an estimated forty four thousand excess deaths partly attributed to ineffective vaccines. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today announce fourteen million dollars of funding support for eleven medical technology research centres to bring new technologies to patients by encouraging collaboration between industry and the NHS.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/29/fears-over-e-cigarettes-leading-to-smoking-for-young-people-unfounded-study

According to a new study, young people who try e-cigarettes are not more likely to take up smoking as a result. Public health experts have been divided over e-cigarettes. Some believe they will help millions quit their deadly tobacco habit, while others are convinced they are little more than a stalking horse for the tobacco industry. Some of the big international tobacco companies have invested in manufacturing e-cigarettes. Philip Morris International has even spoken of a “smoke-free future”, where it would make its money from liquid nicotine for vaping devices rather than tobacco. But other anti-smoking campaigners accuse the big companies of an ambition to promote their cigarettes by stealth, arguing that the promotion and advertising of vaping could help smoking shed its undesirable status. The biggest concerns have been that young people who have been smoking in fewer and fewer numbers over recent decades will experiment with e-cigarettes and move on to old-style cigarettes which kill because of the tar content, not the nicotine.
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A tenth to a fifth of eleven to sixteen-year-olds had tried e-cigarettes, but only three percent or less used them regularly and those were mostly already tobacco smokers. A recent study by the Royal College of Physicians found that e-cigarettes carried only about five percent of the risks of smoking. Another found they had about one percent of the cancer risk. That makes them very useful for those who already smoke and would like to use e-cigarettes to quit, but nicotine is highly addictive and e-cigarettes do contain chemicals with potential effects on the body.

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