The Health News United Kingdom March 20 2018

  • Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May about Londoner Albert Thompson’s £54,000 bill for cancer treatment, saying the government risks allowing a patient to die because of difficulties proving immigration status. Thompson, 63, who has lived continuously in the UK for 44 years since arriving from Jamaica as a teenager in 1973, is not receiving the radiotherapy he needs for prostate cancer because the London hospital where he was due to start treatment last November told him he needed to provide proof of residency or pay upfront for his care.
  • A new study suggests that people on the part-time 5:2 diet lose weight more quickly and are more healthy than those undertaking a consistent, traditional diet. UK researchers found that 5:2 dieters were able to achieve at least 5 % of their weight-loss target within two months while enjoying lower blood pressure and a better ability to clear fat out of their system.  They said the findings indicate the part-time diet may provide better long-term protection for heart disease. Promoted as the diet which allows “chocolate cake 5 times a week”, 5:2 first became widely known in the UK in 2012 and has since soared in popularity.
  • Children’s doctors have warned that Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal with the United States could lead to even higher rates of obesity through the import of American foods high in fat and sugar. It has been claimed that US “hostility” towards measures aimed at promoting healthier eating habits, such as traffic light labelling, is also a major threat to the government’s anti-obesity drive. The RCPCH is urging ministers to resist pressure to unwind key public health measures in their quest for a future transatlantic trade deal.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/mar/18/jeremy-corbyn-theresa-may-mans-nhs-cancer-bill-immigration

Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May about Londoner Albert Thompson’s fifty four thousand pound bill for cancer treatment, saying the government risks allowing a patient to die because of difficulties proving immigration status.Thompson, sixty three, who has lived continuously in the UK for forty four years since arriving from Jamaica as a teenager in nineteen seventy three, is not receiving the radiotherapy he needs for prostate cancer because the London hospital where he was due to start treatment last November told him he needed to provide proof of residency or pay upfront for his care.

He was unable to supply officials with required documents, so he was told he needed to find fifty four thousand. Thompson, who has asked for his real name not to be used, is increasingly worried about the potential impact on his health of the delay of more than four months. The Labour leader called on ministers to “intervene immediately in his case to ensure that this man gets access to the care that he needs”.

Corbyn said Thompson’s situation was not unique and he was dealing with a similar case in his constituency, which he had also raised with the Home Office. He said the cases were a direct result of new regulations introduced last October requiring hospital departments and community health services to check every patient’s paperwork, including passports and proof of address, and charge upfront for their healthcare if they did not have documentary proof of eligibility.
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Thompson, who worked as a mechanic before he became ill, has never applied for a British passport because he had no need to, but the Jamaican passport he arrived with was lost many years ago. In the tightened hostile immigration environment, launched by Theresa May in two thousand thirteen, he has struggled to prove his eligibility for housing support and free healthcare.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/03/19/52-dieters-lose-weight-quicker-may-have-healthier-hearts-new/

A new study suggests that people on the part-time five two diet lose weight more quickly and are more healthy than those undertaking a consistent, traditional diet. UK researchers found that five two dieters were able to achieve at least five per cent of their weight-loss target within two months while enjoying lower blood pressure and a better ability to clear fat out of their system.

They said the findings indicate the part-time diet may provide better long-term protection for heart disease. Promoted as the diet which allows “chocolate cake five times a week”, five two first became widely known in the UK in two thousand twelve and has since soared in popularity.
Published in the British Journal of Nutrition Reports, the study divided twenty seven participants between daily and five two diets.

Those on the five two ate normally for five days, followed by two “fasting” days when they consumed only six hundred calories. Participants in the other group were advised consistently to eat six hundred calories less per day than their estimated requirements for maintaining their weight. This meant that the women ate one thousand four hundred calories and the men one thousand nine calories each day.

The five two dieters achieved five per cent weight-loss within an average of fifty nine days, whereas the others took an average of seventy three days. The research team at the University of Surrey also found that the participants who followed the five two diet cleared the fat from a meal given to them more efficiently than those who undertook the daily diet.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/18/uk-anti-obesity-drive-risk-from-new-us-trade-deal-doctors-warn

Children’s doctors have warned that Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal with the United States could lead to even higher rates of obesity through the import of American foods high in fat and sugar. It has been claimed that US “hostility” towards measures aimed at promoting healthier eating habits, such as traffic light labelling, is also a major threat to the government’s anti-obesity drive.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is urging ministers to resist pressure to unwind key public health measures in their quest for a future transatlantic trade deal.
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Professor Russell Viner, the RCPCH president said:“Children’s health outcomes are much worse in the US than in many other comparable countries, and we don’t want to import these along with the sugar.” Viner’s warning comes as Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, prepares to fly to Washington this week for talks about the shape of a future UK/US trade deal after Britain has left the European Union. Donald Trump wants US farmers to be able to export more of their produce to Britain after Brexit and has for its “very unfair” and “very, very protectionist” policies.
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Recent research by the Harvard University school of public health pinpointed free trade deals involving the US as a key factor in a process of “nutrition transition” – from a traditional native diet to a much more western one – which is producing greater obesity in countries as a result of globalisation.
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While globalisation has improved the life of many people in the developing world “it has also increased access to cheap, unhealthy foods and brought with it more sedentary, urban lifestyles. From a public health perspective the combination of these changes is creating a perfect storm of a catastrophic and costly rise in obesity and obesity-related disease.”
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