The Health News United Kingdom February 5 2018

  • Doctors have received permission to create the UK’s first “three-person” babies for two women at risk of passing inheritable diseases to their children. The two cases involve women who have mitochondrial diseases, which are passed down by the mother and can prove fatal. Three-person babies involve an advanced form of in vitro fertilization that uses a donor egg, the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm. Doctors at the Newcastle Fertility Centre will carry out the procedure. The decision was approved by the UK Fertility Regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
  • New mothers will be offered counselling by Skype under NHS plans to tackle post-natal depression. An estimated 140,000 mothers each year – 1 in 5 – suffer depression, anxiety and other mental health problems during pregnancy or in the months after their baby is born. But thousands do not get support, with suicide the leading cause of death in expectant and new mothers.
  • New research has revealed that the number of men dying from prostate cancer in the UK has overtaken female breast cancer deaths. Prostate Cancer UK said some 11,819 men now die from prostate cancer in the UK every year – the equivalent of one man every 45 minutes. This compares with 11,442 women who die from breast cancer.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 5th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42918341

Doctors have received permission to create the UK’s first “three-person” babies for two women at risk of passing inheritable diseases to their children. The two cases involve women who have mitochondrial diseases, which are passed down by the mother and can prove fatal. Three-person babies involve an advanced form of in vitro fertilization that uses a donor egg, the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm. Doctors at the Newcastle Fertility Centre will carry out the procedure. The decision was approved by the UK Fertility Regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

In approving both cases, the HFEA said there was a “considerable risk” that any children they had would have the disease passed to them.

However, everything that defines physical and personality traits still comes from parents.
The HFEA must approve every clinic and every patient before the procedure can take place.
In March, the Newcastle Fertility Centre was given the first UK licence to carry out the procedures. It anticipates helping twenty five couples every year. However, the UK will not be the first country in the world to have children born through the three-person technique.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/03/newmothers-offered-nhs-counselling-skype-tackle-post-natal-depression/

New mothers will be offered counselling by Skype under NHS plans to tackle post-natal depression. An estimated one hundred forty thousand mothers each  year – one in five – suffer depression, anxiety and other mental health problems during pregnancy or in the months after their baby is born. But thousands do not get support, with suicide the leading cause of death in expectant and new mothers.

Health officials today pledged to offer more help to women struggling with the “hugely emotional experience” of becoming a mother. Last year a report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists found that eighty one percent of women said they had experienced at least one episode of mental health problems during or after pregnancy. But just nineteen percent were referred for any form of help, with just  seven percent of women sent to a specialist.
And a national audit of maternity care in two thousand sixteen found that forty three percent of areas provide no specialised mental health service.

Health officials have recently announced a twenty three million pound plan to boost investment in such services, with two hundred more health professionals, including psychologists, therapists and nursery nurses offered help, in twenty parts of the country.

The schemes, offered to at least three thousand pregnant women and those who have recently given birth, are part of a three hundred sixty five million pound national plan to offer support to thirty thousand women by two thousand twenty one. Under the projects, NHS bodies will be expected to open “community hubs” for new mothers, offering them advice, referrals to specialists,  links in to other care agencies and groups for new parents.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/prostate-cancer-deaths-overtake-female-breast-cancer-deaths-in-uk-a3756131.html

New research has revealed that the number of men dying from prostate cancer in the UK has overtaken female breast cancer deaths. Prostate Cancer UK said that some eleven thousand eight hundred nineteen men now die from prostate cancer in the UK every year – the equivalent of one man every forty five minutes. This compares with eleven thousand four hundred four two women who die from breast cancer. Lung cancer and bowel cancer remain the two most fatal cancers.

Trends show that the number of women dying from breast cancer has been steadily decreasing since nineteen ninety, however the same downward death trend is yet to be seen in prostate cancer. Over the same period breast cancer has benefited from a screening programme, along with significant investments in research.
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Despite the alarming figures, the charity added the shift does not represent a worsening situation for prostate cancer and men diagnosed today are two-and-a-half times more likely to live for ten years or more than if they were diagnosed in nineteen ninety. It is due to an increasing and ageing population that the number of men dying from the disease is rising.

The charity estimates that it needs to fund around one hundred twenty million pounds of research over the next eight years to reverse the trend and achieve its ten-year goal of halving the number of expected prostate cancer deaths by two thousand twenty six.

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