The Health News United Kingdom December 6 2017

  • Asthmatic people are being encouraged to wear scarves over their mouths and noses this winter as experts say breathing in cold air can increase their risk of an attack. Asthma UK wants people to take “scarfies” this winter, encouraging asthma sufferers to take photos in scarves then post the selfie to social media to spread awareness of their campaign. The campaign is in its third year and Asthma UK is encouraging people to use the scarfie hashtag to once again spread the message “a scarf could save a life”.
  • A recent study has found that the number of reported Scarlet Fever cases in England has hit a 50-year high. There were over 17,000 cases recorded in 2016 – with 3,083 of these in the North West. Scarlet Fever is an infectious disease spread through close contact with individuals carrying the organism (often in the throat) or indirect contact with objects and surfaces contaminated with the bacterium causing scarlet fever.
  • Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has launched its landmark new twenty four/seven mental health service Music Minds Matter for anyone working in the music industry. The initiative is the result of HMUK commissioning the University of Westminster and MusicTank to undertake the world’s largest academic study into mental health and the music industry.  The Music Minds Matter will offer advice, twenty four/seven access via phone or email, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, including counselling and CBT.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 6th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/asthma-sufferers-scarves-winter-cover-nose-mouth-inhaling-cold-air-risk-attack-uk-experts-warning-a8090556.html

Asthmatic people are being encouraged to wear scarves over their mouths and noses this winter as experts say breathing in cold air can increase their risk of an attack. Asthma UK wants people to take “scarfies” this winter, encouraging asthma sufferers to take photos in scarves then post the selfie to social media to spread awareness of their campaign. The campaign is in its third year and Asthma UK is encouraging people to use the scarfie hashtag to once again spread the message “a scarf could save a life”.

Around four million people – three quarters of those with asthma in the UK – say that breathing in cold winter air exacerbates their symptoms, which increases their risk of an attack. One asthma attack occurs every ten seconds in the UK where five point four million people are receiving treatment for the condition – including one point one million children. Three people die every day following an asthma attack. Asthma UK is encouraging people who live with the respiratory condition to wear scarves over their face and nose as it can warm the air before they breathe it in.
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Asthma UK clinical lead and practising general practitioner Doctor Andy Whittamore said that going outdoors on a winter day could be life-threatening for people living with asthma. He added: “Living in the UK means that cold weather is impossible to avoid over winter but if people have asthma, simply wrapping a scarf around their nose and mouth can warm up the air before they breathe it in, reducing their risk of having an asthma attack.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/scarlet-fever-cases-england-2017-13963950

A recent study has found that the number of reported Scarlet Fever cases in England has hit a fifty-year high. There were over  seventeen thousand cases recorded in two thousand sixteen – with three thousand eighty three of these in the North West.

Scarlet Fever is an infectious disease spread through close contact with individuals carrying the organism (often in the throat) or indirect contact with objects and surfaces contaminated with the bacterium causing scarlet fever. Typically there are seasonal rises in Scarlet Fever between December and April each year. It is most common among children under ten. Doctors are urging the public to be aware of symptoms, which include a rosy rash, and seek help from their general practitioner.

Public Health England stress the rise is not due to an outbreak and that there has not been a significant rise in Greater Manchester. But the Lancet Paper, which published the findings, says there were three thousand eighty three cases in the North West in two thousand sixteen compared to just seven hundred forty one in two thousand thirteen.

Theresa Lamagni, head of Streptococcal Surveillance, Public Health England, said: “Whilst current rates are nowhere near those seen in the early nineteen hundreds, the magnitude of the recent upsurge is greater than any documented in the last century.
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She added that the underlying cause of the resurgence is not known although several countries in East Asia have also reported an escalation including Vietnam, China, South Korea and Hong Kong.

https://www.musicweek.com/media/read/help-musicians-uk-launches-24-7-mental-health-support-line-and-service-for-the-music-industry/070704

Help Musicians UK has launched its landmark new twenty four/seven mental health service Music Minds Matter for anyone working in the music industry. The initiative is the result of HMUK commissioning the University of Westminster and MusicTank to undertake the world’s largest academic study into mental health and the music industry – which was published as the two thousand sixteen report Can Music Make You Sick?

The Music Minds Matter will offer advice, twenty four/seven access via phone or email, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Additionally, the service also provides access to the charity’s grant funding and individuals may also access advice on legal issues, debt and benefits – a first for the British music industry.

Speaking about the initiative, Richard Robinson, CEO of HMUK said: “Help Musicians UK is uniquely positioned as a charity to coordinate, lead and support those working in music with mental health challenges. With ninety six years of experience, we understand the complexity of being a musician and recognise the need for support that reflects the nature of the business, whilst providing a personalised service tailored to each person we help.”

Music Minds Matter is a first for the British music industry and the biggest ever undertaking by HMUK. We are earmarking just under one million pounds over the next four years and we fully expect the service to grow and evolve

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