The Health News United Kingdom January 26 2018

  • Children born by c-section are far more likely to be obese by the time they reach 5 years old, the biggest ever analysis of the health impacts of caesareans has found. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh reviewed data from 80 studies and trials which jointly looked at 29 million births. They found that the risk of obesity for under fives jumped by 59% if they had been delivered through a c-section.
  • Seniors doctors from overseas who have been appointed to fill key roles in hospitals around the UK are being blocked from taking up their jobs by the Home Office because their NHS salaries are too low under immigration rules. The Guardian has learned of at least 20 doctors prevented from taking up posts in departments including intensive care in the past two months, causing anger and bewilderment among already stretched doctors.
  • According to a new study, more than half of Britain’s teachers have a diagnosed mental health problem. Three quarters of those surveyed by Leeds Beckett University believe their poor psychological and emotional conditions could have a detrimental effect on pupils’ progress – a situation campaigners have said “cannot go on”. The latest findings show that of 775 surveyed, fifty four percent reported poor mental health, with 52% of this number saying their illness had been identified by a GP.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 26th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/01/23/children-born-c-section-far-likely-obese-aged-five-major-study/

Children born by c-section are far more likely to be obese by the time they reach five years old, the biggest ever analysis of the health impacts of caesareans has found. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh reviewed data from eighty studies and trials which jointly looked at twenty nine million births.

They found that the risk of obesity for under fives jumped by fifty nine percent if they had been delivered through a c-section. The youngsters were also twenty one percent more likely to develop asthma by the age of twelve. Scientists said there was growing evidence that c-sections influence the development of the immune system and gut bacteria. And many women have the procedure because they themselves are obese, which also influences their baby’s health.

The review of studies, also found that women who had undergone a previous Caesarean were more likely to suffer pregnancy complications in the future. The chance of future stillbirth rose by seventeen percent and miscarriage by twenty seven percent.
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The researchers and other experts said the findings should help women decided whether to have an elective caesarean.
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Thirty years ago only one in ten babies were born through c-section but that has now risen to around one in four – about one hundred sixty thousand babies a year.

Professor Andrew Shennan, Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, said: “Risks to future pregnancies were potentially serious, including an increase in miscarriages and stillbirths, so mothers may accept small risks to herself to reduce these risks to her potential future babies by avoiding unnecessary Caesarean sections.”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/23/doctors-blocked-by-home-office-from-taking-up-vital-nhs-jobs

Seniors doctors from overseas who have been appointed to fill key roles in hospitals around the UK are being blocked from taking up their jobs by the Home Office because their NHS salaries are too low under immigration rules. The Guardian has learned of at least twenty doctors prevented from taking up posts in departments including intensive care in the past two months, causing anger and bewilderment among already stretched doctors.
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The Home Office decision comes against the backdrop of a recruitment crisis in the NHS partly caused by the vote for Brexit. University Hospitals Birmingham confirmed that eighteen staff had been turned down for tier two visas in the past two months, including sixteen doctors in senior medical posts in trauma, plastic surgery and elderly care.

Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge confirmed that three doctors recruited for the John Farman intensive care unit had been turned down because of a fifty five thousand pound salary threshold set by the Home Office.

The doctors, who are at middle-level registrar and senior clinical fellow positions, would typically be on salaries of between thirty thousand pounds and forty five thousand pounds and were recruited from the Caribbean, India and Pakistan.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-teachers-mental-health-diagnose-issues-targets-education-school-pupils-exams-a8174101.html

According to a new study, more than half of Britain’s teachers have a diagnosed mental health problem. Three quarters of those surveyed by Leeds Beckett University believe their poor psychological and emotional conditions could have a detrimental effect on pupils’ progress – a situation campaigners have said “cannot go on”.
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The findings come after The Independent revealed hundreds of teachers were being forced into begging a charity for financial help because they could no longer afford to pay housing and transport costs as their wages stalled. The number of teachers applying for help from the UK’s main education support charity soared by forty percent in the past year, as it emerged that salaries for teaching staff in England were worth twelve percent less in two thousand fifteen than they were in two thousand five.

The latest findings show that of seven hundred seventy five surveyed, fifty four percent reported poor mental health, with fifty two percent of this number saying their illness had been identified by a general practitioner. Eight in ten respondents (eighty one percent) said poor mental health had a negative impact on the quality of their relationships with their pupils. The same percentage said it affected their behaviour management skills, with teachers citing “lower levels of tolerance” and being “quick to anger”. The National Education Union said high workloads were “jeopardising” teachers’ mental health to the point where the situation “can’t go on”.
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A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Teachers play an important role in our society, and there are now more teachers in our schools than ever before – fifteen thousand five hundred more since two thousand ten.
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“Guidance to governing bodies is clear that they have a responsibility to take work-life balance into account when managing staff. Where staff are struggling we trust headteachers to take action to tackle the causes of stress and ensure they have the support they need.”

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