The Health News United Kingdom January 18 2018

  • According to new research, nearly half of women (48%) say the menopause has a negative impact on their mental health and mood.  The poll commissioned by Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Sheffield found the menopause makes 25% of women want to stay at home, with a further 23% reporting that it reduced their enjoyment in life. It also revealed that women have a limited understanding of their biological clock, even as they approach the average age for the menopause ( which 51 in the UK).
  • A doctor’s surgery in Meanwood will be the latest to go in a string of closures and mergers of general practitioner services around the city. Green Road Surgery will close at the end of March after permission to shut it down was granted by NHS bosses.
    Its parent practice, The Avenue Surgery in Alwoodley, applied to close its Meanwood branch, saying there had been a reduction in the number patients using it. NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) Partnership said there was sufficient capacity for patients to re-register with neighbouring GP practices.
  • Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past 8 years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers further. The rate of teenage pregnancy is at the lowest level since records began in the 1960’s. A total of 5,483 of the 632,048 deliveries in England in 2015-16 were to teenage mothers.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 17th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/half-women-say-mental-wellbeing-suffers-resut-menopause-womans/

According to new research, nearly half of women (forty eight percent) say the menopause has a negative impact on their mental health and mood.  The poll commissioned by Radio four’s Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Sheffield found the menopause makes twenty five percent of women want to stay at home, with a further twenty three percent reporting that it reduced their enjoyment in life. It also revealed that women have a limited understanding of their biological clock, even as they approach the average age for the menopause ( which is fifty one in the UK). Over seventy percent said they didn’t have a strong understanding of the menopause, which led to some being unaware of the effects it would have on their physical and mental health.

Of the women who reported a change in their mental health, just over a third said they consulted their GP about the problem. And only seventy percent of women who were working when they experienced the menopause told their employer about the change in their mood.

There are around three point five million working women over the age of fifty in the UK. Previous research shows that around fifty  percent of women find employment difficult when undergoing the menopause, and ten per cent have given up work because of the symptoms.  Physical and mental side effects associated with the menopause include low self-esteem, anxiety, memory loss and verbal slips.

The survey, which ComRes conducted on behalf of the BBC, involved one thousand nine women between the ages of fifty and sixty.  It comes as separate research from the University of Oxford found that women who experience the menopause early are at an increased risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack.

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/meanwood-surgery-to-become-latest-in-leeds-to-close-down-1-8955488

A doctor’s surgery in Meanwood will be the latest to go in a string of closures and mergers of general practitioner services around the city. Green Road Surgery will close at the end of March after permission to shut it down was granted by NHS bosses.

Its parent practice, The Avenue Surgery in Alwoodley, applied to close its Meanwood branch, saying there had been a reduction in the number patients using it. NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (or CCG) Partnership said there was sufficient capacity for patients to re-register with neighbouring GP practices.

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Villagers in Swillington have also voiced concerns that their doctor’s surgery could close. A decision is due on the future of Swillington Health Practice, along with New Cross Surgery in Rothwell and Middleton Park Surgery. A public consultation was extended until January twenty four after one hundred twenty people attended a public meeting in the village on January six.
Garforth and Swillington councillor Mark Dobson said: “People in Swillington are saying loud and clear that they want the surgery to stay open.
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Five GP practices in Leeds have closed since two thousand thirteen, and a further eight have merged to create four new practices. Latest figures show thirty seven practices have merged or closed in Yorkshire and Humber in the last eighteen months. According to figures released by NHS Digital, two hundred eighty closed or merged in that period around England.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42655079

Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers further.
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The rate of teenage pregnancy is at the lowest level since records began in the nineteen sixties. A total of five thousand four hundred eighty three of the six hundred thirty two thousand forty eight deliveries in England in two thousand fifteen and two thousand sixteen were to teen mothers. Improved access to the right contraceptives, better sex education, more open attitudes to talking about sex, plus teenagers socialising more online are some of the reasons cited for the fall.

But there has been no government guidance on preventing teen pregnancy since two thousand ten, so councils across England asked for a definitive set of guidelines on how to continue the downward trend. These new guidelines from Public Health England outline what authorities should be doing, with ten key factors and a checklist so councils can evaluate their current local situation, identifying gaps and actions.

They include better education, training for health professionals, making sure teenagers have access to contraceptives and ways of supporting vulnerable teens who are more likely to have children at a young age.

The latest official figures show the UK still has some of the highest proportion of births to teenage mothers in Europe, almost five times higher than those in Switzerland and Italy. There are currently no national targets on teenage pregnancy rates and there are concerns that cuts in public health spending could lead to the number of young parents rising.

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