The Health News United Kingdom January 9 2018

  • Scientists says that a drug developed to tackle diabetes could be used to treat Alzheimer’s after “significantly” reversing memory loss in tests on mice. A so-called “triple receptor drug” created to treat type two diabetes helped reduce the amount of amyloid plaques associated with the degenerative brain disorder, the University of Lancashire team found.
  • Abortion clinics will have to publicly display an official rating from the Care Quality Commission. The Department of Health is extending the CQC’s current rating system to include a new group of health services. All healthcare organisations in England offering regulated care will now be rated by the commission and awarded marks which they will have to display on their websites or on their premises.
  • NHS trusts are failing to get medical workers to have flu jabs amid warnings that a French epidemic could spread to Britain. Health officials are pleading with NHS staff to have the jab as figures show as few as one in three workers have been vaccinated at some hospitals. Public health officials urged staff to protect themselves and their patients amid warnings that flu has reached epidemic levels across the channel.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 9th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

With all the recent news stories about nuclear weapons and the prospect of an intentional or accidental launch — the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to educate the public on safety precautions they can take if such an unlikely event occurs. The CDC plans to hold an online briefing January sixteen, to inform the public about preparations that have been made on the federal, state and local levels. The agency’s website stresses that a nuclear detonation, while unlikely, would have “devastating results,” and allow little time for protection against radiation.  

Nevertheless, knowing fundamental safety measures can alleviate some of the more devastating effects. The CDC says: “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least twenty four hours is critical to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.” The webcast will feature input from Dan Sosin, the CDC’s deputy director and chief medical officer, plus radiation experts and emergency response officials.

Maine is hiring fifty public health nurses to help address disease outbreaks and the opioid crisis. The Portland Press Herald reports a new law sponsored by Democratic state Senator Brownie Carson is responsible for the hiring increase. Under the measure, Maine is required to have at least fifty public health nurses on staff.

Republican Governor Paul LePage had opposed the effort as he sought to reform public health and welfare programs. Former state Department of Health and Human Services commissioner Mary Mayhew had supported LePage’s push. DHHS commissioner Ricker Hamilton says the department is committed to increasing public health nurses in Maine. Hamilton says the nurses’ duties will expand to cover issues like elder and child abuse and the opioid crisis in addition.

Women with breast implants have an increased risk of getting a rare type of lymphoma, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Oncology. But the overall chance of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a cancer of the immune system cells, as a result of having a breast augmentation is relatively low. The heightened risk sounds alarming at first — researchers found that those with implants are four hundred twenty one times more likely to develop this specific cancer than those without implants — but the number of women who actually get the disease after getting implants is still small.

About one in every thirty five thousand women who has a breast enhancement will develop ALCL by age fifty — a very small number considering that only about four percent of women in the U.S. go under the knife for this procedure, according to the analysis site FiveThirtyEight.
Plus, the study was conducted in the Netherlands, where forty five percent of implants are textured, the authors said, and eighty two percent of the women with this type of lymphoma had textured implants. In the U.S., a smoother, different type of implant is usually used. ALCL is also very rare in general. According to the National Cancer Institute, only about four percent of all diagnosed cancers in the U.S. are non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

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