- A growing number of UK undergraduates are reporting mental health problems, according to a report that shows a record number of students have killed themselves in recent years.
- Hospital chiefs are warning that the NHS in England may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout.
- Public Health England has warned that 50 is the new 60 for ten percent of middle aged men whose poor lifestyle has left them with a heart that is a decade older than their actual age.
News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 5th of September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News
A growing number of undergraduates are reporting mental health problems, according to a report that shows a record number of students have killed themselves in recent years.
The scale of the mental health crisis at United Kingdom universities is revealed in a study by the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank. It shows that the number of students who disclosed a mental health problem in their first year rose fivefold to reach fifteen thousand three hundred ninety five in a decade. Analysts also found that a record one hundred thirty four students killed themselves in two thousand fifteen. In the same year a record number of students with mental health problems dropped out of university. Experts put the rise down to growing pressure on students who leave university with huge debt, as well as increased awareness – meaning more people are reporting problems.
New analysis found female first-year students were significantly more likely than their male counterparts to disclose a mental health condition in two thousand fifteen to two thousand sixteen, whereas four years previously both were equally likely. The report also highlighted soaring demand on services. Through a survey of fifty eight UK higher education providers, it found ninety four percent had experienced an increase in demand for counselling services over the past five years, while sixty one percent had seen demand jump by more than a quarter. A Department for Education spokesperson said the government had worked with Universities UK to improve mental health support for their students.
Hospital chiefs are warning that the National Health Service in England may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout. They say the cash is needed to pay for extra staff and beds because attempts to improve finances have failed. The government has given councils an extra one billion pounds for social care services to help relieve the pressure on hospitals. A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “The NHS has prepared for winter more this year than ever before.” But the latest figures show Accident and Emergency waits and bed shortages remain “stubbornly” bad, according to NHS Providers. The group, which represents NHS chief executives, is calling for between two hundred million pounds and three hundred fifty pounds to be made available immediately. The target to see most patients in A and E within four hours has been missed for two years now, while bed occupancy rates remain above recommended levels.
Over the summer, just over ninety percent of A and E patients were treated or admitted within four hours. That was below the goal of ninety five percent and was almost exactly the same percentage as last summer, which was then followed by the worst set of winter waiting times since the target was introduced in two thousand four.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “Last winter the health service came under pressure as never before. This winter could be worse.” He acknowledged that planning had been much better this year but said that despite those efforts, and the extra money for care services, hospitals were still struggling to improve performance.
Public Health England has warned that fifty is the new sixty for ten percent of middle aged men whose poor lifestyle has left them with a heart that is a decade older than their actual age.
In two thousand fifteen the NHS launched its Heart Age Test to help people discover if they were at risk of heart attack and stroke.New analysis of the results from one point two million middle aged men who took the test showed that one in ten fifty-year-olds has the heart of a sixty-year-old man, suggesting they could die a decade earlier than they should. The problem is worse for men than women. Of those found to have hearts which were ten years older than their actual age, only thirty six percent were women. The majority, sixty four percent, were men.
Every month, seven thousand four hundred people die from heart disease or stroke. A quarter of deaths are of people under seventy five but most of those could be prevented by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and living a healthier lifestyle.Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke, declining in recent years is still the main cause of death amongst men and the second highest cause of death in women. Having a high heart age increases the risk of serious health issues including dementia, heart attack, stroke, chronic kidney disease and diabetes.
The Heart Age Test is really important as it gives an immediate idea of heart attack and stroke risk, with no doctor’s appointment needed. People who take the test will be referred to apps, advice and resources to help them eat and drink better, get active, and quit smoking to improve their health.For the first time, the test will direct users to their nearest blood pressure station if they do not know theirs, as those with high blood pressure are more at risk of heart disease or stroke.Around half of those taking the test since it launched in February two thousand fifteen did not know their blood pressure numbers. High blood pressure is often symptomless and five point six million people in England currently have high blood pressure.