The Health News United Kingdom November 9 2017

  • Hundreds of thousands more children are eligible for the flu vaccine this year. Parents whose children have not yet been vaccinated against flu are being urged to do so before winter begins. Last year in Gloucestershire more than half of children aged between 2 and 8 years missed out on getting the vaccine. Young children are particularly vulnerable to flu and are most likely to spread flu to others.
  • US-owned healthy grocery chain Whole Foods Market has announced plans to close two of its nine UK stores, including its only outlet in Scotland. It is understood that the two stores employ about 150 staff between them. In 2004 it entered the UK market with the acquisition of 7 Fresh and Wild stores. Last year it employed about 1,200 people in the UK.
  • A new study suggests that vitamin D supplements can help speed up the time taken for burns to heal, and prevent scarring.  The vitamin which is produced naturally in the body when the skin comes into contact with sunshine, is believed to help protect against burning. Vitamin D is known to have antibacterial actions that may help combat infection and therefore aid in wound healing of burn patients.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 9th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/health/thousands-more-children-gloucestershire-eligible-719014

Hundreds of thousands more children are eligible for the flu vaccine this year. Parents whose children have not yet been vaccinated against flu are being urged to do so before winter begins.
For the first time children in year four, aged eight and nine, will be added to the school vaccination programme. The vaccination programme already covers children in Reception, Year one, Year two and Year three, aged between four and eight, but now children in year four will also be able to get their free flu vaccination, in the form of a nasal spray, at school.
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Last year in Gloucestershire more than half of children aged between two and eight years missed out on getting the vaccine. Young children are particularly vulnerable to flu and are most likely to spread flu to others. Vaccinating them is one of the best ways to protect them and the wider community against flu. Flu and complications associated with it cause eight thousand deaths on average a year in England. Around six thousand  of these are people with heart and lung disease. Reducing flu transmission by children in the community can has been found to help cut the number of general practitioner appointments and unplanned admissions for children and adults, reducing winter pressures on the NHS. Last year, over one thousand people were admitted to Intensive Care or High Dependency Units with confirmed flu last winter, with one hundred thirty three of these cases being fatal.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-41886415

US-owned healthy grocery chain Whole Foods Market has announced plans to close two of its nine UK stores, including its only outlet in Scotland. The firm said it was proposing to close its bases in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, and Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. It is understood that the two stores employ about one hundred fifty staff between them. The firm said it would consult with staff before making a final decision on the future of the shops. The store in Giffnock, which opened six years ago, includes a butcher, fishmonger, cheesemonger and a bakery, as well as homewares and beauty products. In a statement, the company said: “A decision on the future of the stores will be made after the company has consulted with team members to discuss the proposal.

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Whole Foods Market opened its first store in the US in nineteen eighty. In two thousand four it entered the UK market with the acquisition of seven Fresh and Wild stores. Last year it employed about one thousand two hundred people in the UK.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/06/vitamin-d-pills-can-help-burns-heal-prevent-scarring-study-suggests/

A new study suggests that vitamin D supplements can help speed up the time taken for burns to heal, and prevent scarring.  The vitamin which is produced naturally in the body when the skin comes into contact with sunshine, is believed to help protect against burning. Previous studies have shown that vitamin D supplements help decrease inflammation, redness and swelling after sunburn, and may be one of the reasons the body produces the chemical.
Now new research from Birmingham University has found it may also help combat other types of burn.

Researchers monitored thirty eight patients who had suffered serious burns for a year and recorded their levels of Vitamin D. They found that those with the highest levels of vitamin D had better wound healing, fewer complications and less scarring.This study is the first to investigate the role of vitamin D in recovery from burn injury and suggests that giving supplements to victims of both serious and minor burns may be a simple and cost-effective treatment to enhance healing. Professor Janet Lord of the Institute of Inflammation and Aging in Birmingham, at Birmingham University, said: “Low vitamin D levels were associated with worse outcomes in burn patients including life threatening infections, mortality and delayed wound healing.
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Patients with severe burns are at high risk of infection that may lead to life-threatening sepsis.
Vitamin D is known to have antibacterial actions that may help combat infection and therefore aid in wound healing of burn patients. The researchers say clinicians often overlook levels of vitamin D in burns victims.

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Recent studies have also shown that the vitamin is crucial for the immune system, can protect against heart disease, asthma and the flu, and may even help fight depression and even cancer.
Public Health England now recommends that all Brits take vitamin D supplements in the winter because it is impossible to make sufficient quantities in the darker months.

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