The Health News United Kingdom December 4 2017

  • December 1 is World Aids Day two thousand seventeen. This year’s campaign promotes the theme, ‘Right to health’. The WHO will highlight the need for all 36.7 million people living with the condition, to reach the goal of universal health coverage by 2030. In the UK alone there are over 100,000 people living with HIV and around a quarter of them don’t know they’re HIV positive.
  • Cereals giant Kellogg’s is to cut the amount of sugar in its three top selling children’s cereals by between 20% and 40% by the middle of next year. The lines are Coco Pops, Rice Krispies, and Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes. Kellogg’s will also stop selling Ricicles and end on-pack promotions aimed at children on Frosties. Earlier this year sugar limits for everyday foods such as biscuits, chocolate bars and cereals were published by public health officials in an effort to make UK children more healthy.
  • GPs will be ordered to stop funding thousands of over-the-counter remedies for dandruff, cold sores, and coughs and colds in a bid to clamp down on waste across the health service. More than 3,000 products currently funded by the NHS will no longer be routinely prescribed, under proposals to reduce the £650m spent annually on drugs which do not require without prescription.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 4th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/30/the-world-aids-day-2017-theme-is-right-to-health-what-its-all-about-7122498/

December one is World Aids Day two thousand seventeen. This year’s campaign promotes the theme, ‘Right to health’. The World Health Organisation (WHO) will highlight the need for all thirty six point seven million people living with the condition, to reach the goal of universal health coverage by two thousand thirty. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a condition which targets the immune system and weakens people’s defence systems against infections and some types of cancer. The virus destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, thus gradually making infected individuals become immunodeficient. According to WHO, fifty four percent of adults and forty three percent of children living with HIV are currently receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy or ART.

ART coverage for pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV is high at seventy six percent. In two thousand, just six hundred eighty five thousand people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy. However, by June two thousand seventeen, around twenty point nine million people had access to the life-saving medicines. The African region also accounts for almost two thirds of the global total of new HIV infections with twenty five point six million people living with HIV in two thousand sixteen.

In the UK alone there are over one hundred thousand people living with HIV and around a quarter of them don’t know they’re HIV positive. Knowing whether you’re HIV positive is essential so that you can access specialist services and treatment. Effective HIV therapy is vital for the wellbeing of the person affected and helps to prevent them from passing the virus onto others.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42174618

Cereals giant Kellogg’s is to cut the amount of sugar in its three top selling children’s cereals between twenty percent and forty percent by the middle of next year. The lines are Coco Pops, Rice Krispies, and Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes. Kellogg’s will also stop selling Ricicles and end on-pack promotions aimed at children on Frosties. It comes amid pressure on food firms to cut sugar levels to combat obesity, but one nutritionist told the BBC the company was not going far enough. Kellogg’s UK managing director Oli Morton told Radio five Live’s Wake Up To Money podcast that “consumers are asking for a healthier way to start the day”.
Mister Morton said the company recognised “people are eating too much sugar at breakfast and throughout the day”.

It plans to reduce the amount of sugar in Coco Pops from thirty grams per one hundred grams to seventeen gram, a forty percent reduction.  Kellogg’s said in a statement: “This is following a reduction of fourteen percent earlier this year, meaning that from two thousand seventeen to two thousand eighteen, it will have halved the sugar in Coco Pops.”

Sugar in Rice Krispies will be cut by  twenty percent and in Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes it will be reduced by thirty percent per serving. The government recommends that children aged between seven and ten should eat no more than twenty four grams of sugar, or the equivalent of six sugar cubes, per day. The new Coco Pops recipe, which is due to be introduced in July two thousand eighteen, will mean that a thirty gram serving of the cereal will contain five point one grams of sugar, or just over one four grams sugar cube. That compares with nine grams, or more than two sugar cubes, under the old recipe.
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Earlier this year sugar limits for everyday foods such as biscuits, chocolate bars and cereals were published by public health officials in an effort to make UK children more healthy. In March officials at Public Health England called on food firms to cut sugar by twenty percent by two thousand twenty, and by five percent this year.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/30/gps-ordered-stop-prescribing-treatment-dandruff-cold-sores-coughs/

General practitioners will be ordered to stop funding thousands of over-the-counter remedies for dandruff, cold sores, and coughs and colds in a bid to clamp down on waste across the health service. More than three thousand products currently funded by the NHS will no longer be routinely prescribed, under proposals to reduce the six hundred fifty million pounds spent annually on drugs which do not require without prescription. Health officials pledged to bring down the nine billion pounds drugs bill by stopping all prescriptions for some treatments, and widely restricting others. Under the proposals, GPs will be told to stop routinely funding remedies for thirty six conditions – including dandruff, cold sores and insect bites – which be bought cheaply over the counter.

The plans, covering three thousand two hundred products, which will go to public consultation next year, are aimed at shaving one hundred ninety million pounds a year off the NHS bill for over-the-counter drugs. Packs of paracetamol sold for fifty pence in supermarkets can cost the NHS thirty four pounds each, when issued via prescription. Officials said the measures would also free up millions of GP appointments currently taken up with prescribing such medicines
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Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, said: “The NHS is one of the most efficient health services in the world but we’re determined to make taxpayers’ money go further. The NHS should not be paying for low value treatments and it’s right that we look at reducing prescriptions for medicines that patients can buy for a fraction of the price the NHS pays.” Other conditions which would not routinely have treatment funded under the new proposals include conjunctivitis, cradle cap, haemorrhoids, infant colic, diarrhoea, ear wax, mild indigestion, malaria prevention, minor burns and scalds, mouth ulcers, nappy rash, and travel sickness.

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