The Big Sleuth

Do you remember the Big Hoot?  A large public art trail conducted all over Birmingham to raise awareness and funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It raised over £625,000 in 2015, whilst also attracting more than 800,000 visitors!

Well, this year the Big Sleuth is happening, with over 130 bear sculptures all over Birmingham’s streets and surrounding areas which you can go hunt...


14th July 2017

Coffee makes you immortal

Coffee makes you immortal, well, most probably not. However, a new study suggested that people who drink around three cups of coffee a day tend to live longer than non-coffee drinkers.

A study conducted by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) which analysed 521,330 people across 10 separate EU countries was published in the Annals of Internal Medicin...



Are patients following recommendations for acute lower back pain?

Low acute back pain is a major burden on the patient for two main reasons, first of all, the obvious pain and discomfort that come hand in hand with it but also the loss of independence that is inevitable. It also causes a strain on NHS and society by draining funds, time and staff that could be utilised for more urgent uses.

A study has been compiled to try to understand patient’s po...



Wales’ health and care industry in need of support

The Welsh government have commissioned an interim report, 9 experts from across the health and social care field have come together lead by Dr Ruth Hussey. Their main goal was to understand the sustainability of the current system in place and to find out any changes or updates that may need to be implemented.

The core findings were as follows: A current shortage of staff in the sect...



Where are all the nurses and midwives?

“We need to retain our excellent nurses” and “ensure nurses have the support they need to continue their vital work” said a spokesperson for the Department of Health. With, according to the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing, “The average nurse” being “£3000 worse off than in 2010”; poor working conditions; low staff levels; heavy workloads and low pay it’s not a surprise that ...


10th July 2017

Yoga, help or hindrance?

Yoga, originated in ancient India is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices with the main aim to increase connectivity with one’s body and mind. In practice, yoga seems entirely beneficial to the standard person however recent study assimilated by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies has found otherwise.

Musculoskeletal pain has been found to have been created ...


5th July 2017

Metal-on-metal. “Continuous monitoring essential” (MHRA)

Hip Implants have “positively transformed the lives of many patients” according to Dr Neil McGuire, the Clinical Director of Medical Devices at the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). However, only one percent of hip implants are metal-on-metal and this type of implant mainly occurs in “truly active males, with large hip sizes”.

The MHRA has updated its guidelines...


4th July 2017

£20 million to combat stress in GPs and Doctors

‘Being a GP can be incredibly stressful, so it’s no wonder the intense resource and workforce pressures currently facing our profession are increasingly taking their toll on the mental health and wellbeing of family doctors.’ A statement by the Chair of the Council of the Royal College of GPs, Dr Helen Stoke-Lampard.

Stress and heavy workloads are piling up on doctors and GPs creatin...


28th June 2017

New treatment for Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system. It can occur at any point within anywhere but most commonly appears in last section of the small or large intestine. There are still currently no cures for Crohn’s disease so the aim of treatment is to inhibit or reduce inflammation.

The National Institute for Health and Car...


26th June 2017

Appeal for more blacks say the NHS

 

NHS Blood and Transport (NHSBT) has launched a new campaign based around increasing blood donations of the Ro type. This is due to the large demand that has been increasing in the NHS over the past couple years. Between 2014 and 2016 there was an increase in Ro blood issued of 75%, this is a staggering increase and needs to be matched with donations, the majority of which was u...


22nd June 2017