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News Archives, June 2005
Monday, 27 June 2005 09:26
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Long-term care services failing the elderly
A report by The King's Fund an independent charitable foundation whose goal is to improve health, especially in London claims that long-term care services are under-funded and under-staffed.

The King's Fund said the complexities of the care system were at the root of the problems they identified.

In the report which made 30 recommendations for action to improve care services immediately, and in the future.

Julia Unwin, who chaired the inquiry, said: "Care and support services for older people in London are in a sorry state.

"Many older people simply aren't getting what they need and steps to improve the situation are being hampered on several fronts.

"At the root of this is a poorly developed care market that is failing older people and their carers".

She added: "The Government is increasingly looking to empower older people through the use of direct payments and individual budgets, but this will not be successful unless there are sufficient services of the right kind that people want to buy”.

Ms Unwin said the Government must urgently review its decision not to increase funding for adult social care and older people in the short term.

She added: "With services for older people currently high on the political agenda, the time is now right to take concerted action”.

King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said: "This substantial inquiry has relevance nationally - many of these findings are not peculiar to London.

"This is a story of a market that is failing and needs to be improved in many ways.

"It is the story of a neglected area of our national life with muddled policy and what looks like inadequate resources.

"If we got it right older people could lead independent lives and exercise the choice and control we all desire”.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "This report is a valuable contribution to the debate about future models of care for older people. It is particularly helpful, as it is time to begin a new debate about what it will take to deliver dignity for life.

"We are currently considering the responses from the consultation on the Green Paper on adult social care and will shortly be deciding on the shape of the follow up to the Green paper.

"We will look at the concerns raised in this report as part of that process, alongside a host of other decisions over the months to come".

Shadow health minister Simon Burns said: "This report is a damning indictment of the problems with long term care in London, which are also reflected elsewhere in the country”.

Sandra Gidley, Liberal Democrat spokeswoman for older people, said: "A measure of a civilised society is how it treats its older people. This report demonstrates that our society is failing”.

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Sunday, 26 June 2005 13:03
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Tropical fish cancer hope
US Scientists from the University of Iowa and Northwestern University have used a tiny tropical fish to find out more about the development of serious skin cancer.

The molecular set up of embryonic Zebrafish is believed to prevent tumours from developing and experts hope that studying the fish will help them to better understand the cause of melanomas.

Researchers implanted zebrafish embryos with human skin cancer cells and found that they moved around and divided as normal but did not form tumours.

Dr Robert Cornell, who worked on the study, said: "These cancer cells don't do what they do in other circumstances, such as when they are placed under a mouse's skin.

"The objective of our work is to use this very simple system to identify the exact component that can influence the behaviour of melanoma and other cancer types."

He added that further studies of zebrafish could produce new cancer treatments.

"When we identify the crucial factor, whatever it may be, we can look for the equivalent in humans, or make a synthetic version," he said.

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Sunday, 26 June 2005 12:41
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HIV drugs stop malaria
Australian researchers have found that drugs normally used to treat HIV can also be effective in preventing malaria.

The antiretrovirals were found to block the growth of the parasite that causes malaria, even in strains that are resistant to common malaria drugs.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest rate of malaria in the world, with over one million people dying every year from the disease. HIV is also most prevalent in this region.

Researchers found that HIV drugs called protease inhibitors affected the outcome of malaria in mice.

The drugs are expensive and produce strong side effects but experts are hopeful that they will provide treatment for people infected with both diseases, as HIV patients are twice as likely to catch malaria as those without the virus.

Dr Kathy Andrews, of Queensland Institute of Medical Research, said: "Importantly, these drugs are effective against malaria at clinically relevant concentrations.

"Their anti-malarial activity does suggest a unique parasite target that has yet to be exploited by any of the currently available anti-malarial drugs,"

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Sunday, 26 June 2005 12:24
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New paramedics “bring the hospital to you”
A review of the ambulance service has prompted plans for a new paramedic service with the ability to treat patients in their homes.

The plan, devised to reduce the numbers of patients in hospitals, could see ambulances reserved for emergencies only, with cars or motorcycles used in cases of minor injuries.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt told the Sunday Telegraph: "If you are a mum and your child has fallen off his bike, you want him checked over but the last thing you want is to take him to A&E.

"The ambulance service can take on a new role by taking the hospital to you."

As many as one million patients every year are taken to accident and emergency unnecessarily.

Peter Brady, the national ambulance advisor, will be responsible for drawing up a five-year plan to develop the new service.

But Ray Carrick from the Ambulance Service Unions warned that there were “serious health and safety difficulties with the proposals”.

"If we've got staff going to an increased number of calls on their own, perhaps particularly female staff, then there are inherent difficulties attached to that and we need to be very cautious about how we approach it," he said.

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Sunday, 26 June 2005 11:51
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Crackdown on underage sales to tackle binge-drinking
Young people in Scotland are drinking more than ever but the number of prosecutions for selling alcohol to under-18s has not improved in 20 years, the Sunday Herald has reported.

Scottish Executive figures show 283 offences were committed in 2003 concerning the sale of alcohol to under-18s, the same number as in 1980.

Convictions for such offences are also at an all time low, with only one in 10 leading to a custodial, financial or community service penalty.

Jack Law, of Alcohol Focus Scotland, said in the Sunday Herald: “It certainly does not suggest that there is no problem with underage alcohol sales, rather [it suggests] that there is a problem with the low number of people being prosecuted.

“It is clear that underage drinkers are able to get alcohol relatively easily, whether from friends and relatives, or from off-licences, shops or pubs.”

Stricter measures must be introduced to penalise those caught selling drink to under-aged children, Law said.

“To hit home the message, those breaking the law should have to undertake training to improve their knowledge about alcohol and applying the law, and more persistent offenders should have their licenses removed,” he argued.

“Unfortunately, Alcohol Focus Scotland believes that underage drinking will continue to be a problem until attitudes towards alcohol and drinking patterns in the adult population change.”

Lat week, ministers announced a major crackdown on binge-drinking, with plans to stop promotions of alcopops and other high-strength drinks in corner shops, supermarkets and off-licenses.

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Sunday, 26 June 2005 11:31
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Warm climate can harm unborn babies
Babies conceived during a heat wave are more likely to be born underweight and at risk of health problems, scientists have warned.

A study of over 12,000 Aberdeen children found that a temperature rise of one degree during early pregnancy caused the weight of newborn babies to fall by one fifth of an ounce.

Dr Debbie Lawlor of Bristol University, said: “Our results suggest that pregnant women should protect themselves from relative temperature extremes, in particular, high temperatures in early pregnancy.

“With the occurrence of temperature extremes, these findings have important public health implications. Low birthweight is associated with infant mortality and morbidity and birthweight is inversely related to cardiovascular disease and diabetes in later life.

“There was an inverse linear association between average outdoor temperature in the middle of the first trimester and birthweight. Women who were in the first trimester of pregnancy when the outdoor temperature was hotter tended to have lower birthweight babies.”

Researchers also found that cold temperatures in the last three months of pregnancy caused a drop in birthweight.

“Low birthweight in winter-born babies may be related to exposures to relatively high outdoor temperatures during the first trimester and colder outdoor temperatures in the third,” Dr Lawlor said.

“Our results tend to suggest that exposures to higher outdoor temperatures in the first trimester of gestation are more important than exposures to cold outdoor temperatures in the third.

“In general, humans have greater means of protecting themselves from the cold - by the use of high-quality housing, indoor heating, warm clothing and blankets – than they have from protecting themselves from the heat.”

It is thought that higher temperatures may affect birthweight affecting blood vessels in the mother’s body, restricting blood flow and depriving the foetus of essential nutrition.

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Sunday, 26 June 2005 11:02
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Dysentery threat to Glastonbury revellers
Health workers at Glastonbury have warned festival-goers that they are at risk from dysentery after the site was turned into a swamp by storms on Thursday.

The downpours, which washed more than 100 tents away, also swept away portable toilets, depositing their contents into flooded campsites.

Teams have since been testing the 1,000-acre site for infections such as dysentery and e-coli and have set up showering facilities with enough capacity for more than 600 people an hour.

Chris Malcolmson, senior environmental health officer at Glastonbury, said: “We are urging people to avoid mud-diving. We have also seen some people swimming in pools of water, which is not a good idea.”

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Sunday, 26 June 2005 10:47
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Dieting may do more harm than good
Doubts have been raised over the safety of dieting after researchers in Finland found that overweight people who diet often die at a younger age.

A study of 20,000 twins followed the participants desire to lose weight over a 24-year period. Twins were used because they are genetically identical and this allows environmental health influences to be easily identified.

Researchers first questioned the group in 1975 and then again in 1981, after which they monitored the mortality rate of the participants and the causes of death.

The results suggest that the physical and metabolic impacts of dieting could have a detrimental effect on health rather than a positive one.

Professor Jaakko Kaprio, of Helsinki University, said: “Losing weight seemed to be associated with higher mortality. One reason for this may be that when people diet to lose weight they lose fat-free tissue as well as fat.”

A report on the findings emphasised that for obese or overweight people with associated illnesses such as diabetes, the benefits of weight loss still outweigh any drawbacks.

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Sunday, 26 June 2005 10:32
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Emergency group warns of bird flu threat
The Civil Contingency Secretariat (CCS), the body which advises the cabinet on emergency matters, has said the single biggest threat to British lives is now posed by bird flu.

Reports from China and Vietnam suggest that the virus is infecting increasingly large groups of the population and health officials are concerned that it may have mutated into a highly contagious strain.

The Government will close schools and cancel public events in an attempt to contain the epidemic, should it reach our shores.

The World Health Organisation has warned that “the world is now in the gravest possible danger of a pandemic”, while the CCS believes that 700,000 Britons could die if the infection takes hold in this country.

Officials are preparing official advice on how to contain the disease and reduce the risks of catching it, including hygiene, avoiding groups of people and staying indoors.

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Saturday, 25 June 2005 11:36
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Job shortages threat
The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that thousands of trainee medics could quit the NHS because of a shortage of training posts.

A survey for the BMA found that out of 235 doctors looking for work a third had not been offered a training post after their current contracts end in August.

This was due to increasing numbers of newly qualified doctors and medics from overseas seeking training posts, but was also linked to changes in the training system.

Commenting on the problem, Mr Simon Eccles, chairman of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, said:

“It’s a huge irony that the UK is short of doctors, hospitals are overstretched, and still there aren’t enough training posts to go round. People are queuing up to study medicine, and thousands of doctors from overseas want to work in the NHS. It’s absurd that such a huge amount of talent – which has cost millions of taxpayers’ £to nurture - could go to waste. The government seems to think that doctors will be content with jobs that provide no training, but our research shows many will leave the NHS instead”.

The issue will be discussed at the BMA’s annual conference in Manchester next Monday (27 June, 2:35pm) where a motion warns of the creation of a new “lost tribe” of doctors.

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