Health News Digest

11th October 2019

(covering news from the 4th October 2019)

This weekly digest contains details of the latest health-related news/articles in the general media, new publications of interest and press releases from the Department of Health.  The digest has 6 key sections,

•  Public Health England
•  Practice Based Commissioning
•  Legislation
•  Latest Health-related News Links
•  Newspapers
•  ‘Other Sources’ which are less frequently updated

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Public Health England

Mycoplasma pneumoniae: laboratory report summaries 2019

Older people who died in hospital: England 2017

Palliative and end of life care

Public health in prisons and secure settings

Weekly all-cause mortality surveillance: 2019 to 2020

Syndromic surveillance: weekly summaries for 2019

Remote health advice: weekly bulletins for 2019

GP out-of-hours syndromic surveillance: weekly bulletins for 2019

Hepatitis C national register

Hepatitis A: guidance, data and analysis

Notifiable diseases: last 52 weeks

Notifiable diseases: weekly reports for 2019

Influenza: treatment and prophylaxis using anti-viral agents

Respiratory infections: laboratory reports 2019

Notifiable diseases: causative agents report for 2019

Acute hepatitis B (England): enhanced surveillance reports

Antibiotic awareness: toolkit for healthcare professionals in England


Statistics and Surveys

We could learn a lot from patients about integrated care



Statutory Instruments and Acts of Parliament

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2019

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Latest Health-Related News Links


Please note that hyperlinks to some newspaper articles may be withdrawn or amended during the day or following week.  This is outside the Library’s control.


The Independent

Severe obesity among children aged 10 to 11 hits record high

Nearly one in five young people say they are not happy, study finds

Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health

Coming from a close family can guard against depression, study suggests

Vaping for long periods of time could increase the risk of cancer, study suggests

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National Institute For Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Another treatment option for ovarian cancer approved for the Cancer Drugs Fund

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Care Quality Commission (formerly Healthcare Commission)

Nothing to report

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King’s Fund

Nothing to report

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Local Government Association

LGA: Adult social care services help cut half a million unnecessary hospital bed days

LGA responds to latest NCMP statistics on overweight and obese children

LGA responds to Education Policy Institute report on unexplained pupil exits

LGA responds to Institute of Health Visiting report

Housing associations and councils working together to end homelessness

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