Health News Digest 17th August 2018

Covering news from the 10th August 2018

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,

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

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Department of Health


Nothing to report

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Please note that hyperlinks to some newspaper articles may be withdrawn or amended during the day or following week.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


The Guardian

Four million people in England are long-term users of antidepressants

Bowel cancer screening age in England to be lowered to 50

‘Betrayed’: victims of Tokyo medical school scandal speak out

Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weed killer caused man’s cancer

Doctors should avoid saying ‘cancer’ for minor lesions – study

Cancer: one in four too scared to seek medical help over symptom

Campaigners await UK decision on abortion clinic buffer zones

Where does the blame lie when something goes wrong at hospital?

Long journeys caused by A&E closures ‘will not lead to more deaths’

Artificial intelligence tool ‘as good as experts’ at detecting eye problems

Court of appeal to rule on struck-off doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba

Seven ways to maintain strong bones

Mental health at university: know where to find support

Disabled children waiting too long for NHS wheelchairs

More than 200 suicides recorded at mental health units over seven years

WHO chief calls for end to fighting in Congo to halt Ebola spread

Scottish women retain right to take abortion pills at home

Adele shares story of friend’s postpartum psychosis to help new mothersAustralians living longer but life expectancy dips in US and UK

Opt-out organ register unlikely to increase donations – study

Both low and high-carb diets can raise risk of early death, study finds

Relaxing vaping laws would cut smoking deaths, say MPs

© Guardian Newspapers Limited 2018


Other Sources

National Institute For Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NICE would welcome further discussions about access to spinal muscular atrophy drug nusinersen

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Care Quality Commission (formerly Healthcare Commission)

Nothing to report

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King’s Fund

What is happening to life expectancy in the UK?

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