Author - Alistair Aguelo

Mental health: Media industry probes ‘uncomfortable truth’

Mental health: Media industry probes 'uncomfortable truth'. GETTY IMAGES The film and television industry has launched its largest-ever survey into the mental health and wellbeing of its workforce. It marks the first phase of The Looking Glass study, led by the Film and Television Charity, following 2,000 calls to its industry support line. Alex Pumfrey, the organisation's CEO, urged workers to anonymously contribute in order to "create real change". The survey will run until July, with the results revealed this autumn. The findings will be used [...]

Sleep apps backfire by causing anxiety and insomnia, says expert

Sleep apps backfire by causing anxiety and insomnia, says expert. Neurologist says ‘metricizing our lives’ is counterproductive when it comes to sleep Photograph: Rob Bartee/Alamy Smartphone sleep-tracking apps are making people so anxious and obsessed about their sleep that they are developing insomnia, a leading neurologist has said. Speaking at the Cheltenham science festival, Dr Guy Leschziner, a sleep disorder specialist and consultant at Guy’s hospital in London, said a growing preoccupation with getting enough sleep was backfiring. “We’ve seen a lot of people [...]

Tattoo parlours pose infection risk, warn health experts

Tattoo parlours pose infection risk, warn health experts. GETTY IMAGES Shops offering tattoos and piercings pose an infection risk, and laws on who works in them should be tightened, say public health experts. At present, anyone in the UK can set up a parlour and offer procedures without proper training, a report from the Royal Society for Public Health says. But with one in five adults now having a tattoo, more should be done, it says, to protect the public. NHS England said higher [...]

Dozens of HIV patients identified in NHS email blunder

Dozens of HIV patients identified in NHS email blunder. 37 people living with HIV received an invitation from NHS Highland with other recipients visible. An HIV testing kit. An investigation has been launched after the names of nearly 40 people with HIV were included in an email sent to each patient. The email was sent out by NHS Highland inviting patients to a support group run by Raigmore Hospital's sexual health service. A total of 37 patients all got the same invitation - which [...]

NHS care providers left autistic children at risk of self-harm

NHS care providers left autistic children at risk of self-harm. NHS care providers left autistic children at risk of self-harm - MTG UKI Potentially suicidal autistic children with mental health problems in Stafford shire have been left at risk of self-harm after receiving inadequate and unsafe care, according to a damning leaked internal NHS report. An inquiry, sparked by parents’ serious concerns, found that the needs of highly troubled under-18s in the county were neglected as a result of significant failings in care [...]