Health Care and Social Care

Breech baby scan ‘would save lives’

Breech baby scan 'would save lives'.  GETTY IMAGES Mums-to-be could be routinely offered an ultrasound scan at 36 weeks to help spot risky breech deliveries when a baby's bottom or feet will emerge first, say UK researchers. Breech births can be hazardous and tricky to diagnose. Currently, midwives and doctors tend to rely on the shape and feel of the mother's bump to check. Researchers estimate the scans would avoid 4,000 emergency caesareans and eight baby deaths a year in England. If the scans could [...]

NICE hypertension guidelines will increase GP workload, BMA warns

NICE hypertension guidelines will increase GP workload, BMA warns Proposed changes to the management of hypertension are likely to increase pressures in primary and secondary care, the BMA has warned. Last month, NICE announced plans to reduce thresholds for considering high blood pressure treatment for patients with a risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Under the new guideline, which will replace the 2011 version, NICE recommends to offer antihypertensive drug treatment to stage one hypertension patients under 80 who have an estimated 10-year risk of CVD of [...]

Nurses from the Philippines swelling the ranks at Norfolk hospital

Nurses from the Philippines swelling the ranks at Norfolk hospital More than 80 nurses from the Phillipines are joining the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King's Lynn. Photo: QEH More than 80 new nurses are joining a Norfolk after a successful international recruitment campaign. A total of 81 experienced nurses from the Philippines will be joining the Queen Elizabeth Hospital's medical and surgical wards before Christmas. Low staffing levels on some wards was singled out by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission when it [...]

Mental health of pupils is ‘at crisis point’, teachers warn

Mental health of pupils is 'at crisis point', teachers warn.  Anxiety, self-harm and suicide are rising, finds survey of school leaders and teachers in England. Teachers in the survey complained that funding cuts were making it harder to support pupils in need. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA More than eight out of 10 teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years – with rising reports of anxiety, self-harm and even cases of suicide – against a backdrop [...]

Ebola outbreak ‘not global emergency yet’

Ebola outbreak 'not global emergency yet'. The World Health Organization says the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet a global health emergency. The Ebola outbreak is the second biggest in history - infecting 1,206 people and killing 764. It shows no sign of being contained soon. Efforts by healthcare workers have been hampered by conflict and rebel attacks. And experts have warned it will be "very difficult to bring it under control". But Prof Robert Steffen, chairman of [...]