Health Care and Social Care

Specialist staff shortages fuelling rise in disabled stroke victims

Specialist staff shortages fuelling rise in disabled stroke victims. Immediate and specific care in the aftermath of a stroke can significantly reduce the risk of long-term problems. The number of stroke victims left disabled is set to rise The number of people left with a disability following a stroke is set to rise by a third by 2035, with a shortage of specialist NHS staff partly to blame. That is one of the conclusions in the latest report from the British Association of [...]

Menstrual cups ‘as reliable as tampons’

Menstrual cups 'as reliable as tampons'. GETTY IMAGES Women can be assured that menstrual cups are as leakproof as tampons and pads, say researchers who have carried out the first, large scientific review of sanitary products. Menstrual cups collect rather than absorb period blood. They fit into the vagina but, unlike tampons, are reusable. Although they have been gaining in popularity, the review found awareness of menstrual cups among women was relatively low. The work, published in the Lancet Public Health journal, looked at 43 studies involving [...]

Changes urged to tackle mental health ‘human rights scandal’

Changes urged to tackle mental health ‘human rights scandal’ A new report has found that people with mental illness have drastic physical health challenges which contribute towards a gap in life expectancy of around 20 years, and has recommended changes to health policy and treatment innovations to tackle what is regarded as a ‘human rights scandal’. Today’s publication by The Lancet Psychiatry Commission is the culmination of over 12 months of research, conducted by a taskforce of international experts led by researchers from [...]

Schoolchildren collapse after unknowingly inhaling spice vape

Schoolchildren collapse after unknowingly inhaling spice vape. Experts warn young people who think they are buying cannabis extract could be making fatal mistake. Authorities have found the synthetic cannabis substitute being sold in several forms intended for vaping. (PA) Five schoolchildren were among a number of young people to collapse after unwittingly taking the synthetic drug spice. A public health warning has been issued over vape liquids containing the cannabis substitute following several reports of hospitalisations in the Greater Manchester area. Two incidents in Oldham have led to five [...]

Older victims of crime not cared for well enough, says report

Older victims of crime not cared for well enough, says report. GETTY IMAGES - Police forces were aware of older people's increasing concerns about fraud, the report found. Older people who are victims of crime are being let down by police and prosecutors in England and Wales, a report has concluded. The joint report by two watchdogs has looked for the first time at the treatment of victims aged over 60. It found that care was not good enough in 101 of the 192 [...]