New Chief Medical Officer warns UK is sitting on a health timebomb

New Chief Medical Officer warns UK is sitting on a health timebomb because the NHS is struggling to cope with a surge in the number of elderly patients. Chris Whitty says drastic action needed to cope with number of patients 65+ Countryside districts are often poorly served by GPs and hospital clinics he says Professor Whitty proposes a series of radical solutions to our ageing crisis The NHS risks being overwhelmed by an old-age health crisis, the new Chief Medical Officer warns today. Chris Whitty says [...]

Cannabis-based drugs to help epilepsy and MS approved for NHS use

Cannabis-based drugs to help epilepsy and MS approved for NHS use. Campaigners welcome the move but say thousands of other people who could benefit from cannabis-based drugs are left in limbo. Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK last year Two medicines derived from the cannabis plant have been recommended for use on the NHS for the first time. Epidyolex has been approved for two rare types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, while the spray Sativex has been recommended for muscle spasms [...]

Virtual reality can help ease chronic pain, study suggests

Virtual reality can help ease chronic pain, study suggests. Virtual reality could help chronic pain patients, researchers have said (Frantzesco Kangaris/PA) Virtual reality (VR) can help to ease someone’s sensitivity to pain, new research suggests. Scientists at Imperial College London found that people immersed in VR scenes of the Arctic reported reduced pain sensations compared with those not using the technology. The study suggests that immersion in VR can help disrupt some processes in the brain of those who suffer from chronic pain, [...]

Min Doktor and Kaia Health unveil innovative digital healthcare partnership to reduce back pain

Min Doktor and Kaia Health unveil innovative digital healthcare partnership to reduce back pain. Swedish digital healthcare provider Min Doktor, which provides doctor-patient communications through voice, video, and text, and allows doctors to issue prescriptions, is pioneering an innovative digital approach to back pain treatment with Kaia Health, a digital therapeutics company whose AI app has been shown to reduce back pain by 40 percent. According to the World Health Organisation and the Office for National Statistics, back pain is a [...]

Parents battle doctors to keep their seriously ill child alive

Parents battle doctors to keep their seriously ill child alive The girl has a "severe and progressive life-limiting neuro-degenerative disorder", a barrister representing doctors says. Doctors want to take the girl off life support. File pic The parents of a six-year-old girl on life support are waging a battle with the doctors treating her to prevent her being moved to palliative care. The girl's parents are both doctors themselves and are disputing an application to take her off life support by the NHS [...]