Healthcare Services

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 [...]

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy. Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Tafida Raqeeb's mother said her daughter was "completely healthy" before her sudden brain injury The parents of a five-year-old girl in a coma have begun a legal challenge after doctors said it was in her best interests to be allowed to die. Royal London Hospital doctors have said there is no hope Tafida Raqeeb will recover from the traumatic brain injury she suffered in February. But clinicians at a hospital [...]

Ebola warning after ‘gamechanging’ case recorded

Ebola warning after 'gamechanging' case recorded in Congolese city of Goma. Authorities are trying to trace anyone who came into contact with a pastor amid concerns they could carry the disease elsewhere. A man is checked over for Ebola in Goma An Ebola case in a Congolese city of two million people has been called a "potential gamechanger" by health officials. The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee to discuss the threat of the case in Goma, which has fuelled fears [...]

Are sugary drinks causing cancer?

Are sugary drinks causing cancer? GETTY IMAGES Sugary drinks - including fruit juice and fizzy pop - may increase the risk of cancer, French scientists say. The link was suggested by a study, published in the British Medical Journal, that followed more than 100,000 people for five years. The team at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité speculate that the impact of blood sugar levels may be to blame. However, the research is far from definitive proof and experts have called for more research. What counts as a [...]

Royal Cornwall Hospital: Vomiting bug caused ‘critical incident’

Royal Cornwall Hospital: Vomiting bug caused 'critical incident'. Ambulances were seen queued outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital An outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting has been identified as one of the causes of a "critical incident" at a hospital. Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro declared it was struggling to cope with "extreme pressure" on Tuesday. In a letter to MPs, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the outbreak, which began in care homes, caused a "significant number of bed closures". On Monday, 15 ambulances were seen queued outside [...]