SameDayDoctor was interviewed by BBC Television regarding the advice to the NHS that swimming is excellent exercise. Furthermore, we conducted a radio interview about a new smear test methodology being trialled.
A life-extending drug for cystic fibrosis will be available on the NHS in England, health bosses say. NHS England reached a deal with Orkambi manufacturers Vertex Pharmaceuticals after months of talks. Patients should be able to get the drug within 30 days. The drug improves lung function and reduces breathing difficulties and can be given to children as young as two.
The world could be free of malaria – one of the oldest and deadliest diseases to affect humanity – within a generation, a major report says. Each year there are still more than 200 million cases of the disease, which mostly kills young children.
The drug-resistant fungus, Candida Auris, was only discovered 10 years ago but is now one of the world’s most feared hospital microbes. There have been outbreaks across the world, and new research shows that global warming may have increased its prevalence...
Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear, which could help the progress of drug trials. US scientists were able to use levels of a protein in the blood to help predict its build-up in the brain. Continue reading
NHS GP’s say they are misdiagnosing patients because consultation times are too short.. A survey of family doctors found more than one in three said they had failed to properly diagnose cases because they did not have enough time to fully assess them. Typically, the time slot to see a patient is around 10 minutes. Continue reading
Having a friendly doctor could halve the risk of a diabetic dying within the next 10 years, research suggests. Patients who feel their GP is empathetic may be more inclined to take their doctors’ advice and adhere to their medication, researchers at Cambridge University claim. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Measles and mumps cases
A significant increase in mumps cases and continuing outbreaks of measles in England have led to calls for people to ensure they are immunised. Public Health England said even one person missing their vaccinations was “too many”. There were 795 cases of mumps in the first three months of 2019, compared with 1,031 in the whole of 2018. Most mumps cases are linked to teenagers mixing when they go to university. Continue reading
The BBC Panorama programme discussed the issue of GP shortages in England. The NHS is seeing the first sustained fall in GP numbers in the UK for 50 years. The number of GPs per 100,000 people has fallen from nearly 65 in 2014 to 60 last year, analysis by the Nuffield Trust for the BBC shows. The last time numbers fell like this was in the late 1960s and it comes at a time when the population is ageing and demands on GPs are rising. Continue reading