Category: Health

Doctors, midwives and parents are to receive new guidance to reduce the rates of stillbirths in England. The new “care bundle” will allow parents to have access to new and better maternity services. The new services aim to reduce stillbirths by 2030.

Smoking, restricted baby movement, lack of knowledge for foetal care during labour and reducing alcohol consumption would be the focus of the new care program.

NHS England will roll out the new recommendations as an example of the best standard of care nationwide.

About 665,000 babies in England have about 2 per cent stillborn upon delivery. With a ratio of one to 200, England intends to improve its health services for labour.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens said:

“NHS maternity care is now the safest it’s ever been, and most mums say they’re cared for brilliantly… but we could cut stillbirths if all pregnant mums were encouraged to quit smoking, if proper monitoring takes place during pregnancy, and if maternity providers listen carefully when pregnant women report worries about their baby’s movements.”

An information and advice leaflet about reduced foetal movement will now be given to women by week 24 of their pregnancy.

Whilst charities have welcomed the announcement, many believe more still needs to be done.

Elizabeth Hutton, the chief executive of Kicks Count, said: “We could be getting the message out even further. We could do more monitoring of mums during pregnancy, there’s all sorts of research that can be done.”

Type 2 diabetes, which is common among middle-aged men and women worldwide, can be cured by losing weight in the pancreas.

Research shows that about 1 gram of fat in the pancreas is the real reason for the slow insulin production in the body. Losing the amount of fat in the pancreas can almost immediately reverse the illness by introducing proper amounts of insulin in the body.

According to Newcastle University’s Professor Roy Taylor:

“So if you ask how much weight you need to lose to make your diabetes go away, the answer is one gram. But that gram needs to be fat from the pancreas. At present the only way we have to achieve this is by calorie restriction by any means, whether by diet or an operation.

“What is interesting is that regardless of your present body weight and how you lose weight, the critical factor in reversing your Type 2 diabetes is losing that one gram of fat from the pancreas,” he explained.

The study involved 18 obese people with Type 2 diabetes. They were given gastric band surgery and had a restricted diet for eight weeks. Patients aged between 25 and 65 lost about 2.2 stone, about 13 per cent of their body weight. They lost about 0.6 grams of fat from their pancreas in the process, allowing it to restore insulin levels in the body to normal.

For East Sussex NHS, new measures overseen by the Care Quality Commission mean their efforts to improve their services have completely failed. The East Sussex NHS is rated inadequate.

The CQC recommends having an unannounced follow-up inspection on March because the inadequate recommendations have not been followed by the hospital. Chief Hospital Inspector Professor Sir Mike Richards said the trust had lacked improvement on “underlying cultural issues” within the East Sussex Service. He said this has been apparent for quite some time.

According to East Sussex NHS Acting Chief Executive Richard Sunley, they apologise to have let down people who used their services and the staff and colleagues for not bringing the proper healthcare standard East Sussex deserves.

East Sussex NHS lacked quality in terms of safety and leadership. The March report indicated “staff bullying” and a great disconnect between the trust board and the staff.

Meanwhile, all care services were rated as good with staff providing the highest quality of healthcare for patients. They are treated with compassion, dignity and respect.

The CQC said staff-management relationships play a huge role in providing top medical care. Many superiors tend to ‘step-over’ underlings for minor discrepancies. Patient confidentiality comes a close second to the top drawer of failures by the hospital.

According to research spearheaded by the Hospital Universitari Quiron-Dexeus in Barcelona, the chances of women over 44-years-old to have an IVF baby was only 1.3%. This was a drastic drop from the 24% for those aged 38 to 39.

Research lead Dr. Marta Devesa said the decline was hormonal and biological. She advises that women over 44 who wish to have children should freeze their eggs by the time they’ve reached 35. They may also use donor eggs.

The research came from a 12-year study of live birth rates which involved 4,000 women in the Barcelona hospital.

For 40 to 41 year olds, the success rate of bearing a child was 15.6%. For those aged 42 to 43, the decline was steep with 6.6%.

The research debunks myths regarding bearing children over the age of 40.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority had published very similar success rates using information collected from its UK clinics. The HFEA’s research indicates that women who want to have children through IVF stand at 32% at the age of 35 and it falls to 1.9% once she is over 45%


According to the medical community focused on finding a cure for cancer, making tailor-made cancer vaccines that target genetic errors in a patient’s tumor is quite exciting.

Their tests on three humans showed that the vaccine had been traiend to fight skin cancers. According to the American team, this marks the first “significant step” towards developing cancer vaccines. Cancer Research UK said the tests were “exciting despite being early-stage trials.”

Tumors are genetic messes where the DNA had been altered and is sending a different message to cell production, leading to mutations that could cause death.

Because the proteins of the DNA is altered, the St. Louis and Oklahoma City Research Teams have used different methods to predict the flags that would indicate cancer has already spread in the body.

Using a computer algorithm, they analysed the Neo-Antigens, which indicate the best targets for vaccinations.

The tests showed convincing results as one test subject had stayed cancer-free. The other has stable tumors. The last patient’s tumor had shrank in the months after the vaccine and had remained stable thereafter.

The team was successful in its objective to test the safety of the vaccine and if it provokes any form of immune response.

However, analysts and experts say that proper clinical trials are the only proof that the research is a success. Time, production and costs are another thing to talk about.

General Practitioners do not end a day without receiving a call from the NHS Helpline. According to the British Medical Association, GPs and accident and emergency departments are feeling the strain because the NHS 111 helpline advises people with colds or sore thumbs to visit their doctors.

The average number of people calling to NHS 111 had increased by 186% from 2013-2014. Referrals to accident and emergency departments were also up by 192%

The Primary Care Foundation Research group estimates that self-care calls had fallen to 15% in 2013-14 from 48% in 2012.

British Medical Association GP Dr. Charlotte Jones spearheads the efforts to see the BMA’s work on NHS 111. She said the association endeavours to highlight serious concerns about the service and how the service fails to provide what is needed.

According to her, GPs also report to the BMA that people with colds, sore thumbs and other conditions that one could remedy at home easily without the help of a registered professional had been referred to them.

It would seem that the NHS 111 helpline’s advisory is inefficient.

She said the NHS could not afford to have “unnecessary workload created given the unprecedented pressure on our health service.”

Some BMA council members blame call handlers who have very limited experience with medicine. According to the council a trained professional could encourage and walk them through self care.


According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 3,300 people has been killed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as the virus continues to spread.

The WHO said that 3,338 in total had died of confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola on September 28. Around 7,148 cases have been reported in the area alone. The disease remains isolated in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. They also confirmed that Guinea’s situation had stabilised, yet the situation is growing worse in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In America, a patient arriving in Texas from Liberia had shown symptoms of the disease by September 28. The patient is currently being treated and monitored at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

While he is not the first to be treated for Ebola in the United States, he is the first to develop the symptoms while inside th country. The US has launched an intensive medical and public-health effort for the patient and is looking to quarantine people who the patient had come in contact with.

Health workers are the common foreign national victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the WHO is increasingly becoming concerned. About 377 health workers have been infected as of September 28 with 216 casualties.


For centuries people have searched for the secret to eternal youth without much success, but now, thanks to a team of biologists at UCLA we could be closer to the solution than ever before.

During lab studies the biologists discovered a little known gene in fruit flies that could be used in humans to slow aging and allow them to live for longer.

The gene is called AMPK, and once activated in fruit flies it increases their life by around a third, while at the same time keeping them healthy right until their demise. Needless to say, if this AMPK gene could be transferred to humans in the near future, then it would probably become normal to see people at the age of 90 still hitting the gym and enjoy life to the fullest.

Dave Walker, a professor at UCLA, said “this research brings us closer to understanding aging at a cellular levels and has implications for delaying the onset and slowing the progression of many of the major diseases of aging.”

It certainly seems that the anti-aging industry is currently booming. People now have more disposable income than ever before, which means products such as wrinkle creams and supplements bring billions of dollars every year into the economy.

Not only that, but people are also becoming more educated about topics such as diet and fitness, which means they are in a better position to look after their bodies and add years to their life.

One of the most popular anti-aging products in America and Europe is the phytoceramide supplement. In a nutshell, the supplement is made from sweet potatoes and rice powder, and when taken on a regular basis it supplies the body with a potent force that results in healthier looking skin, reduced wrinkles, and increased elasticity around the eye and lip areas.

According to respected authorities such as Dr Oz, and celebrities like Oprah and Paris Hilton, the best phytoceramide supplements can be bought from trusted websites such as Amazon.

On this kind of website you will find many different sellers offering Phytoceramides made from only the finest ingredients that is approved by the FDA, while still coming in at a price to suit all budgets.

Make no mistake about it, the Phytoceramide supplement is a viable solution until the “fruit fly gene” is used in humans on a large scale. Who knows exactly how long that could be…maybe 10, 25, or even 50 years? One thing is for sure though, the biologists at UCLA are doing great work.