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Indians among worst affected by TB in Britain
Tuberculosis (TB) showed an alarming rise in Britain last year with ethnic South Asians, especially Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi, accounting for most cases.
Nov 4, 2006, 19:31
Mental health units should not be exempt from smoking ban
Exempting mental health units from the ban on smoking in public places would worsen health inequalities for people with mental health problems, warn doctors in this week's BMJ. Smoking is the largest single cause of preventable illness and premature death in the United Kingdom, with 106,000 people dying of smoking related diseases in 2002, and more than 10,000 dying each year as a result of passive smoking. The Health Act 2006 will make all enclosed public and work places in England and Wales smoke-free environments, but may exclude some mental health settings.
Aug 25, 2006, 19:43
NHS may be buying surgical equipment unethically
The NHS may be buying medical equipment unethically and exploiting developing countries, it has been claimed in an article published on bmj.com today. Unlike the campaigns for fair trade of goods like bananas and coffee, there have been no such campaigns for medical commodities, says Dr Mahmood Bhutta, a specialist registrar in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
Jul 30, 2006, 02:56
Is it time to give NHS more independence?
In April this year, BMJ Editor Fiona Godlee called for an independent NHS run by a board of governors responsible for managing health care within a set budget and a broad political framework. In this week’s BMJ, four opinion leaders give their views on whether it is time to give the NHS greater independence from government.
Jul 30, 2006, 02:49
University of Leeds receives Gates Foundation grant for material approach to malaria prevention
Every year there are more than 350 million new cases of malaria, but a revolutionary mosquito net being developed by Leeds textile experts with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation could offer better and more sustainable protection from the disease. Design lecturer Dr Stephen Russell and medical entomologist Dr Bruce Alexander from Xeroshield at the Roslin Biocentre will develop a precisely engineered material that uses its structure to kill the mosquito. By relying on its structure, the net will avoid the problems of chemically treated nets, which are the main method of controlling malaria.
Jul 24, 2006, 19:25
Tuberculosis control and impact of socially excluded groups
Tuberculosis cannot be controlled unless the disease is tackled effectively among socially excluded groups, warn experts in this week’s BMJ. Tuberculosis can infect anyone, but predominantly affects the poor, write Alistair Story and colleagues. In London, where over 40% of all cases in the UK in 2004 were reported, rates of tuberculosis have more than doubled since 1987 and are now the highest among homeless people, problem drug users, people living with HIV, prisoners and new entrants, particularly those from countries experiencing chronic civil conflict.
Jul 10, 2006, 07:21
Pertussis Endemic Among UK School Children
Nearly 40% of school age children in the United Kingdom who visit their family doctor with a persistent cough have evidence of whooping cough infection, even though they have been fully immunised, finds a study published on bmj.com. These startling results suggest that whooping cough is endemic among young children in the UK, with important implications for clinical practice and immunisation policy, say the authors. Previous research in several countries has shown that Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) infection is an endemic disease among adolescents and adults. Data also shows that neither infection nor immunisation results in lifelong immunity. Yet general practitioners in the UK seldom diagnose or even consider pertussis in older children. It is perceived as a disease of very young children who have not been immunised and who have classic features such as whoop.
Jul 10, 2006, 06:37
Building a safer NHS: How safe are the patients?
Every day the NHS treats over one million people successfully. Healthcare does however rely on a range of complex interactions of people, skills, technologies and drugs. Sometimes surgical treatments go wrong, medication errors occur and patients can fall or have other accidents.
Jul 7, 2006, 00:23
Experts Comment on New Blood Pressure Guidelines
It is unusual for NICE to consider reviewing its guidance ahead of its planned review date. In this case however, because significant new data became available, we took the decision to consider that data as part of a limited review of the existing NICE guideline. It is important to emphasise that the review was limited to the pharmacological aspects of managing hypertension. The original guideline also covered other aspects of managing the condition, such as lifestyle interventions, and these remain crucial to a proper holistic approach to controlling blood pressure.
Jun 29, 2006, 01:52
New Guideance will Result in Better Control of Hypertension - BPA
The UK's blood pressure charity, the Blood Pressure Association (BPA), heralded 28 June, 2006 launch of the updated NICE guideline on the clinical management of hypertension as a major advance in the treatment of the condition. For the first time, NICE and the British Hypertension Society have reached a clear consensus on the best way of treating raised blood pressure, and the BPA strongly endorses this new guideline.
Jun 29, 2006, 01:45
Three million babies born using assisted reproductive technologies
More than three million babies have been born worldwide using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) since the first ART baby (Louise Brown) was born in the UK 28 years ago.
Jun 22, 2006, 05:09
NICE issues draft guidance on Trastuzumab
NICE has published draft guidance on Herceptin, just two weeks after the drug was licensed by the regulatory authorities for use in early breast cancer. The draft guidance recommends the drug for women with early stage HER2-positive breast cancer, except where there are concerns about the woman’s cardiac function. Final guidance is expected to be issued at the beginning of July 2006, assuming there are no appeals.
Jun 10, 2006, 17:15
Very Few Mothers Reject Childhood Immunisation
The mothers of children who are unimmunised differ from those who are partially immunised in a number of ways, finds a study in this week’s BMJ. This is the first large scale study of its kind in the UK, and suggests that different approaches are needed to maximise uptake of immunisation in these groups. Researchers from the Institute of Child Health analysed data for 18,488 infants born between September 2000 and January 2002 in the UK. The sample was stratified by UK country and electoral wards to adequately represent infants from ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Jun 2, 2006, 23:13
New programme encourages services to include people with learning disabilities in community life
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is about to begin a new development and research programme, which will look at how people with learning disabilities and high support needs can involve people with learning disabilities who have high support needs into their communities.
May 25, 2006, 13:04
NHS care for older people is still patchy
Good, respectful NHS care for older people is still too patchy, argue senior members of the British Geriatrics Society in this week's BMJ.
May 19, 2006, 20:02
NHS could save £78m by improving staff productivity
Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, highlighted recommendations from an NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement’s report, showing that £78m could be saved by the NHS by driving down agency spend and improving staff productivity.
Apr 30, 2006, 23:40
3 NRIs in Britain charged with price fixing of key drugs
Nine people, including three of Indian origin, face criminal proceedings in Britain for allegedly price fixing and market sharing of generic drugs following a major investigation into pricing in the pharmaceutical industry.
Apr 5, 2006, 18:38
Real battle over UK new mental health law about to begin
The UK government's climb down on reform of mental health legislation is not a victory – the real battle is about to begin, warns a senior doctor in this week's BMJ.
Mar 31, 2006, 18:02
Nurses to help check pregnancies in English schools
Nurses will now work for birth control in all the schools of England in a move to slash the rising incidence of teenage pregnancies.
Mar 25, 2006, 15:43
British Hospital Outsourcing Medical Typing to India
A British hospital has hired a team of typists in India to type out routine letters from doctors to patients - the process takes less than a day and promises to make large savings for the hospital trust.
Mar 23, 2006, 17:35
Concern over rapid rise of chronic kidney disease
Chronic kidney disease is rising rapidly worldwide and is becoming a global healthcare problem, warn experts in this week's BMJ.
Mar 10, 2006, 21:12
Have targets improved performance in the English NHS?
The star rating system for English NHS trusts seems to have improved performance, but systems need to be put in place to minimise gaming and ensure targets are not causing problems elsewhere, warn researchers in this week’s BMJ.
Feb 17, 2006, 19:05
Over a million in Britain could live beyond 100
More than a million people now in their 30s in Britain could live to 100 years and beyond, with improved health care contributing to the global rise in life expectancy.
Feb 12, 2006, 18:26
British Asians travelling to India for cosmetic surgery
British patients travelling to India for quality medical treatment is no longer news, but now many British Asians are joining the procession for cheap cosmetic surgery in the Indian sub-continent.
Feb 3, 2006, 15:38
Health and Social Care White Paper shows good intentions
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities welcomes the intentions of the Government's white paper, Your Health, Your Care, Your Say. However, the charity believes that measures still do not fully ensure that people with learning disabilities are supported to access mainstream health services and engage in their communities.
Jan 31, 2006, 19:50
Total Smoking Ban is the only way to protect employees
Newly released documents reveal that, despite knowing that ventilation and air filtration are ineffective at removing environmental tobacco smoke, British American Tobacco (BAT) promoted these technologies to the hospitality industry as viable options to smoking bans.
Jan 31, 2006, 19:00
Cutting street prostitution will threaten health of sex workers
Plans to cut street prostitution, set out by the UK government last week, will threaten sex workers’ health, warn experts in this week's BMJ.
Jan 31, 2006, 19:00
Reform should be supportive, not punitive says Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation today welcomed the Government's long awaited Green Paper on Welfare reform, but warned that planned changes to Incapacity Benefit may create fear and anxiety for thousands of people already living with mental health problems.
Jan 25, 2006, 15:35
Tailored support still needed to help people with learning disabilities into work
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities broadly welcomes today's publication of the Government's long awaited Welfare Reform green paper, with the higher rates of benefits for those unable to work and the additional supports for finding and retaining a job. However, the Foundation believes that a detailed set of policies using the supported employment model and international best practice is needed to enable more people with learning disabilities to find work.
Jan 25, 2006, 15:35
Ignorance can leave two million in Britain blind: study
More than two million people in Britain may become blind because of their ignorance even though they are having treatable conditions, according to a study.
Jan 25, 2006, 14:14