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26/11/2014
Daily Express
By: Presswatch
10 million 'need free vitamin D'

According to new health guidelines, millions of people at risk of vitamin D deficiency should receive free supplements from councils. A year's supply of tablets would cost about £6, said the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
 
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26/11/2014
Daily Express
By: Presswatch
Net boosts health of the elderly

Research shows that older people who use the internet regularly are healthier because they are better informed about medical issues. Silver surfers have better "health literacy" - the skills needed to understand and make use of basic health services and information.
 
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26/11/2014
The Guardian
By: Presswatch
Coalition plans reducing avian flu farm checks

Papers leaked to The Guardian demonstrate that the government is considering plans to cut back on health inspections to fight avian flu in order to save money. Civil servants have claimed it is feasible to reduce 45 forms of animal welfare, farm and environmental inspections including checks for salmonella, TB, and brucellosis.
 
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26/11/2014
The Independent
By: Presswatch
NHS report: the 'evils' of institutional care must end

An NHS-commissioned report by Sir Stephen Bubb has said that the NHS must embark on the biggest overhaul of care for people with learning disabilities since the closures of Victorian asylums a century ago. Institutions with residents who have learning disabilities must be shut down and the residents looked after at home, said the report.
 
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26/11/2014
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
The Guardian reports that the CQC has condemned the emergency department of Maritime hospital in Gillingham for making some patients wait for more than two hours before "any effective clinical intervention or treatment" began and failing to ensure cohesion between nursing, medical and other healthcare professionals. Enforcement actions are to be taken.

The Guardian reports that Nalmefene, also called Selincro, is to be made available to people in the UK, after NICE published formal guidance recommending it for people seeking to reduce their alcohol intake. Lyndsey Dudley, a spokeswoman for Nice, said the drug would be suitable for people who "probably don't even recognise themselves as an alcoholic".

Daily Mail reports Jeremy Hunt has admitted to taking his children to A&E over a weekend because he didn't want to wait for a GP appointment, despite having told patients that they should not do this. Labour's health spokesman Andy Burnham accused him of being "irresponsible".

Daily Mail reports that a study found excess fat causes more than 20,000 cases of cancer as a result of obesity. In a league table of 176 nations compiled using the study data, British women came 38th, with Barbados at the top of the list.

The Times reports that an investigation by the health service ombudsman found that Barts Health NHS Trust in London is the most complained about in the country and mistakes in diagnosis and staff attitudes are among the most common patient grievances. Barts received 2,451 complaints in 2013-14, of which 43 were investigated by Dame Julie Mellor, the ombudsman, after it had failed to deal with them locally. The NHS on the Isle of Wight had to be investigated most often by the ombudsman's office based on the number of patients treated, the data showed.

The Guardian reports that lung cancer survival rates are worse in every part of the UK than in most other wealthy countries, according to the Concord-2 study conducted by Michel Coleman from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. However, breast cancer was more easily survived in Britain than in in most comparator countries. Survival rates in the UK for lung cancer are under 10% by the end of five years, but Coleman said that rates are not high anywhere and called for "[a] focus on earlier diagnosis and a higher level of suspicion in patients and doctors and more equal access to treatment".

The Guardian reports that a review team established by NHS England has produced a report that calls for £30m of bank fines to be used to start closing hospital units such as the one at the centre of the Winterbourne View scandal and move 2,600 people with learning disabilities or autism into community residences. Disability charities and campaigners welcomed the team's broad conclusions, whilst at the same time cautioning that the plans could repeat the failure of a previous transfer programme unless they were managed and funded properly.

The Guardian reports that St Pancras coroner's court has been told that a child cancer patient who died because of problems in a stem cell freezing process used by Great Ormond Street hospital. In a narrative verdict, the coroner, Mary Hassell, said it was unclear what effect the treatment had, and a spokesperson for GOSH said: "it was exactly what caused the freezing problem and to what extent this might have contributed to one patient's eventual outcome."

Daily Star reports that George Osborne has been told the NHS faces crisis if he does not find another £2billion in next week's Autumn Statement. The warning comes as Nick Clegg signalled he expects Mr Osborne to answer Lib Dem calls by delivering an extra £1.5bn to help the NHS deal with winter pressures in 2015/16.
 
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26/11/2014
International Herald Tribune
By: Presswatch
Eli Lilly wins E.U. backing for diabetes treatment

Eli Lilly has received European approval to sell Trulicity, its new drug for treating Type 2 diabetes, two months after it was cleared for use in the US. Analysts at Datamonitor Healthcare, a market research company, estimate that the product will overtake Victoza, the market leader, by 2020.
 
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26/11/2014
Financial Times
By: Presswatch
AstraZeneca chief prescribes dose of patience

Investment industry professionals are speculating over whether Pfizer will renew its pursuit of AstraZeneca despite potential complications stemming from the US government clampdown on tax inversions.
 
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