Ebola outbreak: UK ministers to hold emergency Cobra meeting over threat - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Chief scientific adviser says virus, which has killed 672 people since February, is potentially a major threat to UK
Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, is to chair an emergency Cobra meeting amid warnings that the deadly Ebola virus could be a threat to Britain.
Hammond said no British national so far had been affected by the outbreak and there had been no cases in the UK but he would be chairing a meeting to assess the situation. Continue reading...
Beth Britton: 'Care homes must not be police states' | David Brindle - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Dementia carer and campaigner to advise regulator on 'special measures' regime planned to tackle failing care homes
Only once has Beth Britton lost her remarkable poise when talking about her late father's dementia. It was in an interview for an official film for the G8 dementia summit in London last December. If you watch the end of the two-minute edited version on YouTube, you can see her welling up as she says: "I would have him back in a heartbeat dementia and everything that it brings."
Britton, 33, is something of a phenomenon. It is just over two years since she wrote her first blog about caring for her father, who had died weeks previously after living with vascular dementia for almost two decades. Today, she is in such demand to write, speak, advise and train that she is having to turn work away. Continue reading...
Communities for learning disabled residents face split after reform row | Hannah Fearn - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Conflict over pay and values threatens way of life in Camphill villages where disabled and able-bodied people work together, say campaigners
By 10.30am the Botton Village wood workshop, nestled deep in North Yorkshire's Danby Dale, is in full swing. Light streams through dust on to work benches. James Marsh is carefully drilling holes in pieces of beech which will make up part of a child's toy, while Jonathan Buchanan demonstrates how small carved horses are joined together on a carousel to make a Christmas decoration.
Both workers have learning disabilities. They are provided with full-time care and support at Botton, one of the first co-operative Camphill communities founded 60 years ago on the principles of Rudolf Steiner. Continue reading...
Doctors and nurses told to slim down for sake of patients - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
NHS England staff would be expected to set healthy example under plans being considered by chief executive
Overweight doctors and nurses would be told to slim down to set a good example to patients under plans being considered by the NHS.
Burgers and chips in hospital canteens would be swapped for healthier options and staff would take part in weight loss competitions, the NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens, told the Sun. Continue reading...
History of problem drinking can lead to memory loss in later life - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Consuming too much alcohol more than doubles risk of developing memory impairment, study shows
Drinking too much can lead to memory loss in later life, a study has found.
Scientists questioned 6,542 middle-aged Americans about their past alcohol consumption and assessed their mental abilities over a period of eight years. Continue reading...
Five a day will do, larger study of fruit and veg intake suggests - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Chinese and American researchers settle on lower number than seven-a-day recommendation of English study
Those who despaired of ever being able to eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, as suggested by a team of scientists earlier this year, can probably relax. A new and even bigger study carried out by Chinese and American researchers says five will do.
The two teams are in agreement on the main issue: eating more fruit and vegetables than most of us currently do is a very good thing. The evidence suggests that it lowers the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer. Continue reading...
Boys 'should receive HPV jab too' - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Vaccinating boys as well as girls could cut incidence of genital warts and several cancers, write doctors in medical journal
Boys should be vaccinated against the HPV virus as well as girls to protect them against some types of cancer, according to an article in a leading medical journal.
Boys should receive the jab that protects against the human papilloma virus, which has been linked to a number of cancers including head and neck, anal and penile cancers, said Dr Gillian Prue, lecturer in chronic illnesses at Queen's University Belfast. Continue reading...
Clare in the community | Harry Venning - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
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