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In November, talk to a horse: doctors prescribe nature to patients

In November, talk to a horse: doctors prescribe nature to patients

Environment, Health, News, NHS, UK
Shetland island has started prescribing nature in conjunction with other treatments to their patients. This news comes after a successful pilot at Scalloway GP surgery, the largest island within the Shetlands. The prescription will acknowledge that time spent in nature can help reduce anxiety and blood pressure and help improve happiness. Dr Chloe Evans, GP at Scalloway Health Centre told Voice of London, “The project provides a structured way for patients to access nature as part of a non-drug approach to health problems.” https://twitter.com/NCIMHealthcare/status/1060522356341440512 Whilst London GPs may not openly be prescribing ‘nature’ as a way to treat patients, Jean Paisley, a specialist case management pharmacist at NHS tells us, “the nature initiative is nothing new. It is wel
How the anti-vaccine movement is spreading fear through social media

How the anti-vaccine movement is spreading fear through social media

Featured, Health, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, NHS
Anti-vaccine campaigners have put in risk lives of children and youngsters by spreading myths around the web, to which England’s top doctor declared as “absolutely wrong” A year, up to 17,000 people in the EU die from flu, and still, the percentage of those getting the anti-virus vaccine is gradually dropping. Why is that? Fake news on social media is the reason, said professor Sally Davies for the BBC. “People who spread these myths, won't be here to pick up the pieces or the blame when children die” – she added. She believes that in the last 30 years, millions of children who were vaccinated are alive and well because of the jab. By 2016, around 95% of children received the first dose of vaccination, however, in 2018 the percentage dropped by nearly 8%. Moreover, this year
Medical cannabis now legal in UK on prescription

Medical cannabis now legal in UK on prescription

Breaking News, News, NHS, UK
UK patients may now be prescribed medical cannabis as of today, thanks to a change in the law. Certain specialist doctors - not your GP - will be allowed to give their patients some cannabis-based products including THC, which leaves users feeling “high”, and more commonly CBD, which is being studied for its health benefits. Over the past few months, numerous cases have sprung to the media’s attention regarding cannabis. Billy Caldwell, the 12-year-old whose epilepsy is only eased by the use of cannabis oil, had his supply seized at Heathrow airport after his mother tried to bring it back from Canada. Billy’s mother, Charlotte, told Sky News after the legalisation: "For me what started off as a journey which was about the needs of my little boy actually turned into something, proved
New mental health care support in Budget 2018 revealed

New mental health care support in Budget 2018 revealed

Health & Fitness, Investigations, NHS, Society, Specials
A recent study carried out by the BBC showed over a 50% increase of students seeking mental health support whilst studying at university in the past five years.  Although the study displays those who have reached out for help, the new Budget 2018 plan suggests that a bigger crisis exists as more help is being introduced towards the cause. Today, during the revealing of the Budget 2018, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that as the 70th anniversary of the foundation is approaching the NHS is: “the number one priority of the British people.”   Hammond went on to explain the NHS 10 year plan that will include new comprehensive mental health care support that will be implemented in every major accident and emergency unit across the country.   Children and young persons crisis team
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