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Trust me, trust me- I’m a doctor

Trust me, trust me- I’m a doctor

Health, News, NHS, UK
You’ve heard of the pay gap and you’ve followed the horrors of the #metoo movement, now get ready for ‘The Health Gap.’ Women and healthcare have always had a tumultuous relationship. Race and poverty come into play when discussing who has it worse in healthcare, however, they are huge conversations on their own.  Throughout history women’s health queries have been ignored, misdiagnosed and dismissed as dramatics. From the Ancient Greeks believing most of women’s pains came from a wandering womb - to the Victorian times, when doctors had a nasty habit of admitting any woman with mysterious pain to mental hospitals, and diagnosing them instead with the metal disorder ‘hysteria’ (Greek for of the uterus). Some argue that the traditional medical system as it stands now, forces women to
1 in 5 children may be born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

1 in 5 children may be born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Health, News, NHS, UK
One in five children may be born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) according to a recent study. FASD is a lifelong disorder that occurs when children have been exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. The symptoms are wide-range but include physical abnormalities, behavioural and learning difficulties and all vary in severity Researchers from Preventive Medicine worked with clinicians to study the development of 13,495 children from Bristol’s Children of the 90’s study. The data showed that 79 per cent of children were exposed to alcohol in pregnancy and that 17 per cent were positive for FASD. https://twitter.com/Bill_Esterson/status/1068508717409275904 The UK has the fourth highest level of prenatal alcohol use, yet this is the first study to estimate how many people h
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
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