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3 People in Uganda Died From the Marburg Virus. What's That?
The Marburg virus got its name after two large outbreaks occurred in 1967 in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and in Belgrade, Serbia. The disease is rare, and was last reported in Uganda in 2014 when one health worker was infected. Marburg comes from the same family of viruses as Ebola, and both of the viruses can cause large outbreaks. The fatality rate from Marburg can range from 24% to 88%. So far all the people who have been confirmed to have the virus in the recent outbreak have died. It’s believed that fruit bats are the natural hosts of the virus, and people pass it to one another through direct contact with bodily fluids.
Time  medical  diseases 
10 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
NHS offers smartphone GP appointments - BBC News
[privatisation cherry picking, another example, the easiest things ]
"We notice there is an extensive list of patient conditions such as frailty, pregnancy and mental health conditions that are the essence of general practice and which GPs deal with every day, but which are not eligible for this service. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41111553 - NHS launches £100m drive to recruit foreign GPs &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39522137 - GP practices close in record numbers &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41888952 - Online GP consultation: Opportunity or threat? - two-tier system, creaming off the healthiest patients. cherry picking. see privatisation of elective care and non-challenging adult elderly care. [...] The RCGP argues that existing community practices will be left with lower revenue and having to look after the sickest with the most complex conditions, hence the claim that there was a danger of "twin-track" general practice evolving. ALSO How easy will it be to avoid prescribing antibiotics - just to be on the safe side?"
GP  NHS  Crisis  sickcare  demand  healthcare  chronic  sick  complex  diseases  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  recruitment  hiring  training  staff  shortage  locum  Nurses  Doctor  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  Privatisation  profit  maximisation  Austerity  STP  CEP  elective  surgery  time 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Harper, K.: The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (Hardcover and eBook) | Princeton University Press
"Here is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome’s power—a story of nature’s triumph over human ambition. Interweaving a grand historical narrative with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries, Kyle Harper traces how the fate of Rome was decided not just by emperors, soldiers, and barbarians but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria. He takes readers from Rome’s pinnacle in the second century, when the empire seemed an invincible superpower, to its unraveling by the seventh century, when Rome was politically fragmented and materially depleted. Harper describes how the Romans were resilient in the face of enormous environmental stress, until the besieged empire could no longer withstand the combined challenges of a “little ice age” and recurrent outbreaks of bubonic plague. A poignant reflection on humanity’s intimate relationship with the environment, The Fate of Rome provides a sweeping account of how one of history’s greatest civilizations encountered and endured, yet ultimately succumbed to the cumulative burden of nature’s violence. The example of Rome is a timely reminder that climate change and germ evolution have shaped the world we inhabit—in ways that are surprising and profound."
book  publisher  classics  roman  empire  history  diseases  climate 
11 weeks ago by tsuomela
Thanks but no thanks, CareRooms. In the NHS we need staff, not beds | Rachel Clarke | Opinion | The Guardian
Trained staff – carers – are what the sector lacks, not physical spaces in buildings. Urgent investment in trained, regulated carers is the only safe way to address this, not outsourcing the problem to random homeowners with no clearly defined standards for safeguarding, clinical governance and infection control, not to mention other risks to patients who are at their most vulnerable.
NHS  Crisis  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  care  Council  STP  CEP  Austerity  staff  hiring  recruitment  locum  shortage  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  chronic  complex  diseases  ageing  demographic  bubble  population  premature  frail 
11 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Sex in surgery by BMJ talk medicine | Free Listening on SoundCloud
11:50 - how busy a surgeon is is critial for post surgery outcome. mistakes. burnout. chronic staff // 4% lower worst outcome. - to have female surgeon had statistical significance. //
NHS  patient  safety  staff  locum  recruitment  healthcare  demand  sickcare  chronic  sick  population  hiring  burnout  complex  diseases  gender  gap  gender-based  discrimination  pay  Austerity  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay 
12 weeks ago by asterisk2a
'I am dying but you are already a corpse': the 100-year-old multiple sclerosis diary that became a classic
One hundred years ago today, WNP Barbellion scrawled his final diary entry. “Self-disgust,” he wrote. Ravaged by multiple sclerosis at just 28, this one word was all he could manage, before his hand was too unsteady to go on. He had been recording his daily life – and, latterly, the daily encroachment of death – since his first entry when he was 15: “Am writing an essay on the life-history of insects and have abandoned for the time being the idea of writing on ‘How Cats Spend their Time’.” His diary would be published in 1919 as The Journal of a Disappointed Man, to wide acclaim but it is sadly little known nowadays.WNP Barbellion’s audacious The Journal of a Disappointed Man is so good that HG Wells wished he wrote it – but it is not as well known as it should be.“I wish I was a quarter as clever as that,”
Guardian  books  diseases 
12 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Council and NHS in £19.5m funding row over patients staying in hospital too long - Stoke Sentinel
[first NHS Councils blame each other for little progress, now NHS Department withholding funds bc no progress from Council ] But now NHS England is threatening to withhold the cash (one tranche from the Better Care Fund) because the authority is failing to reduce its bed-blocking figures by ensuring care packages are in place. Council leaders say the target – cutting social care-related delayed transfers of care by two-thirds in eight weeks – was unrealistic and set at ‘extremely short notice’. Now they are lobbying the Government on the issue, and working with the local NHS to find alternative ways of paying for the affected services. It comes after the council had to make cuts in areas such as drug and alcohol services after the NHS withdrew £15 million last year.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
How your blood may predict your future health | Inequality | The Guardian
New research into bloodstream ‘biomarkers’ aims to unlock the full impact of social status on people’s lifetime health outcomes. The key is exposure to stress - quantitated self. making decisions on your own when presented w data? in case of the weight scale, never worked. why will it now? its just more medicalisation - door open for big pharma so people pop pills. vs inconvenience of changing diet lifestyle and learning something new like cooking and meditation. // &! Deprivation and Poverty Stress: The analysis suggested people in lower socioeconomic groups have a demonstrably longer exposure to chronic inflammation – with all its knock-on impacts on long-term health – even once the team corrected for the “usual suspects” of health inequality, including diet and smoking. There’s clearly something else at work. (inequality = health inequality)
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS future precarious, says regulator - BBC News
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the health system is "straining at the seams" and faces a "precarious" future.
The England's regulator's annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, rising demand and the number of patients with preventable illnesses. It said so far the quality of NHS and council care has been maintained but warned standards were likely to drop. //>> GPs not focused to reverse diet lifestyle diesease. // "We are going to see a fall in the quality of services that are offered to people and that may mean that the safety of some people is compromised,"
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Telephone consultations - no cost savings, but increased GP workload by BMJ talk medicine
Independent evaluation result (v private company claims) = no savings, increased workload. OVERALL outcome slightly increases 8% in workload. But screening (triage) is a disincentive for some. Big variation in attitude. And one size fits not all. eg teachers can't receive a phone call during day, another issue could might be (time will tell) detecting sepsis, angina and other stuff that needs to see doc urgently till its too late. easier diagnostic seeing patient eg how ill they look. 'it is no magic wand to eradicate gap between healthcare demand and available resources' - http://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j4197
NHS  Privatisation  GP  Austerity  CCG  STP  CEP  rationing  A&E  referral  waiting  time  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  telemedicine  demographic  bubble  complex  diseases  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  overweight  treatment  delay  management  premature  burnout  staff  locum  hiring  recruitment  morale  shortage  patient  safety  healthcare  sickcare 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Altenpflege und der Personalmangel: "Wir laufen auf eine Katastrophe zu" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Kurz vor der Wahl wird der Pflegenotstand zum Thema. Im Interview spricht Ökonom Stefan Sell von Niedriglöhnen und Personalmangel - und erklärt, weshalb Altenpfleger in die Gewerkschaft eintreten sollten.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Why Are Bats Dangerous Creatures
Animal control professionals are your best defense against bats in your home and will help you solve your problem in the safest and most humane way.
animal-control  bats  diseases 
september 2017 by Adventure_Web
Musician Sivu says a rare condition called Ménière's is threatening his career - BBC Newsbeat
Sivu says his second album could be his last because of a disease which causes progressive lack of hearing. The singer, whose real name is James Page, found out four years ago that he has Ménière's.
Sivu  Meniere'sDisease  Diseases  Hearing  BBCNews  BBCNewsbeat  Music  Musicians  RealLifeStories  Health 
september 2017 by dk33per

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