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Stroke deaths in England halved in ten years, study finds | NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre
global burden of disease

The rate of people dying from strokes decreased by 55% in a decade, according to a study published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal).

Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed data from almost 800,000 adults in England admitted to hospital between 2001 and 2010.

The authors said: "Our findings show that most of the reduction in stroke mortality is a result of improved survival of patients with stroke.

"However, acute and long-term management of such patients is expensive, and the NHS is already spending about 5% of its budget on stroke care.

"By focusing on prevention and reducing the occurrence of stroke, major resources can be conserved."

The study found that death rates from strokes decreased across all age groups. In men, overall death rates dropped from 140 per 100,000 people in 2001, to 74 per 100,000 people in 2010, and in women, from 128 per 100,000 to 72 per 100,000.
stroke  sickcare  NHS  ageing  population  crisis  demographic  bubble  premature  Disabled  disability  Council  Austerity  prevention  public  health  cancer  CVD 
yesterday by asterisk2a
Inequality driving 'deaths of despair' - BBC News
there is income inequality
there is health inequality (air)
there is political inequality, your voice only heard when you have money to donate and can pay lobbyists.
>> electoral reform (1), limit lobby influence and party donations (2), citizens assembly, devolution might have failed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YmdzgJAMxk

Widening inequalities in pay, health and opportunities in the UK are undermining trust in democracy, says an Institute for Fiscal Studies report. [...] The think tank warns of runaway incomes for high earners but rises in "deaths of despair", such as from addiction and suicide, among the poorest.

It warns of risks to "centre-ground" politics from stagnating pay and divides in health and education.

The report says such widening gaps are "making a mockery of democracy".

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), one of the country's leading research institutes, is launching what it says is the UK's biggest analysis of inequality.

That will be chaired by Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof Sir Angus Deaton.

[see second graph, poorest got poorer ]

Angus Deaton - inequality of political voice

&! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/14/inequality-inquiry-institute-fiscal-studies-grievance
inequality  No  Representation  democracy  Brexit  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Europe  AfD  poverty  trap  suicide  self-medication  drug  abuse  addiction  alcoholism  sickcare  Austerity  GFC  NHS  mental  health  Universal  Credit  stigma  prejudice  nasty  party  Conservative  OECD  gini  Coefficient  Angus  Deaton  Westminster  bubble  lobby  exploitation  rentseeking  Economics  Rentier  vested  interest  1%  tax  evasion  avoidance  underinvestment  history  globalisation  revolving  door  subsidies  subsidizing  subsidising  life  expectancy  premature  death  job  security  insecurity  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  Society  Psychology  Sociology 
10 days ago by asterisk2a
Crippling debt ‘linked to depression’ - BBC News
People with mental health issues are three-and-a-half times more likely to be in problem debt than those without such conditions, analysis suggests.

This link was even stronger for certain conditions such as bipolar disorder and depression, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute said.

It said those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) were six times more likely to have serious money troubles.

It is leading calls for greater protection for those in this situation.

The institute analysed data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, which had responses from 7,500 people in England.

This revealed an estimated 1.5 million people were struggling with mental health and debt issues at the same time.
poverty  mental  health  debt  Depression  anxiety  public  chronic  sick  premature  ageing  death  trap 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
How diet is changing - the good and the bad - BBC News
But on other measures, diet has not improved, the report, from the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England, says.

Fruit and vegetable consumption remains largely unchanged and is still under the recommended five-a-day level.
Fibre intake has fallen slightly, while vitamin and mineral consumption is down.

And there has been little change in oily fish intake.
UK  chronic  sick  population  obesity  public  health  prevention  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  NHS  sickcare  demand  premature  ageing  diet  western  S.A.D. 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Are Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms being binned? - BBC News
But Nigel Edwards, the influential chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, believes a "significant unpicking" of Mr Lansley's reforms are on the cards and in time they will be judged as "one of the most major public policy failures" of all time.

If that is the case, it begs the question: why did the government go to all the trouble of pushing ahead with them in the first place?
NHS  Privatisation  long-term  plan  sickcare  ageing  population  Conservative  Party  premature  chronic  sick  prevention  public  health  CVD  dementia  Cancer  Austerity  social  care  Council  elderly  CCG  GP 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
At the heart of this NHS cash boost lies a dishonesty: tax | Rafael Behr | Opinion | The Guardian
Theresa May’s boast that extra funding won’t involve tax rises should set alarm bells ringing [...] Stevens knows that £20.5bn is a lot, yet not enough. It repairs some of the damage inflicted by austerity – a problem denied for years by ministers who insisted the NHS budget was ring-fenced. That was true in a narrow technical sense. But rising costs and a displaced burden from deep cuts elsewhere imposed an unbearable strain on hospitals and GPs. [...] Phased in over five years, the £20.5bn uplift temporarily restores health spending to something like its pre-austerity trajectory. But it is unclear where the next £20.5bn comes from. Or the £20.5bn after that. The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that budgets should rise by 3.3% over 15 years to keep services at their current level. If the ambition is to make them better, the annual increase would be more like 5%, taking health spending to around 10% of national income. That is the level maintained by countries like the Netherlands and Sweden. May has no plan to keep Britain in that league. [...] The dishonest part is making it sound like a self-sustaining process when it is a one-off event.
NHS  Theresa  May  Conservative  Austerity  sickcare  demand  long-term  plan  demographic  bubble  chronic  sick  population  staff  staffing  crisis  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  obesity  ageing  premature 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
NHS long-term plan: Focus on prevention 'could save 500,000 lives' - BBC News
MISTAKE. PREVENTION SHOULD BE ON TOP OF THE BUDGET, NOT TAKEN AWAY FROM THE BUDGET. That after the conservatives cut prevention (Public Health)
The government and NHS England are publishing the long-waited 10-year plan for healthcare later today. From what we know so far, it aims to reduce reliance on hospitals, giving them a smaller cut of the overall budget, and puts a greater emphasis on preventing ill health. Ahead of the publication, NHS England confirmed that a third of the extra £20bn a year the NHS will receive by 2023 will be spent on GPs, community care and mental health. Its chief executive, Simon Stevens, called the plan a "practical, costed and phased route map". However, senior doctors have complained that hospitals are facing a "near-on impossible" task over the next few years.
__ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46783621 - Will NHS long-term plan deliver the goods?
++ https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/publication/nhs-long-term-plan/
&!
Document demands repeal of 2012 legislation on automatic tendering of care contracts https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/07/nhs-chiefs-tell-theresa-may-time-to-curb-privatisation-automatic-tendering-care-contract
&! NHS considers scrapping four-hour A&E waiting time targets Hospitals are unlikely to recover previous performance levels, health leaders believe https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/07/nhs-waiting-time-targets-minor-ailments
&! Despite extra funding, central idea of plan for NHS England is to do more with less https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/07/what-is-the-nhs-long-term-plan-and-can-it-achieve-its-aims
& Key commitments at a glance, from reducing stillbirths to diagnosing cancers earlier
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/07/what-will-the-nhs-long-term-plan-mean-for-patients
& NHS long-term plan: Are there enough staff to make it happen?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46782159
NHS  prevention  sickcare  demand  Austerity  ageing  premature  population  obesity  CVD  cancer  diabetes  Conservative  Theresa  May  staff  crisis  public  health  Brexit  long-term  plan 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
£20.5bn NHS funding boost not enough to improve care – study | Society | The Guardian
Ageing population and hospital deficits will take up much of new funds, thinktank says
report by the IPPR thinktank and former senior NHS staff says.
NHS  ageing  population  chronic  sick  premature  Rentnerrepublik  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
New leadership, same old problems - BBC News
new money won't be seen till next year, new winter crisis is coming for sure, and the wait lists will get even longer. - Health think tanks argue that the 3.4% is really only enough to cope with rising demand, never mind improving care.

Hospital sources point out that the new money won't come to the NHS until next year.

Nothing extra so far has been allocated for this winter and the intense pressure seen in the first months of this year is likely to be repeated.

There is every chance that waiting lists for routine surgery will get longer and accident and emergency performance won't get better.

Even with the £6bn cash boost next year, there are warnings that there won't be any rapid improvement. His instincts will be to tell the service to get on with job with the money it has. But that conviction will be tested in the depths of winter if hospitals are struggling to cope. [...] Also plays with part-privatisation of Elderly Care - asking people to take out a private insurance ... or lose their home ...
Matt  Hancock  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  NHS  Austerity  sick  care  demand  chronic  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  Council  Social  adult  elderly  rationing  mental  health  Privatisation 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
May's extra cash for NHS is not enough, says spending watchdog | Society | The Guardian
NAO’s Sir Amyas Morse warns more is needed to meet needs of a changing population [...] But Morse said the funding increase would only serve to maintain current service levels and would not be enough to meet the needs of a rapidly changing demographic. // &! Tory councils join demand for tax increases to fund social care services - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/01/tory-councils-call-tax-to-fund-social-care - An astonishing nine in every 10 local authorities say that taxation must now be part of the solution in securing the viability of adult social care, according to a comprehensive survey of council leaders and senior figures responsible for care.

Concerns have been growing as a result of another delay to government proposals on resolving the crisis and complaints that pledged funding for care has been diverted to the NHS. // &! SOCIAL CARE - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/02/social-care-nhs-theresa-may-courage-attlee-cqc-david-behan & https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/03/social-care-70-cinderalla-service-funding //&! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/04/nhs-social-care-health-service - The founding principles of the health service must be extended to social care. Otherwise the NHS will be run into the ground
NHS  ageing  population  social  adult  elderly  care  Council  Austerity  sickcare  demand  demographic  bubble  Theresa  May  Simon  Stevens  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  self-medication  Tories  Conservative  Party  premature  GP  CQC 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
'Tax and regulate more to improve health' - BBC News
The independent analysis, produced for the BBC, said the success of the smoking ban and sugary drinks tax should embolden ministers.

The experts also said the fear of the "nanny state" tag was unfounded as polling suggested the public have an appetite for tough action.

It comes after ministers in England unveiled new plans for child obesity.
[...]
They pointed out that seven in 10 adults do not meet the recommended guidelines in relation to diet, physical activity, drinking and smoking.

But despite this, polling carried out for the report by Ipsos MORI found that 85% of people believe they have a "great deal of responsibility" for keeping healthy.

The survey of more than 2,000 people in the UK also showed a significant degree of support for taxes and regulation.
UK  obesity  public  health  childhood  sickcare  NHS  CVD  overweight  Cancer  diabetes  prevention  Sugar  Tax  premature  ageing 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Theresa May faces dilemma over NHS cash boost, says IFS | Business | The Guardian
PM will have to either raise taxes, slash public spending or break her own spending rules - “The government is in a bind,” the IFS said. “It is extremely doubtful that large additional cuts to spending on other public services are either feasible politically or consistent with maintaining quality.

“So unless it is able and willing to implement tax rises or further cuts to the social security budget over the rest of this parliament it is hard to see how a significant injection of additional cash into the NHS would be consistent with the government’s stated fiscal objective.”
NHS  Austerity  sickcare  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  premature  obesity  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  public  health  demographic  bubble  UK  Council  adult  social  care 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Antibiotics greatly reduce effectiveness of immunotherapy for cancer – study | Society | The Guardian
UK research finds patients who took antibiotics during immunotherapy lived half as long as those who avoided them
Cancer  immunotherapy  Autoimmune  Disease  immune  system  premature  ageing 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Rise in 'preventable' emergency readmissions to hospital - BBC News
pressure on bed blocking so high that people get discharged to early. Doctors are Drahtseilakt without a net
NHS  Austerity  bedblocking  Council  sickcare  demand  ageing  premature  population  chronic  sick  demographic  bubble  care 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Tax rises needed 'to prevent NHS misery' - BBC News
Small NHS funding rise would be 'disastrous'
Health committee chair Sarah Wollaston says a funding increase of 3% will "not be high enough" to protect the NHS in the future.

She was speaking after a warning from two think tanks that spending is going to have to rise very substantially on the NHS and that extra tax could be the only way to pay for it.
NHS  Austerity  sickcare  demand  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  chronic  healthcare  population  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
Bev Humphrey: ‘The underfunding of the NHS is almost conspiratorial’ | Society | The Guardian
Humphrey believes the health service is now close to breaking point and that government policy is to blame. “The chronic underfunding of the NHS is almost conspiratorial,” she says. “The way it has been starved of money for the last seven years is scandalous. We haven’t got to this decade to find everyone is suddenly iller. I fear the government will turn around in a few years and say, ‘Look, we have given you money and it hasn’t worked – we need a new system.’ I am concerned this would lead to a compulsory insurance model.” It would create a two-tier system, she feels. “The NHS is not only a very efficient service, it’s also clinically excellent. If we move away from that [a service that is free at the point of need] there’s no going back. What you would end up with is very poor quality services for the poorest and those who need it most.”
NHS  Austerity  mental  health  CAMHS  Privatisation  CQC  sickcare  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  demand  population 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
Chips: Forscher ergründen Suchtgefahr - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Essen = Droge

Manche Forscher vergleichen die Wirkung von Essen auf das Gehirn mit der von Drogen, wobei der Botenstoff Dopamin eine große Rolle spielt. Sie fürchten auch beim Essen eine Art Teufelskreis: Man braucht immer mehr von einer bestimmten Substanz, um den gleichen euphorischen Zustand, das gleiche Belohnungsgefühl, zu bekommen - man wird süchtig danach.
obesity  NHS  overweight  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  self-medication  food  addiction  USA  UK  Germany  NAFLD  abuse  junk  fast  Salt  Sugar  Fat  dopamine  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  Diabetes  premature  ageing 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Unintended consequences: when government health campaigns backfire | Life and style | The Guardian
Meanwhile a second research paper has spotted a flaw in the government’s “responsibility deal” with drinks makers. The industry agreed on reductions in alcohol levels by 2015, but while more low-alcohol products are on offer, things aren’t panning out as expected. Cambridge University researchers have scrutinised how low-alcohol drinks are being promoted by Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons and found that consumers are being prompted to buy these beverages in situations where they wouldn’t ordinarily hit the bottle. The drinks are presented as a perfect lunchtime treat, and as healthy options next to pictures of fruit. “Lower-strength wines and beers appear to be marketed not as substitutes for higher-strength products, but as ones that can be consumed on additional occasions with an added implication of healthiness,” wrote the researchers. Make that an “irresponsibility deal” then.
Sugar  Tax  nudge  chronic  sick  population  capitalism  profit  maximisation  public  health  prevention  UK  obesity  Cancer  CVD  overweight  premature  ageing  NHS  crisis  sickcare  demand  policy 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Full Metal Jacket drill instructor R Lee Ermey dies aged 74 - BBC News
Ermey's manager, posting to the actor's Twitter account, said he died from "complications of pneumonia".
premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
'Wake-up call' over liver disease risks due to weight - BBC News
Scans of nearly 3,000 individuals from the UK Biobank research project showed that 12% had inflamed, fatty livers.

The British Liver Trust said the "very alarming" findings were a 'wake-up call' because the condition can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and death.

Hepatologists said there was a silent epidemic of fatty liver disease.
UK  public  health  crisis  liver  diseases  NAFLD  obesity  overweight  diet  lifestyle  chronic  sick  population  NHS  sickcare  demand  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS failure is inevitable – and it will shock those responsible into action | Jan Filochowski | Opinion | The Guardian
When this happens, as it is now, pretty much across the board, things don’t get worse by 3% because demand has increased by 3%, they get worse by 50% or 100% because there is no slack left to deal with what is only a 3% increase. And the figures are now showing just this: failure multiplying while demand increases only marginally.
NHS  Crisis  Austerity  Council  elderly  adult  social  care  A&E  GP  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
We learn nothing about nutrition, claim medical students - BBC News
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, GP and presenter of BBC One's Doctor in the House, told me: "The health landscape of the UK has dramatically changed over the last 30 or 40 years and I think the bulk of what I see as a GP now - almost 80% - is in some way driven by our collective lifestyles."
NHS  Crisis  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  bubble  Austerity  rationing  obesity  overweight  CVD  Cancer  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  western  self-medication  abuse  coping  mechanism  food–industrial  complex  Sugar  WHO  meat  public  health 
march 2018 by asterisk2a
Health 'to start failing at 47' in parts of Blackpool and Middlesbrough - BBC News
From 2009 to 2013, males born in Bloomfield in Blackpool had a healthy life expectancy (HLE) of only 47.1 years, five months shorter than females born in Middlehaven in Middlesbrough. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43308729 - Doing lots of exercise in older age can prevent the immune system from declining and protect people against infections, scientists say.
premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population  UK  life  expectancy  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand  western  diet  lifestyle  prevention  public  health  S.A.D.  immune  system  Cancer  autoimmune  disease 
march 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS England treats too many patients as an emergency, watchdog warns | Society | The Guardian
firefighting // failure to put in place enough services outside of hospitals to keep patients healthier.
NHS  Crisis  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  sickcare  demand  prevention  public  health  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  overweight  COPD  Disease  Diseases  GP  A&E 
march 2018 by asterisk2a
Food Standards Scotland chief says NHS at 'tipping point' amid obesity crisis | HeraldScotland
However, the head of Scotland's food watchdog said he believed there was a growing consensus in public and political opinion that a "tipping point" was being reached in the battle against obesity, and that a failure to reverse the crisis would eventually "cripple the NHS". The number of people living in Scotland with Type 2 diabetes has increased by 29 per cent since 2010, to more than 289,000, according to figures published today.
NHS  Crisis  sickcare  demand  Scotland  obesity  overweight  diabetes  CVD  Cancer  GP  A&E  Disabled  premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population  public  health  prevention  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  Alcohol  tobacco  self-medication 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital | Society | The Guardian
NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG has offered to give groups of practices working together in its area 50% of savings made from GPs referring fewer patients for dermatology care, ear, nose and throat treatment in the community, and minor surgery and wound closure. [...] Peter Swinyard, chair of the , said: “From a patient perspective it means GPs are paid to not look after them. It’s a serious dereliction of duty, influenced by CCGs trying to balance their books.” [...] would let hospitals treat the most needy cases. [...] The Department of Health and Social Care made clear that no patient should be denied care. “Patients must never have their access to necessary care restricted - we would expect local clinical commissioning groups and NHS England to intervene immediately if this were the case,” a spokesperson said. //&! making GPs ever more unpopular - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/28/satisfaction-with-gps-at-lowest-level-for-30-years-survey-finds https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/27/fifth-of-prescribed-antibiotics-are-unnecessary-study-finds
NHS  Crisis  rationing  chronic  sick  population  Diabetes  CVD  Cancer  sickcare  demand  A&E  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  Austerity  GP  waiting  times  patient  safety  treatment  delay  CCG  NICE  guidelines 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS 'dangerously' short of 100,000 staff - BBC News
The NHS in England has nearly 100,000 jobs unfilled, a situation described as "dangerously" understaffed.
NHS  Crisis  patient  safety  Austerity  staff  shortage  Doctor  Nurses  Doctors  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  CVD  Cancer  obesity  overweight  diabetes  premature  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Is Marijuana Addictive? | NutritionFacts.org
Speaking of parallels with the tobacco industry, check out:

Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking
American Medical Association Complicity with Big Tobacco
Big Food Using the Tobacco Industry Playbook
Collaboration with the New Vectors of Disease
How Smoking in 1956 is Like Eating in 2016
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Tobacco  food–industrial  complex  lobby  public  health  crisis  chronic  sick  population  Alcohol  self-medication  abuse  obesity  Cancer  overweight  sickcare  demand  NHS  CVD  diabetes  GP  A&E  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestye 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Blood-thinning drugs designed to cut stroke risk may actually increase it | Science | The Guardian
[big pharma is known to cherry pick patients itself (perfect, just that condition) and cherry pick what to publish ... thus it is no wonder that there might be complications unintended unkowns when you add sicker and more medicated patients - long-term - w new new meds - only tested in single use before by big pharma] Research led by scientists at University College London highlights the problems with polypharmacy – the use of multiple drugs for people with more than one health issue. Older people are especially likely to be on medication for more than one complaint.
Pharma  lobby  self-regulation  CVD  big  medical–industrial  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  complexity 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Niedersachsen: Antibiotika-resistente Keime in Gewässern nachgewiesen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wenn gesunde Menschen mit den Keimen in Kontakt kommen, erkranken sie für gewöhnlich nicht, heißt es beim NDR. Gefährlich kann es aber werden, wenn das Immunsystem durch eine Krankheit geschwächt ist. Auch Neugeborene und Senioren haben ein erhöhtes Risiko, bei Kontakt mit den Bakterien zu erkranken.
antibiotic  antibiotics  post-antibiotic  public  health  patient  safety  premature  death 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Pflegenotstand in Deutschland -Video - SPIEGEL ONLINE
13.02.2018 - Es fehlt an allem: Personal, Geld, Zeit. Leidtragende sind vor allem die Alten. Und es werden immer mehr. Eine Bestandsaufnahme von SPIEGEL TV
demographic  bubble  premature  ageing  western  world 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
In search of surrogates, foreign couples descend on Ukraine - BBC News
Foreign couples have been coming to this corner of Europe in droves since 2015, when surrogacy hotspots in Asia began closing their industries one-by-one, amid reports of exploitation. Barred from India, Nepal and Thailand, they turned to Ukraine, one of the few places left where surrogacy can still be arranged at a fraction of what it costs in the US.

"We have so many childless couples coming to our country - it's like a conveyor belt," says Ana, who asked for her identity to be protected.

When she was 21, and after some years of hotel work, Ana finally decided to become a surrogate. By then she had a daughter and realised she was eligible. Under Ukrainian law, a surrogate must have a child of their own before carrying someone else's. If you have your own child, you are less likely to become attached to the one you must give away, those who recruit the women say. [...] Europe's capital of surrogacy
Demand for surrogacy in Ukraine "has increased probably 1000% in the last two years alone," says Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy, a Sydney-based charity that advises would-be parents.

The country, he adds, "has found itself almost accidentally as one of the handful of nation states" which allow surrogacy tourism.
IVF  fertility  public  health  crisis  western  diet  S.A.D.  lifestyle  infertility  autoimmune  disease  diseases  poverty  exploitation  trap  global  south  west  Ukraine  UK  India  USA  surrogate  surrogacy  parenthood  capitalism  Kapital  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  neoliberalism  neoliberal  ethics  moral  philosophy  Sociology  adoption 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
'Fat letter made me lose my confidence' - BBC News
[ exercise fab ] A schoolgirl says she lost her confidence and passion for sport after receiving a so-called "fat letter".

Daisy, 11, from Christchurch in Dorset, received a Public Health England letter saying she was overweight after being weighed at school.

Children are measured and weighed for their body mass index (BMI) in Reception class and in Year 6, under the government's National Child Measurement Programme.

Daisy's mother Gill says she was not aware her daughter would be weighed but did not want to keep the results a secret from her.
UK  public  health  obesity  overweight  childhood  sickcare  demand  premature  ageing  CVD  Cancer  inflammation  chronic  sick  population 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Ageing immune system linked to cancer - BBC News
cancer as an autoimmune disease //&! https://nutritionfacts.org/video/cancer-as-an-autoimmune-disease/ - Cancer as an Autoimmune Disease //&! Data Source https://www.dundee.ac.uk/news/2018/ageing-immune-system-may-explain-age-related-cancer-risk-increase.php - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br-6zxixWko //&! thymus https://nutritionfacts.org/video/clonal-deletion-theory-of-immunity/ ------ "We're not debating the fact that mutations cause cancer, but are asking whether mutations alone can account for the rapid rise in cancer incidence with age when ageing causes other profound changes in the body."
Cancer  auto  immune  disease  fasting  Valter  Longo  Diseases  Autoimmune  ageing  population  premature  longevity  Gerontology  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand  NHS  Crisis  prevention  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  junk  fast  food  obesity  overweight  inflammation  IGF-1  public  health  CVD 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Calls for mandatory health information on alcohol labels - BBC News
He accused alcohol producers, of wishing "to withhold information on alcohol and health from the public".

"It is clear from this research that the public want labels to include the drinking guidelines, and we know from our own research that 81% of the public want to see the guidelines on labels. Producers should accept this.

"We all have a right to know the drinking guidelines, along with the risks associated with alcohol, so that we are empowered to make informed choices about our drinking."
NHS  sickcare  crisis  chronic  sick  population  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  premature  ageing  demand  public  health 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
The Silent Killer of Vegans and Vegetarians? - YouTube
refined sugar/carbohydrates - silent killer. non-alcoholic fatty liver disease even in normal weight people!!! // publc health crisis = stress eating. // empty calories - NO nutrients! // NO OIL! NO REFINED SUGAR, MINIMAL PROCESSED CARBS!
refined  sugar  carbohydrates  public  health  fructose  CVD  Cancer  heart  failure  Leptin  diabetes  Tax  prevention  dopamine  self-medication  addiction  junk  food  Salt  Fat  book  western  diet  glucose  Alcohol  premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population  dementia  stress  NHS  sickcare  demand  S.A.D.  lifestyle  crisis  fizzy  drink  obesity  overweight 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
We'll live longer but suffer more ill-health by 2035, says study | Society | The Guardian
We'll live longer but suffer more ill-health by 2035, says study
Number of old people suffering from four medical conditions to double in less than 20 years, researchers claim
NHS  sickcare  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  healthcare  demand  GP  A&E  adult  elderly  social  Care  Council  Crisis 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Patients' concerns over chronic pain treatment removal - BBC News
"The difficulty is that if you look at really well controlled randomised trials of this form of treatment there isn't an overwhelming evidence that it's effective in the population."
NHS  CCG  rationing  NICE  placebo  effect  crisis  Austerity  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  premature  ageing  GP  referral 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Funding the NHS: Is it finally time for a new approach? - BBC News
A ring-fenced tax for health and social care has been resisted in the past by the Treasury. Such a policy is known by economists as hypothecation. Opponents, including Treasury mandarins, believe it ties the hands of chancellors.

But, intriguingly, a former top civil servant at the Treasury, Sir Nick Macpherson, has come out in favour of a ring-fenced tax which is renewed every five years.
NHS  hypothecation  Politics  Sugar  Tax  nudge  nanny  state  prevention  public  health  crisis  winter  Austerity  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  ageing  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  healthcare  diet  lifestyle  self-medication  Alcohol  minimum  pricing  alcoholism  food  addiction  abuse  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  care  pension  scheme  obligation  disabled  DWP  mental 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS shake-up is not a Trojan horse for privatisation, says top doctor | Society | The Guardian
accountable care organisations (ACOs).
Another body to control for quality, beyond CQC!? Tories already made CCGs accountable. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42873285 - NHS plans: Privatisation or progress? //&! https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2018/02/jeremy-hunt-still-clinging-his-job-because-he-has-big-plans-april - There is much merit in merging services like this, but the way Hunt intends to set up ACOs will open them to competitive tender, with opaque lines of responsibility once contracts are awarded. This is exactly what the huge private health care companies have been waiting for – the chance to take over whole chunks of the NHS and social care sectors and run them on commercial lines.
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
50 per cent surge in Scottish patients being sent to rest of UK for specialist treatment
In a further sign of the increasing pressure on Scotland’s NHS, it also emerged that the number of prescriptions for dementia drugs das almost doubled in seven years.
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december 2017 by asterisk2a
Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns 'selfish' revellers - BBC News
http://www.spiegel.de/gesundheit/schwangerschaft/uebergewicht-who-fordert-werbebeschraenkung-fuer-bier-a-1185455.html - Übergewicht in Deutschland WHO fordert Werbebeschränkung für Bier Immer mehr Erwachsene und Kinder sind viel zu dick. Neben mehr Bewegung und Sport fordert die Weltgesundheitsorganisation für Deutschland eine Regulierung von Werbung.
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december 2017 by asterisk2a
Early baldness higher heart disease risk factor than obesity, says study - BBC News
Male pattern baldness and premature greying are more of a risk factor for heart disease than obesity in men under 40, new research suggests.
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december 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits | Society | The Guardian
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits
Health secretary swiftly rejects service chiefs’ public warning that meeting targets is impossible with current funding [...] In an unprecedented move reflecting a widening gulf with the government, NHS England used its board meeting to warn that it had to make “difficult choices” next year that would involve limiting what it could provide for patients. [ only providing basics life saving treatments - not life improvement treatments (elective surgery) ] [...] NHS England has also said it is unable to implement best practice as advised by Nice on a routine basis – an extraordinary state of affairs. We have now reached a point where the NHS constitution will be routinely breached and NHS services are being withdrawn.”
NHS  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  budget2017  rationing  treatment  delay  waiting  times  CVD  Cancer  A&E  diabetes  overweight  obesity  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand  healthcare  CCG  CEP  STP  GP  elective  surgery  OAP  disabled  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  adult  social  care  elderly  NICE  patient  safety  CQC  mental  health 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
£1bn funding shortfall may force UK care homes to close, says watchdog | Society | The Guardian
Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents, according to Competition and Markets Authority [...] In its report into the £16bn care homes sector, which covers 410,000 residents and stretches across 11,300 homes, the CMA said “urgent action” was needed because the current regime was “not sustainable” without additional funding.

It suggested that people who paid for their own care were being asked to pay more than they should in order to subsidise council-funded residents.
Council  Austerity  social  adult  care  sickcare  ageing  population  chronic  sick  premature  bailout  bedblocking  bed  blocking  NHS  disabled  healthcare  rationing  CCG  GP  A&E  waiting  times  treatment  delay  UK  England  Scotland 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Bluthochdruck: USA senken Richtwerte für Blutdruck - SPIEGEL ONLINE
see rose (chronic) sick population // Auch Paulus Kirchhof, Direktor des Instituts für Herz-Kreislauf-Wissenschaften an der britischen University of Birmingham, und ebenfalls Autor der europäischen Leitlinien, sieht jetzt sowohl die Ärzte als auch die Patienten in der Pflicht: "Viele Menschen könnten ihren Bluthochdruck senken, indem sie sich mehr bewegen, gesund essen, nicht rauchen, regelmäßig schlafen und wenig Alkohol trinken", sagt Kirchhof. "Ein solches Gespräch müssen Arzt und Patient führen, Medikamente sind nicht immer der richtige Weg." Im individuellen Fall müsse immer abwogen werden, ob das Herz-Kreislauf-Risiko größer sei oder die möglichen Nebenwirkungen einer medikamentösen Therapie.
CVD  high  blood  pressure  hypertension  Statins  Statin  evidence  based  medicine  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  public  health  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  sickcare  prevention  healthcare  GP  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  western  tobacco  alcohol  self-medication  addiction  food  obesity  Cancer  overweight  sedentary 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
My5 - Episode - Benefits and Bypasses: Billion Pound Patients S1 E1
25bn a year. diet lifestyle - smoking tobacco alcohl food - obesity cvd diabetes amputations complications medication - liver disease
NHS  Austerity  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  obesity  CVD  Cancer  tobacco  alcohol  alcoholism  diet  lifestyle  public  health  prevention  self-medication  coping  maladaptive  mechanism  poverty  education  CEP  STP  CCG  rationing  elective  care  surgery  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  food  S.A.D.  western  mental 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
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