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Government health plans criticised as ‘missed opportunity’ | Society | The Guardian
Prof Andrew Goddard, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, lamented its “dearth of imagination” and reliance on individuals taking action to improve their health.
UK  prevention  Austerity  NHS  sickcare  demand  public  health  inequality  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  cancer  obesity  CVD  diabetes 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Obesity 'causes more cases of some cancers than smoking' - BBC News
Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to a charity.

*! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48841048 - More Scots are obese than smoke says Cancer Research UK
UK  NHS  sickcare  cancer  obesity  smoking  self-medication  chronic  premature  ageing  demand  public  health  prevention  Austerity  GP  healthcare 
11 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol - BBC News
Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor.
Alcohol  alcoholism  UK  self-medication  cancer  public  health  prevention 
june 2019 by asterisk2a
Washing machine for school hit by bed bug infestation - BBC News
washing machine installed in schools to help poor families get rid of bed bugs. Because they might not have access at home to washing machine.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/victorian-disease-gout-rickets-vitamin-d-mumps-scurvy-measles-malnutrition-nhs-hospital-admitted-a8795686.html

And not regularly going to the expensive laundromat.
Austerity  Poverty  Foodbank  food  bank  trap  Council  UK  public  health  bed  bugs  rickets  diet  prevention  welfare  state  scurvy  duty  of  care 
june 2019 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
UK health body calls for Copenhagen-style bike-friendly streets | Society | The Guardian
NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says cyclists and pedestrians should get priority [...] Physical inactivity is responsible for one in six UK deaths, which is as many as caused by smoking. It is estimated to cost the UK £7.4bn annually, which includes £0.9bn in NHS costs.
UK  public  health  prevention  sedentary  lifestyle  air  pollution  noise  urbanisation  urban  planning 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor - BBC News
England's top doctor has accused the food industry of "failing the public" and is calling for taxes on unhealthy food high in sugar and salt.
public  health  prevention  obesity  CVD  cancer  NHS  sickcare  demand  UK  diabetes  nudge 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS prevention plan aims to boost life expectancy - BBC News
good that Tories have cut public health (prevention) spending.
UK  public  health  prevention  NHS  chronic  sick  population 
november 2018 by asterisk2a
Families 'can't afford to follow healthy diet guidance' - BBC News
The Food Foundation says the poorest fifth of homes with children would have to spend 42% of their disposable income (after housing costs) to meet guidance set out in the Eatwell Guide.
UK  poverty  child  public  health  prevention  obesity  overweight  food  Brexit  GFC  social  trap  income  mobility  downward  inequality  FoodBank  Austerity  meritocracy  meritocratic  class 
september 2018 by asterisk2a
Dangerous liaisons: why syphilis and gonorrhoea have returned to haunt Britain | Society | The Guardian
Clinic appointments fill up in minutes and babies are once again being born with syphilis – what is behind Britain’s sexual health crisis? [...] What makes STI clinics almost uniquely vulnerable compared with other healthcare is that six years ago, the then health secretary Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Act moved the public health budgets that pay for them from the NHS (shielded from austerity) to local councils (which weren’t). Then, to cap it all, George Osborne cut the public health grant to councils by 7.4% in 2015. Almost half of councils in England and Wales now plan to cut sexual health funding, according to a recent BBC survey.
UK  Austerity  public  health  prevention  Council  STD  STI  crisis  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  AIDS  HIV  GP  NHS  welfare  state 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Record number of severely obese children - BBC News
Levels of childhood obesity have remained fairly stable in recent years, but the new analysis shows that severe obesity has been on an upward trend over the last decade.
obesity  UK  childhood  public  health  prevention  overweight  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  diabetes  NHS 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Illegal levels of air pollution linked to child's death - BBC News
A nine-year-old girl's fatal asthma attack has been linked to illegally high levels of air pollution.

Ella Kissi-Debrah lived 25m (80ft) from London's South Circular Road - a notorious pollution "hotspot".

She experienced three years of seizures and hospital stays before her death in February 2013. During that time, local air pollution levels breached EU legal limits.
UK  public  health  prevention  pollution 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
People risk unjust prison sentences due to lack of court healthcare | Society | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/04/risks-to-children-the-biggest-social-justice-challenge-of-our-time - Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time'
Children’s commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations [...] Government spending on early intervention services for children through local authorities has been reduced by 60% since 2010. The research says investing in these services is cost-effective compared with the expense of putting a child into care, which can be as much as £55,000 a year. Local authorities have said there is a growing crisis in children’s social care caused by increasing numbers of children being taken into care or made subject to child protection plans as a result of the failure to provide early support for families.
UK  NHS  injustice  Austerity  childprotection  mental  health  Council  LegalAid  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  Justice  prevention  social  care  Poverty 
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
Birmingham and Hyndburn ranked as UK areas with worst food hygiene | World news | The Guardian
Birmingham city council and Hyndburn borough council have been ranked as the worst areas in the UK for poor standards of hygiene in their cafes and restaurants, for the second year running, a new analysis has revealed. Consumer group Which? said the enforcement regime was buckling under “huge strain”, with under-resourced local authorities struggling to cope with soaring complaints from the public – about dirty conditions and food poisoning, for example – and facing an increase in their workload because of Brexit.
UK  Austerity  Council  Public  Health  Privatisation  outsourcing  prevention  nasty  party 
june 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
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
Anti-obesity programmes in primary schools 'don't work' - BBC News
http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k211 // An oxymoron, a contradiction in and of itself "working with industry to make food healthier." Sorry @Conservatives @PHE_uk, you can't make apples healthier. Nor ultra-processed food, bc would not taste morish & no +++shelve life = $. #obesogenicenvironment - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-27601593 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27586149 &! https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/02/ultra-processed-products-now-half-of-all-uk-family-food-purchases //&! http://www.bmj.com/content/354/bmj.i4980 - Obesity treatment—are personalised approaches missing the point? - duh yes! //&! PHE UK thinks also vegan whole-food plant-based is unrealistic! https://twitter.com/minoritybeef/status/834651889572642816 - Dr Alison Tedstone @PHE_uk thinks whole-food plant-based vegan (@nutrition_facts @DrEsselstyn et al) is unrealistic. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39057146
UK  obesity  childhood  overweight  public  health  crisis  NHS  sickcare  demand  CVD  chronic  sick  population  obesogenic  environment  prevention  NICE  Cancer  diabetes  intrinsic  motivation  Capitalism 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Prostate cancer deaths overtake those from breast cancer - BBC News
The number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK, figures show. An ageing population means more men are developing and dying from the disease. Prostate Cancer UK says advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are paying off, and increased funding could benefit prostate cancer. The biggest cancer killers in the UK remain lung and bowel cancer, with prostate now in third place. The latest figures from 2015 show there were 11,819 deaths from prostate cancer compared with 11,442 from breast cancer. //&! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/05/men-dying-prostate-cancer-reason-gender-bias-daily-mail
UK  Cancer  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  sickcare  demand  crisis  chronic  sick  prevention  Prostate  Breast  S.A.D.  diet  western  lifestyle 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Over 3,700 deaths linked to alcohol - BBC News
Alcohol was a factor in more than 3,700 deaths in a single year in Scotland, according to new research.

Findings from NHS Health Scotland show that drink was involved in more than 1,000 deaths from cancer in 2015.

It was also linked to hundreds of deaths from conditions such as liver disease, as well as accidental injuries.

In addition, more than 41,000 people were admitted to hospital as a result of consuming alcohol, the study found.

Experts said the findings show that alcohol has a wider impact on health than many people think.
UK  Alcohol  alcoholism  binge  drinking  public  health  crisis  NHS  A&E  GP  chronic  sick  population  Scotland  culture  sickcare  demand  self-medication  abuse  mental  coping  mechanism  prevention  maladaptive  Cancer  liver  disease  CVD  obesity  overweight 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Intervallfasten als Abnehmtrick - SPIEGEL ONLINE
16 Stunden ohne Nahrung seien deshalb eine bewährte Medizin - gegen Dickleibigkeit, Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen, Diabetes Typ 2 und womöglich Krebs.
intermittent  fasting  public  health  addiction  prevention  food  self-medication  abuse  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  healthcare  demand  UK  Germany  USA  obesity  overweight  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  growth  factors  epigenetics  gene  expression  IGF-1  ageing 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
You don’t have to be poor to be hooked on drugs or alcohol but it helps | Opinion | The Guardian
The Tories have excluded public health from their ‘ringfenced’ NHS spending, and dismissed addictions as diseases of choice
public  health  NHS  Austerity  addiction  self-medication  abuse  UK  alcoholism  sickcare  demand  Tories  nasty  party  Jeremy  Hunt  Conservative  prevention  chronic  sick  population 
january 2018 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.
UK  alcoholism  self-medication  abuse  public  health  Austerity  NHS  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  binge  drinking  A&E  prevention  nudge  nanny  state 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
‘I regularly see rickets’: diseases of Victorian-era poverty return to UK | Society | The Guardian
Doctors on NHS frontline say there must be a debate about public health responsibilities [....] For condition after condition, the poorest fifth of young people are admitted in greater numbers than the richest fifth. In cases of tonsillitis, viral infections, abdominal pain, respiratory infections, convulsions, gastroenteritis, poisoning, chest pain – even head injuries – the poorest young people were admitted for emergency treatment at rates 40% or more higher than the richest. &! https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/23/health-gap-between-uk-rich-and-poor
UK  Austerity  public  health  inequality  poverty  trap  neoliberal  welfare  state  NHS  food  bank  foodbank  neoliberalism  DWP  JSA  taxcredit  working  poor  chronic  sick  population  prevention  A&E  GP  rationing 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Welsh and Scottish health ministers call for folic acid in flour - BBC News
[ Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus ] Folic acid occurs naturally in dark green leafy vegetables but the findings found three-quarters of women across the UK don't get enough.
The ministers said their position is supported by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, where 83% of women of childbearing age have folate deficiency.
western  diet  Disabled  disability  UK  S.A.D.  chronic  sick  population  fast  food  junk  Folic  Acid  Folate  public  health  crisis  prevention 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Pledge to boost mental health support in schools - BBC News
sure, prevention is good. but cutting budget from public health is bad. than peter (nhs and public health) giving paul (schools) a fucked up cabbage patch strategy.
NHS  mental  health  Austerity  prevention  CAMHS  education  policy  UK  CCG  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  GP  A&E 
december 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,"
NHS  GP  public  health  Crisis  bedblocking  bed  blocking  chronic  sick  population  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  complex  diseases  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  prevention  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  western  food  food–industrial  A&E  type2  reversal  stress  coping  mechanism  Alcohol  alcoholism  fast  lobby  Sugar  Tax  junk  UK  economic  damage  Productivity  sickleave  DWP  mental  immune  system  inflammation  Alzheimer  dementia  autoimmune  healthcare  demand  sickcare  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  delayed  treatment  patient  safety  CQC  Austerity  Council  staff  locum  shortage  Nurses  recruitment  hiring  paycap 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Chronic ill health among working age population poses 'unsustainable drain' on NHS | HeraldScotland
Currently 39 per cent of the working age population in Scotland has at least one long-term condition, but that is forecast to surge as the population ages and Scotland grapples with the fallout of an obesity epidemic.

Prof MacDonald said a failure to prevent and manage long-term conditions properly would be catastrophic as pension age increases to 68 or more.
UK  Scotland  NHS  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  disease  population  babyboomers  baby  boomers  ageing  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  pain  inflammation  demographic  bubble  England  Disabled  Council  adult  social  medical  advances  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  sedentary  prevention  public  intervention  GP  nanny  state  self-medication  Alcohol  junk  food  fast  mental  DWP  ESA  JSA  unemployment  stress 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Scotland-only folic acid plan ruled out - BBC News
An estimated 85% of women do not take enough folic acid in their diet.
The NHS currently recommends that women trying to conceive a child should consume 400 micrograms of folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, a day.
western  diet  chronic  sick  population  UK  folic  acid  folate  S.A.D.  fertility  health  care  demand  IVF  NHS  medical  advances  prevention  Public  USA  Germany  premature  death  birth 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
IVF cut back in 13 areas of England to save money, new data shows | Society | The Guardian
which means cost-cutting CCGs are defying advice set out by the government and the NHS’s own advisers.
CCG  Trust  rationing  STP  Austerity  IVF  chronic  sick  population  mental  health  NICE  LGBT  Transgender  care  demand  medical  advances  NHS  UK  healthcare  prevention  fertility 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Scots 'lose more years to depression than lung cancer'
"There are more person-years of poor health lost due to neck and lower back pain than are lost are due to early heart disease deaths, and more person-years of poor health lost due to depression than lung cancer deaths."

She added: "This is a stark reminder that living longer does not necessarily equate to healthy, happy life.

"It is important to address the burden of living in less than ideal health so that more people in Scotland can live longer, healthier lives." &! http://www.scotsman.com/news/study-reveals-what-diseases-scots-are-living-with-and-dying-from-1-4502211 - Age differences were also analysed – adults aged 35 to 64 suffered 40 per cent of the disease burden and those aged 65 and over experienced 45 per cent. For those aged less than 65 around 60% of their burden is through living in less than ideal health. - &! http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15406731.Back_pain_and_depression_putting_major_strain_on_Scotland__39_s_health__study_finds/
UK  chronic  sick  population  mental  health  well  being  Depression  public  lifestyle  diet  self-medication  care  demand  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  NHS  Austerity  STP  Scotland  England  prevention  quality  of  life  cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Training für gesundes Altern: Willkommen auf der Langstrecke - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Wir wissen heute, dass man das biologische Alter durch bestimmte Maßnahmen deutlich beeinflussen kann", sagt Sven Voelpel, Altersforscher an der Jacobs University in Bremen und Autor des Buches "Entscheide selbst, wie alt Du bist. Was die Forschung über das Jungbleiben weiß". Mit kleinen Veränderungen bei Ernährung, Bewegung oder Schlaf lassen sich biochemische Prozesse im Körper anstoßen, die die Wahrscheinlichkeit deutlich erhöhen, gesund alt zu werden. "Aber nicht nur körperliche Faktoren spielen eine Rolle", so Voelpel: Auch die Lebensführung, soziale Kontakte, die Arbeit und Hobbys können viel dazu beitragen, geistig und körperlich jung zu bleiben.
biological  age  ageing  premature  chronic  sick  population  western  diet  S.A.D.  Standard  American  demographic  bubble  UK  NHS  CVD  cancer  diabetes  active  lifestyle  disease  health  inequality  deprivation  care  demand  prevention  whole-food  pant-based  well  being  mental  disabled  book  meditation  mindfulness 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
(1397) Theresa May in Election Jitters Caught Lying About Tory Plans to Cut The National Health Service - YouTube
selling of buildings and land and leasing it back = privatisation 2.0 after PFI. // proceeds are used to run NHS! LOL // book Oliver Letwin a- artificially distress NHS and Co to privatise it to make it more palatable. // Naylor Report - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/what-naylor-report-everything-you-10543351 /// Simon Stevens is Tories henchman and privatisation agenda!
NHS  Privatisation  GE2017  PFI  UK  STP  health  care  demand  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  England  Wales  Conservative  Party  nastyparty  nasty  Manchester  Devolution  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  adult  elderly  social  Prevention  Austerity  Naylor  Report  Oliver  Letwin  book  Living  Standard 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS faces staggering increase in cost of elderly care, academics warn | Society | The Guardian
major new research which shows a 25% increase in those who will need care between 2015 and 2025.

Within eight years, there will be 2.8 million people over 65 needing nursing and social care, unable to cope alone, says the research – largely because of the toll of dementia in a growing elderly population. The research, published by the respected Lancet Public Health medical journal, says cases of disability related to dementia will rise by 40% among people aged 65 to 84, with other forms of disability increasing by about 31%. [...] Immediate investment in improving people’s lifestyles would pay dividends, they say.
GE2017  NHS  social  care  adult  Disabled  CVD  cancer  Diabetes  UK  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  premature  stroke  heart  attack  bed  blocking  bedblocking  embolism  aneurysm  dementia  Alzheimer  chronic  sick  prevention  western  diet  lifestyle  public  health  economics 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Are Britons falling out of love with booze? - BBC News
One of the problems with the ONS survey is that it is based on people's own recollections - and it is well known that we are terrible for underestimating our drinking.
But there is evidence to be found elsewhere that the fall in alcohol consumption is real.
The findings chime with a much longer running source - the British Beer and Pub Association's data on the sales of pure alcohol.
It shows in the early 1950s alcohol consumption per head was below four litres of pure alcohol a year - the equivalent of about 140 pints of beer.
In the following decades, that climbed, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s.
By 2004, it had peaked, topping 9.5 litres.
Since then though, it has fallen and is now back under eight litres.
babyboomers  drink  alcohol  self-medication  coping  mechanism  food  overweight  obesity  Cancer  public  health  economics  prevention  CVD  diabetes  UK  NHS  chronic  sick  population  diet  lifestyle  burnout  stress  care  demand  Germany  lobby  USA 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Sell high calorie foods in plain packaging to beat obesity, says Brain Prize winner | Science | The Guardian
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39183178 Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz share €1m neuroscience prize for work unravelling the brain’s reward system Selling high calorie foods in plain packaging could help in the battle against obesity according to a leading researcher who has won a share of the most lucrative prize in neuroscience for his work on the brain’s reward system. The colourful wrapping and attractive advertising of calorie-rich foods encourage people to buy items that put them at risk of overeating and becoming obese in the future, said Wolfram Schultz, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. “We should not advertise, propagate or encourage the unnecessary ingestion of calories,” [ ... dopamine is released in anticipation of a reward, not just consumption of reward, thus seeing comfort food packaging and buying it, releases dopamine = walking into today's supermarket is dopamine rush for some, a high, irresistible, can not stop themselves from buying them 50/50 sugar/fat combos! ]
obesity  Tobacco  Alcohol  food–industrial  complex  lobby  multinational  conglomerate  UK  USA  Germany  European  Union  Advertising  overweight  chronic  inflammation  CVD  Cancer  premature  ageing  diabetes  death  NHS  health  care  demand  big  pharma  prevention  neuroscience  coping  mechanism  self-medication  reward  Consumerism  Drug  abuse  addiction  Sugar  Salt  Fat  whole-food  plant-based  western  diet  fast  food  standard  american  Tax  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  nanny  state  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  childhood  parenthood  public  dopamine  system  Brain  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Sugary drinks levy will earn schools £415m - BBC News
[ was watered down by Theresa May ] The levy on sugary drinks will provide £415m for sports and healthy eating in England's schools, says Education Secretary Justine Greening.
Every school will be allocated funds to help with facilities for mental health as well as physical exercise.
But schools, which have been warning of cash shortages, will not be able to use the fizzy drink levy to pay for staff.
Ms Greening said that such "health and wellbeing benefits can last a lifetime".
The soft drinks industry levy, announced in last year's Budget, is going to provide £415m for schools in 2018-19 to promote healthier lifestyles.
UK  Sugar  Tax  public  health  obesity  CVD  cancer  Diabetes  chronic  sick  population  overweight  NHS  education  policy  lobby  Theresa  May  prevention  Tories  Conservative  Party  Meat  diet  lifestyle  tobacco  Alcohol  self-medication  coping  mechanism 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Germany bans meat from official functions
[ introduce animal products consumption tax and put it into NHS & public health ] Germany bans meat from official functions
The government says it’s for environmental reasons, but critics are complaining of violation of personal freedom.
Sugar  Tax  Meat  sick  population  public  health  CVD  Cancer  Diabetes  Vegan  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  UK  Germany  consumption  Tobacco  Alcohol  prevention  self-medication  coping  mechanism  NHS  care  demand  premature  ageing  death 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble - BBC News
People are living with a growing number of long-term chronic conditions - diabetes, heart disease and dementia. These are more about care than cure - what patients usually need is support. By the age of 65, most people will have at least one of these illnesses. By 75 they will have two.
UK  NHS  adult  social  care  elderly  bed  blocking  sick  population  chronic  STP  Austerity  A&E  GP  Demographic  bubble  ageing  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  medical  advances  rationing  obesity  hypertension  public  health  prevention  overweight 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Basildon heart patient undergoes pioneering 'baked Alaska' treatment - BBC News
health care becomes political! where is biggest demand? put money there to shut people up. and forget about the minority.
NHS  Crisis  rationing  diet-related  heart  attack  stroke  Cardiovascular  vascular  Disease  Diseases  England  Scotland  Simon  Stevens  mental  health  care  adult  social  elderly  bed  blocking  Transgender  PrEP  GP  lifestyle  prevention  sick  population  public  Austerity  Jeremy  Hunt  ageing  premature  UK 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS budget control 'will require staff cuts'
It says the government should be honest about NHS spending plans at a time when patient demand is rising. [...] The NHS leadership is set to unveil plans to get hospitals and other trusts to stick to agreed spending limits. In the last financial year, trusts ran up a collective deficit of £2.4bn - and the aim is to cut that figure significantly. [...] "It is no longer credible to argue that the NHS can continue to meet increasing demand for services, deliver current standards of care and stay within its budget. This is widely understood within the NHS and now needs to be debated with the public. "There are no easy choices, but it would be disastrous to adopt a mindset that fails to acknowledge the serious state of the NHS in England today." //&! bbc.in/29mkr7G - An overspend would be a serious breach of Whitehall protocol and lead to senior officials being hauled over the coals by the National Audit Office.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The cost of children's decayed teeth
The Local Government Association says 100 operations to extract multiple teeth are being carried out every day in English hospitals. It blames the excessive consumption of sugary foods and drinks. BBC News Illustrated explains how. //&! - bbc.in/1NrZIZc - the cost has jumped to more than £35m a year and many children are missing school because they are taking time off for dental work. [...] more children visit hospitals bc of tooth decay than any other cause! //&! bbc.in/1Qhb8Pq
Big  Sugar  sick  population  heart  disease  Sugar  Tax  childhood  obesity  child  abuse  health  crisis  prevention  intervention  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  rationing  NHS  England  NHS  UK  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  diabetes 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Super-gonorrhoea's spread 'causing huge concern'
Doctors have expressed "huge concern" that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England and to gay men.
The new superbug prompted a national alert last year when it emerged in Leeds, as one of the main treatments had become useless against it.
Public Health England acknowledges measures to contain the outbreak have been of "limited success".
Doctors fear the sexually transmitted infection, which can cause infertility, could soon become untreatable.
Cases of super-gonorrhoea have now been detected in the West Midlands, London and southern England.
Only 34 cases have been officially confirmed in laboratory testing, >>> but this is likely to be the tip of the iceberg of an infection that can be symptomless. <<< + cuts to public health budget! //&! bit.ly/23PdjDp
antibiotic  resistance  antibiotic-resistant  gonorrhea  antibiotics  superbug  STI  STD  chem-sex  chem  sex  AIDS  HIV  gay  culture  subculture  UK  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  economic  damage  NHS  GP  prevention  budget2015  austerity 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Trauma Doctors Every Second Counts Season 2
min 18 - didn't even make it to 60. // if she made it, she may have been permanently disabled due to lack of oxygen for prolonged time.
heart  attack  tobacco  smoking  sedentary  lifestyle  obesity  sudden  death  dietary  cholesterol  animal  fat  animal  protein  premature  death  premature  ageing  A&E  diet-related  disease  chronic  disease  Disabled  disability  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  babyboomers  sick  population  health  crisis  UK  health  care  budget  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  health  care  spending  prevention  intervention  GP  health  coach  public  health  stroke  embolism  aneurysm 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Michael Greger, M.D. On How Not To Die | Rich Roll
USA - min 37 - 34.000 cancer deaths/y linked to processed meat consumption. same study paper - 840.000 die overall from processed meat (high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease) / colon cancer 3rd leading cancer / 'reductionism'
cancer  heart  disease  premature  death  premature  ageing  sick  population  health  crisis  public  health  health  care  spending  health  care  budget  prevention  intervention  USA  UK  diet-related  disease  chronic  disease  Standard  American  Diet  Dietary  Fiber  cholesterol  Western  pattern  lifestyle  food  poisoning  food  borne  illness 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
North East England sees highest proportion of weight loss surgery - BBC News
The number of bariatric operations fell in the past three years, Freedom of Information requests reveal. Since 2013, there has been a more targeted approach, NHS England said. However, campaigners are calling for more funding for weight loss surgery. The National Obesity Forum says it would ultimately save the NHS money. And it said the decline of heavy industry and manual work in the North East had contributed to obesity problems, resulting in a greater rate of surgery. [...] An NHS England spokeswoman explained the drop was because bariatric treatment was currently handled as a national policy, rather than separately by each local area. She said it was now only offered to "appropriately selected patients".
Bariatric  Surgery  Weight  Loss  Surgery  NHS  obesity  UK  health  care  budget  spending  diabetes  prevention  intervention  GP  A&E 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Tooth decay still on the rise among English children - BBC News
figures [are] "disappointing". [C]hildren in England drank more sugary drinks than anywhere in Europe. "Even though people understand the impact of a sugary diet so many children have advanced tooth decay - a highly preventable disease," said Ms Hurley. "We are also creating a legacy of obesity and significant health problems. "If we are to get serious about tackling this then prevention is the key," she added. [...] Prof Nigel Hunt from the Royal College of Surgeons said: "An almost 10% increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital for tooth extraction due to decay over a four-year period is unacceptable." "The need for tooth extraction continues to be the number one reason why five to nine-year-old children are admitted to hospital." He also said that poor oral health education was another reason for the rise. 'Deprivation correlation' [...] "As deprivation increases so does the rate of tooth extraction."
sick  population  health  crisis  UK  diet-related  disease  Big  Sugar  fast  food  Desert  food  abuse  junk  food  food  engineering  Politics  processed  food  food  industry  food  poverty  Chain  Sugar  Tax  GP  prevention  intervention  child  abuse  childhood  obesity  obesity  epidemic  obesity  diabetes  metabolic  syndrome  cancer  heart  disease  malnutrition  public  health  policy  public  health  Simon  Stevens  deprivation  child  poverty  education  policy  post  code  lottery  inequality  Gini  coefficient  health  inequality  social  mobility  income  mobility 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four, How a misdiagnosis of dementia can be devastating
It's estimated there are around 620,000 people in England with dementia. Prime minister David Cameron says fighting the disease is a personal priority and doctors in England have been encouraged to proactively identify people with early stage dementia. Deborah Cohen finds out how mistakes in diagnosing dementia can be devastating.
dementia  Alzheimer  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  OAP  premature  ageing  premature  death  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  sick  population  health  crisis  public  health  policy  public  health  prevention  intervention  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  NHS  UK  dietary  cholesterol  heart  disease 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Kids in Crisis - All 4
Across the UK, children are being moved far from home to receive mental health treatment [...] "you feel impotent" [...] [ 100's of beds have been cut and ~10% of mental health nurses have been lost ]
mental  health  mental  illness  NHS  health  inequality  austerity  UK  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  budget2010  budget2015  well  being  GP  prevention  intervention  A&E  Public  Services  Social  Services 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The great British booze problem: how a few glasses a day has led to an epidemic for the NHS – video | Society | The Guardian
[ irreversible damange. long-time regular / daily drink or two or three or four for a lifetime. drinking out of habit. back from work. rewarding yourself. de-stress. and the binge drinking. the social weekends. ] Derek McBeath, 43, saw himself as a casual drinker – but the two cans of lager he was drinking every night were killing him. The specialists treating him at the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, north London, say most people with liver disease aren’t alcoholics – they just drink too much. Jenny Kleeman explores how Britain’s drinking habits are burdening the NHS. -//- referrals double every 6 years. and they get younger and younger - late 20's referrals. // there is even stigma against people who do not drink. // becomes unmanageable burden on NHS.
alcoholism  Alcohol  abuse  liver  disease  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  western  lifestyle  substance  abuse  food  abuse  non-alcoholic  fatty  liver  disease  public  health  policy  public  health  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  care  health  crisis  sick  population  prevention  intervention  binge  drinking  Lad  culture  Entertainment  Escapeism  well  being  chronic  stress  culture  UK  cancer  pre-diabetic  metabolic  syndrome  heart  disease  obesity  coping  mechanism  self-medication 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Heart disease: The forgotten killer?
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is still the UK’s number one killer, yet it is only 10th on a recent poll of health concerns. Are we in danger of squandering widespread health gains through complacency over lifestyle and medical treatments?
heart  disease  public  sentiment  public  awareness  public  perception  public  health  policy  public  health  sick  population  health  crisis  UK  Standard  American  Diet  diet-related  disease  dietary  cholesterol  Western  pattern  prevention  intervention  Cardiovascular  disease  vascular  disease  non-alcoholic  fatty  liver  disease  coronary  artery  disease  chronic  diseases  stroke  embolism  aneurysm 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS chief demands political consensus on funding elderly and social care | Society | The Guardian
Stevens believes David Cameron’s administration should look at all the options for finding the billions of pounds needed, including revisiting the “triple lock”, which guarantees Britain’s pensioners generous annual increases in their state pension until 2020. [ ie could tax big pensions! progressive tax on income vs flat income tax/NI and sugar tax, food chain tax, animal products tax, processed food tax, engineered food tax ] In an interview with the Guardian, Stevens suggested ministers should be prepared to risk upsetting Britain’s growing army of senior citizens by looking at whether the benefits they receive are fair to working-age and younger people. [...] Last week, the House of Commons work and pensions select committee launched an inquiry into income inequality between older and younger people. [...] [babyboomers get 118% out of what they've paid] //&! bit.ly/1OscF7D - how much is sick population willing to pay?
NHS  ageing  population  premature  ageing  babyboomers  demographic  bubble  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  cancer  diabetes  obesity  heart  disease  UK  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  care  health  crisis  sick  population  staff  morale  locum  staff  staff  shortage  Generationengerechtigkeit  fairness  progressive  tax  code  Sugar  Standard  American  Diet  food  industry  Nudge  theory  intervention  prevention  elderly  care  adult  social  care  Public  Services  Services  austerity  national  insurance  generation  rent  lost  generation  Millennials  GP  mental  health  mental  illness  health  inequality  post  code  lottery  Simon  Stevens 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Weekly alcohol limit cut to 14 units in UK for men | Society | The Guardian
New guidance puts male limit in line with women as chief medical officers warn that any amout of alcohol consumption increases cancer risk [...] However, it cautioned that “there is little evidence regarding the impact of any guidelines in changing health behaviours”. //&! Here are the pub owners that make money of chronic and diet-related diseases; bit.ly/1RsVTcy - &! In the biggest shakeup to safe drinking recommendations for 30 years, chief medical officer Sally Davies said science showed there was no safe level of drinking and recommended keeping consumption to 14 units a week – the equivalent of seven glasses of wine or six pints. //&! the cultural observations; brits have a problem - bit.ly/1ObJNjS - a nation of self-medicators, affordable, quick fix coping mechanism. //&! What would Britain be without drink? - bit.ly/1naEsAw
interest  groups  vested  interest  Alcohol  abuse  alcoholism  substance  abuse  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  cancer  obesity  overweight  obesity  epidemic  metabolic  syndrome  diabetes  sick  population  health  crisis  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  public  safety  public  health  policy  public  health  Makers  prevention  intervention  addiction  food  abuse  A&E  UK  Lad  culture  binge  drinking  binge  eating  well  being  mental  health  happiness  index  happiness  zombie  consumer  Mindfulness  Standard  American  Diet  Dietary  Fiber  cholesterol  Western  pattern  sedentary  lifestyle  lifestyle  medicine  lifestyle  heart  disease  deprivation  Perspektivlosigkeit  Precariat  poverty  self-medication  chronic  stress  Escapeism  Entertainment  coping  mechanism  sociology  psychology  society  Wertegesellschaft  loneliness  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  tobacco  smoking 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
DWP told woman she was not ill enough for benefit on day she died | Society | The Guardian
COPD possibly brought on by tobacco consume all her life. //&! The DWP – a bureaucracy of outstanding brutality. Diane Taylor. How can the DWP axe benefits in an instant but be unable to reinstate them for weeks, leaving recipients such as Hawa, a former asylum seeker who has already endured so much, penniless? - bit.ly/1kLF261
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
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