Soldiers ‘failed by lack of mental health care’

Their report, part two of the inquiry, says that despite improvements, “there is no doubt that some serving personnel, veterans and their families who need mental health care are still being completely failed by the system.” ‘Higher levels of PTSD among veterans’ New mental health helpline for troops ‘I feel abandoned by the Army’ “With specific mental health care provision for armed forces families also non-existent, it is no surprise that many veterans and their families believe that they have been abandoned,” the committee added. It found many servicemen and women often do not seek help because of the stigma around mental health problems and the fear of damaging their career. And the quality of care given to servicemen and …

Premature baby born in Vietnam comes home

“Just being at home is quite hard to put into words, relief doesn’t quite do it justice but we need to look forward to the future,” she said. “It was a waiting game as to whether we could get her home, it was very touch and go with her condition.” Aurelia now needs an operation to reconstruct her nose after her septum was damaged in the hospital in Hanoi. Image caption Aurelia will be carefully monitored until she is three years old

Supermarket health claims ‘confusing’

Morrisons’ “healthier choices” section contained a vegetarian steak slice with almost 10g of saturated fat – nearly half of the recommended maximum daily amount. ‘Shocked’ The supermarket said the item “provides customers with a red-meat free alternative”. Sainsbury’s edamame, coconut and lemongrass falafel contained more than 6g of saturated fat per half pack – around a third of the recommended maximum daily amount – and was located in their “healthier choices” section. In Tesco’s “healthy and diet meals” section, a “lamb hotpot” contained 8.5g of saturated fat, 45% of the recommended maximum daily amount. Registered nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed said she was “quite shocked” at some of the items being marketed as ‘healthier choices’. She said: “I’m not saying there’s anything …

Harry and Meghan arrive in Morocco

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe couple were offered the traditional welcome of milk and dates The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Morocco for their first official visit to north Africa. The royal couple’s three-day trip is aimed at strengthening the UK’s links with Morocco – which is one of the few stable countries in the region. Their visit will also focus on gender equality, with the pair discussing Morocco’s attitudes towards women with British ambassador Thomas Reilly. Mr Reilly said the issue is “close to their royal highnesses’ hearts”. Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, touched down in Casablanca airport on Saturday evening, although flight delays meant they were two hours late for …

‘Little consideration’ for hanged girl

“Considering Amber’s age, her emotional immaturity and her undoubted vulnerability, and the absence of any professional ever having properly assessed Amber’s risk of self-harm or suicide, I am not able to determine, on the balance of probabilities, Amber’s intention at the time of her death,” she said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKelly and Daniel Peat appeared at a press conference in the days following Amber’s disappearance Amber Peat was found hanged in a hedgerow in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on 2 June 2015. Three days earlier, on 30 May, she had walked out of her home following an argument with her family about chores. She had previously run away from home and also expressed a wish to die. …

PTSD affects ‘one in 13 by age of 18’

But only the same proportion – one in five – had been seen by a mental health professional in the past year. Improving child mental health ‘years off’ Youth mental health report in charts Child mental health referrals ‘up 26%’ Lead researcher Dr Stephanie Lewis, from the Medical Research Council, said: “Providing effective treatments early on could prevent mental health problems continuing into adulthood.” Surgery as a baby ‘led to PTSD’ Related Topics Mental health PTSD Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

New sepsis test ‘could save thousands’

The body’s immune system starts to attack the body’s own organs and the condition can be fatal. The biggest killer you may not know Sepsis: What is it – and how to spot it? Sepsis: Ambulance call handlers ‘must spot condition’ It is hard to diagnose and can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. Early diagnosis is key because every hour that you delay antibiotic treatment, the likelihood of death increases. Diagnosis of sepsis is usually based on body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and often a blood test, which can take up to 72 hours. The new test uses a device to detect if one of the protein biomarkers of sepsis, interleukin-6 (IL-6), is present in …

Gene therapy first to ‘halt’ blindness

The treatment was carried out under local anaesthetic last month at Oxford Eye Hospital by Robert MacLaren, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Oxford. He told BBC news: “A genetic treatment administered early on to preserve vision in patients who would otherwise lose their sight would be a tremendous breakthrough in ophthalmology and certainly something I hope to see in the near future.” Mrs Osborne, 80, is the first of 10 patients with AMD taking part in a trial of the gene therapy treatment, manufactured by Gyroscope Therapeutics, funded by Syncona, the Wellcome Trust founded investment firm. What is AMD? The macula is part of the retina and responsible for central vision and fine detail. In age-related macular degeneration, …

Tongue-splitting body artist admits GBH

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrendan ‘Dr Evil’ McCarthy admits GBH for performing tongue splitting and nipple removal A body modification artist has admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm, by carrying out tongue splitting and ear and nipple removal procedures. Brendan McCarthy, also known as Dr Evil, carried out consensual procedures without using anaesthetic. In his defence, the 50-year-old argued that consent was given but the judge ruled the procedures could not be compared to tattoos and piercings. He will be sentenced on 21 March at Wolverhampton Crown Court. McCarthy, of Bushbury, Wolverhampton, ran a modification emporium in Princess Alley before he was charged with six counts of wounding in 2017. Image copyright PA Image caption …

Brexit healthcare worries for Brits in Spain

Image caption About 70,000 British pensioners live in Spain A S1 certificate is available to anyone in receipt of a state pension, and to some workers who are sent overseas on a temporary basis by their UK employers. The system currently saves the NHS about £450m a year. In 2017, a senior health department official told a parliamentary select committee that Spain charges an average of £2,300 for every pensioner it treats, compared with £4,500 charged by the NHS. Yet there are no guarantees that this arrangement will continue under the Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals to protect the rights of EU citizens, including the 1.2 million Britons living elsewhere in the EU. London has said the S1 certificate may …

Taxi drivers accused of serious sex crimes

City of Wolverhampton Council has increased the number of licences it issues eightfold since the Deregulation Act 2015 was introduced, meaning drivers no longer needed to live or work in the area of the local authority that granted them a licence. The situation has led to a chaotic picture emerging around the country, with authorities unable to control all cabbies working in their area. Taxi and cab drivers have staged go-slow protests against the current regulations around the country, saying they leave the public at risk. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I was sitting in the back of the taxi and he put his hand on my knee” Wolverhampton licensing bosses have insisted they informed relevant authorities …

Family of pregnant IS teen plead for return

She was found in a Syrian refugee camp by a reporter from the Times on Wednesday. The teenager had escaped from Baghuz – IS’s last stronghold in eastern Syria. According to reports in Saturday’s Times, Ms Begum said: “What do you think will happen to my child? “Because I don’t want it to be taken away from me, or at least if it is, to be given to my family.” She added she had been taken to hospital after having contractions after arriving at the camp, which meant she could give birth “any day”. IS teen’s return to UK ‘could be prevented’ What can the UK do about the IS teenager? Families flee last IS village in Syria After the …

Most new hips and knees ‘last 25 years’

‘May last even longer’ Nearly 200,000 of the operations were performed in 2017 in England and Wales, with most carried out on people between 60 and 80 years old. Dr Jonathan Evans, orthopaedic registrar, lead study author and research fellow at Bristol Medical School, said: “At best, the NHS has only been able to say how long replacements are designed to last, rather than referring to actual evidence from multiple patients’ experiences of joint replacement surgery. “Given the improvement in technology and techniques in the last 25 years, we expect that hip or knee replacements put in today may last even longer.” As the ageing population grows, and life expectancy rises, this becomes even more important, Dr Evans added. Hospitals …

What effect has Brexit had on the UK economy?

“GDP would be 3.6% smaller, average real wages would be lower, inflation higher, sterling weaker, house prices would be hit and public borrowing would rise compared with a vote to remain.” He was assuming Article 50, the process by which the UK leaves, would be triggered immediately after the vote; in the event, it was nine months later. But the warning stands. Project Fear? Well, the economy hasn’t contracted, and the level of unemployment is actually the lowest on record. But that’s not to say that the economy’s path hasn’t deviated from what had earlier been expected. Of course, there are other issues that will have influenced our economy’s path – but the anticipation of the UK leaving the EU …