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Researchers examine how patients handle stigma of using medical marijuana

Researchers examine how patients handle stigma of using medical marijuana

Research recently published in Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (Routledge) examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion. The findings indicate that the stigma of using medical marijuana may contribute to the under-treatment of those who might benefit from medical marijuana. [More]
Older people drink unsafe amounts of alcohol, study finds

Older people drink unsafe amounts of alcohol, study finds

One in five older people who drink alcohol are consuming it at unsafe levels - over 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 units for women each week - according to a study by King's College London. The research in inner-city London, published in BMJ Open, found these unsafe older drinkers are more likely to be of higher socioeconomic status. [More]

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership aims to be the first NHS Trust to review all deaths

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, the UK’s biggest provider of community health and adult social care, is aiming to be the first NHS Trust in the country to review all deaths. [More]
Study explores association between treatment patients receive in hospital and risk of death

Study explores association between treatment patients receive in hospital and risk of death

A University of Manchester study which followed up 38,415 people admitted to hospital with self-harm has, for the first time, investigated the association between the treatment patients receive in hospital and their subsequent risk of death. [More]
UK's first cross sector International Dementia Conference to take place in November 2015

UK's first cross sector International Dementia Conference to take place in November 2015

Taking place 3 - 4 November 2015 at Vox Birmingham, the UK's first cross sector International Dementia Conference will bring together leading figures from across the world and from a variety of different industry backgrounds to learn and share ideas on the best solutions to tackle this global issue. [More]
Dragons' Den-style exercise gives nursing students the skills to shape future health services

Dragons' Den-style exercise gives nursing students the skills to shape future health services

Pre-registration nursing students underwent a simulated exercise in health needs analysis and commissioning of services. Service commissioners consistently request presentation for re-tendering of services so the students had to pitch ideas along the lines of the 'Dragons' Den' television programme. [More]
NHFD initiative significantly improves care, survival of older people with hip fracture in England

NHFD initiative significantly improves care, survival of older people with hip fracture in England

Substantial improvements in the care and survival of older people with hip fracture in England have followed the introduction of a collaborative national initiative to tackle the issue, according to a new study published in the Medical Care journal. [More]
Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues

Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues

A 3D-printable prosthetic foot, a low cost tool to help prevent the spread of Ebola and tartan designed by people with Alzheimer’s disease are just some of the projects on show at a conference looking at innovative new approaches to global healthcare issues. [More]
Sociable strolls key to achieve improved health

Sociable strolls key to achieve improved health

A study by Sheffield Hallam University into short health walks has found that their success primarily hinges on social factors. The research shows that being able to socialise and enjoy company are key ways to achieve long-term behaviour change and improved health. [More]
New UK Parkinson's Excellence Network can transform care for people affected by Parkinson's

New UK Parkinson's Excellence Network can transform care for people affected by Parkinson's

The newly launched UK Parkinson's Excellence Network can transform care for those affected by Parkinson's, according to an article in Neurodegenerative Disease Management. [More]
NHS access - are you ready? An interview with Dr Keith Morris, Morris Healthcare Consulting

NHS access - are you ready? An interview with Dr Keith Morris, Morris Healthcare Consulting

The NHS is under immense pressure not only to continue to deliver improved care but also to change how it is delivering care to meet rising and changing demand with an essentially fixed amount of money and resources - all at the same time. Patience and persistence with good humour are thus vital characteristics to have. [More]
Tackling fuel poverty can help reduce debilitating sickle cell disease, save significant money for NHS

Tackling fuel poverty can help reduce debilitating sickle cell disease, save significant money for NHS

Tackling fuel poverty in the homes of people with sickle cell disease could reduce debilitating attacks and save significant money for the NHS, according to a study by Sheffield Hallam University funded by the Chesshire Lehmann Fund. [More]
Medical guidance lacking on how to care for elderly hip fracture patients with dementia

Medical guidance lacking on how to care for elderly hip fracture patients with dementia

Medical guidance on how to care for elderly people with dementia following a hip fracture is 'sadly lacking' according to researchers at the University of East Anglia. [More]
Study: 70% of nurses in Scotland lack confidence in new delayed discharge target in hospitals

Study: 70% of nurses in Scotland lack confidence in new delayed discharge target in hospitals

As the Scottish Government prepares to introduce a new two-week discharge target in hospitals from 1st April 2015, a new study has found 70 per cent of nurses in Scotland lack confidence in the policy and do not believe it will help reduce delays. [More]
New 'Connected Health Cities’ initiative launched to improve health, social care in the English regions

New 'Connected Health Cities’ initiative launched to improve health, social care in the English regions

FOUR new health and social care information projects, aimed at tackling major health challenges by catalysing ‘big picture’ data through the collective expertise of the region’s universities, teaching hospitals and local authorities, are being launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today (Wednesday 18 March). [More]
EMAS position statement on ten-point guide to integral management of menopausal health published

EMAS position statement on ten-point guide to integral management of menopausal health published

Elsevier journal Maturitas, today announced the publication of a position statement by the European Menopause and Andropause Society covering the ten- point guide to the integral management of menopausal health. [More]
Preventing falls in care homes: an interview with Professor Pip Logan

Preventing falls in care homes: an interview with Professor Pip Logan

Older people living in care homes fall three times more frequently than individuals who still live in their own homes. There is often debate over the idea of people going into care homes as a solution to the fact they are falling at home but they can still fall in the care home. [More]
Fracture prevention project could help save millions

Fracture prevention project could help save millions

Bone fractures affect millions of people across the UK with 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 suffering from them . The cost of fragility fractures place a substantial economic burden on the health and social care system with the costs of fragility fractures in the region of £2.3bn . [More]
New evidence links autism risk genes to better cognitive function

New evidence links autism risk genes to better cognitive function

Genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence, a study suggests. [More]
Local woman with breast cancer endorses University of Leicester's plans to transform medical education

Local woman with breast cancer endorses University of Leicester's plans to transform medical education

A 41-year-old woman from Leicester has spoken of the transformative influence of well-trained doctors as she backed the University of Leicester's Centre for Medicine Appeal, encouraging everyone to play a part in the development of a new generation of healthcare and medical education for the region. [More]
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