Health & Social Care News

Within, Open Access Government’s Health and Social Care news section, we offer a variety of diverse material. With a focus on the most noteworthy stories in the sector from around the world.

Providing information on the most popular and interesting topics such as the NHS digital transformation and its ongoing developments along with the latest research on diabetes, rare diseases and potential cures. This section also offers articles on the funding to healthcare services and has a strong focus on mental health issues/research and much more.

This category also offers information on how environmental changes are affecting peoples health today along with how the LGBT community deals with health stigma surrounding it.

Delivery drones outside a hospital building

Drone chemotherapy becomes an NHS net zero cancer strategy

NHS cancer patients will be the first to experience drone chemotherapy, which furthers the NHS net zero strategy, as it cuts down travel time and distance.
Woman holding her throat due to sore throat pain

Is a sore throat the most accurate indicator of COVID?

COVID-19 is considered "too clever" - it is constantly evolving and mutating and resisting our immune defences.
health behaviours

NHS Digital analyses health behaviours by ethnicity

A report from Health Survey for England analysed health behaviours and wellbeing by ethnicity, here are the results.
poor diets, exercise

High levels of physical activity do not counteract poor diets

Demonstrating that you cannot "outrun” poor diets, researchers found that exercise only benefits health when complemented with healthy eating.
covid deaths, UK

Number of UK COVID deaths surpasses 200,000

UK Covid deaths have passed 200,000 meaning Britain has one of the highest death tolls in Europe, with 2,689 deaths per million people.
spirituality, healthcare, spiritual community

Spiritual community participation is associated with better health

Having a spiritual community can help people live healthier lives, with greater longevity, less depression and suicide, and less substance use.
Woman picking up migraine drug in supermarket in order to try lose weight

Migraine drug can boost weight loss by suppressing appetite

Triptans, a commonly prescribed class of migraine drugs, can help with weight loss and treating obesity by suppressing appetite.
alcohol use disorder, drinking alone

Drinking alone can indicate signs of alcohol use disorder

For young adults, especially women, drinking alone can increase the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder later in life.
people with obesity, high-fat diet

People with obesity have a 55% increased risk of developing depression

Long-term, high-fat diets both expand the waistline and shrink the brain, heightening the chances of mental illness for people with obesity.
US obesity

The US obesity epidemic is severe – who is gaining weight?

It's well-known that there is a US obesity crisis, but data was largely unavailable on the long-term weight gain of US adults - until now.
importance of contraception

The importance of contraception in a post-Roe v. Wade world

With reproductive rights under attack in the USA and possibly UK, gaining control of one's menstrual cycle and sexual activities is more important than ever before.
life expectancy

Has life expectancy slowed down in the UK?

Although life expectancy has doubled since 1841, predicted life span is now slowing down in the UK, and the coronavirus pandemic hasn't helped.
privatisation of healthcare, outsourcing

Privatisation of healthcare leads to worse quality of care

Health outsourcing has been found to be linked to higher mortality rates, as privatisation of healthcare worsens healthcare services.
latinx with dementia

Latinx with dementia: Getting the help you need

The Tension Between Cultural Values and Getting the Help You Need.
omicron

Rising COVID numbers: 1 in 18 people with Omicron variant in Scotland

COVID cases are up by 32% in the UK as Omicron sub-variants continue to spread at an alarming rate, with 1 in 18 infected in Scotland.
health systems, tourism

Better health systems: putting health at the heart of tourism

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge & Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat explain the importance of putting health at the heart of tourism, including a commitment made in this vein by Europe’s smallest countries to better health systems.
gp, continuity of care

Attending the same GP is better for your health

Patients who attend the same GP are more likely to build a trusted relationship with them, and take their advice – but only 52% of patients can revisit the same GP.
monkeypox pcr test

Seegene develops monkeypox PCR test

South Korea's leading molecular diagnostics (MDx) company Seegene Inc. has developed a PCR to detect positive cases of monkeypox virus within 90 minutes.
emergency department, cannabis users

Cannabis users 22% more likely to need emergency care and hospitalisation

Emergency department attendance and instances requiring hospitalisations are 22% higher among cannabis users compared with those who do not.
micro-coding

The power of micro-coding parent-infant and parent-teen multi-domain behaviours

The MHINT team has developed a fully open access operationally defined manual and observer syntax coding scheme in Observer XT and micro-coding scheme syntax.

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