MacMillan estimates 32,000 fewer patients than expected have started their first treatment since the start of the pandemic in England, after hospitals became overrun with Covid. A study by Canadian and Italian experts found drugs that block inflammation as part of pain relief could actually be prolonging how long people actually feel pain for by a factor of 10. The Met Office is predicting high levels across every area of England and Wales today and Saturday, with medium levels in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Pollen levels are expected to remain high in Wales through to Sunday but are forecast to drop to medium in every part of England except the South West.
The Government is relying on the study, based on swabs of 120,000 random people, to track the virus now that free testing has been axed for the vast majority of Britons. Today’s estimate for England is the lowest since the week ending December 16, when 1.2m people were also estimated to have been infected. Wes Streeting has revealed the agony of going through cancer treatment alone as he urged all hospitals to end the ‘postcode lottery’ that bans family members from visiting patients. GPs are failing to spot the early signs of Lyme disease, an infection spread through tick bites that is on the rise in the UK, experts warn. The risky procedure will involve taking the reproductive organs from a dead donor or a patient who has transitioned the other way and had theirs removed.
Jaelyn Kinchelow, 24, from Indiana, was rushed to hospital for surgery in 2012. But a decade later she started struggling to walk up the stairs – leading doctors to put her on the transplant list. The handover delay – technically the longest logged in the past year – illustrates the crisis facing the health service in England. More than 325,000 people in England are living with dementia but have not been diagnosed, according to a study. The Covid vaccine programme is turning to spring boosters for the vulnerable, while 28,018 young children receive a first jab. NHS Lothian said they were not told of plans to privately finance Edinburgh’s children’s hospital.
Researchers found vaccinating heart disease patients against the winter bug almost halved their chances of dying from a second heart attack in the following 12 months when risk is greatest. Cerebral, a San Francisco based mental telehealth startup, is facing a subpoena from the DoJ alleging misuse of some controlled drugs. Companies like Cerebral have been under fire in recent months for misleading advertising. Simone Biles, an Olympic gymnast, has backed the company, coming on board as CIO and advertising it on social channels. It has since pulled the offering of some prescriptions drugs in the wake of the recent subpoena. It marks the fifth week in a row that the ONS’ weekly infection survey – now the best barometre of the outbreak – has reported a week-on-week fall in cases, despite no Covid restrictions being in place.
It marks the lowest projection since December 19, when No10 was facing pressure from doom-mongers to cancel Christmas again to save the NHS from Omicron. As a Second World War veteran, Andrew Gauld has faced his fair share of battles. A rear gunner in the RAF’s Lancaster bombers regularly flying on dangerous missions over occupied Europe, he confronted his own mortality almost nightly. The brain-wasting disease has wiped his short-term memory and left him needing medicines to calm his agitation and despair. The situation has become so bad the NHS has set up a phoneline to help people access emergency dental care. But campaigners say patients then still need to find an NHS dentist to complete the work.
While that motion failed, another demanding British Medical Association leaders renegotiate GP contracts with ‘unhuman’ workload limits did pass. Both motions were tabled at the BMA’s Annual Conference of Representatives of local medical committees in York today. In proposing the the surgery hours motion, Dr Shaba Nabi, claimed pressure to withdraw the motion by fellow GPs, following outrage over the idea last week, showed how ‘gaslit’ the profession was.