mardi 30 septembre 2014

HSJ Live 01.10.2014: Prime minister to 'protect' NHS spending

HSJ Live 01.10.2014: Prime minister to 'protect' NHS spending

David Cameron to offer to “protect” NHS spending, plus the rest of today’s news and comment

Exclusive: Ombudsman seeks new powers to investigate NHS

Exclusive: Ombudsman seeks new powers to investigate NHS

A new public services ombudsman should be established with powers to probe the decisions of clinical commissioning groups and councils, the Parliamentary Health Services Ombudsman has said.

PHSO to take on more historic complaints

PHSO to take on more historic complaints

The Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman has pledged to help seal the “regulatory gap” identified by the CQC after abandoning its probe into an historic complaint.

HSJ Live 30.09.2014: Reaction to Jeremy Hunt's Conservative Party conference speech

HSJ Live 30.09.2014: Reaction to Jeremy Hunt's Conservative Party conference speech

Reaction to Jeremy Hunt’s Birmingham speech, plus the rest of today’s news and comment.

HSJ Live 30.09.2014: Jeremy Hunt Conservative Party conference speech

HSJ Live 30.09.2014: Jeremy Hunt Conservative Party conference speech

Jeremy Hunt delivers conference speech, plus the rest of today’s news and comment.

Nottingham trust receives £7.5m ‘green’ cash

Nottingham trust receives £7.5m ‘green’ cash

FINANCE: One of the largest acute trusts in the country is to receive a £7.5m investment in order to increase its energy efficiency.

HSJ Live 30.09.2014: Conservatives resist funding calls

HSJ Live 30.09.2014: Conservatives resist funding calls

Jeremy Hunt declines to commit to spending growth ahead of afternoon conference speech, plus the rest of today’s news and comment.

Leading trust closes doors to 'out of area' referrals

Leading trust closes doors to 'out of area' referrals

A leading teaching hospital has been accused of breaking the rules around patient choice by closing its doors to routine referrals for patients outside its area.

All practices to publish earnings under new GP contract

All practices to publish earnings under new GP contract

Every general practice will be required to publish the average earnings of their GPs as part of the new contract announced today.

Great Western calls in lawyers over PFI contract concerns

Great Western calls in lawyers over PFI contract concerns

COMMERCIAL: The management of a South West hospital has ‘lost confidence’ in its private finance initiative service provider after it failed to maintain standards of quality and hygiene.

Southampton trust agrees plan to tackle poor waiting times

Southampton trust agrees plan to tackle poor waiting times

PERFORMANCE: University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust has agreed a plan improve its accident and emergency waiting time performance, amid commissioner concerns.

Whistleblower 'bullied by bosses'

Whistleblower 'bullied by bosses'

West London Mental Health Trust has accused a whistleblower of constructing “conspiracy theories” during an employment tribunal in which it faces bullying claims.

An apple a day could keep obesity away

Nondigestible compounds in apples -- specifically, Granny Smith apples -- may help prevent disorders associated with obesity, scientists have concluded. "We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these nondigestible compounds but there are differences in varieties," said the study's lead researcher. "Results from this study will help consumers to discriminate between apple varieties that can aid in the fight against obesity."

An apple a day could keep obesity away

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research. Known as "brief depression symptom measures," the self-administered questionnaires are used in primary care settings to determine the frequency and severity of depression symptoms among patients.

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

Higher nurse-to-patient standard improves staff safety, study shows

A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, according to research.

Higher nurse-to-patient standard improves staff safety, study shows

'Deadly diarrhea' rates nearly doubled in 10 years: Study

Infections with the intestinal superbug C. difficile nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010 in US hospitals without noticeable improvement in patient mortality rates or hospital lengths of stay, according to a study of 2.2 million C. difficile infection cases.

'Deadly diarrhea' rates nearly doubled in 10 years: Study

Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves

Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, researchers are recommending, after a new study showed an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis.

Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves

Chefs at schools can increase school meal participation, vegetable intake among students

Gourmet pizza in school? According to a new pilot study, chef-made meals can increase participation in the National School Lunch Program by 9 percent and overall selection and consumption of vegetables by 16 percent.

Chefs at schools can increase school meal participation, vegetable intake among students

Self-compassion key to positive body image, coping

Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives. Research has found that this self-compassion might be an important means to increase positive body image and protect girls and young women against unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders.

Self-compassion key to positive body image, coping

Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health

Bacteria that metabolize ammonia, a major component of sweat, may improve skin health and some day could be used for the treatment of skin disorders, such as acne or chronic wounds. Human volunteers using the bacteria reported better skin condition and appearance compared with a placebo control group.

Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health

Healthy fats help diseased heart muscle process, use fuel

Oleate, a common dietary fat found in olive oil, restored proper metabolism of fuel in an animal model of heart failure, researchers report. Heart failure affects nearly 5 million Americans, and more than half a million new cases are diagnosed each year. Heart failure is not the same as having a heart attack -- it is a chronic disease state where the heart becomes enlarged, or hypertrophic, in response to chronic high blood pressure which requires it to work harder to pump blood.

Healthy fats help diseased heart muscle process, use fuel