‘Worrying’ rise in severe allergies in children

Why the world is becoming more allergic Family demand law change after Byron burger death Boy’s cheese allergy death ‘unprecedented’ Children under 10 were most likely to be affected by anaphylaxis, with 1,018 admitted to hospital last year – compared with 601 in 2013-14. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sesame is one of 14 allergens consumers must be made aware of in food products The increase in allergies is not thought to be simply due to society becoming more aware of them and better at diagnosing them. Instead, scientists believe factors such as dietary changes, exposure to microbes and pollution may play a role in the rise – particularly …

Does UK lag other rich nations on health and care?

Image copyright Getty Images The OECD review said good-quality long-term care was particularly important for improving the quality of life for older populations. But while access to health care was good, it was a different picture for long-term care, which includes help with daily tasks such as washing and dressing. Spending on such care was below average, while informal carers shared a heavy burden, with nearly one in five people aged over 50 acting as informal carers, the fourth highest among the 18 countries for which there was comparable data. In England, there have been years of talks and arguments over how to reform the social care system. Following the 2017 election the government promised to bring forward plans. But …

‘Absolute clarity’ on NI-GB Brexit trade – Hancock

Johnson accused of ‘misunderstanding’ Brexit deal Did PM get Brexit deal details right? Johnson a ‘passionate unionist’ On Saturday, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast there is “absolute clarity” between what the prime minister and Mr Barclay said. “It’s highly technical because it’s about the types of checks and agreement but, crucially, all of this can be properly addressed in the future trade agreement talks because we don’t want to have any tariffs with the EU and, as far as I can see, they don’t want to have any with us.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“There will not be checks on goods going from NI to GB,” Boris Johnson tells Conservative supporters The health secretary added that …

Shell limits North Sea gas to reduce flaring

Shell forced to burn off gas it cannot sell Exxonmobil’s plant at the site will be closed until mid December for work to be carried out to make the plant more “reliable”. Since the Fife Ethylene Plant was temporarily closed down Shell said it “did not have the storage capacity for the significant quantities of ethane produced from North Sea gas”. Shell separates methane, which is used in homes across the country to power cookers, boilers and fires, from North Sea gas at the St Fergus plant in Aberdeenshire. The rest of the mixture of North Sea gas, ethane, propane and butane is then piped to Shell’s Fife Natural Gas Liquids plant in Mossmorran. It then processes propane and butane …

Health services in NI ‘at risk of collapse’

£1bn ‘needed to eradicate Northern Ireland waiting lists’ Bengoa Review: Ambitious health care shake-up unveiled The Westminister committee report, by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, said key services, “in particular cancer, social care and mental health”, lack comprehensive strategies to guide their future direction. It added that the Department of Health “must do more to demonstrate its commitment to developing long-term strategies for these services”. The committee said the department must also take immediate action to tackle “acute issues facing the health service”. These, it said, include cancer waiting times, shortages in social care staffing and inadequate mental health funding. The report said decisions over health services in Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the health minister in the Northern …

My babys hip dysplasia was only spotted by chance

‘It should not be down to luck’ Rowan Beattie’s father Derek knew something was not right the first time he tried to change his baby daughter’s nappy. He told health visitors it was hard to manipulate her legs to get her in the correct position but he was assured she was fine. The GP check at six weeks also did not pick up her condition. Image caption Derek, Allison and Rowan, who is now four and fully recovered DDH is a relatively common condition. Full hip dislocation, where the ball is not positioned properly in the socket joint, affects about 1.3 cases per 1,000 but there are 6.1 cases per 1,000 where the hip socket is underdeveloped. If spotted early, …

NHS could face 1.8bn shortfall without reform

Analysis by Lisa Summers, BBC Scotland health correspondent It was the Scottish government that described “integration” as the most significant change to health and social care since the NHS was formed. The idea is a good one: better care in the community means fewer people end up in hospital when they don’t need to be. It is better for their wellbeing, takes the pressure off hospitals, and crucially, is cheaper. And for the health service to be financially sustainable that shift in emphasis needs to happen much faster. That means making sure there are enough specialist staff to fill gaps, working out which initiatives are successful and implementing them across the country. It also means setting out clear priorities on …

Migrants found ‘smuggled in cattle truck’

NCA regional head of investigation Gerry McLean said: “Those who seek to profit from facilitating illegal immigration into the United Kingdom do so for their own selfish greed and without any concern for the health and wellbeing of those who are often moved across borders in inhuman and degrading conditions. “We are determined to do all we can with our law enforcement partners to disrupt those networks and bring perpetrators to justice.” The four men arrested in the UK on suspicion of facilitating immigration have been released under investigation, while the lorry driver remains in custody.

Compulsory mental health detentions at record high

The figures revealed: Among women, the 18-24 age group was most affected, with 185 cases Young men aged 16-17 saw the greatest increase in emergency detention last year Over the past 10 years, 16 and 17 year olds of both sexes have seen the biggest increase in such detentions Related Topics Mental health NHS Scotland Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

BA passengers: Cabin fumes affected our health

‘Throat sores’ Gayle has been referred by her doctor to a respiratory specialist, as has fellow passenger, Stephen McConnon. Mr McConnon says he has sores in his throat and is often “struggling breathing”. Before the flight, he went to the gym on a regular basis. However, he says his performance at the gym has subsequently “fallen off a cliff” and his latest prognosis was “really not good”. BA flight evacuated after smoke filled cabin Airlines face air quality lawsuits Watch: What happened on-board flight BA422 Mr McConnon’s colleague, Frank Sweeney, who was with him on the flight, and who is also suffering breathing difficulties, says he wants answers. “I want to know, first of all, what did we breathe in? …

More emergency workers suffering mental ill health

Fire and ambulance services reported an increase in the number of staff taking mental health-related absences – such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and other stress – while police saw a slight drop in the last year after four years of rises. Colm Porter from Unison said the rise may be down to staff being more willing to seek help with mental health. Mr Porter said: “Demand on the ambulance service is at an unprecedented high as GP, mental health and social care services struggle due to chronic underfunding. “It’s obviously not good news that so many are suffering, but the rise in cases does show the taboo surrounding mental health is lifting, meaning we can begin …

What’s in the government’s new environment bill?

With Brexit set to remove the stick of these rules, an independent watchdog, the Office for Environmental Protection, is being created to hold the government to account. Ministers say the watchdog won’t be able to fine the government if it fails to uphold its commitments – but will ensure it is held to account, with the ability to stop projects and hold authorities in contempt of court if they breach environmental standards. But campaigners fear that the new watchdog could be muzzled, tamed and stripped of funding. ‘Only big changes’ will tackle climate change Plastic bag sales in England halved in past year Estate agents urged to tell buyers about pollution ‘Powerful weapon’ Conservative peer Lord Randall – a green …

‘I’m 17, and rarely ID’d for e-cigs’

‘Liquid in my lungs’ Georgia 17, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme she had been to shops where she had been given free e-cigarette tutorials and liquids. She has been vaping for over a year and “rarely” been asked for ID. Asked for proof of age the first time she had tried to buy vaping products, she had been allowed to complete the purchase after telling the seller she had forgotten it, she said. The teenager now believes she has experienced negative health effects as a result of vaping. “I went to hospital, they took my blood and they said there’s too much liquid in my lungs,” she said. “They gave me some tablets for a course of two weeks. …

Secondary cancer diagnosis delays ‘unacceptable’

“For too long now, the worrying perception that everyone survives breast cancer has masked the heartbreaking reality for 11,500 families in the UK that lose someone they love each year,” the charity said. The advanced, or metastatic form of the disease means the cancer has spread through the blood and created secondary tumours in the bones, liver, lung or brain. It cannot be cured and patients stay in treatment for the rest of their lives. ‘I felt stupid and naive’ Jo Myatt, 43, from Chorley, went to see her GP five times over a number of years before discovering that breast cancer had spread to her liver and bones. “I felt like a hypochondriac for going all the time,” she …

Humpback whale seen in Thames found dead

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe humpback whale was spotted swimming near Dartford A humpback whale seen swimming in the River Thames over the weekend has died. The mammal was spotted lying motionless on mudflats along the River Thames at Greenhithe on Tuesday afternoon. Sam Lipman, from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), said the death was “not wholly unexpected”. BDMLR said the whale, seen surfacing off Greenhithe on Sunday, was “definitely a humpback” and was probably lost but did not appear to be in any distress. “It’s really sad to find a humpback whale like this, deceased,” Ms Lipman said. Image caption The humpback whale lying motionless on mudflats The BDMLR had said the creature …