Richard Hodson

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Urban heat islands exist even in the Arctic

<b>TROMSØ, Norway</b> — A novel form of the “urban heat island” effect might contribute to why the far north is warming faster than the rest of the globe, a …

Water-Activated Street Murals Come to Life When It Rains

PANTONE recently collaborated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago‘s designers and art directors to transform Seoul, Korea's streets during the dreary monsoon season. The appropriately titled Project Monsoon venture began with the creative team painting Seoul's somber roads with …

Flies that fight off parasites produce offspring with greater genetic mix

Infections may lead organisms to diversify their next generation's DNA.<p>Female fruit flies that fall sick produce offspring more genetically diverse …

What's the truth about free NHS Calpol?

<b>It all started with a post from a mum on Facebook and led to a huge hike in hits on the NHS Choices website.</b><p>When buying some Calpol in a large pharmacy chain, the poster said she had discovered, to her "amazement" that "if you register your details under the 'minor ailments scheme', all medicines …

NHS England accused of interference over hepatitis C drug

Officials at NHS England have been accused of interfering in a process to decide whether a drug which can cure Hepatitis C should be made available …

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NHS spending: how temporary staff keep the health service going

Reliance on agencies follows growing concern about shortages of NHS staff, particularly nurses and Accident & Emergency doctors<p>Ballooning levels of spending on agency nurses and doctors mean NHS trusts are paying the equivalent of £750,000 a year just to fill one post.<p>Hospitals have spent £3,200 …

Can good food protect your ears from loud noises?

A healthy diet may offer some protection from hearing loss due to noise exposure, however it can’t reverse hearing damage, a new study …

Holistic Medicine

New Nice guidance will teach bad bosses how to keep employees happy

Bad managers will be given guidance on how to treat staff in a new report to be launched next month by Nice<p>Poor managers are fuelling the rise in sickness absence, a government health advisor has warned ahead of the first ever guidelines telling bosses on how to treat workers.<p>Dame Carol Black said …

The quiet local revolution reshaping the NHS

In the closing days of the election campaign, the political parties continue to slug it out over who is going to save or wreck the NHS. They seem to …

City Politics

Our NHS is in early stage terminal decline | Letter from David Nicholson, Dr Iona Heath, Dr Clare Garada and others

NHS,Social care,Mental health,Older people,GPs,Public services policy,Public finance,Public sector cuts,General election 2015,Health,Society,Politics,Doctors<p>The NHS is in dire financial straits and this is beginning to undermine the health of our nation. Social care is at the heart of the problem …

Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes

We are a UK Registered Charity run entirely by unpaid volunteers.<p>Our aim is to provide an out-of-hours, emergency transport service to the NHS, …

Shaking up the NHS: why physios must understand the future NHS

Suzanne Rastrick wants physiotherapists to be innovators. She sees them as influencers.<p>So it is imperative, says NHS England’s chief allied health …

Public goes private

AS FAR as it possibly could, the Labour Party tried to make Britain’s general election a referendum on the National Health Service. The NHS is a …

Health Care

Eight things the new government should prioritise for the NHS

Photograph: Martin Godwin<p>‘We desperately need more GPs’, says Maureen Baker.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/8/1431079466972/751fb240-93c2-42e7-857f-ce4ce095a36f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Martin Godwin<p>‘We desperately need more GPs’, says Maureen …

NHS

We Spoke to Some NHS Workers About How They're Feeling Today

Clue: fucking terrified.<p>Today's Conservative victory has sent tremors through so many avenues of society, it's almost impossible to quantify at this point. But other than "cuts", the word on many people's lips today is "NHS".<p>More precisely: what is going to happen to a public health service that …

Mental Health

Do we want better health care, or do we want to keep the NHS?

We all love the NHS so much that no one will admit the bleeding obvious: the way we pay for it must change fundamentally<p>Most people will know of a similar story, and many will have experienced such wonders first hand. After a series of unexplained seizures, a friend of mine found himself admitted …

BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, GP: NHS should be free from political influence

The NHS should be free from political influence, says Dr Zoe Norris, a GP who works in Hull.<p>Dr Norris told 5 live Breakfast that "billions of pounds" are wasted changing structures and implementing new government infrastructure every five years.<p>She said her ideal structure for the NHS would be a …

Manifesto Check: Labour bids to highlight key health differences

The Labour manifesto refers to the NHS as “one of our great national institutions”, and has the stated aim to “rescue our NHS”, referring to the …

Radiation Therapy

NHS crisis: Damning report reveals nurses are too stretched to feed and care for patients

Patients are being denied pain relief, food and water due to NHS cuts, a damning report has revealed.<p>Disturbingly, 65% of nurses said the sick are …

Physiology

Election 2015: Greens urge voters - 'join a revolution'

<b>The Green Party launched its General Election manifesto with a call for a "peaceful political revolution" to end austerity and tackle climate change.</b><p>It pledged to stop the "creeping privatisation of the NHS" and increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour.<p>Leader Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas, the …

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Placebos

Cameron Pledges £8 billion A Year For The NHS As Parties Reveal Rival Health Policies

The Tories have pledged to meet NHS funding needs "in full" as the rival parties unveiled health policies targeting new mothers and OAPs on Friday. …

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Drones Could Carry Blood To Critically Injured Patients

Mayo Clinic seeks UAVs for delivering medical supplies<p>Blood supplies, especially platelets and plasma, are vital for taking care of injured people. But blood comes with an expiration date. Certain parts of it, like platelets and plasma, survive for less than a week after they’ve been donated, and …

Drones

'Desperate' Tory plot to organise own letter from doctors exposed in bombshell leaked email

Jeremy Hunt has been left red-faced tonight as a bombshell leaked email exposes a “desperate” Tory plot to organise their own letter from doctors.<p>It …

‘Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital’ demonstration set to take place tomorrow as NHS bosses meet

Anti-cuts protestors will stage a demonstration tomorrow outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital.<p>Armed with banners and placards, the activists will call …

NHS could save £180m a year by reducing carbon emissions, National Audit Office claims

The National Audit Office has estimated in a report that the NHS could save £180 million a year by reducing carbon emissions.<p>If a correct estimate, …

Ways to right the coalition wrongs of NHS reorganisation | Letters

The letter from 140 health professionals (8 April) clearly identifies the problems the NHS has experienced in recent years. Key to the future is the issue of funding. The NHS accounted for less than 4% of GDP in its early years and this has risen to more than 9% now, with a particularly steep …