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Over 40s health check to include dementia advice

Over 40s health check to include dementia advice

Health
People over 40 in England will be given advice on dementia as part of their free NHS health check.Guidance on how to reduce the risk of dementia will be given to patients at GP surgeries and through community health programmes.Public Health England (PHE) said up to one-third of dementia cases could be improved through lifestyle choices. But its says 28% of people have no awareness of risk factors and only 2% know what they can do to reduce them.The planned roll-out follows a small pilot conducted by PHE, with the help of Alzheimer's Research UK and the Alzheimer's Society, which led to both charities calling for it to become mandatory. What is the NHS England over 40s health check? Recommended every five years for those a...
Minority health hurt by lack of participation in clinical trials, researchers say

Minority health hurt by lack of participation in clinical trials, researchers say

Health
June 15 (UPI) -- Before pharmaceutical companies can put drugs on the market, the Food and Drug Administration requires years of stringent clinical research to see if they will be effective and safe in the general population. But one thing often is lacking in those trials -- participants from minority groups. With different genetic makeup, members of minority groups -- including African-Americans and Hispanics -- may react to drugs differently or need other types of treatment because of a greater risk for certain diseases and conditions. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities reports that about 10 percent of the minority population participates in clinical studies. Researchers at the University of California, Davis found that, in cancer clinical trials, Hispanic...
Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Health
In the 70th year since the foundation of the NHS, health workers make up one in eight of people recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. More than 60 awards have gone to people working in the NHS. Professor Sue Hill, chief scientific officer for England, said she was "both humbled and absolutely overjoyed" to be made a dame for services to the 100,000 Genomes Project. Midwives, nurses, psychiatrists, GPs and volunteers have also been honoured. Prof Hill said: "Across my career I have had the privilege and honour of working with dedicated and committed healthcare professionals, patients and their families. "This award is not so much about my individual contribution but a recognition and celebration of our joint efforts to ...
GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

Health
The Trump administration's decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law's popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. The Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, beginning with the unpopular requirement that people carry health insurance, but also including widely-supported provisions that guarantee access for people with medical problems and limit what insurers can charge older, sicker adults. Friday, the insurance industry warned in stark terms of "harm that would come to millions of Americans" if such protections are struck down, causing premiums "to go even higher for older...
Trump's 'global gag rule' cutting off health care in Africa: Report

Trump's 'global gag rule' cutting off health care in Africa: Report

World
The Trump administration's abortion policy on foreign aid is having a devastating effect in local communities that require medical assistance, according to a new report. Investigators from the Center for Health and Gender Equity, or CHANGE, issued a report Tuesday on what's known as the "Mexico City policy" or the "global gag rule" -- what the Trump administration calls "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance." The policy requires that any foreign group -- nongovernmental organization (NGO) or for-profit -- that receives U.S. global health funding cannot perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning -- or else they'll be stripped of their U.S. funds. Trump's policy is an expansion of past Republican presidents in that it now affects all global health funds -- ...