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Low-fat diet 'burns more fat' Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

A low-fat, rather than a low-carb, diet leads to a greater loss of body fat, according to experiments carried out by scientists at the US National Institutes of Health.

End 'fixation' with A&E wait target Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

The four-hour waiting time target for NHS accident and emergency units across the UK should be downgraded as it is distorting priorities, experts say.

Disrupting chemicals ‘cost billions’ Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

Common chemicals that disrupt hormones could cost more than €150bn a year in damage to health in Europe, studies claim.

Prisons face smoking ban prosecution Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

Prison guards and inmates could face prosecution for flouting smoking ban laws in communal prison areas after a High Court ruling.

Hospital translation costs triple Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

The cost of translating at NHS hospitals in Nottingham has nearly tripled in four years, BBC Inside Out learns.

Liberia releases last Ebola patient Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any new cases for the first time since May 2014, according to health officials.

Plumbers 'should report cold homes' Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

Plumbers and heating engineers should join with GPs and care staff in tackling problems caused by cold homes, health experts say.

New mental health rights proposed Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

Proposals to give more rights to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions are unveiled by the government.

Hospital crisis hit 900 operations Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

More than 900 patients in the West of England had surgery cancelled for non-medical reasons in the first two weeks of the year, figures show.

Billions 'have untreated tooth decay' Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

Billions of people have untreated tooth decay across the globe, an international study has found.

Adults get flu 'every five years' Posted on Wednesday March 04, 2015

Adults catch real flu about once every five years, while children get it every other year, scientists calculate, based on a field study in China.

Home care 'being short changed' Posted on Wednesday March 04, 2015

Just one in seven councils in the UK is paying a "fair" price for home care for the elderly, according to a survey.

Autism appears 'largely genetic' Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.

Clegg in drug law election pledge Posted on Wednesday March 04, 2015

The Lib Dem election manifesto will include a pledge to hand drugs policy from the Home Office to the Department of Health, Nick Clegg says.

'Lethal failures' led to baby deaths Posted on Tuesday March 03, 2015

A "lethal mix" of failures at a Cumbrian hospital led to the unnecessary deaths of 11 babies and one mother, an inquiry rules.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

Weekly roundup of hospice and palliative care job opportunities posted on ehospice.

Glasgow University launches major research project on end of life care Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

A new four-year project, which officially launched on 1 March, aims to identify the most appropriate and sustainable interventions at the end of life.

Daily News Roundup – 6 March 2015 Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

In the news today: Teesside Hospice installs new illuminated 'virtual skylights' in a windowless therapy room, Children’s Hospice South West opens a garden trail featuring some of Devon’s finest gardens, and the first minister of Scotland is ‘not convinced’ by new legislation to allow assisted suicide.

Support needs for young people with life-limiting conditions – call for evidence Posted on Friday March 06, 2015

Demos are inviting young people with complex disabilities, life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families and practitioners, to feed into a new research project on the needs of these young people and available support in the UK.

Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards – open for nominations Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

Nominations for this year's Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards can be made until 10 April.

New £1.2m day hospice in Devon welcomes its first patients Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

Hospiscare has this week opened a new day hospice in Honiton, East Devon, funded by local community support and a grant from NHS England.

Developing a new approach to palliative care funding: currency published Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

NHS England has today published a development currency for palliative care, based on a two year data collection exercise involving adult and children's hospice and palliative care services.

Daily News Roundup – 5 March 2015 Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015

In the news today: St David's Hospice Care gets planning permission for a new inpatient unit in Newport, Peace Hospice Care to offer a course for men recovering from prostate cancer, and how Twitter can help connect the complex world of palliative care.

Scottish charity raises over £1 million to help development of palliative care in Malawi Posted on Wednesday March 04, 2015

With match funding from the UK government, EMMS International has raised over £1 million, which will be used to help provide over 40,000 people across Malawi with access to palliative care at home.

Daily News Roundup – 4 March 2015 Posted on Wednesday March 04, 2015

In the news today: Britain’s Got Talent star visits St Catherine’s Hospice, new TVs for inpatients at Michael Sobell Hospice, and research highlights how hospitals can help critically ill people go home to die.

St Wilfrids’s Hospice, Eastbourne, rated ‘outstanding’ by CQC Posted on Wednesday March 04, 2015

During an inspection in August 214, inspectors from the Care Quality Commission found that hospice staff were caring and compassionate and that people were being provided with responsive, effective and well-led care.

Survey highlights top concerns around caring for someone who is terminally ill Posted on Wednesday March 04, 2015

Management of a loved one's pain, not having access to 24/7 care and strains on finances have been identified as the top three concerns people have around looking after a family member or friend with a terminal illness.

Consultation on changes to the national information standard for end of life care coordination Posted on Tuesday March 03, 2015

Public Health England has published a consultation on proposed changes to the national information standard for end of life care co-ordination: core content (ISB1580).

Consultation on individual-level data collection from palliative care services Posted on Tuesday March 03, 2015

Public Health England has launched a consultation on plans to introduce a new national individual-level data collection from specialist palliative care services to support improvements in palliative and end of life care.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice delivers outstanding care Posted on Tuesday March 03, 2015

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice has been awarded an overall rating of outstanding in its recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.