Hospitals have reported a 150% increase in admissions of patients suffering from influenza in the last two weeks. Senior doctors are blaming NHS managers for advising GP surgeries to use a cheap vaccine that protects against the so called ‘Aussie flu’ but does not protect against the Yamagata (Japanese Flu) that is the strain of the virus now sweeping the UK.
There has been a significant increase in deaths amongst the elderly attributed to flu. Doctors advise anyone suffering from flu symptoms to stay at home to avoid spreading the illness. They are using the campaign slogan CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT. This means catch your sneezes in a paper tissue, bin the tissue immediately, then kill any viruses on the hands by washing thoroughly.
In another FRS area, a number of former firefighters have been diagnosed with respiratory illnesses and some appear to be related to Asbestos. Alas, some consultants/doctors are not willing to put Asbestosis on sickness declarations and usually only declare the complaint to be Fibrosis or similar. Unless you get the consultant/doctor to change this to Asbestos you will not be successful with any claim for industrial injury. So PLEASE emphasise that you served in the FIRE SERVICE and the importance of their completion of the paperwork with Asbestos being the cause of your ailment.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: IS FASTING DIET A NEW AND POWERFUL TREATMENT? (30/05)
Those engaged in research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis are very excited about the results of using a low calorie diet that mimics fasting. There are strong indications that cutting the normal calorie intake in half for three days out of seven can repair the damage caused by the disease. The report of this apparent simple but effective method of treatment have been published in the journal Cell Reports.
THREE– YEAR WAIT OVER FOR APPROVAL FOR USE OF NEW PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT (23/03)
There is anger and frustration amongst those suffering from prostate cancer and those treating them because the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) took three years to give its consent to the use of the drug aberaterone. Over one hundred other countries were much quicker to approve its use that it is claimed will extend the lives of about 6,000 prostate cancer sufferers in the UK every year. The drug was developed in London which makes it all the more irritating that it was in use in so many other countries before the UK.
The delay seems to have been rooted in NICE taking a long time to consider the cost effectiveness of the drug that is normally used in the stage of treatment before chemotherapy is started.
SEPSIS KILLS MORE THAN 37,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR, IN THE UK ALONE (21/02)
SPOT IT – TREAT IT – BEAT IT
The results of two American studies into statins are claiming that they interfere with the way that flu vaccines work and significantly reduce their effectiveness. However, UK health experts are claiming that more research is needed to confirm the claims. It is also pointed out that statins protect against heart attacks and strokes and protection against these illnesses should not be reduced without serious consideration. Any WRFA member needing further advice about these matters should consult their GP.
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The number of older people in Wiltshire is growing. For many of us, later life can be an active and fulfilling experience. However, there are thousands of local older people and their families who contact Age UK Wiltshire each year for help. It may be for a bit of information and advice or for practical support at a time of real crisis. Age Concern can provide a wide range of information, advice and services. This includes an extensive selection of literature. These are a few examples:
Age UK Wiltshire are based in Cromwell House, 31 Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1JG. They operate a walk-in centre at this address as well as 27 Havelock Street, Swindon, SN1 1SD. Opening times can be found on their website. To access the website, click on the following link:
The following previously published articles are still available to view:
ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM (AAA) SCREENING
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AVOIDING SKIN CANCER
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