Doctors give mental health pills to more than one million teenagers

Doctors give mental health pills to more than one million 18 to 20-year-olds in a year as the number of young people on antidepressants soars by 20% One in nine of the age group are taking the drugs to treat anxiety or bi-polar  There is a risk of side effects when coming off pills including suicidal thoughts Figures found by […]

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These Are the Essential Health Tips Doctors Wish Everybody Knew

In a Reddit thread which has gone viral with more than 40,000 comments, medical professionals have been sharing the things that they wish everybody knew about their own body, and the healthcare tips that everybody should incorporate into their lifestyle. “Many simpler diseases in the body can be compared to a car,” said one doctor. “When you don’t get regular […]

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Sports playbook helps doctors predict cancer patient outcomes

In this season of global soccer competitions and hotly contested political primaries, bookies and pundits are scouring every evolving scrap of information and sifting through mountains of data in an effort to predict the outcome of the next game or election. These predictions can change on a dime, however, based on a player’s poor pass or a candidate’s stellar debate […]

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The ‘worst hand, foot and mouth disease doctors have EVER seen’

The ‘worst hand, foot and mouth disease doctors have EVER seen’: Mother, 41, releases shocking pictures of her toddler battling the infection doctors dismissed as chickenpox Emma Reavley noticed red spots on her daughter Emily’s neck on April 25   Doctors at Hemel Hempstead’s Urgent Care Centre said it was chickenpox  Youngster was diagnosed when her temperature ‘skyrocketed’ to 39°C (102°F) […]

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Readmission rates vary little among primary care doctors

(HealthDay)—There is minimal variation in readmission rates among primary care providers (PCPs), according to a study published online May 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Siddhartha Singh, M.D., from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study to examine whether 30-day readmission rates vary by PCP in Texas. Data were included for patients […]

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When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University) published in Health Affairs. Hospital openness, defined as an environment in which staff freely speak up […]

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Doctors underestimate patients’ weight loss attempts: study

Doctors think people with obesity are much less interested in losing weight than they actually are, an Australian-led study has found. According research presented at the European Congress on Obesity on Monday, 71 per cent of health professionals believe people with obesity do not want to lose weight, although only 7 per cent of people with obesity said they felt […]

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Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws

At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines last school year. The cities of Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Nevada City, Arcata and Sausalito all had schools in which more than 30 percent of the kindergartners had been granted such medical exemptions. Nearly three years ago, […]

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Doctors may be prescribing antibotics for longer than needed

For most infections, the long-standing advice is to take a full course of antibiotics. The rationale for not simply stopping antibiotics as soon as you start to feel better is that antibiotics don’t kill the bacteria instantly. If stopped too early, the remaining bacteria, which are exposed to low concentrations of antibiotics, tend to be more resistant. These can then […]

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NHS is ‘dysfunctional’ with doctors ‘like headless chickens’

The health service is ‘dysfunctional’ with doctors ‘running around like headless chickens’ trying to reach targets, chairman of NHS England says Lord Prior of Brampton said ‘top-down, target-driven culture’ has ‘riven the NHS’ He added that desperation to meet targets was ultimately risking patient safety In January, just 84.4 per cent of patients were treated or admitted in four hours […]

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