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Archive for January, 2007

Medics criticise patient involvement plans

Friday, January 26th, 2007

The British Medical Association has said that government proposals to give patients and the public in England more say in the NHS are likely to fail due to insufficient resources. The BMA’s patient liaison group criticises the plans to replace patient forums with new local involvement networks (LINks) without addressing resourcing issues. ‘We support the government’s intention to strengthen the involvement of the public and patients in the planning and delivery of their local health and social services. However, we have concerns about the new structures proposed in this Bill,’ said patient liaison group deputy chair Juliet Dunmur

Do you agree with shopping vouchers for drug addicts plan?

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Drug addicts receiving treatment could be given shopping vouchers to help them tackle their problem under a new proposal being suggested by an NHS body. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says the idea would be cost-effective and there would be a public health benefit because addicts could also be screened for infectious diseases – such as HIV and tuberculosis, according to the BBC. Evidence from international trials shows modest financial incentives can cut drug abuse by hardened addicts, the broadcaster says

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Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team believe that this proposal is a sensible and pragmatic plan to help drug addicts. They need help and support to tackle their addiction and we hope that the Department of Health and government will give serious consideration to implementing the NICE strategy to cope with the problem.

What’s your opinion?  Do you agree or do you believe these proposals are too controversial?  Please post a comment.

Road tax evasion costs a small fortune!

Friday, January 26th, 2007

The number of people not paying their road tax has topped two million. According to figures released by the Department for Transport, an estimated 2,193,000 drivers failed to pay their vehicle excise duty last year, up from 1,549,000 in 2005. The report showed non-payment was costing a small fortune, with £217m in lost revenue in 2006/07, compared with £147m in 2005/06.

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This is clearly a major issue which the Department of Transport needs to deal with urgently.  Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team want to hear your views.

Green agenda for global leaders

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Global warming and the second web revolution are uppermost as the World Economic Forum starts.

Fibre reduces breast cancer risk

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Eating more fibre can cut the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women, according to scientists. A study found that women with a high intake of fibre – particularly wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereal – cut their risk of breast cancer in half. Researchers at the University of Leeds tracked the eating habits of more than 35,000 women for seven years. Their findings were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology

Pensions ‘inadequate’ say bosses

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

More than half of top executives say staff pension schemes will not fund a comfortable retirement

UK house prices increase by 4.2%

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

House prices in the UK increased by 4.2% during the last three months of 2006 with the market in Northern Ireland continuing to outperform elsewhere, new figures show. The Halifax House Price Index found that average house prices rose to £186,954 in the fourth quarter, pushing the annual rate of inflation up to 9.9% Northern Ireland recorded the biggest rise between October and December, with prices up 15.9% to £196,874.

Lib Dems comment on Tory policies

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Norman Lamb has called the findings of the Conservative policy commission on the NHS ‘depressingly familiar’ and claimed that giving GPs total control of their budgets would lead to greater health inequalities. He said: ‘There can be no doubt that GPs are the backbone of the primary care system, but it is essential that the patients’ interests are paramount.’

Diabetic children face ‘limb risk’

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Thousands of diabetic children could risk losing limbs because the NHS cash crisis is hitting services, according to a new report. Four out of five diabetic children have poor glucose control, putting them at risk of developing complications, it said. In the UK, there are 20,000 children under the age of 15 with type 1 diabetes, which means sufferers are dependant on insulin. Another 1,000 children have type 2, which is associated with obesity, but many more youngsters are undiagnosed.

Pooch-power! Dog-owners ‘lead healthier lives’

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

If you want to live a healthier life get a dog, research suggests. The companionship offered by many pets is thought to be good for you, but the benefits of owning a dog outstrip those of cat owners, the study says. A psychologist from Queen’s University, Belfast, said dog owners tended to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Writing in the British Journal of Health Psychology, she says that regular ‘walkies’ may partly explain the difference. Dr Deborah Wells reviewed dozens of earlier research papers which looked at the health benefits of pet ownership.

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As a specialist healthcare communications agency the PRimage team were very interested in this news item.  Judy Viitanen has worked with the Pet Health Council to promote the health benefits of pet ownership … She also has a dog and four cats and can’t imagine life without them!

Are you a dog owner – and do you recognise the health benefits that your pooch brings you?  Post a comment.