Thursday, September 21News For London

Health

Decrease in teenage pregnancy rates could be affected by cuts in contraceptive services

Health, ReportingWeek2
The Office of National Statistics said rates of teen pregnancy are now at their lowest since 2013. However, this progress could be reversed due to government cuts to the public health budget, research has revealed. A study carried out by Advisory Group Contraception shows that various GPs across the UK are limiting or have stopped providing forms of contraception. The research comes after the announcement in 2015 by the ex chancellor George Osborne, that there would be a £200million cut to public health budget from April of this year until 2021. Registration records showed that in 2016, the birth rate among older women was higher than younger mothers. But reducing this type of services could alter this figure as teenagers today are more likely to avoid unplanned pregnancies thanks t
Contraceptive Funds Cut: Warning over unwanted pregnancies

Contraceptive Funds Cut: Warning over unwanted pregnancies

#breakingnews, Health, ReportingWeek2
Council cuts to contraception pills could lead to an increase in unwanted pregnancies and abortions, research reveals. Public clinics offering women contraception are closing down or reducing their opening hours due to the Whitehall cuts to local council’s public health budgets. According to The Advisory Group on Contraception (AGC) research, cuts to contraception could mean “more unplanned pregnancies and abortions” This research came after government’s announcement regarding public health cuts of more than £800m over six years. The findings according to data obtained under Freedom of Information by AGC prompted warnings from sexual health experts regarding an increase in abortions. Councils have started to reduce their contraceptive services and may continue to do so. Natika H

Ministers’ consideration to raise council tax for social care funding faces criticism

#breakingnews, Health, ReportingWeek2
The government is considering an increase in council tax to pay for social care in the UK. However, organisations and Britons don’t seem to agree whether it will provide a solution for the funding gap in social care. The decision comes after NHS went under pressure for inefficient patient care. Many elderly and disabled patients remain in the hospital due to lack of social care support. Which leads to ambulances queueing up and patients waiting long hours to be admitted. Prime Minister’s spokeswoman refused to comment on the tax rises, but told journalists at a Number 10 briefing today that money isn’t the only problem. “There are other issues to be addressed alongside that,” she said. “We do think there’s a significant variety in how councils manage social care services. We think
NHS England patients to receive HIV preventive drug in clinical trial

NHS England patients to receive HIV preventive drug in clinical trial

#breakingnews, Health, Medical, ReportingWeek1
NHS England will provide a new HIV preventive drug to its high-risk patients. A drug is proven to be 86 per cent effective in cutting the risk of being HIV infected, according to a recent study published in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. At least 10,000 people at high risk will be given the PrEP drug for a period of three years. The decision comes less than a month after a High Court ruling that NHS could provide the drug. The health service fought in court that funding something preventative rather than treatment should fall to local authorities and not the NHS.  However, the National Aids Trust charity challenged its proposal and won the case. The drug has the “potential to have a transformative impact for thousands of people,” according to the Tr
A mind full of colour

A mind full of colour

Art, Audio, Culture, Health, Listen
Be it to help mental health or simply nurture your inner child, adult colouring books may not merely be ‘just another fad’. It’s 6pm on a Thursday evening and the Waterstones bookshop at Piccadilly is abuzz with excitement. A bestselling author is about to launch what experts already know will be another bestselling book, and no, it’s not J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or E. L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. The author in question is Mille Marotta, and the book is Wild Savannah: A Colouring Book Adventure. The new book’s predecessors, Animal Kingdom and Tropical Wonderland, were among 2015’s top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, and continue to top the list of most gifted items on the site. And if these aren’t clear enough indicators of the craze that’s gripped the country, new data from a Ne

The risks of cosmetic surgery that media didn’t tell you

Audio, Data Journalism, Fashion, Health, Listen, Media, News
A record number of Britons went under knife for beauty in 2015. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, here's what you should know. New data from the British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows the number of cosmetic surgery operations reached a record in 2015, with more than 50,000 surgical procedures - an 13% increase on the year before. The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reflects the recovering economy and increasing influence from media and celebrity, according to Dr. Nilesh Sojitra, consultant surgeon and member of British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS). In the past few years, more celebrities are willing to openly talk about their cosmetic operation like Patricia Heaton, who said in Ron Jacobsohn's interview, "my philosophy is, you

NHS England continues to fail London’s gay population

Health, Medical, Politics
Imagine every sexual encounter you had carried the risk of a life-threatening illness. One of life’s fundamental processes bringing with it a stigma of a potential lifelong disease. For most heterosexual people in the UK, this is just a hypothetical. For men who have sex with men (MSM), it’s an all-to-familiar situation. Imagine that one day you were told that there was an effective, affordable solution to this problem . You’d never have to worry about HIV in the bedroom again. You could have sex without ever thinking about disease, illness and death. The psychological relief would be unimaginable. Now imagine you’d been told that the NHS wasn’t going to give you that solution. Once again, sex becomes a threat, rather than a treat. This is the reality that unfolded for thousands of MS

Is Dancehall music to blame for the surge in young men bleaching?

Culture, Fashion, Health, Music, Opinion, Social media
Would you do anything to be beautiful? Some people are killing themselves in the pursuit of lighter skin and using skin bleaching products. A trend for young men to whiten their skin is emerging. But, why?   It seems lately more Dancehall artists are singing about wanting to have lighter skin.     There appears to be a growing trend for young men in London from Afro-Caribbean, African, Asian and mixed-race backgrounds to bleach their skin. These Londoners are going to extremes to lighten their skin, risking their health using banned toxic lotions, gulping down dangerous whitening pills and washing with caustic soap. Certain East London shops are currently facing a £20,000 fine for being caught selling toxic skin lightening cosmetics.    
Shame and sickness on the streets: the state of mental and physical health

Shame and sickness on the streets: the state of mental and physical health

Health, Medical
Homelessness has more than doubled since 2010, with over 7,600 sleeping rough in London at some point in 2015. But what are the long-term physical and mental health problems facing our increasing homeless population? A man in dress shoes swears violently at me as he trips, standing heavily on my leg. I sit up straighter in my sleeping bag. Outside Moorgate station, it’s 7.56pm on a bitterly cold Friday evening: my sixth hour of homelessness lies just ahead. Around me, smartly dressed Londoners make their way from stressful city jobs to upmarket cocktail bars. I can hear the chatter of the end of a hard week’s work. Sat with my head down, someone tosses a pound coin into my lap and mutters something about a sandwich. I am not hungry, and I am not homeless. The pound, and any like

How London’s football fans are fighting back against depression

Health, Sport
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50.  But can football forums provide an avenue for men to talk about their mental health? It has almost become a cliché, comparing football to a religion. Stadiums are built bigger than the largest cathedrals, and still fill each week. Fans, like pilgrims, travel thousands of miles to see their teams play. And many clubs, overwhelmed by requests to scatter ashes, have been forced to build memorial gardens, to prevent damage to their playing surface. While this comparison maybe somewhat tenuous, football is clearly more than a game to many of its followers. According to the UK charity, The Mental Health Foundation, football can have a major impact on mental health. It is thought to affect emotions, relationships, identity and self-esteem. I