Thursday, December 12News For London

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Jeremy Hunt summoned to Commons on misplacement of NHS patient data

Jeremy Hunt summoned to Commons on misplacement of NHS patient data

DontUse, Health, Medical, News, Politics
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being questioned to reveal if he was aware of the misplacement of sensitive patient information Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has been summoned to the House of Commons today to be questioned urgently by Jon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary for Health, regarding the loss of more than half a million patient data records of the NHS, according to the Labour Whips. The misplacement of sensitive patient data, reported by the Guardian today morning, was first uncovered by the NHS in March of last year but kept under wraps. The patient records, mislaid by the contracted private company under NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) to ensure their delivery, were mistakenly stored in a warehouse between 2011-2016, causing one of the biggest data mishaps in NHS’ 69-year histo

Britain’s first three-person DNA raises religious and ethical concerns

Health, Medical, ReportingWeek2
  Doctors await a consent from the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to produce Britain’s first baby with a three-person DNA. The treatment is known as mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT). It is aimed for the women who have the risk of passing on fatal genetic disorders to their children. Although this treatment may seem to be the key to for producing healthy babies, not people of all faith a question remains whether people of all faiths are willing to participate in this treatment. Jahangeer Khan, is an Islamic scholar from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community says “Actually only two parent children can be ever allowed in Islam, for inheritance reasons. Not to speak of potential health risks which haven’t yet been assessed”. He explains that “using genetic ma

Figure of Children self-harming increases dramatically

DontUse, Health, News, ReportingWeek2
19,000 children were taken in to hospital after harming themselves in the last year, reports the childrens’ charity NSPCC. Which is in an increase in 14% over the past three years. Childline, a service provided by the NSPCC, says self-harming is found to be one of the frequent issues why they are contacted. Teenagers between 13-17 are the most likely to end up at a hospital due to overdosing on pills, burning themselves or even cutting their bodies. Through a day about 50 children are given counselling on self-harm, during the previous year the helpline had dealt with more than 18,00 calls regarding the same issue. President of Childline Dame Esther Rantzen says: “Self-harming is at epidemic level among young people”. She said many a time young people felt remorseful and fearful to a

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

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
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
For greener pastures in London. Literally.

For greener pastures in London. Literally.

Culture, Environment, Specials, Video, Watch
Sub-zero temperatures at 10am on a Saturday morning — far from a good excuse to put on your tough boots, roll up your sleeves and head out to plant trees.   Which is why it came as a welcome surprise when several enthusiastic groups of volunteers gathered at Southall’s King George’s Field last weekend for a tree-planting exercise. Organised by Ealing Council in partnership with NGO Trees For Cities and Unilever, the aim was to plant 10,000 new saplings in a single day. The event was part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s larger efforts to make London a greener place by planting 40,000 new trees across the city. His iTree urban forest survey shows that London has 8 million trees that are worth a whopping £6.1 billion to the economy and contribute £130 million in wider benefits. These

Obesity now a serious health concern

Health, ReportingWeek2
Obesity should be a national priority as it will be the biggest challenge for women’s health in the future, emphasises England’s medical chief officer, Dame Sally Davies in the annual health report. Photo credit : Flickr The report aims to empower women and their families to lead healthier lives. It is the first ever report that addresses women’s health and has 17 recommendations to tackle this issue. According to Davies "Women’s health can no longer be side-lined, as this is a national risk," What are the health risks ? If a woman remains obese, it will shorten her lifespan, cause miscarriages during pregnancy or her children might grow up with health problems, warned Davies. This is also the case for Merila Gerard, who became obese after her first pregnancy had many compl

New fitness app targets your fatty food pictures on Instagram

Culture, Health, ReportingWeek2, Social media
Christmas is a time of indulgence. So is it really necessary to have our Instagram food pictures highjacked by a fitness app? Health and fitness company Nomnom have been targeting Instagram users posting pictures of unhealthy food on their feeds. Cycling blogger Jools Walker, whose 87 week old post of a portion of chips was commented on by Nomnom's Instagram account,, said: "Is this the new way for fitness apps to get you to join them? By shaming you on your Instagram pictures of food? "It's an incredibly insensitive strategy, if you can call it that, to try and get people to 'join your revolution' by commenting on photos like that - if your intention is to make people feel atrocious for eating ." Nomnom has distanced themselves from the strategy, saying...
Londoners invited to run Uganda marathon

Londoners invited to run Uganda marathon

International, Sport, Video
Londoners are being invited to take part in what has been dubbed 'a race like no other' to support local communities in Uganda. Cynthia Gregoire meets the organisers Nick Kershaw and Henry Blanchard. Sub editor: Indraja Gugle  Nick Kershaw and Henry Blanchard have come together since 2013 to bring the Uganda Marathon, which takes place in May, into fruition.  The group is working together to improve lives in the Masaka region of Uganda, and they are making it the cultural trip of a lifetime. The trip includes the opportunity to run a half, full or relay marathon attached to a week-long stay in Uganda where participants may choose to join in and help with local projects while staying with host families. The Uganda Marathon project continues to grow and gain support in just tw