Cheap common drugs may help mental illness

The team focused on: anti-cholesterol drugs called statins – which may calm inflammation linked to mental health problems or help the body absorb anti-psychotic medications blood pressure drugs – which may alter the calcium signalling in the brain that has been linked to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia type 2 diabetes drug metformin – which may alter mood But rather than test them in trials, the scientists went looking for evidence in the real world. They analysed life-long medical records of 142,691 people in Sweden who had schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other severe mental illnesses. They then compared the number of times each was admitted to a psychiatric hospital clinic when they were taking those medications and when they were not. …

Millions of homes ‘needed to solve crisis’

Social rent properties are currently set aside for those in most need and are let on long-term tenancies. The report was authored by 16 independent commissioners brought together by Shelter to examine housing in England, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, TV architect George Clarke and Grenfell survivor Ed Daffarn. Shelter said the report was partially inspired by the Grenfell Tower fire and the belief “the disaster must mark a turning point in how we talk about social housing”. Shandor’s story Shandor, 48, became homeless when an accident at work caused him to fall behind on his rent. After six months in a homeless shelter, he and his eight-year-old son Billy moved into a …

‘Cheap junk food to blame’ for obesity

‘End Bogof deals’ to cut food waste Checkout sweets targeted in obesity fight Is UK one of worst child obesity nations? The survey of 1,067 adults in Wales also found 68% of those polled thought temporary price reductions influenced them to buy unhealthy food. The results were published ahead of the Welsh Government launching a three-month consultation into how it should put in place its Healthy Weight, Healthy Wales strategy. According to the charity, 13 types of cancer are linked to obesity and about 1,000 cases of cancer a year are down to being overweight or obese. Image copyright Cancer Research UK Image caption Ms Treharne said she was at her biggest on her wedding day and couldn’t look at …

Unpaid HES staff ‘turning to food banks’

One former staff member said that whoever took responsibility for the failed company would have to deal with the build-up of waste and so far, no-one had agreed to do that. On Saturday, HES confirmed it had ceased operations. In its first public statement, Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) said all 400 staff were now redundant. Clinical waste firm ceases operations What went wrong for HES? Waste firm staff ‘gutted’ at redundancy About 150 staff at its North Lanarkshire headquarters were given redundancy letters on Thursday. HES lost its contracts with NHS Scotland and 17 NHS trusts in England after it was found to be stockpiling clinical waste. It is understood HES workers did not receive wages that were due on …

May’s NHS plan ‘lacks funding and staffing’

He added the NHS “doesn’t need 10 more years of the Tories, it needs a Labour government”. However, Mrs May said that, coupled with the extra money announced last summer, her plan secured the future of the NHS. The budget is due to rise by £20bn a year above inflation by 2023, though a detailed explanation of where that money will come from has not yet been provided. Smokers in hospital to be helped to quit Six things to look out for in health in 2019 The hospitals that fail to treat patients on time Health Secretary Matt Hancock, meanwhile, admitted the health service was short staffed but said work was being done to solve the problem. He told BBC …