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Brexit could have unhealthy consequences

Brexit could have unhealthy consequences | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Unknowns over staffing, research and how Britons abroad will receive treatment
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"A second issue is staffing, analysed in a recent Lancet article co-ordinated by Nick Fahy of Oxford university. An estimated 60,000 EU nationals are currently working in the National Health Service and a further 90,000 in adult social care — a sector that is only going to grow in the years ahead as the population continues to age."
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Collaboration and competition: essential for research

Collaboration and competition: essential for research | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
In the rivalry to make the next scientific breakthrough, collaboration is key. But the UK’s post-Brexit course only undermines its competitive standing
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Trisha Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, comments on the increasing obsession with metrics in academia.
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Watchdog 'recommends vaginal mesh ban'

Watchdog 'recommends vaginal mesh ban' | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Implants can cut into the vagina - and some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk.
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The University of Oxford's Prof Carl Heneghan, an expert in the subject, said the draft guidelines were an admission that health services had "got this wrong" - calling the use of mesh a "catastrophe".
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Health research projects highlighted at Limerick symposium

Health research projects highlighted at Limerick symposium | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
CLINICIANS and academics from Limerick and the Mid-West region showcased their latest research findings at the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) today. The Health Research Symposium was held at the hospital’s new Clinical Education and Research Centre and featured four keynote international speakers, 18 oral presentations and over 170 scientific abstracts. Organising committee chairman Prof Austin Stack …
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Professor Richard McManus delivered a talk at the Health Research Symposium in Limerick.
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Reliable resources for dermatology nurses | Nursing in Practice

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Recently, the SKINS project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (research for patient benefit) has been undertaken to address these issues. The SKINS project ran from September 2014 to March 2017, and involved conducting interviews with 97 young people aged 13-25 in England about their experiences of having acne, alopecia, eczema or psoriasis.
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Mother suffers crippling problems after Essure implant

Mother suffers crippling problems after Essure implant | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Jackie Miles (pictured) is one of more than 34,000 women worldwide who claim they’ve suffered a range of crippling problems after receiving a contraceptive device known as Essure.
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Professor Carl Heneghan, the director of the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine says: ‘How much evidence do you need to say: “Let’s withdraw this from the market?’’ ’
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Warning over NHS Brexit 'catastrophe'

Warning over NHS Brexit 'catastrophe' | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
A hard or 'no deal' Brexit could have a serious impact on NHS Wales, a health expert warns.
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Nick Fahy, Senior Researcher in Health Policy, said:

"It's going to be very hard, I don't think we should be under any illusions about that - and that's why what kind of Brexit we have really matters."
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What to make of this 'polite request' for a list of people teaching Brexit?

What to make of this 'polite request' for a list of people teaching Brexit? | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Awkward phrasing and pretense of politeness make Chris Heaton-Harris's letter more sinister, writes Trisha Greenhalgh
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Professor Trish Greenhalgh comments on the recent request from MP Chris Heaton-Harris for the names of professors teaching European affairs.
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Old age is not for taking it easy. Elderly must exercise to keep health costs down, say experts 

Old age is not for taking it easy. Elderly must exercise to keep health costs down, say experts  | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Old age is not for taking it easy and pensioners must ‘play their part’ in keeping active to avoid becoming a burden to the healthcare system, experts have said.
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Researchers include Dr David Nunan, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
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Will a sugar tax work? Well, it did at Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurants

Will a sugar tax work? Well, it did at Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurants | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers say the chef’s 10p levy on sugary drinks led to a significant drop in sales – boding well for the government’s sugar tax plan
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Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at the University of Oxford said this was the first evidence of the effects of a price rise in a restaurant setting and could not be considered conclusive. 

 “Nonetheless this is a careful analysis and shows a greater than anticipated fall in sales, which is encouraging news for public health ahead of the introduction of the soft drink industry levy next year,” she said

“Surprisingly, and unlike the experience in some other countries, there was also a decline in low- and no-sugar drinks, which is harder to explain. The gap in the paper is data on alcohol sales, since any compensatory increase (which may or may not have occurred) would be of considerable concern given the potential contribution to energy intake and health harms. Businesses will also want to understand more about the likely impact on turnover.”
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Extra 10p on sugary drinks 'cut sales'

Extra 10p on sugary drinks 'cut sales' | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
A fall in sales of high-sugar drinks in Jamie's Italian restaurant chain was linked to the levy and menu changes.
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Prof Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at the University of Oxford, said the findings were "encouraging news for public health". But she said there was a disappointing lack of data on alcohol sales, which could have increased over the same period.
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Vaginal mesh; alcohol and the heart, Inside Health - BBC Radio 4

Vaginal mesh; alcohol and the heart, Inside Health - BBC Radio 4 | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Big baby birth trial, Uveitis, Telephone triage, Burns
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Prof Carl Heneghan discusses the 'shambolic' regulation of medical devices in a segment examining the scandal over vaginal mesh.
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How placebos work - even when you know you're taking a sugar pill

How placebos work - even when you know you're taking a sugar pill | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Debate rages about whether placebos actually work. Some think they are powerful cures for almost everything, while others say they are useless. Dr Jeremy Howick discusses the placebo effect.
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Dr Jeremy Howick said:
"Suppose that you knew your body could produce its own morphine. Would you still take as much aspirin — which can make your stomach bleed — for mild headaches?..."
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30/11/2017, David Prever - BBC Radio Oxford

30/11/2017, David Prever - BBC Radio Oxford | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
29/11/2017
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Professor Richard Hobbs is interviewed about the HEAT study, which involves more than 1200 general practices across the UK.

From 40:27 – 43:37
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Pope In Myanmar, Newshour - BBC World Service

Pope In Myanmar, Newshour - BBC World Service | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Mount Agung: Volcano Alert at Highest Level
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Professor Carl Heneghan of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford discusses the news that the health watchdog NICE is to recommend that vaginal mesh operations should be banned from treating organ prolapse in England.
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Every Step You Take Counts, Health Check - BBC World Service

Every Step You Take Counts, Health Check - BBC World Service | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Could Cholesterol-lowering Drugs Fight Pneumonia?
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Digital Health researcher Farzana Dudhwala is interviewed about her research into health ethnography.
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Jamie Oliver’s sugar levy trial fails to win over experts

Jamie Oliver’s sugar levy trial fails to win over experts | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Nutrition experts have reacted with scepticism to research that found a “significant” link between price and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) following a trial in a chain of restaurants owned by Jamie Oliver.
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Professor Susan Jebb said the study was based on a "pragmatic interrupted time series" rather than a stronger research design, "so findings are indicative rather than conclusive."
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Giving up sugar was the worst thing I ever did - BBC Three

Giving up sugar was the worst thing I ever did - BBC Three | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Check out this content on BBC Three.
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Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at Oxford University, says:
“Lots of people enjoy sugar and gain pleasure from it, so one has to find a balance between enjoyment and eating the right amount.” Ultimately, she says, “It’s up to individuals to make their own choices.”
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Colby Cosh: Lessons from the opioid avalanche: trust data, not doctors

Colby Cosh: Lessons from the opioid avalanche: trust data, not doctors | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
One lesson of the opioid crisis is that protecting public welfare requires a defensive fortification of data
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OpenPrescribing.net is referenced in this article about prescribing in Canada.
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Strategies to Reduce Antibiotic Prescribing Vary in Effectiveness

Some interventions to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections in primary care were successful, others not so much.
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“This review serves as the first overview of systematic reviews to summarize interventions that has been trialed for reducing antibiotic prescribing and elucidates their potential effectiveness in reducing antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections in primary care,” said author Pui San Tan, MPharm, PhD, an infectious diseases and acute care researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, in England.
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Can You Teach Old Dogs New Tricks?

Can You Teach Old Dogs New Tricks? | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
You can teach an old dog new tricks, and this old dog wants to learn - Thomas P. O'Neill

In February 1983, my grandmother had a stroke tha
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Dr Jeremy Howick, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences write in the Huff Post.
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Save Money: Good Health - Series 2 - Episode 6

Save Money: Good Health - Series 2 - Episode 6 | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Dr Ranj Singh and Sian Williams reveal which diet plan provides the best value for money. The ITV Hub - the new home of ITV Player, ITV on demand and live TV.
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Prof Susan Jebb talks about shakes, yo-yo dieting, portion size and slimming clubs. 

"Weight-loss groups are cost-saving for the NHS. For that small up-front investment you reduce cases of type 2 diabetes, heart disease with all the cost-savings of less medication."
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Special Report: The Mesh Scandal

The complication rate for vaginal mesh implants, used to treat urinary incontinence in women, is almost 10% - much higher than the officially reported rat
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Professor Carl Heneghan is interviewed for Sky News' Special Report on the Vaginal Mesh Implant Scandal:

"Anything that's implantable in the human body that's going to be there life-long - we need mandatory clinical trials at the outset. That does not happen whatsoever, and that is the fundamental problem we need to change."


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Complications ensue: Behind the vaginal mesh scare

Complications ensue: Behind the vaginal mesh scare | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Given the abhorrent lifetime complications many women, who have had the transvaginal mesh fitted, are having—should the device be banned, even though a small minority of women’s lives are better because of it?
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"According to one expert, Prof Carl Heneghan, manufacturers have to provide little evidence before their product is clinically approved and made available on the NHS. "The regulatory body... doesn't even look at the device," he added."
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Expensive drugs can trick you into experiencing worse side effects

Expensive drugs can trick you into experiencing worse side effects | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
People who thought they were using an expensive anti-itching cream experienced more pain than those who used a cheap cream, even though both were completely fake
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But Jeremy Howick at the University of Oxford says that the nocebo effect might be even more powerful than the placebo effect. “From an evolutionary perspective it’s better to remember bad things than good things. Say you’re a caveman and you find an apple that tastes good – you don’t have to remember that necessarily. But if you have an apple that’s poisonous, you better remember it.”
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