World Aids Day – 1st December 2015

World Aids Day - Powered by NATWorld AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.


One in Five Children Obese on Leaving Primary School

One in 10 children was obese at the start primary school in England last year but one in five was obese by the end, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Although figures for Reception children have fallen slightly, the figures for obesity in Year 6 are on the rise.
Children living in the most deprived areas were twice as likely to be obese as children in affluent areas.
Campaigners said the figures should act as a wake-up call.

World Diabetes Day 14 November 2015

Diabetic LogoThe charity Diabetes UK says diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times, and an urgent public health issue. Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes has more than doubled. If nothing changes, it is estimated that over five million people in the UK will have diabetes.

World Diabetes Day falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. It’s a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world.  In the week leading up to World Diabetes Day, Diabetes UK will be launching Taking Control, a new campaign to make sure more people get access to diabetes education to help them manage their condition well.


Online brain training helps older adults with everyday tasks

Brain training – playing online games that give memory and reasoning skills a workout – is beneficial for older people, a large-scale study has concluded.

Researchers at King’s College London found the mental exercises kept minds sharp and helped people with everyday skills such as shopping and cooking.

Nearly 7,000 people aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month experiment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory.

Longer studies are now beginning.

Better Value Better Care

Drop in to the Children’s Centre Seminar Room on Friday 6th November between 10.30am and 12.30pm, where the Library Team will be demonstrating a range of information resources such as Clinical Key. All NHS staff are eligible for an OpenAthens password, which facilitates literature searching and gives access to full-text documents, ebooks and much more, ensuring that you’re never more than a click away from vital, up-to-date information.

Pancreatic cancer urine test hope

A simple urine test that could detect pancreatic cancer much earlier than at present has been developed by scientists.

They found a protein “signature” only present in people with the disease.

Pancreatic cancer is often very advanced by the time it is diagnosed – and only 3% of patients are alive five years after diagnosis.

BBC News Health, 3 August 2015

Let’s talk about Elf!

No, we’re not discussing Christmas (yet).  Rather, we’re looking at modern ways to keep up with relevant research and guidance.  These blogs will help you do that: the Mental Elf, the Diabetes Elf and the Learning Disabilities Elf.

For example, the Diabetes Elf aims to “post updates every day with short and snappy summaries that highlight new and updated guidance, systematic reviews and key clinical trials that are relevant to diabetes care.”

Give them a whirl! Person's Hands Pricking Their Finger with a Glaucometer