Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Bid to get more mothers breastfeeding launched by NHS Northamptonshire

Bid to get more mothers breastfeeding launched by NHS Northamptonshire A campaign to encourage more mums to breastfeed has been launched by NHS Northamptonshire to mark World Breastfeeding Week. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

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Update on new 2015 NHS Pension Scheme published

Update on new 2015 NHS Pension Scheme published Read about the new information published relating to the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme. NHS Employers

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Antibiotics use for colds 'rising'

Antibiotics use for colds 'rising' There has been a 40% rise in the proportion of patients given antibiotics for coughs and colds since the turn of the century, a study suggests. BBC News

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VIDEO: How Sweden cares for its elderly

VIDEO: How Sweden cares for its elderly The system for looking after older people in England is "horribly fragmented", Care Minister Norman Lamb has said during a visit Sweden to see how the elderly are cared for there. BBC News

Nigeria records second Ebola case

Nigeria records second Ebola case Nigeria records its second confirmed Ebola case as new UN figures show that 887 people have died of the virus in West Africa since February. BBC News

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Video games 'beneficial' for children

Video games 'beneficial' for children Children who play video games for up to an hour a day are more sociable, happy and less hyperactive, The Telegraph and Daily Mail report after the publication of a study on the links between gaming and behaviour.

The study involved around 5,000 young people aged 10 to 15 who were asked to report their use of computer games, as well as complete a questionnaire assessing sociability, life satisfaction, and emotional and behavioural problems.

About 75% of the participants reported playing computer games every day. Compared with adolescents who didn't play computer games, those who played for less than one hour a day reported higher levels of social behaviour and life satisfaction, and lower levels of emotional and behavioural problems. There was no difference between non-players and those who played one to three hours a day.

Meanwhile, adolescents who played more than three hours a day were found to be less social, have lower life satisfaction, and more emotional and behavioural problems than non-players.

But the study has several limitations that the media reports failed to acknowledge. The contribution of game playing in explaining the differences in behaviour between non-players and light or heavy players was tiny – less than 1.5% – suggesting that other factors (including hereditary, environmental and lifestyle factors) are likely to be having a much greater influence.

Also, because the study examined both levels of game playing and behaviour at the same time, even if there is a link between the two, it's not able to tell us the direction of the relationship – whether gaming for less than an hour a day makes adolescents happy and sociable, or whether happy, sociable adolescents are more likely to engage in low levels of play rather than none or more.

Other limitations of this cross-sectional study include only using self-report questionnaires, which may be open to the possibility of inaccuracies and biased reporting.

Pay rise for doctors and nurses blocked

Pay rise for doctors and nurses blocked Danny Alexander, chief secretary to treasury, says there is a 'strong need' for restraint on public sector pay. The Daily Telegraph

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Waiting times in the NHS will get worse, Health Secretary admits

Waiting times in the NHS will get worse, Health Secretary admits Waiting times for NHS operations will get worse, the Health Secretary has admitted, as targets have been missed and £250m is to be pumped in to clear the backlog. The Daily Telegraph

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