Miracle Foods: myths and the media

Behind the Headlines special report – NHS Choices

miracle foods Food stories are one of the most common topics that Behind the Headlines covers, accounting for about one in five of their appraisals. Often, news stories have claimed that foods can offer remarkable health benefits, such as fighting disease or slowing ageing. Their special report: Miracle foods: myths and the media (PDF, 2Mb) looks at some of the foods that regularly appear in the news and examines whether the reports match the scientific evidence behind them. via Miracle Foods: myths and the media – A Behind the Headlines special report – NHS Choices.

How can digital technology help the NHS rise to the challenges ahead?

The Kings Fund’s annual Digital Health and Care Congress recently explored the latest technologies and research emerging from the world of digital health. Read Matthew Honeyman’s reflections on the congress, catch up with the speakers’ talks, and see the report on the innovations in health care happening right now.

Beverley Bryant: Enabling patient-centred care through information and technology:

Recovery, rehabilitation and reablement

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NHS Improving Quality has published Unbundling recovery: Recovery, rehabilitation and reablement national audit report. This report describes how an audit methodology used previously for surgical conditions can be used to assess whether the rehabilitation aspects of a patient’s acute hospital stay could be better provided. It shows how, with some further evidence, a locally derived tariff for recovery, rehabilitation and reablement could be developed to support service improvements.

New MHRA Inspectorate blog

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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published its first blog aimed those organisations that are inspected by MHRA and need to keep up to date with the latest thinking and guidelines. It aims to give inspectors a chance to speak directly to the organisations they inspect and get feedback from them on topics they would like to hear more about.

New standards for children and young people with acute illness

The Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing have developed jointly a new set of standards Facing the Future Together for Child Health 2015.  The standards aim to ensure there is always high quality diagnosis and care early in the unscheduled pathway and to reduce unnecessary attendances at the emergency department and admissions to hospital by providing care closer to home. The standards aim to bring specialist child health expertise directly into general practice where the needs of the child or young person are known and build connections between primary and secondary care.

Support for commissioning for personality disorders: borderline and antisocial

NICE has published support for commissioning for personality disorders: borderline and antisocial (SFCQS88). This resource helps with quality improvement by providing information on key clinical, cost and service‑related issues to consider during the commissioning process and signposting other implementation support tools. It has been produced to support NICE quality standard 88 for personality disorders: borderline and antisocial.

Should UK society adjust to dementia?

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published How can and should UK society adjust to dementia? This paper aims to stimulate debate about new ways forward in understanding, and ways to meet the needs of the growing number of people living with dementia. The publication explores the application of the social model of disability to dementia. It looks in detail at what this social model is, and where it has come from, bringing together the authors’ interests in disability and ageing, and training in disability studies and health and social geography.