“People working long hours are more likely to have a stroke, according to analysis of more than half a million people,” BBC News reports.
Researchers pooled the data from 25 previous studies that included more than 600,000 individuals who were free from heart disease or other types of cardiovascular disease at enrolment.
They found the risk of developing strokeincreased by a third in individuals who worked long hours (above 55 hours a week) compared with individuals with traditional 9-5 working hours. The association of long working hours with heart disease was less – only a 13% increase.
This study has several strengths, including its large size and the inclusion of published and unpublished studies, which removes the risk ofpublication bias. But the study does have limitations.
The idea that overwork can lead to serious illness and even death is not a new one. The Japanese even have a word for it – “Karōshi”. But it is very difficult to prove direct cause and effect.
Read the full article via Working long hours ‘increases stroke risk’ – Health News – NHS Choices.
by Geoff Ellis for LSE health and Social Care Blog
How will the internet impact on older people’s ability to maintain social networks in coming decades? A new report argues there will always be a generational divide in capabilities and preferences about information and communication technology (ICT), and this could materially and socially disadvantage some older people.
Jacqueline Damant and Martin Knapp of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE looked at the likely changes in society and technology which could affect the ability of older people to maintain social networks of support. Their study is part of the Government Office for Science’s Foresight project on the Future of an Ageing Population.
The report finds that ICT has the potential both to help and to harm social networking. It can help alleviate feelings of loneliness by bridging geographical distance from family members and friends, but it could also lead to the breakdown of traditional forms of social interaction.
While internet connectivity plays a central role in the daily lives of young people, older people commonly express ambivalence about ICT and tend to use it more peripherally. But if they do not take advantage of ICT, they could be doubly penalised. Not only would they miss out on convenience of lower-cost e-commerce, but older people could also lose important opportunities for social engagement.
Read the full article via Health and Social Care – Internet delivers mixed messages for older people.
The NHS Confederation is publishing a series of myth busters, which challenge common misconceptions and enrich debate on topical, sometimes controversial, issues regarding our health and care.
The third in the series dispels myths about primary care in the NHS.
Check out the rest in the myth buster series:
via Primary care in the NHS: Busting the myths – NHS Confederation.
The Lancet: Published Online: 19 August 2015
Long working hours might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, but prospective evidence is scarce, imprecise, and mostly limited to coronary heart disease. We aimed to assess long working hours as a risk factor for incident coronary heart disease and stroke.
We identified published studies through a systematic review of PubMed and Embase from inception to Aug 20, 2014. We obtained unpublished data for 20 cohort studies from the Individual-Participant-Data Meta-analysis in Working Populations (IPD-Work) Consortium and open-access data archives. We used cumulative random-effects meta-analysis to combine effect estimates from published and unpublished data.
We included 25 studies from 24 cohorts in Europe, the USA, and Australia. The meta-analysis of coronary heart disease comprised data for 603 838 men and women who were free from coronary heart disease at baseline; the meta-analysis of stroke comprised data for 528 908 men and women who were free from stroke at baseline. Follow-up for coronary heart disease was 5·1 million person-years (mean 8·5 years), in which 4768 events were recorded, and for stroke was 3·8 million person-years (mean 7·2 years), in which 1722 events were recorded. In cumulative meta-analysis adjusted for age, sex, and socioeconomic status, compared with standard hours (35–40 h per week), working long hours (≥55 h per week) was associated with an increase in risk of incident coronary heart disease (relative risk [RR] 1·13, 95% CI 1·02–1·26; p=0·02) and incident stroke (1·33, 1·11–1·61; p=0·002). The excess risk of stroke remained unchanged in analyses that addressed reverse causation, multivariable adjustments for other risk factors, and different methods of stroke ascertainment (range of RR estimates 1·30–1·42). We recorded a dose–response association for stroke, with RR estimates of 1·10 (95% CI 0·94–1·28; p=0·24) for 41–48 working hours, 1·27 (1·03–1·56; p=0·03) for 49–54 working hours, and 1·33 (1·11–1·61; p=0·002) for 55 working hours or more per week compared with standard working hours (ptrend<0·0001).
Employees who work long hours have a higher risk of stroke than those working standard hours; the association with coronary heart disease is weaker. These findings suggest that more attention should be paid to the management of vascular risk factors in individuals who work long hours.
via Long working hours and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis of published and unpublished data for 603 838 individuals – The Lancet.
To build an understanding of what it means to have ‘better knowledge’ in health and care, this short animation series takes viewers on a journey explaining key concepts
No matter where you work in the system, whether your role is a provider or commissioner of health or care services for example, the animations demonstrate that by making small changes to how you capture, store, share and apply knowledge, it can lead to improved quality of care, outcomes and patient experience.
It is hoped the animations inspire audiences to share the passion of the team that better knowledge leads to better care, to recognise the importance of this activity in their day-to-day working and to increase access of the practical resources so far developed by the Knowledge and Intelligence team.
The four animations are:
If you enjoy watching the animations, please help us to spread the word about ‘Better Knowledge, Better Care’ by sharing them with your networks using #BKBC.
via NHS IQ.
Public Health England has published a quick reference guide to the childhood flu vaccines for winter 2015 to 2016. Which flu vaccine should children have? is a chart which indicates whether children should get the ‘live’ nasal spray vaccine or the inactivated injected flu vaccine.