Whilst STIs are on the rise in virtually every age group in the UK, there is a notable upwards trend in older people. Changing attitudes to sex and relationships and more casual sex among older age groups is contributing to a sexual health crisis.
A recent report from Public Health England made the case for better sexual health services and education clear. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England increased 5% between 2017 and 2018. Virtually every age group saw a rise in most infections but gonorrhoea and chlamydia saw the biggest proportional increase in people over 65. Cases of gonorrhoea increased 42% from 236 to 336 and chlamydia by 24% from 416 to 517.
The CASCADE Model promotes a holistic, person-centred approach for people living with dementia to maximise independence and quality of life. Harmony House promises to provide guests with personally tailored support that meets their individual needs, whatever they might be. Our guesthouse will be run by highly-trained staff who are committed to making even the shortest of stays a positive experience.
On 4 October Medway Community Health will officially launch Harmony House, and you’re invited! As part of this grand opening, they will offer tours of the brand new guesthouse; the opportunity to talk to staff about the service and facilities available; and additionally, the chance to pop into the ourZone open day on-site and find out more about activities and opportunities.
Our Interreg 2Seas PATH project is working to raise awareness of, destigmatise and prevent perinatal mental health issues. Up to one in five women will experience a mental health problem in pregnancy, or the first year after birth, with up to three to five per cent experiencing a serious psychiatric disorder.
As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS has committed to continued investment in perinatal mental health care for mothers and their partners who need specialist support during and following pregnancy.
NHS England and NHS Improvement in the North are supporting health professionals to ensure that they have access to guidance and advice, so that women with, or at risk of developing, perinatal mental health issues are fully supported throughout pregnancy and following birth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9OSN9APkUQ&feature=youtu.be
As you may know, there has been ongoing debate about the need to rename non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Why a new name? The term NCDs has been criticised for being outdated, not descriptive enough, misleading, and unfitting for conveying the gravity of this number one killer in the world.
There have been a few suggestions for alternative names, each with their pros and cons. As a ‘fun’ exercise this Global Action on NCDs week we’re reaching out to you, our creative network, to see if you can help answer our questions so we can collectively brainstorm a better term for NCDs.
Our Interreg 2Seas TICC (Transforming Integrated Care in the Community) project is working to create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs. This is being tested via the implementation of the Buurtzorg integrated care at home model which consists of self-managing teams of 12 staff working at neighbourhood level handling every aspect of care & business.
All 8 delivery partners (including 3 in the UK) have launched their first Buurtzorg-inspired teams, following last year’s successful learning process.
Many partners have already moved on to further teams, and are exploring other health/care settings to spread the word.
Alongside this, all teams and partners are contributing to the collaborative process around identifying and resolving the barriers and challenges to this new, self-managing approach. French partners, in particular, have gained the ear of national bodies, and are seeking to change the frameworks which restrict the approach – and teams in the UK and Belgium are engaging with a view to influencing in a similar way.
Our EU-funded Interreg 2Seas PATH project, focusing on perinatal mental health, was launched on the 27th of August in Southampton. The project’s mascot in Southampton, Peri the PATH bear, was on hand to welcome families in the area to a Teddy Bears Picnic in order to raise awareness of and destigmatise perinatal mental health issues. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended and was a great way to kick off the project that will run until September 2022.
For more information about the project, follow us on Twitter @2SeasPATH
As we get closer to the Second Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2-8 September 2019, the NCD Alliance invites you to start sharing your plans for the week through enoughncds.com.
The Week for Action on NCDs will harness the strengths of the NCD community and momentum toward the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC on 23rd September. We are unifying the NCD movement and beyond around our right to health to say: ‘ENOUGH. Ensuring Healthy Lives for All: Noncommunicable Diseases and Universal Health Coverage.’
Calling on its EU neighbours to relax their drug laws, Luxembourg’s health minister confirmed plans to become the first European country to legalise cannabis production and consumption.
Residents over the age of 18 are expected to be able to buy cannabis for recreational use legally within two years. Nevertheless, the state will regulate production and distribution through a cannabis agency. Draft legislation is expected to be unveiled later this year providing further detail on the types of cannabis that will be on sale and the level of tax that will be imposed.
Researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada, have discovered that pain medications are linked to higher cardiovascular risks in patients with osteoarthritis.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to control the pain and inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis (OA), but a new arthritis & rheumatology study suggests that NSAIDs contribute to cardiovascular side effects in these patients, therefore suggesting a higher chance of cardiovascular risks occurring.