World First Penis Transplant – Makes a Change From…..!

Doctors have carried out the world’s first succesful willy transplant.

They performed the surgery on a 21-year-old who lost his manhood in a botched circumcision.

A penis from a dead man was grafted on to the unnamed South African in a nine-hour operation in Cape Town.

Feel like a new manExperts said his recovery has exceeded expectations and he is already firing on all cylinders.

Prof Andre van der Merwe, who led the complex surgery in December, declared: “We’ve proved it can be done.”

The breakthrough was five years in the planning at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital. It paves the way for more sufferers to have surgery.

Doctor Carol Cooper said: “A penis transplant is especially demanding. This should give hope to others.”

Experts think 250 men a year lose their penises after complications from bungled traditional rituals.

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New NHS Reforms – Healthcare Changes for 5 Million People

NHS REFORMS are considered necessary both for modernisation and to cut costs. NHS England hopes to save £22bn by 2020.

Five million people in England will have their local NHS services transformed in the first wave of radical reforms aimed at preparing the health service for the burden of an ageing population.

Pilot schemes in 29 areas will involve three entirely new “care models” rolled out. In some areas it will mean GPs working more closely with hospitals and local councils, while patients in other parts of the country will have specialist services like chemotherapy and dialysis provided outside of hospital, closer to their homes.

NHS Reforms 2015NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the “vanguard” areas would bring about changes from the bottom up, led by “frontline” NHS staff.

The reforms, part of Mr Stevens’s five-year plan for the NHS, which has the backing of the three main political parties, have been widely welcomed. However, they represent another significant reorganisation of the health service only two years after Andrew Lansley’s controversial overhaul disruption.

Mr Stevens said last night the latest changes were of a different order, adding that despite change being needed “for quite some time” the NHS now had “no choice”.

The changes will be supported by a £200 million transformation fund. Following the publication of Mr Stevens’s five year plan, 269 different local plans were submitted, of which 29 have now been chosen to pilot new ways of working, starting next month.

The announcement follows a landmark decision to hand over £5bn in NHS spending to a joint local council and NHS authority in Greater Manchester – dubbed ‘DevoManc’.

However, Mr Stevens denied the new localised plans would “Balkanise” the NHS. “The NHS will continue to be nationally tax-funded, accountable to the elected government of the day who will set priorities for the NHS, but the reality is that right now the way care is provided in Gateshead is different to the way care is providede in Sutton,” he said. “The route to improvement to meet those standards and deal with the different parts of the country will be different.”

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, called it a “pivotal moment for the NHS”.

A core aim of the reforms is to break down the traditional barriers that have existed between GPs, hospitals and council-funded social care services.

Patient Outlook

The reforms will bring about three new kinds of local NHS systems:

Integrated primary and acute care systems

(Pacs) will see GP, hospital, community and mental-health services joined up. For example, in Yeovil the local hospital will be joining forces with local GPs to control a single budget, with money directed to parts of the health system where they judge patients need it most.

Multispeciality community providers

(MCPs) will bring specialist services, such as chemotherapy for cancer patients and dialysis for patients with Kidney failure, out of the hospital and closer to people’s homes in parts of the country where this is considered useful for patients.

Models of enhanced health in care homes

This will see the NHS and councils work together to provide more health care in care homes, and also better preventive services in the home.

Vanguard areas where the new models of NHS care will be tested include:


Wirral Health and Social Care Economy
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust
Salford Royal Foundation Trust
Harrogate and Rural District CCG


Fylde Coast Local Health Economy
Calderhale Health and Social Care Economy
West Wakefield and Wellbeing
Sunderland CCG and Sunderland City Council

Care Homes

Airedale NHS FT
NHS Wakefield CCG
NHS Gateshead CCG
Nottingham City CCG
East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Sutton CCG

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“We can only wait and see if this ‘changes the way care is provided to patients’. Alas, preparing the health service for the burden of an ageing population should have started years ago. “

Statins – research suggests 46% rise in diabetes risk

New fears fears over the side effects of the heart drug.

Stains can increase your chance of getting type 2 diabetes by as much as 46%, research suggests.

Seven million Brits take the heart drugs which cost as little as 10p. They work by lowering cholesterol in the blood, which stops the arteries becoming clogged with fatty deposits.

But a study of nearly 10,000 people suggests the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, where the body produces insufficient insulin to regulate blood sugar, is increased by taking the drug.Heart DiseaseKnown statin side effects include memory loss, dizziness and muscle pain. The report’s author Prof Markku Laakso said: “Statin therapy was associated with a 46% increased risk of type 2 diabetes after adjustment for confounding factors.”

But Prof Tom Sanders of King’s College, London said those on statins can reduce their susceptibility to diabetes by exercising. Scientists have also found the effects of heart failure could be reversed by antidepressant Paroxetine.

The drug was found in tests on mice to stop an enzyme that plays a crucial role in the disease. The discovery stunned experts who believe it could pave the way for new treatments. At present, heart failure can be treated but only a transplant can reverse the condition.

Lead researcher Dr Walker Koch warned human tests might not be as successful.

Middle-aged people with a healthy lifestyle – who avoid high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity – can put of heart failure by up to 13 years, researchers say.

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“Scientists and researchers work hard to find better treatments, if not cures, however, our genetics and developed lifestyles since mankind began make the hurdles very high.”

Heartburn ‘possible cancer sign’ warning

Public Health England’s (PHE) latest campaign ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ aims to raise an awareness of the signs and symptoms of stomach or oesophageal cancer and promote early diagnosis.

According to Public Health England, people should go to their doctor if they have persistent heartburn or difficulty swallowing food for three weeks or more.

But it said most people were not aware of the symptoms.

Stomach and oesophageal cancers are the fifth most common cancers in England.

PHE figures show that around 12,900 people in England are diagnosed with these cancers each year and approximately 10,000 people die from the diseases annually.

Yet, around 950 lives could be saved each year if survival rates for oesophago-gastric cancers matched the best in Europe, it says.

Spotting the signs

At present, the UK has the highest rate of oesophageal cancer in men and women in the EU, which may be due to smoking, rising obesity levels, a lack of fruit and vegetables in our diet and regular alcohol consumption.

The earlier the cancers are diagnosed, the more likely the treatment is to be successful.

This is why Public Health England’s “Be Clear on Cancer” campaign is focusing on how to spot the signs of oesophageal or stomach cancer.

These can include:

indigestion on and off for three weeks or more
feeling food sticking in your throat when you swallow
losing weight for no obvious reason
trapped wind and frequent burping
feeling full very quickly when eating
nausea or vomiting
pain or discomfort in top of stomach

Cancer cellsThe numbers who die from stomach cancer each year could be reduced if people were diagnosed earlier

Sean Duffy, national clinical director for cancer at NHS England, said early diagnosis of cancer was critical to improving survival.

“Patients with possible early signs and symptoms should visit their GP so where necessary they can be referred for tests, and treatment can start quickly.”

Prof Michael Griffin, professor of surgery at the Northern oesophago-gastric unit, said people should not feel they are bothering their GP unnecessarily.

“You won’t be wasting your doctor’s time – you will either get reassurance that it isn’t cancer, or if it is, you will have a better chance of successful treatment.”

Stiff upper lip

Research published in the British Journal of General Practice, and funded by Cancer Research UK, looked at why people dismiss obvious cancer warning symptoms.

Sometimes it was because they feared a cancer diagnosis or they adopted a stiff upper lip approach to their health problems.

Others lacked confidence in their GP or just assumed the problem was down to ageing.

The good news for Public Health England, however, is that health campaigns appeared to encourage people to seek help.

Dr Katriina Whitaker, study author and senior research fellow at University College London, said: “Some people made the decision to get symptoms checked out after seeing a cancer awareness campaign or being encouraged to do so by family or friends – this seemed to almost legitimise their symptoms as important.”

Sara Hiom, director of early diagnosis at Cancer Research UK, said the findings were a useful insight into the British psyche.

“International comparisons have already shown us that the British public are far more worried about being a burden on the health system or wasting the doctor’s time than in other developed countries.”
She said the study could help find ways to encourage everyone with worrying symptoms to seek help as early as possible.

“Any campaign spurring people to seek advice on their symptoms is well worthwhile – should you pay your GP a visit?”

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Elderly – “Illlegally Restrained in Care Homes”

Thousands of elderly and vulnerable patients are being illegally restrained by staff in hospitals and care homes, according to the care watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) warns that carers and nursing staff are ignoring laws which state they must apply for approval before  depriving patients of their liberty.

A Care logoBut there is a “worrying” backlog of nearly 20,000 cases awaiting approval for a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard, and staff may well be restraining patients anyway as they wait for paperwork, the watchdog said.

Care home staff go to councils and hospital staff to the NHS with the applications, nearly half of which are turned down.

There were nearly 53,000 applications in the first six months of 2014/15, a seven-fold increase compared to submissions for the entire year of 2013/14. The huge rise followed two court rulings which stated individuals could also be deprived of their liberty in foster care and sheltered housing, as well as hospitals and care homes.

“The vast majority of people working in hospitals and care homes are decent and dedicated to their profession. It’s such a shame they are “propping up”, to the best of their ability, a system overcomplicated, oversubscribed, overwhelmed and long overdue a new direction.”

School Installs Life Saving Machines For Heart Problem Girls


A family stricken with a potentially deadly heart condition has inspired three schools to instal life-saving defibrillator machines.

Pamela Statham and her daughters Jessica and Frankie all have Long QT syndrome, which scan disrupt heart rhythm.

Pamela and the girls, along with three other members of the  family were diagnosed with the rare disorder after her 10-month-old son Jamie died in his sleep in 2007.

His death was unexplained but Pamela, of Salford, Greater Manchester, believes Jamie may also have had Long QT.

Their plight has led to 12-year-old Jessica’s school Buile Hill College, her former school Light Oaks Junior and Frankie’s school St John’s Primary getting the defibrillators and  first-aid training for staff and pupils.

They acted after Pamela put them in touch with local charity Hand On Heart.

Pamela, 40, and her family are treated with heart regulating beta-blockers and have regular scans. But the defibrillators bring extra peace of mind.

Pamela said: “It is amazing knowing that they are safe and have precautions in place should the worst happen. I want a defibrillator at home.” Light Oaks Junior School now has another pupil with a cardiac condition, 10 year-old Emma Burns.

She has a hole in the heart, and has undergone open-heart surgery twice.

Her mother Beverley Burns said: “It is wonderful that the school has this training and equipment. It gives me peace of mind.”

Eight members of staff have learned how to use the defibrillator and thirty children now have resuscitation and first aid skills taught by Hand ON Heart.

“Let’s hope more schools with children with heart conditions consider installing these machines.”