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Today’s top health news 20 April


April 20, 2015

Categories of obesity

Image source: University of Aberdeen
Image source: University of Aberdeen

According to research in the Journal of Public Health, obese people can be divided into six different groups. The study suggests that by identifying which group each individual belongs to, the NHS can save money by offering them a targeted approach instead of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The NHS spends approximately £6bn on obesity every year. “Policies designed to tackle obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles often target individuals just because they are obese. But a focus on just the group as a whole is not very efficient. We are all different and different health promotion approaches work for different people”, said Dr Mark Green, Sheffield University’s School of Health and Related Research.

Source: The Independent

 

Stomach fat helps osteoarthritis

Image source: Daily Telegraph – Alamy
Image source: Daily Telegraph – Alamy

Czech researchers have studied the effectiveness of using fat cells to reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis. The study showed that injecting stomach fat into the knees of osteoarthritis suffers, can reduce symptoms by 75 percent in two thirds of cases. Osteoarthritis is a debilitating and painful degenerative disease, that affects approximately 14 percent of adults (25 years old and above). The study was led by the Investigational Review of American Naturopathic Research Institute.

Source: Daily Telegraph

 

NHS struggle to monitor private providers

Image source: Daily Telegraph – Martin Pope
Image source: Daily Telegraph – Martin Pope

A report published this week suggests that the NHS is struggling to monitor the efficiency and safety of services outsourced to private providers. The report by independent think-tank Centre for Health and the Public Interest, found that over half of local clinical commissioning groups fail to undertake or record site inspections. Colin Leys, the report’s co-author, said: “The picture that is emerging is of an NHS poorly equipped to ensure that healthcare services outsourced to for-profit providers will provide safe, high-quality care and good value for money”.

Source: The Independent