HEALTH NOTES: Purse that does dialysis
Kidney-failure sufferers might quickly profit from a transportable dialysis ‘purse’ (inventory picture)
Kidney-failure sufferers might quickly profit from a transportable dialysis ‘purse’ that may be worn over the shoulder whereas on-the-go. Weighing lower than 4½ lb, it’s hoped the invention might supply sufferers extra freedom than present know-how.
Dialysis is a course of that helps take away waste merchandise and extra fluid from the blood when the kidneys cease working correctly. It’s normally carried out whereas sufferers await transplant. The most typical kind is haemodialysis, which makes use of a machine to filter the blood for 4 hours at a time, three days per week – typically in hospital. However sufferers also can have peritoneal dialysis, wherein fluid is put contained in the stomach to soak up waste earlier than being drained out of the physique.
This may be completed at house, however the fluid should be changed commonly.
The brand new peritoneal gadget, underneath growth by AWAK applied sciences, saves sufferers from having to do that as typically.
In a trial at Singapore Common Hospital, it was efficient in eradicating toxins from the blood of 15 sufferers with kidney failure.
A 58-year-old grandmother from Cornwall will develop into the primary deaf individual to row throughout the Atlantic Ocean subsequent month. Mo O’Brien, who works as a pharmacy assistant, goals to finish the mammoth process along with her daughter, Fowl, 32, who will assist to information her journey.
The problem, which is being backed by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, is feasible because of a high-tech pair of digital listening to aids made by Danish agency GN Listening to. The gadgets assist Mo, who was born with extreme listening to loss, to listen to her information’s directions. She says: ‘It is advisable to reside life to the total and fulfil your desires whilst you can.’
Mo and Fowl are a part of an all-female crew known as the Oarsome Foursome, who hope to lift £20,000 for charities in Cornwall.
Nearly two-thirds of staff really feel responsible about seeing their physician in working hours – as a result of their colleagues might need to select up the slack. The survey, by AIG Life, additionally discovered greater than half had been pressured to cancel or change medical appointments due to their job.
Solely two in 5 staff mentioned they discovered it straightforward to take day without work work to see their GP or a specialist. NHS information exhibits greater than 15 million appointments are wasted yearly as a result of individuals don’t flip up or cancel on the final minute.
Lifeline for psychological well being sufferers
Psychological well being sufferers in hospital are receiving donated blankets, toiletries, haircuts and treats to assist them cope throughout their keep.
The initiative is the brainchild of 28-year-old Cat McKeever, a bipolar dysfunction affected person from London who was not too long ago sectioned – pressured to remain in a safe unit – following a relapse.
She realised that some sufferers on the psychiatric ward at Springfield College Hospital in South London lacked important objects as a result of they had been removed from household or family members, as a consequence of mattress shortages, and had few guests. One lady had no bra to put on.
McKeever arrange a JustGiving web page which shortly raised £600, adopted by an Amazon wishlist that allow individuals purchase sufferers books, magazines, toiletries and biscuits. McKeever instructed HuffPost UK: ‘One affected person broke down in tears after receiving a lavender present set.’
Too little sleep might improve the chance of growing the bone-thinning illness osteoporosis by almost two-thirds, say American researchers.
Scientists at New York’s Buffalo College discovered that post-menopausal girls getting 5 hours or much less an evening had been 63 per cent extra more likely to undergo osteoporosis of their hip joints than these sleeping seven hours or extra.
Additionally they had indicators of bone-wasting of their spines.
Researcher Dr Heather Ochs-Balcom mentioned: ‘This could function a reminder to try for seven or extra hours an evening.’
Too little sleep might improve the chance of growing the bone-thinning illness osteoporosis by almost two-thirds, say American researchers