Doctors are urged to encourage patients to be more active to reduce chronic ill health

thebmj_logoDoctors in the United Kingdom have been urged to encourage patients to take small amounts of regular exercise and told that they have a leading role to play in reversing the growing contribution of sedentary lifestyles to chronic ill health.

More than 40% of adults do not reach the minimum recommended level of 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five times a week, figures reviewed in the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ report showed.

Sign up for NHS Change Day 2015!

NHS Change Day

Thanks to NHS IQ website

The countdown has begun to NHS Change Day 2015 on 11 March. It is hoped that Change Day 2015 can surpass both the 189,000 pledges of action made in 2013 and the phenomenal 500,000 made by individuals, teams and whole organisations last year.

Change Day is a grassroots movement for change backed by the NHS but instigated, developed and managed by frontline staff throughout the country.

It began with a single tweet two years ago and since then has grown into a remarkable success story.

US panel proposes new name and diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome

The condition known as myalgic encephalitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) thebmj_logois a serious, chronic multisystem disease that can cause significant impairment and disability, an expert panel convened by the US Institute of Medicine has concluded in a new report. The committee proposed a new set of diagnostic criteria and a new name for the condition: systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).

 

Health Visiting: listening to patients, transforming services

NHS_EnglandHealth visitors play a crucial role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life and provide a vital link between individual and community services, and between primary care and early years of a child’s life. NHS England is working with the Department of Health to showcase to showcase some of their health visiting development work and the differences improved services are making to new parents and children.