Duncan Selbie’s Friday message – 16 November 2018

Dear everyone We have been progressing our plans to work closer with NHS England and NHS Improvement which was the key recommendation from our international peer review in late 2017. Today NHSE and NHSI are publishing their plans to create seven integrated regional management teams for England and each of these will have a PHE […]

Inducing labor at full term: What makes sense? – Harvard Health Blog

For generations, midwives and doctors have looked for ways to imitate human physiology and nudge women’s bodies into giving birth. Synthetic hormones can be used to start and speed up labor. Soft balloons and seaweed sticks placed alongside the cervix can shape a pathway through the birth canal. Self-stimulation can spontaneously spark natural labor transmitters. […]

FDA unveils sweeping anti-tobacco effort to reduce underage vaping and smoking

Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, on Thursday announced efforts to reduce the underage use of e-cigarettes and flavored cigars. In September, he said youth vaping had reached “epidemic” proportions. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post) The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday launched a multipronged attack on the rising underage use of tobacco […]

Norovirus sickens Camp Fire evacuees in Chico California shelter

A sign marks a tent at a makeshift shelter for evacuees of the Camp Fire on Nov. 14, 2018, in Chico, Calif. (Noah Berger/AP Photo) Lindsey Bever General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news November 15 at 9:41 AM More than a dozen people who evacuated to escape the devastating Camp Fire in Northern […]

Health Matters: Air pollution – sources, impacts and actions

Welcome to the latest edition of Health Matters, PHE’s professional resource, which for this edition focuses on the sources and health impacts of air pollution, as well as the actions that local government, healthcare professionals and the public can take to reduce exposure and improve air quality. Air pollution: a serious but solvable public health […]