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Face transplants, cyber security and Football Manager- this week’s Friday 5

Man becomes the world’s first person to have two face transplants

Jérôme Hamon, who lives in France, is currently recovering after becoming the first person to undergo two face transplants. Hamon’s first transplant was carried out in 2010 but his body rejected it, meaning that his new face had to be removed in 2016. This left him without a face, a condition that French medicine professor Laurent Lantieri, who carried out both of Jérôme’s transplant, described as ‘the walking dead’. Hamon continues to recuperate well, as his new face continues to ‘align’ with his skull.

Read more on The Guardian.


Every hospital tested failed cybersecurity tests

A report by MPs looking at the health service’s capabilities against cyberattacks has found that all 200 NHS hospitals and organisations that had been tested failed the checks. It has become clear that some hospitals are yet to correct their original vulnerabilities that led to the cyberattack on the NHS last year. NHS chiefs have also come under fire for not working fast enough to protect the health service against the potential for further cyber attacks.

Read more on The Times. (£)


Increasing number multiple conditions means being a patient is ‘a full-time job’

An investigation from the Academy of Medical science reports that doctors are seeing more patients than ever suffering with multiple conditions. Researchers used the findings, which they say are part of a wider global trend, to call for an end to ‘fractured care’. Often, patients who are suffering from numerous conditions will end up having a number of appointments, over many days, with countless teams. One of the team’s researchers, Dr Lynne Corner said that this can often mean that ‘it is a full-time job being a patient’.

Read more on BBC News.


Social Care is being overshadowed by ‘the mythology’ around the ‘beloved NHS’

The new President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Glen Garrod, in an interview with The Telegraph, said that many of the problems faced by the social care sector stemmed from its overshadowing of an NHS that has become ‘totemic’ and ‘mythologised’ in the minds of many people. Relaying the period of bad weather earlier this year, Garrod said: “The media and the public narrative was all about the NHS doing wonderful things. I can assure you there are far more social workers and social care staff out there doing equally wonderful things. Where was our narrative?”

Read more on The Telegraph.


NHS uses adverts in Football Manger to raise the issue of mental health with ‘hard to reach’ populations, including young men

Players of Football Manger 2018 will see virtual adverts on pitch-side hoardings promoting the MindMate website run by NHS Leeds CCG, in a hope to reach those who are often ‘missed out’ when discussing mental health. MindMate features advice, stories from young people and other tools to seek assistance. Dr Jane Mischenko from the CCG said that the adverts had been developed in conjunction with young adults and their families. The adverts are ‘geo-targeted’, which means that currently only those playing the game in Leeds will see the MindMate adverts.

Read more on BBC News.


Quote of the Week- HRH The Prince of Wales on continuing the fight to eradicate Malaria

“Despite the recent hard-won successes over the last twelve years of a twenty-five percent decline of new cases and a fall of forty two percent of deaths from the disease, it is tragically evident that much still remains to be done.”

Read more at the Evening Standard.

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