Rise in alcohol related deaths among women

There has been a rise in the number of women dying for reasons connected with alcohol.  In 2017 there were 8 alcohol-related deaths per 100,000 women, which is the highest figure since 2008.

Alcohol-related deaths among men continue to be around twice that, with 16.8 per 100,000, although this is also the highest since 2010.

You can read an article on this report in the Guardian, and the full report on the ONS website.


Withdrawal of life support made easier

New rules have been released which make it easier to turn off a person’s life support when there is brain damage and the person is in a vegetative state.

Previously, a court order was required to withdraw life support, but now it is the case that doctors and relatives need to agree that this is the best course of action.

A lengthy document has been produced by the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians, to give guidance in these circumstances.

You can read a longer article in the Guardian, and the BMA guidance on the BMA website.


Eating disorders on Instagram

For those with an eating disorder, finding information to help disguise your condition has just got a little harder.  Instagram is banning the use of certain hashtags that are used in the eating disorder community to help share information.  There is increasing awareness that people can use Instagram and other social media sites to promote unhealthy lifestyles, such as bulimia and anorexia, and steps are being taken not only to make the searching more difficult, but to provide help.

Now, if certain search terms are used in Instagram, information pages are displayed, offering user the opportunity to ‘learn more’ and ask for help.

You can see more in an article in the Independent.


Breaking the faith taboos around organ donation

Potential organ donors are being asked a question about their faith, in an effort to break down the misconception that certain religions are against organ donation, as well as boosting the numbers of those groups which are currently under-represented in the donor register.

You can read the full story on the BBC website.