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Britain’s Young Drinkers

The Tonight programme has taken a look at Britain's binge drinking culture and the impact it's having on the health of young people.

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Doctors and nurses 'must redouble hygiene efforts'

While steps have been taken to reduce infection rates of hospital bugs such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile, other infection rates are still too high, the Nice said.

A spokeswoman said doctors and nurses must "redouble" hygiene efforts to bring the rates down.

It is unacceptable that infection rates are still so high within the NHS. Infections are a costly and avoidable burden. They hinder a patient's recovery, can make underlying conditions worse, and reduce quality of life.

Although there have been major improvements within the NHS in infection control, particularly in relation to Clostridium difficile and MRSA bloodstream infections in the last few years, healthcare associated infections are still a very real threat to patients, their families and carers and staff.

– Professor Gillian Leng

1 in 16 NHS patients pick up infections

One in 16 people receiving NHS care are picking up infections, health officials have warned.

The National Institute for Health Care Excellence (Nice) says he level of infections are "unacceptably high" and are a "very real threat" to patients.

Every year around 300,000 people get an infection while being cared for by the health service in England. Credit: Press Association

Every year around 300,000 people get an infection while being cared for by the health service in England.The most common type of infections include pneumonia, lower respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections and surgical site infections.

These infections can occur in otherwise healthy people, especially if invasive procedures or devices like catheters or vascular access devices, are used, Nice said.


British scientists make 'exciting' fertility discovery

British scientists have discovered an elusive protein that forms an essential part of human fertilisation.

A fundamental key to fertility has been uncovered by British scientists Credit: PA

The molecule, named Juno after the Roman goddess of fertility, allows eggs and sperm to join together.

It may now be used by scientists to improve fertility treatments and develop new contraceptives.

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"We have solved a long-standing mystery in biology by identifying the molecules displayed on all sperm and egg that must bind each other at the moment we were conceived," said lead researcher Dr Gavin Wright, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire.

"Without this essential interaction, fertilisation just cannot happen," he added, writing in the journal Nature.

Read: 'Fertility does not just disappear overnight' in 30s

Fertility expert Dr Allan Pacey, from University of Sheffield, described the finding as "very exciting".


Union: Teachers face 'unrelenting stress'

Teachers suffer from "unrelenting" stress which begins from when they start their working day until they go to bed, according to the head of a teacher's union.

Mary Bousted, the General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers warned Daybreak teachers were already working 60 hours a weak and faced "the most unpaid overtime of any profession".

Govt: Teaching has 'never been more attractive'

The Government defended the workload it was leaving teachers with, saying statistics showed the profession had "never been more attractive".

Despite evidence showing a sharp rise in the number of teachers struggling with mental health issues, a Department of Education spokeswoman said:

We know that the vast majority of teachers and school leaders are hard-working and dedicated professionals, and statistics show that teaching has never been more attractive, more popular or more rewarding.

A record number of top graduates are now applying to become teachers and vacancy rates are at their lowest since 2005.

We are giving teachers more freedoms than ever and cutting unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy.

We trust the professionalism of our headteachers to work with their staff to ensure they receive the support they need and to see that any issues are addressed.

– Department for Education Spokeswoman

Poll: Work leaves '70% of teachers exhausted'

Almost three-quarters of teachers admitted feeling exhausted long after the school bell had rung for the day, a survey has shown.

A poll from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers found:

  • Some 70% said they are left feeling exhausted by their work.
  • Two thirds, (66%) said it disturbs their sleep.
  • A massive 80% said working as a teacher left them feeling stressed.
  • ATL warned a stigma attached to mental health issues means many people are afraid to tell their employers they are suffering - 68% of those dealing with a mental health problem chose to keep it a secret from bosses.
  • Only 38% of those who kept a physical health issue to themselves.

Read: Mental health problems in teachers rise by 'over a third'

Mental health problems in teachers rise by 'over a third'

The number of teachers suffering from mental health problems due to the pressures of their profession has risen by over a third, a survey has revealed.

Read: School Ofsted inspections to be overhauled

More and more teachers are suffering under their increased workload, the ATL found. Picture posed by model. Credit: PA

Some 38% of teachers told the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) there had been a rise in mental health problems among their colleagues over the last two years.

And over half (55%) of the 925 education staff quizzed said their job has had a negative effect on their mental health.

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said she was shocked at the results, but felt the data spoke for itself.

"Teachers, lecturers, support staff and heads are now so over-worked that it comes as no surprise that so many in the education profession suffer from stress, depression and other mental health issues," she said.

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