Tag Archives: Mortality Statistics

A Natural Limit to Human Life Expectancy? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Despite recent historical trends in the seemingly endless increase in human life expectancy, researchers analysing global demographic data believe they may have detected signs that the maximum lifespan may be limited to around 115 years “Our results strongly suggest … Continue reading

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Recorded Deaths With a Dementia Diagnosis More Than Doubled Since 2001? (PHE)

Summary Public Health England (PHE) has released detailed statistics about the deaths of people recorded with dementia between 2012 and 2014. The proportion of people dying with a recorded dementia diagnosis increased from 6.6% of all deaths in 2001 to … Continue reading

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Hotly Debated Weekend Effect May Have Been A Statistical Mirage? (Journal of Health Services Research and Policy / BBC News / Lancet / BMJ)

Summary Research does not take place in a socio-political vacuum. The ongoing junior doctors’ dispute has supplied fertile ground for allegations of “spin” and politically-motivated distortion in the interpretation of the so-called “weekend effect”, and raises questions concerning the planned … Continue reading

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Increase in Deaths in England and Wales in 2015 Accountable to Dementia and Flu? (BBC News / BMJ / ONS)

Summary Last year’s unexpected increase in the number of deaths, in England and Wales, appears to have resulted from the increase in dementia and respiratory diseases such as influenza among older people. Full Text Link Reference Spike in deaths ‘due … Continue reading

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Murky Evidence? Murkier Politics (BBC News)

Summary Trust no-one. Believe nothing. Use your own judgement. Back to renaissance values? Full Text Link Reference Bloch, S. (2016). Hunt ‘misrepresented’ data on 7-day NHS. London: BBC Health News, February 24th 2016.

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The Weekend Effect: a Summing-Up of the Evidence (Department of Health / BBC News / NHS Employers / BMJ / Journal of Health Services Research and Policy)

Summary Debates have arisen recently about possible “spin” and politically-motivated distortion in interpretation of the “weekend effect” and the benefits to patients of seven-day working. The Department of Health has produced an impartial presentation of the research. This includes a … Continue reading

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Further Confirmation of the “Weekend Effect”: The Global Comparators Project (BMJ Quality and Safety / BBC News / OHE / Health Economics / BMJ)

Summary Recent research indicates that the “weekend effect” is a systematic phenomenon in the quality of healthcare, which impacts upon mortality rates in hospital care internationally. 2,982,570 hospital records from 28 hospitals in England, Australia, the USA and the Netherlands … Continue reading

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UK Stroke and Dementia Research: Under-Funding Persists (BMJ Open / Guardian)

Summary The levels of research funding upon cancer, coronary heart disease (CHD), dementia and stroke were compared, in relation to burden of each of these diseases in terms of their prevalence, disability adjusted life years and economic burden. This analysis … Continue reading

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Physical Inactivity and Obesity Compared as Causes of Mortality (BBC News / American Journal of Clinical Nutrition / Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

Summary A 12-year study involving more than 300,000 people suggests that lack of exercise could be responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity in Europe. It is estimated that 676,000 deaths per year are attributable to inactivity, compared with … Continue reading

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Leading Causes of Death in England and Wales (BBC News / ONS)

Summary The latest official statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on deaths registered in England and Wales, in 2013, show that dementia was the leading cause of death for women (12.2% of all female deaths). The leading cause … Continue reading

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