CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 2 ISSUE 5

June 14, 2010

Lessons from the US: using technology and homecare to improve chronic disease management

June 10, 2010

Source: Healthcare at Home

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Date of publication: May 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report is based on the observations of NHS and Healthcare at Home staff during a US study tour. The authors observe how their American colleagues use remote technology to manage chronic diseases such as hypertension and heart failure, and explore which technologies and models could be adopted successfully in the UK.

Length of publication: 24 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Kings Fund


Studies prove multiple benefits of worksite health programs

June 10, 2010

Source: Medical News Today, 4th June 2010

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Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A 12-week worksite intervention involving twelve overweight sedentary office workers significantly improved their health and fitness. The volunteers had treadmill workstations installed in their offices for nine months. Positive outcomes included decreased waist and hip circumference and lowered cholesterol levels.
Another health study involved a larger group of workers, some of whom were normal weight and some overweight. These employees designed their own programmes, using a variety of resources such as weight-loss plans and fitness centres.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: American College of Sports Medicine


North Yorks spends £3.2m on telehealth

June 10, 2010

Source: e-Health Insider, 9th June 2010

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Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: NHS North Yorkshire and York has announced its decision to implement 2000 telehealth systems, creating the largest telehealth programme in the UK. In the pilot scheme launched across the county in 2009, machines were installed in patients’ homes to collect vital signs information such as blood pressure. Readings were sent by phone to a monitoring centre and a clinician contacted patients when there were abnormalities in the data. The programme will focus on patients with long term conditions such as chronic heart failure, with the aim of reducing hospital admissions and supporting patients who have been discharged from hospital.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: NHS North Yorkshire and York


Toothbrushing, inflammation and risk of cardiovascular disease: results from Scottish Health Survey

June 10, 2010

Source: BMJ 27 May 2010; 340: c2451

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Date of publication: 27 May 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This Scottish Health Survey studied nearly 12000 men and women with average age of 50 years. Participants who self-reported never or rarely brushing their teeth were found to have significantly higher risk of a cardiovascular disease event.

Length of publication: 6 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


The contribution of local policies to cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases

June 9, 2010

Source: National Library for Public Health e-newsletter June 2010

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Date of publication: May 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell:This report brings together evidence from international literature, and opinions from local policy makers, in order to produce realistic recommendations for policy action best suited to the city of Liverpool.

Length of publication: 42 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Liverpool First for Health and Wellbeing Partnership


“Keep on Ticking” at annual fun run

June 9, 2010

Source: NHS North Lancashire

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Date of publication: 4th June 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This very successful 5 km fun run has taken place annually for the past 18 years, organised by Lancaster and Morecambe Athletic Club and the Public Health Department of NHS North Lancashire. Participants range from serious club runners from all over the country, to families and casual walkers. Schools compete for the Trophy Challenge, and businesses for the Challenge Cup. 

Length of publication: 1 web page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.