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Flu vaccine may reduce the risk of death and hospital admission in people with type 2 diabetes

The flu vaccine may reduce the likelihood of being hospitalised with stroke and heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research. The study from Imperial College London also found the patients who received the influenza vaccination had a 24 per cent lower death rate in the flu season compared to patients who weren't vaccinated.

The team, who published their findings in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) studied 123,503 UK adults with type 2 diabetes between 2003 and 2010. Around 65 per cent of these patients received the flu vaccine. We found that, compared to patients who had not been vaccinated, those who received the jab had a 30 per cent reduction in hospital admissions for stroke, 22 per cent reduction in heart failure admissions and 15 per cent reduction in admissions for pneumonia or influenza. Furthermore, people who were vaccinated had a 24 per cent lower death rate than patients who were not vaccinated.

We also found a 19 per cent reducti…

Some of the many negative consequences of Brexit for the NHS

I've started to list some of the many negative consequences of Brexit for the NHS

The future employment of the 50,000 EU and EEA nationals who work in the NHS (including around 9,000 doctors).The development and implementation of reciprocal agreements to recognise the qualifications of doctors and other health professionals from the EU.More limited rights for UK health professionals to live and work in other EU countries.The access to NHS care of the three million EU nationals in the UK and the access to European healthcare of the two million UK nationals living in other EU countries.Disruption to Pan-European initiatives to protect public health.Loss of funding from the EU for medical research.Relocation out of London of the European Medicines Agency.Reduced funding for the NHS if predictions of lower economic growth for the UK are correct.Threats to the development of health IT standards.Imported NHS drugs and supplies may be more expensive.The UK may be a less favoured site for …