In the news: Care ‘on the cheap’ and mislabelling of children

Date: 26/10/2018 Written by: Rosie 2 minutes to read.
Research Review

Councils buying care 'on the cheap' and the impact 'mislabelling of children' on their education. We want to get you thinking and talking, so below we have given an overview of some recently published research reports and articles covering a range of social issues.

Prostate cancer: radiotherapy could extend thousands of lives, study finds

New research has revealed in the past week that “radiotherapy could increase the chances of survival for thousands of men with prostate cancer”. As the most common cancer to affect men in the UK, there are 47,000 diagnoses of prostate cancer ever year. Of this, around 11,500 die. Although this treatment route won’t benefit everyone, experts believe it could help “around 3,000 men in England and very many more worldwide”.

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'Treatment may extend advanced breast cancer survival'

Earlier this week it was revealed that a combination of a “pioneering drug with hormone therapy may extend the survival of some woman with advanced breast cancer”.

So far, the trial is in its preliminary stage, however experts have stated that the results are “very encouraging”. This new course of treatment can “offer women more previous time with their loved ones” and due to its target treatment, “it enables many women to carry on with their lives normally”, something that can’t be said for chemotherapy.

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Children with problems or problem children?

Pepe Di’lasio, the executive head teacher at Wales High School in Sheffield says that “About 80% of the issues schools have to deal…can be traced directly back to some sort of situation in the child’s life.”

The Mental Health Foundation has recently published research that suggest that “children’s behaviour changes when they feel worried or sad”. A rising concern is the ‘mislabelling of children’, as Dr Antonis Kousoulis, director of the Mental Health Foundation has stated that “young people struggling with unaddressed mental health problems are often labelled as problem children rather than children with problems”.

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Councils buying care 'on the cheap'

Earlier this week, research by the UK Homecare association highlighted that Councils across the UK are “buying vital home help for elderly people on the cheap”. This research identified that 850,000 people are supported in their own home. Around 80% of this is organised by councils. Individuals from charities and councillors have voiced their concerns following this research, with the Department of Health and Social Care stating that “it would be setting out its plans for the funding of social care in a Green Paper later this year.

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