Victorian diseases on the rise in East Lancashire

Victorian diseases on the rise in East Lancashire

Victorian diseases on the rise in East Lancashire

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

DISEASES that were rife during Victorian times are on the rise in East Lancashire, experts have warned.

New figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre have revealed sharp increases in gout, with Blackburn with Darwen reporting figures which were well above the national average last year.

Rates of malnutrition and whooping cough were also above average in the whole of Lancashire last year, although figures to show regional increases over the last five years were not available.

Nationally, hospital admissions with gout as the primary or secondary diagnosis have nearly doubled since 2009, with nearly 86,866 cases last year.

Malnutrition and scarlet fever admissions also nearly doubled over the same period, to 6,686 and 845 in 2013/14, while cases of whooping cough increased slightly to 299.

The regional figures, published for 2013/14 only, related solely to primary diagnoses, so returned much smaller figures.

In Blackburn with Darwen, there were 19 cases of gout, a rate of 14.3 admissions per 100,000 head of population. The East Lancashire rate was 11, which was also above the national average of 10.7 cases per 100,000.

Experts believe the increasing cases of gout, a type of arthritis which causes severe pain in the joints, are likely to reflect rising obesity levels, and are also associated with excessive drinking.

In the Lancashire public health region, which includes Blackburn with Darwen, there were 20 cases of malnutrition last year, a rate of 1.4 per 100,000, compared to the national rate of 1.1, while the county had 13 cases of whooping cough, a rate of 0.9, compared to the national rate of 0.5.

Ministers said the rise in malnutrition could be partly due to better diagnosis and detection of those at risk, The Lancashire Telegraph has previously reported a spike in scarlet fever, with more than 160 people in Lancashire suffering with the infection in the seven months to April, compared to just 76 during the same period last year.

Kingsley Manning, chairman of the HSCIC, said even though rates were still low, the NHS needed to take note about what was happening.

He added: "We are fortunate that these diseases are not as widespread today, (but) healthcare organisations may be interested in undertaking further study into the trends highlighted in our report."

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4:38pm Sun 27 Jul 14

phil kernot says...

Bring back matron , who was in charge of here own cleansing ,, sack the paper pushes and the people that push the buttons , basically anyone that is not medically minded or without losing them that would put lives at risk you know the type ,, managers that are more bothered about them selves and won't take responsibility and step down when some dies because of there incompetence ,,, Start at the top and I bet it makes the nhs a lot better ,,,,
Bring back matron , who was in charge of here own cleansing ,, sack the paper pushes and the people that push the buttons , basically anyone that is not medically minded or without losing them that would put lives at risk you know the type ,, managers that are more bothered about them selves and won't take responsibility and step down when some dies because of there incompetence ,,, Start at the top and I bet it makes the nhs a lot better ,,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 23

7:55pm Sun 27 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

90% are self inflicted ailments
1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking
2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food.
Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs
90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 13

1:01am Mon 28 Jul 14

Rishtonian says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
90% are self inflicted ailments
1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking
2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food.
Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs
GOOD POST
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: 90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs[/p][/quote]GOOD POST Rishtonian
  • Score: 7

7:27am Mon 28 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
90% are self inflicted ailments
1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking
2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food.
Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs
We can always rely on the LT readership for accurate and qualified opinions on medical matters, can't we?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: 90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs[/p][/quote]We can always rely on the LT readership for accurate and qualified opinions on medical matters, can't we? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 16

7:27am Mon 28 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
90% are self inflicted ailments
1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking
2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food.
Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs
We can always rely on the LT readership for accurate and qualified opinions on medical matters, can't we?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: 90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs[/p][/quote]We can always rely on the LT readership for accurate and qualified opinions on medical matters, can't we? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 4

7:49am Mon 28 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

phil kernot wrote:
Bring back matron , who was in charge of here own cleansing ,, sack the paper pushes and the people that push the buttons , basically anyone that is not medically minded or without losing them that would put lives at risk you know the type ,, managers that are more bothered about them selves and won't take responsibility and step down when some dies because of there incompetence ,,, Start at the top and I bet it makes the nhs a lot better ,,,,
These problems have, to some extent, always been present in the NHS, though, admittedly, seem to have increased enormously in the past fifty or so years.

I very recently came across a George Orwell quote, "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." Particularly apposite (look it up, 2 for 5p) in this instance, I'd say.
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: Bring back matron , who was in charge of here own cleansing ,, sack the paper pushes and the people that push the buttons , basically anyone that is not medically minded or without losing them that would put lives at risk you know the type ,, managers that are more bothered about them selves and won't take responsibility and step down when some dies because of there incompetence ,,, Start at the top and I bet it makes the nhs a lot better ,,,,[/p][/quote]These problems have, to some extent, always been present in the NHS, though, admittedly, seem to have increased enormously in the past fifty or so years. I very recently came across a George Orwell quote, "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." Particularly apposite (look it up, 2 for 5p) in this instance, I'd say. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 3

8:00am Mon 28 Jul 14

jenkinsroy says...

New figures published by the.
Health and Social Care Information Centre
Look here we know you mean well here?
By what you have said on this page O.K.
But what you should be doing is going to the House of Commons
At question time for the priminister DAVID?
And get YOUR M.P. you know to ask him why there are more cut to the
N.H.S. on their way? Which they are.
You could sit on the public benches and when he come out with
His crap which he will? You can shout at him and throw your
Paper work at him and tell him to look at the mess is party
As done to the N.H.S.? GOOD LUCK
IT should be good to watch on telly on the parliament program time?
New figures published by the. Health and Social Care Information Centre Look here we know you mean well here? By what you have said on this page O.K. But what you should be doing is going to the House of Commons At question time for the priminister DAVID? And get YOUR M.P. you know to ask him why there are more cut to the N.H.S. on their way? Which they are. You could sit on the public benches and when he come out with His crap which he will? You can shout at him and throw your Paper work at him and tell him to look at the mess is party As done to the N.H.S.? GOOD LUCK IT should be good to watch on telly on the parliament program time? jenkinsroy
  • Score: 4

9:27am Mon 28 Jul 14

Izanears says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
90% are self inflicted ailments
1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking
2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food.
Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs
Gout is mainly caused by a build of Uric acid. many of those who get gout do not drink alcohol.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: 90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs[/p][/quote]Gout is mainly caused by a build of Uric acid. many of those who get gout do not drink alcohol. Izanears
  • Score: 12

10:03am Mon 28 Jul 14

sen c b l says...

Alcohol greatly increases the likeliness of gout disease as a result of uric acid and many cases are as a result, a burden on the NHS.
Pay for your medical you robbing trolls.
Alcohol greatly increases the likeliness of gout disease as a result of uric acid and many cases are as a result, a burden on the NHS. Pay for your medical you robbing trolls. sen c b l
  • Score: -5

10:30am Mon 28 Jul 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

Izanears wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote: 90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs
Gout is mainly caused by a build of Uric acid. many of those who get gout do not drink alcohol.
I was diagnosed with gout when I was 16 - and had only tasted the occasional illicit cider! Nor was I overweight. I still suffer from it occasionally, but proper diet control and medication ensure that I'm not incapacitated by it.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: 90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs[/p][/quote]Gout is mainly caused by a build of Uric acid. many of those who get gout do not drink alcohol.[/p][/quote]I was diagnosed with gout when I was 16 - and had only tasted the occasional illicit cider! Nor was I overweight. I still suffer from it occasionally, but proper diet control and medication ensure that I'm not incapacitated by it. Ian the Beancounter
  • Score: 13

11:47am Mon 28 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Ian the Beancounter wrote:
Izanears wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote: 90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs
Gout is mainly caused by a build of Uric acid. many of those who get gout do not drink alcohol.
I was diagnosed with gout when I was 16 - and had only tasted the occasional illicit cider! Nor was I overweight. I still suffer from it occasionally, but proper diet control and medication ensure that I'm not incapacitated by it.
You do realize, both of you, that you;re contradicting someone who is an acknowledged expert in all fields of human (and other) experience?
[quote][p][bold]Ian the Beancounter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: 90% are self inflicted ailments 1. Gout : caused by excessive drinking 2. Malnutrition : caused by buying fags instead of food. Biggest laugh of all is they all manage todo it on state hand-outs[/p][/quote]Gout is mainly caused by a build of Uric acid. many of those who get gout do not drink alcohol.[/p][/quote]I was diagnosed with gout when I was 16 - and had only tasted the occasional illicit cider! Nor was I overweight. I still suffer from it occasionally, but proper diet control and medication ensure that I'm not incapacitated by it.[/p][/quote]You do realize, both of you, that you;re contradicting someone who is an acknowledged expert in all fields of human (and other) experience? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 12

10:35pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

Have they also reported a massive rise in cases of idiocy? The posts on here tonight would suggest a current epidemic!
Have they also reported a massive rise in cases of idiocy? The posts on here tonight would suggest a current epidemic! Paul The Octopus Lives!
  • Score: 5

3:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Paul The Octopus Lives! wrote:
Have they also reported a massive rise in cases of idiocy? The posts on here tonight would suggest a current epidemic!
I think this qualifies as a very good example of self-deprecation.
[quote][p][bold]Paul The Octopus Lives![/bold] wrote: Have they also reported a massive rise in cases of idiocy? The posts on here tonight would suggest a current epidemic![/p][/quote]I think this qualifies as a very good example of self-deprecation. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 1

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