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Only 15% of hospital admissions treatable in community, mental illness deadlier than smoking and red wine is good for you again

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Friday 23 May

Only 15% of hospital admissions can be cared for in the community, a leading health think-tank has told the BBC

The £3.8bn ‘Better Care Fund’ scheme, designed to cut hospital admissions in England and treat more people at home, is risky and ‘overly optimistic’, Nigel Edwards from the Nuffield Trust wrote on the BBC website.

He said cutting the length of hospital stays would be more effective.

The Telegraph reports today that the loss of life expectancy associated with some serious mental health problems is the same or worse than that from smoking.

Oxford University researchers said that smoking 20 cigarettes a day is associated with a reduction in life expectancy of eight to ten years.

This compared with an average reduction in life expectancy in people with bipolar disorder of between nine and 20 years, 10 to 20 years for schizophrenia, between 9 and 24 years for drug and alcohol abuse, and around seven to 11 years for recurrent depression.

And not entirely sure whether red wine is good or bad for you this week? The Mail is on hand, telling us that it might be good for our teeth.

Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed grape seed extract helps prevent cavities.

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