Teachers call for schools to introduce a ban on energy drinks

December 12th, 2017
Teachers call for schools to introduce a ban on energy drinks

One of the UK’s leading teachers’ unions has called for schools to introduce a ban on energy drinks. Members of the NASUWT have appealed to schools to ban energy drinks on school premises amid concerns about high levels of caffeine. According to the union, the caffeine content renders energy drinks “readily available legal highs”, which […]

Government reveals proposals to provide mental health support in schools

December 5th, 2017
Government reveals proposals to provide mental health support in schools

The government has revealed proposals to provide mental health support in schools and colleges. The plans also outline a 4-week waiting time, with ministers keen to enrol a quarter of schools in the new programme in England by 2020. The proposals are part of a government push to improve mental health care across the country. […]

NHS bosses call for pre-Christmas flu vaccinations for children to prevent spread of infection

November 28th, 2017
NHS bosses call for pre-Christmas flu vaccinations for children to prevent spread of infection

NHS bosses have called for children to be vaccinated against flu before Christmas in a bid to prevent the spread of infection around families and groups. Doctors believe that illnesses spread very quickly and easily around the festive season as a result of children spending time with friends at schools and nurseries and then visiting […]

Could owning a dog help you live longer?

November 21st, 2017
Could owning a dog help you live longer?

They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but a new survey has suggested that our furry friends are far from just companions. Researchers in Sweden claim that having a pet dog may actually help us live longer. According to a study based on data from 3.4 million people in Sweden, dog owners are less […]

Stirling scientists call for urgent research following Alan Shearer’s dementia documentary

November 14th, 2017
Stirling scientists call for urgent research following Alan Shearer’s dementia documentary

Scientists investigating the link between footballers and an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease have called for urgent research following a documentary presented by former England footballer, Alan Shearer. The striker’s documentary, ‘Dementia, Football and Me’, was aired on BBC One on Sunday 12th November. Following the documentary, researchers from Stirling University claim that more research […]

1 in 10 psychiatrist roles are vacant, new report reveals

November 7th, 2017
1 in 10 psychiatrist roles are vacant, new report reveals

The number of vacancies for NHS psychiatrists has risen significantly, a new report confirms. Research conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists suggests that 10 percent of positions in England are currently vacant. According to the latest figures, the number of vacancies has doubled in the space of four years. Although there are more unfilled […]

Cancer charity hires digital nurse to bust myths online

October 31st, 2017
Cancer charity hires digital nurse to bust myths online

One of the country’s leading cancer charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, has hired a digital nurse to try and bust myths online and ensure patients have access to accurate information. Ellen McPake, from Glasgow, has been employed by the charity to help people find accurate information about cancer and enable them to get answers to their […]

Health officials issue warning over excessive antibiotic use

October 24th, 2017
Health officials issue warning over excessive antibiotic use

Health officials have issued a warning over excessive use of antibiotics. According to experts from Public Health England, up to 20 percent of antibiotic prescriptions given out in England are unnecessary. Officials believe that more patients need to be told to rest and take it easy rather than being given medication in a bid to […]

Super-size chocolate bars to be banned in English hospital in obesity crackdown

October 17th, 2017
Super-size chocolate bars to be banned in English hospital in obesity crackdown

NHS England has confirmed that super-size chocolate bars will no longer be sold in hospitals in England as part of a bid to crack down on obesity. New plans, which have been approved by NHS England, mean that no bars and bags containing more than 250 calories will be sold in hospital shops, vending machines […]

Could the sockless trend be behind a surge in fungal foot infections?

October 10th, 2017
Could the sockless trend be behind a surge in fungal foot infections?

A popular fashion trend could be behind a surge in fungal foot infections, experts believe. The rising popularity of going sockless has contributed to an increase in fungal foot infections in young men, according to The College of Podiatry. Emma Stephenson, a podiatrist, said that she has witnessed a steady increase in the number of […]

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