Category “General Health”

Campaign group issues warning as hot chocolate is found to contain more salt than a bag of crisps

March 21st, 2017

The campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) has issued a warning after studies revealed that many shop-bought hot chocolate products contain more salt per serving than a bag of ready salted crisps. Research revealed that Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate powder contains 2.5g of salt per 100g. This is way above the target […]

Drive to raise sepsis awareness, as unknown killer tales more than 44,000 lives per year

March 14th, 2017

Health chiefs and campaigners have stepped up efforts to raise awareness of sepsis, a disease that kills more than 44,000 people in the UK every year. Despite the fact that sepsis takes more lives than bowel, prostate and breast cancer combined, very few people are aware of the signs and symptoms. Sepsis is triggered by […]

CQC issues warning over online prescriptions

March 7th, 2017

The Care Quality Commission has issued a warning over the safety of prescribing medication online. The CQC has expressed concerns after research revealed “widespread failings” among some Internet prescribers. During investigations, the CQC followed 11 online providers in England. They concluded that some had the potential to pose “significant risk to patients.” Some were well […]

Public Health England wants to make all hospitals smoke-free zones

February 28th, 2017

Public Health England has called for all hospitals in England to be made smoke-free zones. Currently, only 1 in 10 hospitals ban smoking on NHS grounds and the body wants to see a total ban enforced. Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, said that the move wasn’t designed to force patients to quit […]

NHS trusts rack up £900 million deficit over winter months

February 21st, 2017
NHS trusts rack up £900 million deficit over winter months

NHS trusts have racked up a deficit of almost £900 million over the course of the winter months, it has been revealed. During the first 9 months of the new financial year, trusts have overspent as a result of treating more patients than planned over the winter. New figures show that increasing demand for NHS […]

BBC research suggests 90 percent of hospitals in England are overcrowded

February 7th, 2017
BBC research suggests 90 percent of hospitals in England are overcrowded

Research carried out by the BBC suggests that 90 percent of hospital wards in England are overcrowded. Guidelines suggest that hospitals should have a maximum occupancy rate of 85 percent to minimise the risk of infection and prevent delays in patients accessing treatment; however, the BBC claims that 137 of the 152 trusts in England […]

New research suggests significant cancer drug price increases

January 31st, 2017
New research suggests significant cancer drug price increases

New research shows that the cost of cancer drugs has increased significantly over the last five years. Information made available by the European Cancer Congress suggests that the cost of some drugs has risen sharply, despite the fact that they are no longer under patent. One example is tamoxifen, a drug used to treat breast […]

The real reason you feel hungry when you drink alcohol

January 17th, 2017
The real reason you feel hungry when you drink alcohol

Have you ever wondered why you seem to feel hungry when you’re drinking, or you’ve been out the night before? Well now, you don’t have to speculate any further. Scientists have discovered that drinking causes your brain to switch into starvation mode, causing you to feel hungry, even if you’ve eaten as much as you […]

Public Health England issues warning over middle age health crisis

January 5th, 2017
Public Health England issues warning over middle age health crisis

Experts from Public Health England have issued a warning over a looming health crisis facing middle-aged people in the UK. Experts believe that a sedentary lifestyle, fast food and work-related stress are taking on their toll on people aged between 40 and 60 years old. The body has warned that eighty percent of middle-aged people […]

NICE advises GPs to send ‘harmful drinkers’ for liver scans

December 20th, 2016
NICE advises GPs to send ‘harmful drinkers’ for liver scans

New guidelines issued by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) advise GPs to send ‘harmful drinkers’ for liver scans. According to new guidelines, GPs should consider referring women who drink more than 3.5 bottles of wine and men who drink more than 5 bottles of wine per week for liver scans. This quantity […]

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