Category “General Health”

Vaper numbers top 3 million for the first time

September 18th, 2018
Vaper numbers top 3 million for the first time

The number of people who vape in the UK has reached three million for the first time. New statistics collated through a survey conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) showed that there are more than 3 million vapers in Great Britain today. This represents a four-fold increase since 2012. The poll suggested that […]

New campaign urges middle-aged drinkers to have alcohol-free days

September 11th, 2018
New campaign urges middle-aged drinkers to have alcohol-free days

A new campaign has been launched to encourage middle-aged people to drink less. Statistics show that people aged between 45 and 65 years old are most likely to exceed the recommended weekly intake of alcohol. According to a YouGov poll, middle-aged people find reducing their alcohol intake harder than committing to doing more exercise or […]

Lancet Global Study Disproves Healthy Alcohol Consumption Theory

August 28th, 2018
Lancet Global Study Disproves Healthy Alcohol Consumption Theory

A large global study published recently in the Lancet health journal has confirmed previous research that says there isn’t a safe level of consumption of alcohol, offsetting the often-repeated claims about moderate drinking being healthy in what has been described as the most significant report into alcohol to date. The study, Alcohol use and burden […]

Ministers propose plans to introduce opt-out organ donation in England by 2020

August 7th, 2018
Ministers propose plans to introduce opt-out organ donation in England by 2020

Health ministers have outlined plans to introduce an opt-out system for organ donation in England by 2020. Under new guidelines proposed by the government, which are known collectively as Max’s Law, adults will automatically be presumed donors unless they opt out of organ donation. An opt-out system was introduced in Wales in 2015 and Scotland […]

Drugs council recommends rule changes for medicinal cannabis prescription

July 24th, 2018
Drugs council recommends rule changes for medicinal cannabis prescription

A panel of drugs experts has recommended changes, which would enable doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis for patients with certain conditions. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has backed changes, which would give doctors the option to prescribe medicinal products that contain cannabis derivatives when safe to do so. The matter was put […]

New study suggests giving up alcohol can bring health benefits in just one month

July 17th, 2018
New study suggests giving up alcohol can bring health benefits in just one month

A new study suggests that giving up alcohol for just one month can bring significant health benefits. New research claims that laying off the booze for a month can result in lower blood pressure and improved liver health. Many people are aware of the long-term benefits of quitting heavy drinking, but researchers believe that giving […]

NHS England to call time on ‘ineffective’ and ‘risky’ procedures

July 3rd, 2018
NHS England to call time on ‘ineffective’ and ‘risky’ procedures

NHS England has confirmed that it will call time on a number of ‘ineffective’ and ‘risky’ procedures next year. Under new guidelines to reduce costs and improve efficiency, NHS England will cease to provide 17 procedures, including treatment for snoring, tonsil removal and breast reductions. Treatment will still be offered in cases where there is […]

Government set to banish checkout sweets as part of new obesity drive

June 26th, 2018
Government set to banish checkout sweets as part of new obesity drive

Image Editorial credit: photocritical / Shutterstock.com The Government is set to ban the promotion of sweets and fatty snacks at supermarket checkouts as part of a new drive to slash obesity rates. Under new guidelines, shops in England will be banned from displaying sweets and chocolate bars by tills, as the Department of Health launches […]

Scottish government tables bill to introduce opt-out organ donation scheme

June 12th, 2018
Scottish government tables bill to introduce opt-out organ donation scheme

The Scottish Government is set to table a bill to introduce an opt-out organ donation scheme in a bid to increase the number of donors. Currently, if you wish to donate your organs when you die, you must opt in to the donation programme. Under new guidelines, which are due to be published soon, all […]

Smoothies and juices could be banned in Scottish schools as ministers try to tackle obesity crisis

June 5th, 2018
Smoothies and juices could be banned in Scottish schools as ministers try to tackle obesity crisis

Smoothies and juices could soon be banned in school canteens in Scotland, as ministers attempt to curb the obesity crisis. The government has unveiled measures to try and reduce the sugar content of school meals in a shift, which could also see schools banning sugary cereals and flavoured yoghurts A consultation on proposed measures, which […]

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