Category “General Health”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock considering ‘all options’ to increase vaccination uptake

May 7th, 2019
Health Secretary Matt Hancock considering ‘all options’ to increase vaccination uptake

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has suggested that he is considering ‘all options’ to increase vaccination uptake in a bid to protect children against illnesses including measles. Mr Hancock said that he did not want to impose compulsory immunisation, but stressed that such a measure could not be ruled out due to an increase in […]

Pilot scheme aimed at freeing up GP appointments to be expanded following positive results

April 16th, 2019
Pilot scheme aimed at freeing up GP appointments to be expanded following positive results

A pilot scheme, which was launched to try and free up GP appointments, is to be expanded following a successful trial period. Health officials have confirmed that the Time to Save initiative, which has been trialled across a number of specific locations since 2016, will be in place in up to 75% of GP practices […]

New study suggests just one drink a day can raise stroke risk

April 9th, 2019
New study suggests just one drink a day can raise stroke risk

A new study has suggested that consuming just one alcoholic drink per day can elevate the risk of strokes. A new genetic study, which has been published in The Lancet, claims that even light drinking can increase the risk of strokes. The study, which was undertaken by UK and Chinese researchers, contradicts previous advice that […]

Public health officials issue measles warning for Greater Manchester following spike in cases

March 12th, 2019
Public health officials issue measles warning for Greater Manchester following spike in cases

Public health officials have issued a warning to parents in Greater Manchester following a spike in the number of cases of measles in the region. Public Health England confirmed that there had been 32 cases in Greater Manchester this year. This represents a sharp increase in the last month. By the end of January 2019, […]

NHS England boss admits anti-vaccine campaigns are gathering speed due to social media

March 5th, 2019
NHS England boss admits anti-vaccine campaigns are gathering speed due to social media

The boss of NHS England has admitted that anti-vaccine campaigns are gathering speed. Simon Stevens said that parents were being exposed to ‘fake news’ on social media and online campaigns, which are making it difficult to persuade them of the benefits of immunisation programmes. Speaking at a recent health summit hosted by the Nuffield Trust, […]

Schools to teach children about menstrual health, relationships, consent and staying safe online under new curriculum guidelines

February 26th, 2019
Schools to teach children about menstrual health, relationships, consent and staying safe online under new curriculum guidelines

Schools in England are set to teach young children about menstrual health, consent, relationships and staying safe online as part of a curriculum shake-up, which is designed to better equip children for the challenges they could potentially face during their teenage and adult years.   By 2020, it will be compulsory for schools to follow […]

New study suggests short bursts of intense exercise are best for weight loss

February 19th, 2019
New study suggests short bursts of intense exercise are best for weight loss

A new study has revealed that short bursts of intense exercise are better for weight loss than longer spells of gentler activity. Researchers from the Federal University of Goias in Brazil, analysed data from 36 studies, which involved over 1,000 adults, to measure the impact of different types of exercise. The team evaluated data from […]

Medical experts recommend device-free dinner times for children

February 12th, 2019
Medical experts recommend device-free dinner times for children

The UK’s chief medical officers have recommended device-free dinner and bedtimes for children. New guidelines suggest that children should be encouraged to put down phones and tablets during mealtimes and in the evenings when they go to bed in a bid to create healthier attitudes to devices. The experts also advised children to take a […]

Tests suggest some wearable fitness trackers overestimate calorie burn

January 29th, 2019
Tests suggest some wearable fitness trackers overestimate calorie burn

New research could put a dampener on the spirits of those who have vowed to get fit after receiving wearable fitness trackers for Christmas. Studies conducted by researchers at Aberystwyth University suggest that some devices can overestimate the number of calories burned by up to 50 percent. Researchers found that all the devices tested were […]

90% of people don’t eat enough fibre, research suggests

January 15th, 2019
90% of people don’t eat enough fibre, research suggests

A new year is traditionally a time when people like to think about improving their health. This often means trying a new fad diet or joining a gym, but health experts have come up with an alternative resolution that could make all the difference to your health in 2019. As studies show that 90% of […]

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