Category “General Health”

New research recommends healthy lifestyle choices to lower dementia risk

July 16th, 2019
New research recommends healthy lifestyle choices to lower dementia risk

A new study has highlighted the healthy lifestyle choices we can make to lower the risk of developing dementia.Researchers from the University of Exeter found that adopting a healthy lifestyle could reduce the risk of dementia by up to a third. The study, which involved almost 200,000 adults, suggests that everyone that can lower the […]

NHS reveals plans to open first gambling addiction centre for young people

June 25th, 2019
NHS reveals plans to open first gambling addiction centre for young people

The NHS has revealed plans to open its first gambling addiction centre for children and young adults. The National Problem Gambling Clinic will provide support and treatment for teenagers and adults aged between 13 and 25 years old. The move is part of an initiative designed to tackle problem gambling in the NHS’ long-term plan. […]

BBC investigation reveals alcohol manufacturers are not publishing new information guidelines

June 11th, 2019
BBC investigation reveals alcohol manufacturers are not publishing new information guidelines

An investigation carried out by the BBC’s Panorama programme has revealed that several alcohol manufacturers are not publishing new information guidelines on their product labels. Researchers found that several brands are failing to provide information about the alcohol content of their products three years after new guidelines were introduced by health experts. Health experts recommended […]

medicEngland’s chief medical officer considers new tax on unhealthy foods to encourage healthier eating habits

June 4th, 2019
medicEngland’s chief medical officer considers new tax on unhealthy foods to encourage healthier eating habits

England’s chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, is considering a new tax on unhealthy foods in a bid to encourage people to adopt healthier eating habits. Prof Dame Davies confirmed that she is thinking about recommending a tax on foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats as part of a drive to […]

Experts issue vaccination call, as number of mumps cases increases

May 28th, 2019
Experts issue vaccination call, as number of mumps cases increases

Health experts are encouraging people to make sure they are vaccinated against measles and mumps, amid an outbreak of mumps. The latest statistics show that in the first 3 months of 2019, 795 cases of mumps have been recorded. In the whole of 2018, there were 1,031 cases. In light of the figures, Public 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, […]

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