Category “General Health”

Health Secretary launches new preventative health plan to boost life expectancy

November 7th, 2018
Health Secretary launches new preventative health plan to boost life expectancy

The Health Secretary has launched a new preventative health plan, which is designed to increase life expectancy. Matt Hancock is keen to switch the focus to prevention, rather than cure, and has introduced new guidelines to outline a long-term vision for the NHS. At the moment, he explained, the NHS spends ten times as much […]

MPs approve new opt-out donor scheme

October 30th, 2018
MPs approve new opt-out donor scheme

MPs have approved a new opt-out donor scheme, which could help to save hundreds of lives every year. Under new guidelines, adults in England will have to actively opt-out of organ donation. Anyone who doesn’t opt out will be considered a potential donor. The scheme, which is already in place in Wales, has been approved […]

Cancer charity criticises tobacco giant over new anti-smoking advert

October 23rd, 2018
Cancer charity criticises tobacco giant over new anti-smoking advert

A cancer charity has accused tobacco giant, Philip Morris, of hypocrisy after it launched an anti-smoking advert. Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro, has recently approved adverts that encourage smokers to quit, but the move has been called out by Cancer Research UK. The charity claims that the tobacco magnate is merely trying to promote […]

New study recommends meal replacement programmes to tackle obesity crisis

October 2nd, 2018
New study recommends meal replacement programmes to tackle obesity crisis

A new study recommends meal replacement shakes and soups as treatments for obesity. The research paper, which has been published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that patients should be provided with meal replacement programmes, rather than healthy eating advice. University of Oxford researchers found that people who replace meals with low-calorie shakes and soups […]

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 […]

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