Category “General Health”

New study suggests vaping could reduce heart attack and stroke risk in smokers

November 19th, 2019

A new study suggests that smokers can reduce their risk of strokes and heart attacks by switching to vaping. Researchers at the University of Dundee conducted a month-long trial involving 114 smokers. They found that those who swapped cigarettes for e-cigs experienced changes, which could lead to a reduction in heart attack and stroke risk […]

Doctors recommend muscle-strengthening exercises to promote better health

September 10th, 2019

Leading doctors in the UK are recommending undertaking muscle-strengthening exercise twice a week to promote better health. Doctors believe that this type of activity should be combined with aerobic exercises to enable people to stay active and healthy for longer.  New exercise guidelines have been released, and for the first time, advice is targeted at […]

US researchers claim that music can be as calming as medication before surgery

July 23rd, 2019
US researchers claim that music can be as calming as medication before surgery

Researchers in the US have suggested that listening to music can be as calming as taking medication before surgery. A team based at the University of Pennsylvania found that listening to a song, known as the ‘most relaxing song in the world’ had a similar impact to sedatives before an operation. Researchers trialled the song […]

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 […]

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