Category “General Health”

Major Government Report into Vaccine Funding Has Been Published

February 27th, 2018
Major Government Report into Vaccine Funding Has Been Published

A major government report into how they decide which vaccines will be funded by the NHS has been published. The report has been long-awaited after calls for transparency into why a vaccine to protect children against meningitis B has not been made more widely available after Faye Burdett, 2, was deemed too old to have […]

Scientists take a step closer to more effective autism testing

February 20th, 2018
Scientists take a step closer to more effective autism testing

Scientists have taken a major step forward in the quest to find more effective tests for autism. Researchers claim to have taken the first steps in a bid to use blood and urine tests as a means of diagnosing autism in children. The study, which was led by the University of Warwick’s Dr Naila Rabbani, […]

Liver transplant survivor urges other parts of the UK to adopt Welsh donor system

January 16th, 2018
Liver transplant survivor urges other parts of the UK to adopt Welsh donor system

A 31-year old woman who very nearly lost her life while waiting for a donor liver has urged the rest of the UK to adopt the Welsh donor system. Ellie Lacey, from Cardiff, underwent emergency surgery last year after being diagnosed with acute and unexplained liver failure. Ellie was lucky to survive and she is […]

Public advised to use alternatives to GP services

January 2nd, 2018
Public advised to use alternatives to GP services

The Royal College of GPs has advised the public to consider using alternative services before making a GP appointment. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said that GP services are stretched to the limit at this time of year and encouraged patients who feel under the weather to consider other options […]

Teachers call for schools to introduce a ban on energy drinks

December 12th, 2017
Teachers call for schools to introduce a ban on energy drinks

One of the UK’s leading teachers’ unions has called for schools to introduce a ban on energy drinks. Members of the NASUWT have appealed to schools to ban energy drinks on school premises amid concerns about high levels of caffeine. According to the union, the caffeine content renders energy drinks “readily available legal highs”, which […]

NHS bosses call for pre-Christmas flu vaccinations for children to prevent spread of infection

November 28th, 2017
NHS bosses call for pre-Christmas flu vaccinations for children to prevent spread of infection

NHS bosses have called for children to be vaccinated against flu before Christmas in a bid to prevent the spread of infection around families and groups. Doctors believe that illnesses spread very quickly and easily around the festive season as a result of children spending time with friends at schools and nurseries and then visiting […]

Could owning a dog help you live longer?

November 21st, 2017
Could owning a dog help you live longer?

They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but a new survey has suggested that our furry friends are far from just companions. Researchers in Sweden claim that having a pet dog may actually help us live longer. According to a study based on data from 3.4 million people in Sweden, dog owners are less […]

Health officials issue warning over excessive antibiotic use

October 24th, 2017
Health officials issue warning over excessive antibiotic use

Health officials have issued a warning over excessive use of antibiotics. According to experts from Public Health England, up to 20 percent of antibiotic prescriptions given out in England are unnecessary. Officials believe that more patients need to be told to rest and take it easy rather than being given medication in a bid to […]

Super-size chocolate bars to be banned in English hospital in obesity crackdown

October 17th, 2017
Super-size chocolate bars to be banned in English hospital in obesity crackdown

NHS England has confirmed that super-size chocolate bars will no longer be sold in hospitals in England as part of a bid to crack down on obesity. New plans, which have been approved by NHS England, mean that no bars and bags containing more than 250 calories will be sold in hospital shops, vending machines […]

Could the sockless trend be behind a surge in fungal foot infections?

October 10th, 2017
Could the sockless trend be behind a surge in fungal foot infections?

A popular fashion trend could be behind a surge in fungal foot infections, experts believe. The rising popularity of going sockless has contributed to an increase in fungal foot infections in young men, according to The College of Podiatry. Emma Stephenson, a podiatrist, said that she has witnessed a steady increase in the number of […]

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