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 […]

Measles cases reach an all-time high in Europe

August 21st, 2018
Measles cases reach an all-time high in Europe

The number of cases of measles recorded in Europe has hit an all-time high. Data from the World Health Organization revealed that more than 41,000 cases have been diagnosed in Europe in the first six months of 2018. This is a vast increase on 2017, when 23,927 cases were diagnosed in the entire year. In […]

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 […]

Scroll Free September campaign challenges social media users to log off for a month

July 31st, 2018
Scroll Free September campaign challenges social media users to log off for a month

The Royal Public Health Society is set to launch a campaign to encourage social media users to log off for a month. The Scroll Free September campaign is targeting regular users of sites like Facebook and Twitter and urging them to refrain from checking in, sharing photos and updating their statuses for 30 days. The […]

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 […]

Cancer charity raises concerns over lack of awareness of womb cancer symptoms

July 10th, 2018

A cancer charity has raised concerns over a lack of awareness of the signs and symptoms of womb cancer. Womb cancer is currently the 4th most common type of cancer diagnosed in women in the UK, yet research suggests that many women are unaware of the potential warning signs. The Eve Appeal is keen to […]

NHS England to call time on ‘ineffective’ and ‘risky’ procedures

July 3rd, 2018
NHS England to call time on ‘ineffective’ and ‘risky’ procedures

NHS England has confirmed that it will call time on a number of ‘ineffective’ and ‘risky’ procedures next year. Under new guidelines to reduce costs and improve efficiency, NHS England will cease to provide 17 procedures, including treatment for snoring, tonsil removal and breast reductions. Treatment will still be offered in cases where there is […]

Government set to banish checkout sweets as part of new obesity drive

June 26th, 2018
Government set to banish checkout sweets as part of new obesity drive

Image Editorial credit: photocritical / Shutterstock.com The Government is set to ban the promotion of sweets and fatty snacks at supermarket checkouts as part of a new drive to slash obesity rates. Under new guidelines, shops in England will be banned from displaying sweets and chocolate bars by tills, as the Department of Health launches […]

Gaming can be an addiction, according to new World Health Organization guidelines

June 19th, 2018
Gaming can be an addiction, according to new World Health Organization guidelines

The World Health Organization has for the first time classified an addiction to gaming as a mental health condition. A new document, which will be produced as part of the organisation’s 11th International Classification of Disorders, will include gaming addiction as a disorder. The guidelines suggest the addiction is characterised by repeated actions and behaviour […]

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