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 […]

Scottish government tables bill to introduce opt-out organ donation scheme

June 12th, 2018
Scottish government tables bill to introduce opt-out organ donation scheme

The Scottish Government is set to table a bill to introduce an opt-out organ donation scheme in a bid to increase the number of donors. Currently, if you wish to donate your organs when you die, you must opt in to the donation programme. Under new guidelines, which are due to be published soon, all […]

Smoothies and juices could be banned in Scottish schools as ministers try to tackle obesity crisis

June 5th, 2018
Smoothies and juices could be banned in Scottish schools as ministers try to tackle obesity crisis

Smoothies and juices could soon be banned in school canteens in Scotland, as ministers attempt to curb the obesity crisis. The government has unveiled measures to try and reduce the sugar content of school meals in a shift, which could also see schools banning sugary cereals and flavoured yoghurts A consultation on proposed measures, which […]

A million smokers quit in France as health officials laud anti-smoking measures

May 29th, 2018
A million smokers quit in France as health officials laud anti-smoking measures

One million people have quit smoking in France, as health officials praise the introduction of a raft of anti-smoking measures. Figures published by Public Health France suggest that there were a million fewer regular smokers in 2017 compared to 2016. The body has claimed that new anti-smoking measures have contributed to a growing number of […]

Regular exercise keeps the arteries young, new study reveals

May 22nd, 2018
Regular exercise keeps the arteries young, new study reveals

Regular exercise helps to keep the arteries young and prevent them from stiffening, it has been revealed. A new study claims that working out 4-5 times per week can lower the risk of heart problems and keep the arteries healthy. The study, which has been published in the Journal of Physiology, found that exercising 4-5 […]

Drug May Have Been Found To Cure the Common Cold

May 15th, 2018
Drug May Have Been Found To Cure the Common Cold

A research team from Imperial College London have been working on an innovative treatment that may be able to cure the common cold, which would be inhaled to stop the virulent illness in its tracks. The common cold is a collective term for hundreds of very similar viruses, which has made it notoriously difficult to […]

Green spaces improve quality of life by £34 billion, charity reveals

May 8th, 2018
Green spaces improve quality of life by £34 billion, charity reveals

A charity has suggested that green spaces and parks improve quality of life by £34 billion. The Fields in Trust charity, which aims to protect green spaces in the UK, claims that open natural areas provide health benefits that equate to a value of around £34 billion. The charity also suggests that green spaces save […]

Men urged to talk more, as Macmillan suggests women are twice as likely to ask for help following cancer diagnosis

May 1st, 2018
Men urged to talk more, as Macmillan suggests women are twice as likely to ask for help following cancer diagnosis

Macmillan Cancer is calling for more to be done to help men open up after research revealed that women are twice as likely to ask for help following cancer diagnosis. Craig Toley was just 29 years old when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Craig was devastated by the diagnosis, but he felt unable to […]

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