Schools in England to provide free period products for students

January 21st, 2020

Schools in England will provide period products free of charge as part of a programme set up by the government to prevent period poverty. Primary and secondary schools across the country will be able to opt into the scheme, which will enable students to access products, such as tampons, pads and menstrual cups without paying. […]

Dental expert urges patients to be ‘tongue-aware’

January 15th, 2020

The British Dental Association’s chair of hospital dentists is urging the public to be ‘tongue-’aware’ in a bid to promote good oral and general health. Peter Dyer said that it is useful for the public to adopt the mantra ‘the mouth is the mirror to the body’ to enable them to spot potential warning signs […]

GP surgeries consider shared patient appointments

January 15th, 2020
GP surgeries consider shared patient appointments

GP surgeries are considering shared patient appointments in a bid to reduce pressure on services and shorten waiting times.  The demand for GP appointments is increasing year on year, but the number of new doctors is increasing at a much slower pace. The outcome is that patients are waiting longer to see a GP. One […]

Doctors encourage vulnerable groups to have flu jabs before Christmas to counteract increased risks

December 17th, 2019
Doctors encourage vulnerable groups to have flu jabs before Christmas to counteract increased risks

Doctors in England are encouraging vulnerable groups to have a flu jab as Christmas approaches and the risk of developing the illness rises.  Experts say that the flu season has hit earlier than usual this year, with over 7,500 patients arranging GP consultations linked to flu symptoms in the week ending on the 8th December. […]

A&E mental health support scheme to be expanded to GP surgeries

December 10th, 2019

A mental health support scheme, which has been running in A&E departments in North Wales, is set to be expanded. The initiative, which provides support for patients attending emergency departments who may not need medical treatment, will now be rolled out across GP surgeries in the area. So far, the ‘I Can’ centres located at […]

New report calls for morning after pill to be made available off-the-shelf

December 3rd, 2019

A new report has called for the morning after pill to be sold off-the-shelf like condoms.  The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists believes that emergency contraception should be more widely available and easier to obtain. Experts responsible for the report have suggested that women should able to take the pill without going through a […]

New study suggests cancer survivors have higher risk of cardiovascular disease

November 26th, 2019

A new study has found that cancer survivors have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Researchers examined data from 3.2 million US patients, analysing information related to 28 different types of cancer collected over a period of 40 years. More than 10 percent of patients died from cardiovascular disease, rather than cancer.  The findings […]

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 […]

Supermarkets issue hummus recall notice amid Salmonella scare

November 5th, 2019

Several leading UK supermarkets have issued a recall notice after concerns were raised over the safety of hummus products. Zorba Delicacies, a well-known dip manufacturer, has encouraged Asda, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Morrison’s and Aldi to recall pots of hummus following a salmonella scare. The first batch of recall products was marked with a sell-by date of […]

NHS bosses raise concerns over the safety and efficacy of homoeopathy

October 29th, 2019
NHS bosses raise concerns over the safety and efficacy of homoeopathy

NHS bosses have raised concerns over the safety and efficacy of homoeopathy, amid discussions about the reaccreditation of the Society of Homeopaths.  There is a possibility that the Society of Homeopaths, the UK’s largest body of registered homoeopaths, could be reaccredited despite the fact that NHS England encouraged GPs to stop providing homoeopathy in 2017. […]

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