Category “General Health”

Experts use Avatar technology to research diseases that impact movement

January 24th, 2023

Experts based in the UK are using technology utilised in films like Avatar to research diseases that impact human movement. Researchers are using motion capture technology similar to innovations used in Avatar to bring characters to life to monitor symptoms and track conditions that restrict movement. The innovative technology uses AI (artificial intelligence) to gather […]

New guidance recommends statins for millions more patients in England

January 17th, 2023

New guidance from NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends statins for millions more patients in England. The new guidelines from NICE mean that up to 15 million more people in England could be advised to take statins. Statins are drugs, which lower cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart attacks and stroke. […]

Dry January becomes more popular as people look to reduce alcohol consumption

January 10th, 2023

Dry January has become increasingly popular, as people look to reduce their alcohol consumption after the festive party season. Dry January launched in 2013 and the number of people participating in the month-long challenge has grown year by year. A campaign drawn up by Alcohol Change UK, Dry January encourages participants to go through the […]

Health chiefs warn of flu threat as cases soar

January 3rd, 2023

Health chiefs have issued a warning over the “very real” threat of flu, as case numbers soar across England. Recent data shows that 3,700 patients were undergoing treatment in hospital every day in the week ending on December 30th. This represents a dramatic increase of over 3,000 patients per day from November. In 2021, when […]

Health campaigners call for ban on sale of nicotine pouches to under 18s

November 1st, 2022
Health campaigners call for ban on sale of nicotine pouches to under 18s

Health campaigners have called for a ban on the sale of nicotine pouches to under 18s. Representatives from Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) have urged the government to introduce new legislation, which would close a loophole enabling under 18s to purchase nicotine pouches. Nicotine pouches are sold in many UK supermarkets and stores. They […]

Researchers call for volunteers for major UK health study

October 25th, 2022
Researchers call for volunteers for major UK health study

Researchers are looking for five million volunteers to take part in a major new UK health study. Our Future Health will be one of the largest and most detailed health studies in the world. The aim is to collect and analyse data to find more effective ways to diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range […]

Hospital appointments cancelled to mark the Queen’s funeral

September 20th, 2022
Hospital appointments cancelled to mark the Queen’s funeral

Hospital, GP and dental appointments were cancelled on Monday 19th September to mark the Queen’s funeral. Routine procedures due to be carried out in hospitals were moved from Monday and most GP and dental appointments were also cancelled after the day of the funeral was proclaimed a bank holiday by the new king, King Charles […]

CBD Product Applications Closed by the FSA in the UK

August 2nd, 2022
CBD Product Applications Closed by the FSA in the UK

Applications for cannabidiol (CBD) product authorizations have been closed by the Food Standards Agency in the UK. Recently the agency published a public list of 12,000 cannabidiol, or CBD, products and this number has doubled since March of this year. Products such as CBD gummies from Blessed CBD and Vibes CBD have made the list, […]

Canadian Government considers adding warnings to individual cigarettes to discourage smoking

June 14th, 2022
Canadian Government considers adding warnings to individual cigarettes to discourage smoking

The Canadian Government is considering adding warnings to individual cigarettes to discourage people from smoking. Ministers have proposed putting health warnings on each cigarette to stop smoking. If the plans go ahead, this would be a world-first. Minister for Mental Health and Addictions, Carolyn Bennett, said that she hoped that the policy would help to […]

New WHO figures show more than 780 cases of monkeypox outside of Africa

June 7th, 2022
New WHO figures show more than 780 cases of monkeypox outside of Africa

New figures from the World Health Organization show that there have now been more than 780 cases of monkeypox reported outside of Africa. The number indicates that cases have tripled in a week. The WHO also suggests that the figure could be an underestimate. At present, the global risk level is set at ‘moderate.’ Monkeypox […]

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