Dame Deborah James’ death prompts surge in traffic to NHS bowel cancer webpages

July 5th, 2022
Dame Deborah James’ death prompts surge in traffic to NHS bowel cancer webpages

The death of Dame Deborah James has prompted a surge in traffic to the NHS website’s pages on bowel cancer. Dame Deborah James died on Tuesday 28th June at the age of 40. She was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in 2016 and recently revealed that she was undergoing end of life care in a […]

Patients offered option to travel for treatment to reduce NHS waiting times

June 28th, 2022
Patients offered option to travel for treatment to reduce NHS waiting times

Patients who have been waiting for NHS treatment for longer than two years are set to be offered the option to travel to reduce waiting times. Patients in England will be able to undergo treatment in hospitals outside of their local area as part of a move to try to tackle backlogs and help patients […]

Ministers encourage over 75s to have booster jabs as Covid rates increase

June 21st, 2022
Ministers encourage over 75s to have booster jabs as Covid rates increase

Health ministers in Scotland have issued a fresh call for over 75s and vulnerable individuals to come forward for their booster jabs amid a rise in Covid-19 cases. The spring booster, which was introduced to offer additional protection for those at high risk, will be available for over 75s and people with compromised immunity until […]

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 […]

UK Covid infection rates continue to drop

May 31st, 2022
UK Covid infection rates continue to drop

Covid infection rates are continuing to drop in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics. The most recent data suggests that 1 in 60 people in England would test positive for the virus in the week ending May 21st. This equates to around 1 million active cases, which is a similar rate to […]

New guidelines encourage monkeypox contacts to isolate for 21 days

May 24th, 2022
New guidelines encourage monkeypox contacts to isolate for 21 days

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued new guidelines to try and stem the spread of monkeypox. The UKHSA is advising anyone who is at high risk of having contracted monkeypox to isolate for 21 days. This applies to anyone who has been in direct contact with a confirmed case. Contacts have also been […]

UK officials confirm more cases of hepatitis in children

May 3rd, 2022
UK officials confirm more cases of hepatitis in children

Health officials in the UK have confirmed more cases of hepatitis in children. Investigations have uncovered a further 34 cases of the disease, which affects the liver, since April 25th. The new confirmed cases take the total number to 145 since January. The total covers cases in England (108), Scotland (17), Wales (11) and Northern […]

Covid rates fall across the UK

April 26th, 2022
Covid rates fall across the UK

Covid rates are continuing to fall across the UK. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that around 1 in 17 people would have tested positive in the week ending on April 16th. A few weeks ago, ONS data suggested that 1 in 13 people would test positive for Covid in England. […]

New guidelines recommend keeping waist measurement to half of height

April 13th, 2022
New guidelines recommend keeping waist measurement to half of height

New guidelines recommend keeping your waist measurement to half of your height to reduce the risk of weight-related health problems. Updated guidance from NICE suggests that people should try to ensure that their waist measurement is no more than half that of their height in a bid to lower the risk of disease. The measurement, […]

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