Doctors encourage vulnerable groups to have flu jabs before Christmas to counteract increased risks-1029-4785

December 17th, 2019
Doctors encourage vulnerable groups to have flu jabs before Christmas to counteract increased risks-1029-4785

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-6520-4846

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-1858-4589

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-0975-8416

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-4955-9545

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-4877-2680-6218

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-2492-5827-6529

October 29th, 2019
NHS bosses raise concerns over the safety and efficacy of homoeopathy-2492-5827-6529

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. […]

Air pollution linked to increased incidence of heart attacks, asthma and strokes, new research reveals-8091-8476-5131-8157-7296-2568-5914

October 22nd, 2019
Air pollution linked to increased incidence of heart attacks, asthma and strokes, new research reveals-8091-8476-5131-8157-7296-2568-5914

New research suggests that air pollution is increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and asthma. A team based at King’s College London found that spikes in air pollution contributed to a significant increase in the number of cases of heart attacks, strokes and acute asthma symptoms. Researchers analysed data collected in London, Manchester, Birmingham, […]

England’s chief medical officer calls for a ban on snacking on public transport-2967-7937-8966

October 15th, 2019
England’s chief medical officer calls for a ban on snacking on public transport-2967-7937-8966

England’s chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, has called for a ban on snacking on public transport in a bid to tackle rising rates of obesity.  In her final report, Prof Dame Davies suggested that the government needs to introduce more stringent measures to hit obesity targets. In addition to prohibiting snacking on public […]

Health Secretary considers compulsory vaccinations for children, as uptake falls-3933-2282-5470

October 1st, 2019

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, is considering introducing compulsory vaccination for children in England, as recent statistics confirm uptake rates have fallen.  Speaking at the Tory Party conference in Manchester, Mr Hancock suggested that he is thinking about the measure in a bid to tackle falling rates of immunisation and protect children from preventable illnesses. […]

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