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Cuts to smoking cessation services, sexual healthcare and obesity services are "misguided", Labour has said.The party said that reductions in spending on public health in England are "shortsighted" and will put additional strain on the NHS.It comes after it published new analysis on the amount of money spent on public…
England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) warned, and could fall further behind if current trends continue. Projections identify "the danger…
A weight-loss pill has been hailed as a potential "holy grail" in the fight against obesity after a major study showed it did not increase the risk of serious heart problems. Researchers say lorcaserin is the first weight-loss drug to be deemed safe for heart health with long-term use, which…
The Welsh Government has unveiled new guidance for regulated childcare settings to help them ensure they provide the children they care for with healthy food and drink. The new guidance forms part of a range of Welsh Government initiatives that will contribute to preventing obesity in Wales, and help ensure…
Young people are experiencing a "double epidemic" of obesity and mental health problems, the head of NHS England has warned. Chief executive Simon Stevens (pictured) said the issues were key priorities as the health service, which is marking its 70th year, looks to the future. But he said technology companies…
More than a third of NHS trusts have failed to sign up to a scheme to cut sales of sugary drinks in hospitals, new figures show. NHS England said 80 out of 232 trusts have not yet joined the voluntary programme, which aims to reduce the number of sugary soft…
Nearly 40% of all cancers diagnosed in the UK every year could be avoided through lifestyle changes, according to new research. Smoking is the biggest avoidable cause of cancer, followed by excess weight, overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds, drinking alcohol, eating too little fibre, and outdoor…
The UK is "falling behind" comparable countries for several child health issues, a new report has found. Improvements in life expectancy have stalled, breastfeeding rates are among the lowest in the world and the nation's children have some of the highest levels of obesity. An analysis of UK child health…
Britain needs to go on a diet, a top health officials has said after it emerged that some of the nation's children are eating the equivalent of an extra meal a day in calories. Public Health England (PHE) warned that obesity is becoming "the norm" as it challenged the food…
The number of people living with diabetes has doubled in the last 20 years, a charity has said. Diabetes UK said the condition is the "fastest growing health crisis of our time" as it found that the number of people diagnosed with the condition across the UK has reached almost…
One in four of the nation's nurses is obese, a new study suggests. With almost half of English nurses over the age of 45, this "poses a likely future burden of ill health for the healthcare workforce", researchers said. Experts said the figures were "deeply worrying". Meanwhile, one in three…
Eating disorder patients in England are being sent to Scotland by the NHS because of bed shortages, it has been reported. Most of the patients are said to be teenagers and young adults who have been transferred hundreds of miles from home into residential care units in Glasgow and Edinburgh.…
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