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A campaign to support older people experiencing care to move more often has been hailed as a success by independent research.In 2016 the Care Inspectorate was commissioned by the Scottish Government to deliver the Care…About Physical Activity (CAPA) improvement programme which aimed to improve the health and wellbeing, independence, and…
Glasgow is to become the first Scottish city to join a major global initiative aimed at halting the spread of HIV.Council leaders are to sign up to the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending the AIDS Epidemic – a move which will commit the city to working to end new…
The UK has become one of the first countries to meet a key target in the battle against the HIV epidemic, figures suggest.Statistics released by Public Health England (PHE) on Thursday indicate Britain has met the 90-90-90 benchmark, which campaigners hailed as an "extraordinary moment".The global target for 2020 is…
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…
A "perfect storm" of stagnating wages and benefits cuts has led to the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in the England widening, according to new research.A new study, published on Thursday evening, also found that life expectancy for the country's poorest women has fallen by three…
More than half of UK consumers who wear smartwatches or fitness bands believe the devices have improved their mental health, research suggests.Some 55% of consumers who use the devices believe they have gone beyond improving their fitness and also benefited their mental health, with the figure rising to 61% of…
There are not enough public health policies designed to prevent illness, a Holyrood committee has found.MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee found that the health service was over-reliant on tackling existing problems rather than preventing them from happening.Most activity focuses on treating illness at an early stage or preventing…
Criminals are being sentenced to "worsened health" when they are sent to prison, a new report suggests. The Health and Social Care Select Committee said poorer health is "too often the outcome" for inmates as a result of "overstretched staff, overcrowding and poor facilities". MPs on the committee have penned…
Children growing up in homes with mould are more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a charity has warned as it called for more action to reduce health inequalities. A new report on inequalities among asthma patients states that children growing up in homes with mould are up to three times…
People with a genetic predisposition to strokes may be able to ward off the condition with a healthy lifestyle, a new study suggests.Adopting a healthy diet, not smoking, not being obese and taking regular exercise can reduce a person's risk of the life-threatening medical condition, regardless of whether they have…
Half of premature deaths have been linked to risk factors such as smoking and obesity in a new study.An unhealthy diet, not exercising enough, alcohol and drug use, high blood pressure and environmental factors such as air pollution were also to blame, researchers said.While overall rates of premature death have…
Britain is in danger of becoming a "two-speed society" with some groups excluded from the prosperity and rights enjoyed by others, the country's equality body has warned.At-risk groups are in danger of being forgotten and "trapped in disadvantage", said the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Its study found that progress made…
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