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GPs are being urged to "prescribe movement" to patients with some of the most common conditions.Those with cancer, depression, dementia and type 2 diabetes are among those who should be targeted by healthcare workers including family doctors, health officials said.Patients will be asked about physical activity levels, informed about how…
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…
Myths about physical activity being harmful for disabled people should be dispelled, according to a report. Disabled adults are twice as likely to be inactive than non-disabled adults, with potentially around 3.5 million disabled adults at greater risk of poor health due to inactivity, Public Health England said. The review…
The minimum unit price of alcohol in Wales could be set at 50p by next year, the country's health secretary has announced. The new regime is proposed to come into force in summer 2019 and aims to improve health and tackle alcohol-related deaths in the country. The National Assembly passed…
Teenage drinking in Scotland has dropped dramatically in recent years, research has shown. Weekly drinking among 15-year-olds declined from 41% in 2002 to 11% of girls and 14% of boys in 2014, according to a World Health Organisation report. A shift in teen culture and changes in household income were…
An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study suggests. GPs should ask their patients about herbal and supplement usage to identify potential side effects, according to the authors of a small…
The link between smoking and multiple sclerosis (MS) is "clearer than ever", with those who smoke more likely to develop the condition and become disabled more quickly, a charity has warned. The MS Society said it has completed a major evidence review into the connection between smoking and the chronic…
People in the UK have a higher risk of dying early from conditions such as cancer, heart disease and stroke than in Italy, France, South Korea and Australia, a major study has found. The research revealed that a 30-year-old woman in the UK has a 9% chance of dying from…
Millions of unpaid carers are putting their own health at risk to look after loved ones, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) and charity Carers UK said many of the 5.7 million people looking after family or friends in England were unable to take a break from…
Many patients with healthcare associated infections (HAIs) like MRSA have reported feeling “like a leper” or “dirty” after being diagnosed, according to a new study. Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) looked at 17 studies from five different countries during a major review. They focused on the experiences of patients…
As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness of the training opportunities available in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Almost 15,000 participants received PHA-funded training in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention last year. The PHA commissions a range of training…
Health officials have urged adults to check their risk of having a heart attack or stroke using a free online tool. The Heart Age Test, developed by experts, asks people over the age of 30 to answer a series of questions about their lifestyle and physical health. If the tool…
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