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Ministers have been urged to adopt a "health in all policies" approach after Brexit to help tackle inequality. Labour's Luciana Berger said it was a "terrible indictment" on society that income determined how healthy people were, as she proposed a major change in policy making. Draft legislation tabled by the…
Having a tipple to alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may actually be making things worse, a new study suggests. Researchers have linked drinking to a heightened risk of suffering symptoms of PMS. Around one in five cases among European women may be associated with drinking, experts estimated. In the…
Exercise could increase the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND), research suggests. People who are physically active are more likely to go on to suffer from the condition, with those who exercise vigorously at the greatest risk, according to a study published in the Journal Of Neurology Neurosurgery And…
The first study examining the role of feedback in health research projects involving patients and members of the public (PPI research*) has found that a fifth of PPI contributors never received feedback on how their input has shaped the research project. The NIHR-funded study, which has been published in the…
Many British women of child-bearing age are living unhealthy lifestyles that make them woefully unprepared for pregnancy, new research suggests. A survey reveals that large numbers of young women smoke, drink too much alcohol, are overweight or obese, and consume inadequate amounts of fruits and vegetables. They are also lacking…
Drinkers who ignore UK alcohol consumption guidelines could be cutting years off their lives, according to new research. An analysis of nearly 600,000 people found those drinking more than 100g of alcohol every week - around five 175ml glasses of wine or pints of beer - were at an increased…
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…
Prescriptions for some "over the counter" remedies such as paracetamol and cold treatments have been cut after NHS officials voted in favour of money-saving plans. Cough mixture, eye drops, laxatives and sun creams are among the products that will no longer be routinely prescribed, following an NHS England board meeting…
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…
In October 2017, Scotland became the only part of the UK where women are given the choice to take abortion medication at home. The decision by the Scottish government means women seeking “early abortion” in the first nine weeks of pregnancy can take the second of two necessary medications at…
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…
A "revolutionary" flu vaccine that can be administered as a pill has been developed by British scientists The vaccine tablet does not need refrigeration, making it easier to transport and more suitable for developing countries with warm climates. Researchers at the University of Cardiff produced the pill by creating synthetic…
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