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How long men and women enjoy a healthy life can vary by more than 25 years depending on the individual part of a town or city in which they live, new statistics show. Figures released on Wednesday for individual local authority wards in England and Wales showed a wide disparity…
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…
Thousands more patients at risk of deadly inherited heart conditions are to be screened each year following the roll-out of a £1.5 million genetic testing service by the family of the late Sir David Frost and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The Miles Frost Fund was created in memory of…
Balancing a healthy lifestyle and work can be hard for professionals. After a long day at work, it’s understandable that a trip to the gym may be the last thought on your mind. In fact, half of care professionals admit that they struggle to fit in exercise around their work.…
A health campaign is being launched urging parents to treat their local pharmacist as their first port of call for minor illnesses in their children, instead of visiting their GP or A&E. NHS England said there are 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to A&E for self-treatable conditions…
Hospitals should sell e-cigarettes to patients and switch smoking shelters to vaping lounges, health officials have said. Patients should be allowed to vape in private rooms and purchase e-cigarette devices in hospital shops, Public Health England (PHE) said. Meanwhile, Government officials should help manufacturers licence e-cigarettes as medical quitting aids.…
Wales has become the first country in the UK to introduce a nationwide ban on the intimate piercing of under-18s. The law, which comes into force on Thursday, makes it an offence for piercing practitioners to arrange or carry out an intimate piercing on anyone aged under 18. There are…
The recent rise in homelessness has its roots in welfare reform and the housing market, almost entirely accounted for by an increase in families losing their privately-rented housing, experts have said. The number of people officially recorded as sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1,768 in 2010 to…
Within 20 years more than two million Britons will be living with four or more chronic illnesses due to years spent living a sedentary lifestyle, new research has found. Although life expectancy is set to increase by 3.6 years for men and 2.9 years for women, two-thirds of this extra…
Youngsters are being "disadvantaged most" by cuts to public health services, leading children's doctors have said. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said there had been "destructive" reductions in preventive services. A year on from its State of Child Health report, the RCPCH has examined how officials…
Wales needs a different system which provides seamless health and care services – that’s the message from the independent review of Health and Social Care, chaired by Dr Ruth Hussey. The new report published makes a number of recommendations on how change to the system can be supported and explains,…
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