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HPV vaccine extended to boys

Boys aged between 12 and 13 in England will be offered the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine to protect them from HPV-related cancers, the Government has announced.

Bowel cancer screening age drop

The age for bowel cancer screening is to be brought forward on the recommendation of an independent expert screening committee.

EMA: Recalled valsartan could cause 1 extra cancer case per 5,000 patients

The European Medicines Agency has issued an update on its investigation into the health risks of taking valsartan medicines containing an impurity that may have carcinogenic potential

PAGB calls for national self care strategy

The PABG has called for national strategy for self care, whilst creating a culture where people feel empowered to look after their health and wellbeing.

Flu vaccination guidance for 2018-19 issued

New guidance for pharmacy contractors and GP surgeries on providing the 2018-19 flu vaccination service has been issued by NHS England, PSNC and the BMA

Adult smoking falls to 14.9%

Smoking prevalence in England has fallen to 14.9 per cent, compared to 15.5 per cent last year, according to A new study from PHE and PNS

Childhood severe obesity at record high

The number of children leaving primary school severely obese has reached the highest point since records began, figures from Public Health England has revealed.

Tackling tooth decay

Fluoride should be added to water supplies to protect millions of Brits from tooth decay, says the Oral Health Foundation, after new research shows it has no negative effects on health.

Invest in community pharmacy, says Health Secretary

Investment in community pharmacy will be part of measures for primary care “so people don’t need to go to hospital,” the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has said

NICE update for dementia

People with dementia should be involved in discussions about their care, says NICE in its latest guideline update for the condition.

Sugar saturation

Children in England have already exceeded their maximum recommended intake of sugar for the year and are on track to consume the equivalent of around 4,800 cubes of sugar by the end of the year.

APPG calls for NHS England to take lead on integration

Provider contracts, including that for community pharmacy, should be aligned to ensure that patients experience coordinated and consistent care, says a report

Antidepressants linked to obesity epidemic

People with depression often report changes in their weight. Now new research suggests that antidepressants might contribute to weight gain.

One in four emergency admissions avoidable

Nearly 1.5 million emergency admissions could be avoided with better preventive care outside hospitals, according to a new report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

HSIS defends supplements use

HSIS has reiterated the important role of vitamin and mineral supplements in bridging nutrient shortfalls after the results of a new review.

Spotlight on STIs

Overall rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remained stable in 2017 compared to 2016 with around 422,000 cases.

Get talking diabetes

One in three people would turn to the internet for medical advice first over talking to a healthcare professional about a health concern, new research from Diabetes UK has revealed.

Ginger vs. gastroenteritis

Ginger is both effective and safe in treating vomiting in children with acute gastroenteritis, according to a new study presented at the ESPGHAN Annual Meeting.

Brisk walking is key

PHE and the Royal College of GPs are encouraging adults to focus on walking briskly for 10 minutes each day rather than just counting steps to improve their health and wellbeing.

Tobacco use is not falling fast enough

Targets agreed globally for tobacco use reduction are being missed, says WHO
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