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Rise in mental health support for dads

New and expectant fathers will be offered mental health checks and treatment under radical action to support families, NHS England chief executive has announced.

Child mental disorders rising

One in eight people aged between five and 19 years, surveyed in England in 2017, had a mental disorder, according to a new report published by NHS Digital.

Calorie focus for NHS DPP

The NHS will for the first time pilot at scale the very low calorie diets that have been shown to put type 2 diabetes in remission.

AF increases dementia risk

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with faster cognitive decline and an increased risk of dementia, especially in women, according to a new report in the journal Neurology.

‘Hidden’ malnutrition problem identified

Nearly half (45 per cent) of British adults believe that losing weight in later life is normal, when in fact unintended weight loss can be a sign of malnutrition, says new research from BAPEN. 

Devastating toll of migraine

Some 60 per cent of chronic migraine sufferers feel disabled by the condition, 76 per cent feel frustrated missing out on quality time with family and friends and 49 per cent say that it has held them back at work.

RPS welcomes cannabis decision

The Home Office has announced that from 1 November cannabis-derived medicinal products will move from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 to allow clinicians on the General Medical Council specialist register to prescribe them.

'Detect Cancer Early' message for Scotland

Changing the way cancer is viewed and ensuring people act early to improve their chances of survival, is the aim of a camapign being relaunched by the Scottish Government.

Obesity to cause more female cancers than smoking

Obesity is set to overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer in women, according to a new Cancer Research UK report.

Self care for coughs

Self care methods including taking honey and over-the-counter remedies are appropriate for easing coughs and antibiotics should not be issued as first line of treatment, says new guidance.

Child vaccination coverage falls

Coverage declined for nine of the 12 routine vaccinations measured at age 12 months, 24 months or five years in 2017-18 in England compared to the previous year, according to NHS Digital.

Community pharmacies vital to drug harm reduction, FIP says

Pharmacists can play a vital role in delivering drug harm reduction services, and may be the safest source of recreational cannabis, the International Pharmaceutical Federation has said

Be clear with public on antibiotics and cough, says NICE

Health professionals should offer clear advice on effective self care measures for acute cough, and explain why antibiotics are not required

From the pill to MMR: top 10 NHS medicines listed

The contraceptive pill, beta blockers and the MMR vaccine are among the most important medicines to be introduced since the creation of the NHS, medicines experts say in a new report

Nicotine linked to cot death

Exposure to nicotine during pregnancy, whether from cigarettes, NRT or e-cigarettes, increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (cot death), says new research.

Eczema increases cardiovascular risk

Atopic eczema, especially when severe and “predominantly active”, seems to increase cardiovascular risk, according to UK research.

Paediatric coeliac disease detection at all-time low

Coeliac disease is the most common food-related chronic disease among children in Europe, affecting one in 100, yet experts warn that up to 80 per cent of cases remain undiagnosed.

Eddie welcomed to Well

Well Pharmacy has launched ‘Eddie’ - the first digital subscription service for Viagra Connect in the UK - to make purchasing OTC sildenafil easy and hassle free.

Pharmacies urged to act on blood pressure

Community pharmacies are being invited to get involved in two blood pressure campaigns 

EPS urgent care scheme to be rolled out

A scheme that integrates EPS into urgent care settings is to be rolled out nationally following successful pilots in London and the East Midlands, NHS Digital has announced.

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