Healthcare

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

Ban on prescribing valproate to women of childbearing age

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has come out in support of new restrictions on the prescribing of an epilepsy drug that can harm the health and development of unborn children.

Folic acid could reduce stroke risk

Taking a folic acid supplement could be a “wise move for all adults in the UK”, especially those with high blood pressure, HSIS has said.

Minimum unit pricing implemented

Scotland has become the first country in the world to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol to tackle the damage caused by cheap, high strength alcohol.

Care home funding for PTs

Plans to fund 60 pharmacy technicians and 180 pharmacists to work in care homes to help reduce over-medication and cut unnecessary hospital stays have been announced by NHS England.

Antibiotics over prescribed in nursing homes

Nursing home residents aged 75 and over receive twice as many antibiotics as those of the same age living in their own homes, potentially harming their health.
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