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Let Dogs Onto Hospital Wards, Say The Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing has suggested that trained animals, including dogs should be allowed onto hospital wards and could even accompany patients into operating theatres in order to help patients and aid recovery.


What’s in a Name? “Seductive names” for Vegetables Increases Take Up, US Study Finds

US researchers have found that the names given to vegetables when advertising them has an effect on diners filling up their plates, with names that implied indulgence increasing the sales by a quarter.


Euroanaesthesia Congress Gathering to Define Exactly When People Die

It is possibly the most complex and biggest question possible in humanity: When do we die? While this is a question that for most professionals is just about theory, for people working in emergency services or preparing life-saving care, it is a vital issue, one that has led to countless debates, arguments and lawsuits, some of which lasted for decades.


US Scientists Re-engineer Antibiotic to Fight Resistant Superbug

One of the biggest infection risks currently facing the world are new strains of superbug that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotics.


Instagram “Worst Social Media Platform” for Mental Health, Teenage Survey Claims

In a survey of young people, Instagram was rated as the social media platform that has the most negative effect on mental health, according to research looking at the effects of social media on the mental health and wellbeing of young people who have never lived in a world without the internet, both positive and negative, and a world where 91% of 16-24 year olds regularly use the internet.


NHS Severely Affected by Large Scale Computer Virus Attack

NHS computer systems faced a wide scale cyberattack on Friday which lead to patients being diverted away from accident and emergency units, routine surgery and GP appointments being cancelled and a wave of disruption, as part of a wider cyber-attack aiming to extort affected users and organisations.


Family Member of NHS Tainted Blood Scandal Victim Plans to Launch Legal Case

Jason Evans, son of Jonathan Evans, victim of the most infamous and devastating treatment disaster in the history of the NHS, plans to launch a landmark negligence legal case against the UK Government amidst allegations that successive governments including the most recent have covered it up.


“Exercise Pill” Allowing Mice to Run for 70% Longer Developed by Scientists

Scientists searching for a pill that is able to mimic the physical effects of exercise have developed a powerful drug that in tests enabled mice to run for 70 per cent longer than normal, in a findings that could benefit people who traditionally struggle with exercising effectively as well as those who are affected by heart conditions, the elderly, obese or ill people.


“Plastic Bag Womb” Keeps Premature Baby Lamb Alive

A lamb born premature has been kept alive and growing in a plastic artificial womb, in a breakthrough for medical science that could provide hope for human babies born prematurely.


Prince Harry Sheds Light Mental Health Issues and Encourages Others To Speak Up

Prince Harry has become the highest profile figure in the UK to speak out over his mental health issues and the grief that was repressed for nearly twenty years over the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.


High Court Judgement Rules Doctors can Withdraw Life Support from Baby Against Parents Wishes Due to Best Interests

After a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court, Judge Justice Francis ruled today that it is in the best interests of a baby with a rare genetic condition and suffering from brain damage to be moved to a palliative care regime and have life supporting treatment withdrawn.


World’s First Neuroprosthetic Procedure Allows Paralysed Man to Feed Himself

A man paralysed from the neck down has been given the ability to feed move his arm and head to feed himself using his own arm, with the help of electronic implants in his brain linked to a series of implants in his arm.


Tetris Therapy Could Reduce Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Tetris is one of the most successful computer games ever and among many other things, a new major psychological study has suggested that playing Tetris could reduce the damaging effects of psychological trauma.


Only Bread Rolls Are Likely to Meet Salt Reduction Targets in 2017

A survey undertaken by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) suggests that only bread rolls will meet self-regulated targets to reduce salt in British diets.


Children’s Exercise and Physical Activity Declines From Seven Years Old

Children begin to exercise less not long after they start school, a study from the British Journal of Sport Medicine has stunningly revealed. This contradicts previous thinking on the decline of exercises and raises question on how to tackle obesity and its causes amongst children and young people.


Nestlé to Cut Sugar From All of Their Sweets in UK and Ireland by 2018

Confectionary company Nestlé have pledged to cut 7,500 tonnes of sugar from their UK and Ireland lines of sweets by next year, without switching to artificial sweeteners, the company announced yesterday, in a reaction to public concerns about just how much sugar is in our food.


Wide Scale Diet Review Reveals the Truth behind Popular Diets

Juicing diets can be bad for you, a gluten-free diet does not appear to provide any benefits for people without intolerances and eggs still contain a lot of cholesterol, myth-busting research by cardiologists in the United States has revealed as it reviewed the evidence behind commonly discussed food myths and celebrity diets.


Worrying about Work At Home Could Affect Your Heart, Research Suggests

A study of London-based bankers has found a connection between those who reported being worried by work related issues and heart activity typically linked with stress, anxietyan observational study published at the end of January has suggested for the first time.


First Scientific Link Discovered between Football Headers and the onset of Dementia

Initial reports from UK researchers have suggested there is a link between professional footballers heading a heavy football repeatedly and long term brain damage in the form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).


Long Term Study Claims E-Cigarette Use “Far Safer” than Smoking

The first long-term study of the health effects of e-cigarette use reveals they lead to a significantly reduced cancer risk compared to people who smoke cigarettes, claims a landmark report published yesterday.


Completely Locked in Syndrome Patients Able to Communicate in Brain-Computer Interface Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of Turbigen in Germany have reported that four patients suffering from Completely Locked-in Syndrome (CLIS) have been able to communicate the answers to known personal questions using a brain-computer interface that uses infrared light to measure blood flow within the brain and translates it into “yes” and “no” responses.


Criticism for Health Partnership between Cadbury and the Football Premier League

The English Premier League and major confectionary brand Cadbury have agreed a three year partnership deal in a move that has angered obesity and sugar campaigners.


Researchers discover an Alzheimer’s Drug Could Potentially End the Need for Fillings

A “simple, rapid natural tooth repair process” has been discovered by scientists that could significantly reduce the need for fillings.


Sugar Lump Breakfasts – Half of Children’s Sugar Intake is at Breakfast

Children in England eat half of their recommended maximum sugar intake at breakfast, research published by Public Health England shockingly reveals.


Is Worrying About Your Health Bad for Your Heart?

A study of 7052 participants in Norway looked at whether hypochondria (also known as health anxiety) was associated with the onset of heart disease.


Is This ‘Healthy Diet’ Trend Jeopardising Your Health?

According to dietician Dr Sarah Schenker, cutting out entire food groups in an effort to lose weight can jeopardise a person’s health.


Could Mixing Alcohol with Energy Drinks Cause Changes in the Brain?

Many mixed drinks combine alcohol with energy drinks, but a new study using mice has revealed that this mixture could cause changes within the brain.


First Ever Autism Treatment Improves Social Communication

The first every autism treatment has been hailed by scientists. Autism is a severe developmental disorder affecting 1 in 100 children.


A Short After-Dinner Walk is Good for Diabetes

According to a story in the Daily Telegraph, taking a short walk of around 10 minutes after meals is better for your blood sugar than taking a walk at any other time.


Study Finds That Fussy Eating is in our Genes

A new study has revealed that parents might not have to blame themselves for their child’s fussy eating habits.


Life Expectancy Increases by a Decade Across the Globe

Data has revealed a 10 year increase in life expectancy across the world in the last 35 years.


Craving Fatty Foods? It Could be in Your Genes!

According to a new study by Cambridge University, 1 in 100 people have a defect in the MC4R gene, which causes fatty food cravings and shuns sugary snacks.


Giving Babies Eggs and Peanut Butter Could Prevent Allergies

A new study has suggested that giving small amounts of peanut and eggs to babies at an early age could stop them from developing food allergies.


Is Reducing Stress the Key to Weight Loss?

Many of us make every effort to keep fit by following a healthy, balanced diet. But according to a new study, if you’re feeling stressed, all that healthy eating amounts to nothing.


Rain, Pain, Go Away – Does Wet Weather Make Ours Aches Worse?

According to a new study, that old wives’ tale that the rain can make our aches and pains feel worse actually has some truth to it.


'Increased Contraceptive Use' Sees Record Drop in US Teen Pregnancies

A new analysis by Guttmacher Institute has found that a huge drop in US teen pregnancies has been caused by improved contraception use.


The changing role of nurses within the NHS

In the 68 years since the NHS’s inception, and certainly the 150 years since Florence Nightingale founded the first nursing school, much has changed within the nursing profession.


Longer Commutes Could be Bad for Your Health AND Your Diet

According to a new report from the Royal Society of Public Health, the majority of commuters in England and Wales take at least one hour to travel to work. The two UK countries face some of the longest commutes worldwide.


“Dementia Atlas” Reveals Patchy Care Across the Nation

The government have published a dementia atlas that reveals a patchy pattern of care for the condition across regions in England.


Anorexic Patients Turned Away by NHS Because They are ‘Not Thin Enough’

An investigation has found that women and girls with anorexia are being turned away from NHS trusts due to ‘not being thin enough’.


Had Enough Sleep? There’s a ‘Switch’ in Our Brains That Wakes Us Up!

Scientists have pinpointed a ‘switch’ in our brains that lets us know when we need to sleep and when we need to wake up.


Scientists Discover a Way to Reverse Menopause

A team of scientists may have discovered a method to reverse menopause by rejuvenating post-menopausal ovaries, which enables them to release fertile eggs. Could this mean that menopause doesn’t spell the end of fertility?


Is Butter Really That Bad?

New research has found that butter have little to no link with heart disease and can actually protect against diabetes.


Could Your Smartphone Harm Your Eyes?

Doctors have warned that checking your smartphone screen in bed at night could cause problems for your vision.


WHO Warns That Hot Drinks ‘Probably’ Cause Cancer

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that hot drinks are a likely cancer cause and that they should always be left for several minutes to lower the temperature before being swallowed.


Size Does Matter When It Comes to Wine Consumption

A new study has suggested that drinking wine from a larger glass causes people to drink more, even when the amount of wine severed in a smaller glass is the same.


Children More Likely to Gain Weight if ‘Perceived as Overweight’

According to a new study, children are more likely to put on weight if their parents think of them as overweight.


Brexit Could ‘Delay Cure for Cancer’

Regulators and scientists have said that leaving the EU could slow down access to new medicines and threaten the search for a cancer cure.


Eating Potatoes Could Increase High Blood Pressure Risk

New research has suggested that eating potatoes could increase high blood pressure risk.


Damaging Diets: Could the ‘Fast Food Diet’ Cause Kidney Problems?

It’s no real shock to discover that a junk food diet isn’t the most sensible way to stay healthy and lose weight, but a study carried out by researchers at Anglia Ruskin University has shown that this type of diet could cause the same amount of kidney damage as diabetes.


A Small Amount of Chocolate a Day Could Keep Diabetes Away

Findings from a new study suggest that eating a small quantity of chocolate each day could cut the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.


Depression – a Case of Mindfulness over Medication?

Findings from the biggest ever review of mindfulness have shown that the practice can control depression just as well as mood-enhancing medication.


Could Anorexia be Caused by Bacterial Infection?

Scientists have suggested that anorexia could be caused by bacteria that confuse the immune system, which leads to it attacking the brain to trigger feelings of personal disgust.


Rise in Womb Cancer in Wales Linked to Obesity

The number of women in Wales suffering from cancer of the womb has almost doubled over the past 20 years and according to a leading cancer charity, obesity is to blame.


Asthma Specialists say the Condition is Trivialised and Over-Diagnosed

Two asthma specialists have said that too many children are being diagnosed incorrectly with the disease.


Prescription Charges to Increase in England This Week

NHS prescription charges in England face a sharp increase this week, whereas prescriptions will continue to be free in other parts of Britain.


Health Experts Hope to Raise Diabetes Awareness on World Health Day

April 7th is World Health Day, and this year the focus is on the dangers of diabetes, which plays a part in the lives of more than 39,000 people in Leeds alone.


A New Tax on Sugary Drinks Has Been Announced in the UK

In a move that has surprised campaigners, the government have announced a new tax on sugary soft drinks.


New Chemo Approach Could Boost Breast Cancer Survival Rates by a Third

A study has discovered that women with breast cancer could be up to one third less likely to die from the disease if they receive more regular cycles of chemotherapy.


Meningitis B Vaccine Rejected by Government

Despite a petition signed by more than 800,000 people after two-year-old Faye Burdett died from meningitis B, the government has rejected the call for a vaccine to be given to all children up to the age of 11.


New Study Suggests Paleo Diet Could Cause Weight Gain

Judge of My Kitchen Rules and paleo devotee Pete Evans has blasted reports that the cavemen-style diet could cause weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes.


Charity Warns of “Shocking” Levels of Sugar in High Street Hot Drinks

A campaign group has warned that there are “shocking” sugar levels in some of the hot drinks on sale in high street coffee shops and cafes.


Mild Stress Could Lead to Weight Loss

According to a new study, mild psychological stress could cause weight loss by activating brown fat. The study was conducted by the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine and could lead to effective new treatments for type 2 diabetes.


Travellers Banned from Donating Blood for 28 Days After Travelling

Travellers have been banned by the NHS from donating blood for 28 days after returning from countries infected by the Zika virus. This is amid fears the disease could be passed on through blood transfusions.


3.7 Million Women Avoiding Smear Tests Linked to Cervical Cancer Increase in the UK

A health charity has warned that almost 3.7 million women in Britain are not attending smear tests, which are potentially life-saving.


Does Irregular Heartbeat Pose a Higher Threat to Women?

A new review has suggested that the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm in the world seems to pose a higher health risk to women than men.


95 Edinburgh Patients Die Whilst Waiting for Care in 2015

In Edinburgh last year, 95 people died whilst waiting for a care package provided by the council.


Could Exercise Work as a Prostate Cancer Treatment?

Cancer Research UK has launched a new study that could form the first step towards the introduction of exercise training as an NHS treatment for prostate cancer.


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