Public Health Cuts Could Hamper Anti-Obesity Efforts

Local councils in England are warning that government cuts to public health funding could hamper their efforts to tackle obesity. Local Government Association figures show that councils will have spent £505m by 2017 on fighting obesity. Councils use the money to measure children’s weight at primary school, help people lose weight and offer free or … More Public Health Cuts Could Hamper Anti-Obesity Efforts

Treat Sepsis with the same importance as Heart Attacks

Suspected sepsis in patients must be treated as an emergency in the same say heart attacks are, England’s health watchdog says. National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidance urges medics to consider sepsis early on when treating any patients unwell with infections. The problem, caused when the body’s immune system overreacts to infection, leads … More Treat Sepsis with the same importance as Heart Attacks

Improving The Nation’s Health Through Gardening

A growing body of research suggests that gardening is good for both physical and mental health. Pilot schemes for GPs to prescribe gardening are under way, while school gardening projects have been set up to give children a peaceful space to relax in. There are also community garden schemes where patients at GP practices work … More Improving The Nation’s Health Through Gardening

Modern Lifestyle to Blame for Rising Obesity Rates

It looks like the primary culprit behind the obesity epidemic may be the modern-day environment, and not genes, new US research suggests. Americans were more likely to pack on more pounds if they were born later in the 20th century, regardless of whether they had a high genetic risk for obesity, said senior researcher Maria … More Modern Lifestyle to Blame for Rising Obesity Rates

HPV Cervical Cancer Test Introduced in England

The NHS in England is introducing a ‘superior’ test for cervical cancer, following a successful pilot scheme. Experts say it is a switch that could pick up an extra 600 cancers a year. Women invited for a routine smear test will now automatically be checked for an infection called HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), which has … More HPV Cervical Cancer Test Introduced in England