Music festivals including Glastonbury have become a hotbed of measles this summer, Public Health England has warned. It said a significant number of cases had been linked to the events, with 36 cases reported in June and July alone. More infected people are expected to be discovered as the outbreaks are investigated. People planning to … More Measles at Music Festivals
The brains of overweight people look ‘ten years older’ than those of leaner peers, a study has found. Brains naturally lose white matter – the part of the brain that transmits information- as people age. But a Cambridge University team found that loss was exacerbated with extra weight – so an overweight 50 year-old had … More Being Overweight Ages The Brain
Drinking alcohol is a direct cause of at least seven forms of cancer, and the more you drink, the higher your risk, a new analysis found. The report’s author said she hoped to cut through the barrage of studies and stories that can leave readers with conflicting views of alcohol’s effects. Find out more at MashableUK
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
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
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
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is urging people to ‘face their freezer fears’ and stop unnecessary food waste. Steve Wearne, director of policy at the FSA, says in a statement: ‘Every year we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes. Much of this waste is unnecessary, and a better understanding … More Freezing Food to Reduce Waste
The future of the NHS featured prominently in the run-up to Thursday’s referendum. While the Leave camp claimed cash that the UK currently gives to Brussels could be ploughed back into health services, Remain warned that economic turmoil from Brexit threatened the fragile finances of the NHS. Now we know that 51.9% of those who … More Brexit: What Could It Mean For Health?
Today’s UK newspapers are running a story that millions of patients will get access to life-saving gadgets that can diagnose conditions in less than a minute, the NHS chief executive, Simon Stevens, will announce today to a conference of more than 1,000 NHS managers in Manchester. What is being trialled is the unveiling of a … More Millions of NHS Patients to Get Access to Life-Saving Personal Technologies – the Good News and Bad News
The cancer risk of coffee has been downgraded, with experts concluding there is inadequate evidence to suggest it causes the disease. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, had classed coffee as “possibly” carcinogenic since 1991 due to a link to bladder cancer. The expert group has now decided … More Is Coffee Carcinogenic?