‘Don’t go cold turkey’ to quit smoking

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober campaign are being warned not to go “cold turkey”. Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes. Research has shown only 4% of those who […]

Shropshire hospitals baby deaths review cases rise to over 100

Media captionJack Burn died hours after being born at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford A review into mother and baby deaths and injuries at hospitals in Shropshire is examining more than 100 cases, it is understood. In 2017, Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into maternity care relating to 23 cases at the Shrewsbury and Telford […]

Pre-sex HIV drug should be made available on NHS, MPs say

Image copyright Getty Images A drug that cuts the chances of contracting HIV during sex should be made available on the NHS in England to anyone at risk, three MPs have told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Tory MPs Crispin Blunt and Nigel Evans, and Labour’s Stephen Doughty said the Prep drug had been proven […]

Yoghurts (even organic ones) ‘full of sugar’

Image copyright Getty Images Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say. The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets. The Leeds University-led research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types […]

Making sure you get the right type of calorie

Image copyright Getty Images The British Nutrition Foundation is launching a concept called the “quality calorie”, to make people think more about the types of foods they eat. While most adults consume more than they need, simply counting calories and cutting down is not enough, it says. It wants people to look at nutritional values […]

Are drink-driving limits too high?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How many drinks takes you over the limit varies from person to person Have you ever decided to drive your car after a few drinks and wondered whether you were close to the limit – if it was safe? If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you […]

Pregnancy weight gain ‘going unmeasured’

Image copyright Getty Images Midwives are calling for official guidance on how much weight is healthy for women to put on during pregnancy. One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no national target for what constitutes normal pregnancy weight gain. Regular weigh-ins fell out of favour […]

Hiding my psychosis for 10 years from the age of 12

Image copyright Luke Watkin Image caption Luke Watkin from Dorset is now 26 years old Luke Watkin was in year eight at school and alone in a corridor when he first heard a strange noise. “I heard what sounded like a train brake, followed by a metal on metal noise. “It was just something completely […]

Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

Image copyright UCL Sick babies admitted to a neonatal unit after a difficult birth could benefit from a new bedside tool to detect brain damage, researchers believe. The team at University College London has developed a device which shines light into the brain to monitor oxygen and energy levels. Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) could help […]

Deaths spiked during UK heatwave

Image copyright Getty Images There was a spike in deaths in England at the start of this summer’s heatwave, new data reveals. But statisticians say it is too early to tell how many of them can be attributed directly to the heat. On 25 and 26 June, when temperatures soared, there were 259 more deaths […]

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