Number of long waiting hospital operations rise by 163%

The number of people facing “long waits” for hospital treatment in England has more than doubled in the past four years, figures show. Patients needing routine care such as knee and hip replacements are meant to be treated in 18 weeks under NHS rules. But the numbers waiting longer than

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Healthier lifestyles could cut cancer cases by a third

About a third of cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if people ate healthily, exercised more and cut down on alcohol according to new research. Exercise is an important way of keeping fit and cutting body fat, which is linked to the risk of developing cancer. Data from

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Younger people having more strokes

There has been a big rise in the number of working age men and women having stroke. In England in 2014 there were 6,221 hospital admissions for men aged 40-54 – a rise of 1,961 on 14 years earlier according to reserach by the Stroke Association. Experts said unhealthy lifestyles

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Fourty per cent of cancers are avoidable

Four in 10 cancer cases- 600,000 in the UK- could be prevented if people led healthier lives say experts. The latest research figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is by far the biggest avoidable risk factor- followed by unhealthy diets. The charity is urging people to consider their health

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Nearly half the population takes prescription drugs

Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs- according to the Health Survey for England. The report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed an average of 18.7 prescriptions per person in England in 2013 with the annual cost to

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Obesity costing UK economy same as smoking

New research shows that the cost of obesity to the UK economy is now the same as smoking. The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change new research has suggested. The McKinsey Global Institute said obesity

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Overweight seen as the norm warns chief medical officer

Being overweight is increasingly seen as the norm, England’s chief medical officer warns. In her annual report on the state of health, Dame Sally Davies said this was concerning, pointing out many people did not recognise they had a problem. Parents of overweight children were also failing to spot the

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Dementia- priorities for avoidance and treatment

Dementia has been described as a “global disaster waiting to happen” and the biggest health and care problem of a generation.Someone is diagnosed with the disease every four seconds and cases are expected to soar from 44 million now to 135 million by 2050. The disease already costs the world

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Cost of cancer as much as a mortgage

When the diagnosis is cancer- concern about survival prospects and what the treatment will involve will naturally be the first thoughts for many people in that position. However the financial consequences can be pretty severe too, as  a new report produced by Demos demonstrates that four in five people with

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Cancers increase by 40% due to bad lifestyles

Cancers caused by smoking, drinking and excessive sunbathing have soared in the past decade- official statistics have revealed.The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal large increases in the incidence of so called “lifestyle” related cancers. The biggest rise has been in the rate of malignant skin

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