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Obese smokers denied surgery

The Royal College of Surgeons found a third of local NHS health bosses put restrictions on surgery for smokers and the obese. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has been increasingly alarmed about the rationing of surgery in the NHS in the tough financial climate. However, some local NHS groups criticised in the report say […]

Female lung cancer cases top 20,000

Cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 a year in the UK for the first time since records began. The figure for 2012 represents a rise from 14,000 in 1993, according to the data compiled by Cancer Research UK. It means the rate of lung cancer in the female population has risen by […]

Many NHS hospital patients complain of lack of dignity

A fifth of people in hospital in England are not always treated with respect and dignity according to new research. Analysis of the 2012 poll has found that poor care was more likely to be experienced by those aged over 80. It also found that more than a third of patients who need help at […]

UK drinks more alcohol than estimated

The amount of alcohol people in England drink has been underestimated according to new research. In England surveys measuring typical drinking habits account for only around 60% of alcohol sold, the medical journal BMC Medicine report said. Report author Dr Mark Bellis said this was because many studies do not include drinking on special occasions. […]

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 were partly to blame for […]

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 when making their New Year […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder- SAD winter blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) describes a type of depression with a seasonal pattern, usually occurring during winter. A lack of light is thought to affect the part of the brain that rules sleep, appetite, sex drive, mood and activity levels. Patients experience lethargy and a craving for sugary snacks. In 1984 psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal first […]

Food poverty is now a health emergency

Food poverty in the UK has now become such a big problem that it should be seen as a public health emergency according to a group of health experts. In a letter to the British Medical Journal, six leading public health figures warned poor nutrition could lead to a host of problems. It comes amid […]

Organ donations rise in UK tripled in numbers

The number of living people giving one of their organs to a stranger almost tripled last year in the UK, according to new figures.The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) approved 104 so-called altruistic organ donations in 2012-13 compared with 38 the previous year. The figures include the first case of someone giving part of their liver […]

Waist to height ratio better than BMI for weight test

Your waist should be no more than half the length of your height- according to experts who claim that having too large a trouser size can dramatically shorten your lifespan.Measuring the ratio of someone’s waist to their height is a better way of predicting their life expectancy than body mass index (BMI), the method widely […]