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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. […]

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 […]

Food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water

 The huge rise in food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water according to new research.Food allergies have risen sharply over the past 20 years, with 1-2 per cent of adults and 4-6 per cent of children thought to be affected. The number of children admitted to hospital for food-related anaphylaxis (a life-threatening […]

Olympian lifespan is possible for everyone

The longevity lifespan that Olympians enjoy is within the reach of everyone, doctors say.A research report- Survival of the fittest: retrospective cohort study of the longevity of Olympic medallists in the modern era is published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests athletes live 2.8 years longer on average than the average lifespan. The research […]

Britain’s bad summer weather will see epidemic of vitamin D deficiency

Britain faces an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency- which can cause rickets and is linked to cancer and other diseases because of the poor summer weather, a leading expert has warned.Prof Norman Ratcliffe, from Swansea University, said the dull summer will lead to high levels of deficiency in the sunshine vitamin. Other experts said vitamin […]

Low vitamin D levels need preventative action

There is growing awareness about the importance of the “sunshine vitamin” – vitamin D – for you health.Low vitamin D levels need preventative action, but Professor Mitch Blair, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says more action is needed – potentially including fortifying more foods and even cutting the cost of the […]

Paying for social care- Jeremy Hunt aims to bring clarity and affordability

Plans for a £75,000 cap on the amount the elderly will have to pay for social care in England will give people “greater peace of mind”, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.Mr Hunt told MPs the current social care system was unfair and left many families facing “ruinous” costs. He also announced a rise from […]

Children from poorer backgrounds are more likely to be obese

According to the plain speaking Public Health Minister Anna Soubry deprived kids are now the fattest.Clearly children from richer backgrounds can be obese-  something she herself acknowledged when she said her point was more that the greater propensity for obesity lay among the more deprived communities. And the statistics seem to back her up – […]