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Is England a healthy nation?

Is England a healthy nation?

The annual Health Survey for England has been published. The poll of 10,000 people is essentially the stock-take of the nation’s health, measuring everything from exercise habits to happiness. So what does it tell us about the health and wellbeing of people in England? 1. Obsessed with weight, but with good reason Nearly half of […]

Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The health risks are lower than smoking cigarettes “Heat-not-burn” tobacco products are harmful to health even though they are safer than regular cigarettes, say UK experts. The advisory panel to the government said the devices produce “a number of compounds of concern”, including some that can cause cancer. Manufacturers […]

Teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

Teachers call for ban on energy drinks in schools

Image copyright iStock One of the UK’s largest teaching unions is calling for schools to ban energy drinks from their premises. The NASUWT is warning about caffeine levels in the drinks, describing them as “readily available legal highs” which can contribute to poor behaviour. It follows a report by academics, seen by 5 live investigates, […]

Vaginal mesh ban ‘a retrograde step’, surgeons say

Vaginal mesh ban ‘a retrograde step’, surgeons say

Image caption The mesh is made of a type of plastic and surgeons routinely use it in hernia repairs Banning vaginal mesh implants would remove an important treatment for some women suffering from a prolapse, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Some women benefit from the implants and should have a choice, it […]

Mental health: Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to ‘be better’ at dealing with crisis patients

Mental health: Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to ‘be better’ at dealing with crisis patients

The health secretary says the NHS must be better at dealing with mental health crisis cases. Jeremy Hunt, who’s in charge of the health service in England, was speaking to Newsbeat about our iPlayer documentary My Mind and Me. He watched Radio 1 listener Bex talk about failures when she needed urgent help after a […]

Call for lung health screening in top football clubs

Call for lung health screening in top football clubs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Asthma symptoms can be brought on by exercise in elite athletes Professional footballers should be screened for exercise-induced asthma, researchers say, after a study found three in 10 could be affected. University of Kent scientists used lung tests to identify players with symptoms and improved their fitness after treatment. […]

Top five celeb diets to avoid in 2018, according to dieticians

Top five celeb diets to avoid in 2018, according to dieticians

Image copyright Getty Images The British Dietetic Association has released a list of diets they say we should steer clear of in the new year. They include the Raw Vegan, Alkaline, Pioppi and Ketogenic diets, as well as Katie Price’s Nutritional Supplements. Sian Porter from the BDA said: “If something sounds too good to be […]

Ian Paterson: Independent inquiry into breast surgeon

Ian Paterson: Independent inquiry into breast surgeon

Image copyright PA Image caption Ian Paterson is serving a 20-year sentence for wounding patients An independent inquiry is to be held into the malpractice of breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who carried out hundreds of botched operations. It will aim to learn lessons from the case and improve care, the Department of Health said. Paterson […]

Long A&E waits: 3m a year wait over four hours

Long A&E waits: 3m a year wait over four hours

Image copyright Getty Images The number of long A&E waits across the UK has more than doubled in the past four years as hospitals struggle to cope with demand, BBC analysis shows. Northern Ireland has the worst performance, although England has seen the fastest deterioration, the figures show. Over 3m patients who visited UK A&Es […]

Warning over eating raw dough due to E. coli risk in flour

Warning over eating raw dough due to E. coli risk in flour

Image copyright Getty Images The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against eating raw dough, batter or cake mixture because of the risk of E. coli from flour. The FDA updated its guidelines following an investigation into an E. coli outbreak in the US in 2016 where flour was found to be the […]

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