Health news

Health news

Here we share interesting stories and news from across the health and social care sectors.

Improving picture for people with bowel cancer

Improving picture for people with bowel cancer

August 17 2017

Bowel Cancer UK has released statistics showing the rate of people dying from bowel cancer in the UK has plummeted by more than 30 per cent in the last 20 years.

With the hepatitis B vaccination running low, what can you do to protect yourself?

With the hepatitis B vaccination running low, what can you do to protect yourself?

August 14 2017

GP practices have been issued with new guidance on giving the adult hepatitis B jab in an attempt to combat a global shortage of the vaccine.

Forget brain training – get a hobby, new research shows

Forget brain training – get a hobby, new research shows

August 7 2017

New research from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) shows that starting a variety of new hobbies can protect against cognitive decline. However, brain training games have little if any effect.

Can social prescribing help the health service?

Can social prescribing help the health service?

August 2 2017

Social prescribing allows your GP, nurse or other healthcare professional to prescribe non-clinical activities to support or improve your health. It can involve a variety of activities which are often provided by voluntary and community sector organisations.

Tips to help you stay healthy at this year’s music festivals

Tips to help you stay healthy at this year’s music festivals

July 31 2017

If coverage of the Glastonbury or Latitude festivals has prompted you to book a ticket for one of the multitude of other music festivals on offer this summer, you might want to read this helpful advice.

Protecting your skin from the sun

Protecting your skin from the sun

July 27 2017

As we go into the peak summer holiday season Care UK’s expert pharmacist from Southampton NHS Treatment Centre, Arevan Rahman, explains how the sun burns our sk

Attitudes to medicine on prescription have changed

Attitudes to medicine on prescription have changed

July 24 2017

A survey carried out by local health commissioners has revealed that 96 per cent of people are prepared to purchase medicine for minor conditions from the pharmacy, rather than expect to get it on prescription.

Call to remind teenagers about life saving vaccine

Call to remind teenagers about life saving vaccine

July 20 2017

Parents are being reminded this summer to encourage their 18 year old children to get vaccinated against deadly meningitis and septicaemia.

Fun in the sun brings health and wellbeing for children

Fun in the sun brings health and wellbeing for children

July 17 2017

The number of children doing an hour of exercise each day falls by nearly 40 per cent between the ages of five and 12 and more than one-third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school.

Advice for people who work or play outdoors

Advice for people who work or play outdoors

July 13 2017

Health experts are urging men in the South who spend a lot of time outdoors to protect themselves against the sun, to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

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