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Health news

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

Do you hear sounds that aren’t really there?

Do you hear sounds that aren’t really there?

September 1 2017

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing noises in the head or the ears which have no external source. It is often described as ringing in the ears but it can appear as almost any type of noise or mixture of noises.

What is hepatitis E and how can you avoid it?

What is hepatitis E and how can you avoid it?

August 29 2017

The media has recently been full of stories about sausages and other meat from pigs contaminated with hepatitis E, potentially causing health issues. But what is hepatitis E and what can be done to lessen the risk of contracting the virus?

Putting the whole family at the centre of holiday fun

Putting the whole family at the centre of holiday fun

August 25 2017

Families are being encouraged to enjoy multi-generational days out this bank holiday for the benefit of young and old alike.

Planning a bank holiday BBQ?

Planning a bank holiday BBQ?

August 24 2017

Today marks National Burger Day in the UK and, with households across the UK planning to get grilling over the bank holiday weekend, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is issuing top tips on how to ensure your barbecue is safe and enjoyable for all.

Health experts publish list of minor conditions that your pharmacist can help with

Health experts publish list of minor conditions that your pharmacist can help with

August 21 2017

So often when we feel ill, our first thought turns to asking a GP for help. However, many minor conditions are generally not a serious health problem and can be treated with advice and perhaps medication from your local pharmacy.

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.

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