• England facing 'changing health needs'

    England is facing changing health demands due to an ageing population and the NHS must quickly adapt, says Public Health England. It has compiled what it calls "the most comprehensive picture" of the nation's current health and future fitness. It shows England's population is growing in size and people are living longer but not all in good health. While smoking rates may be decreasing, diabetes, obesity, dementia and mental health issues are on [...]



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  • Study provides 10-year risk estimates for dementia, which may help with prevention in high-risk individuals who [...]

    A Danish study provides 10-year absolute risk estimates for dementia specific to age, sex and common variation in the APOE gene, which may help identify high-risk individuals who potentially could benefit from early targeted prevention. The study is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Dementia is a major cause of disability in older adults worldwide, yet no effective treatment is currently available. Reduction of risk factors [...]

    2018-09-13 |


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  • HIV prevention pill reaching more people who need it

    More than one in nine people worldwide who might benefit from a daily pill to minimize their risk of getting HIV are now taking this medicine, a research review suggests. So-called HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly protective against HIV, but many people worldwide don’t get this pill because they aren’t aware of it or because it’s unavailable or unaffordable. It’s recommended for people at high risk for infection with HIV, including men [...]

    2018-09-19 |

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  • Nearly Four Million Children Are Too Poor To Have Healthy Diet, Report Finds

    Millions of families in the UK are now unable to afford a healthy diet, a damning report by The Food Foundation has revealed. Roughly 3.7 million children in the UK come from families who earn less than £15,860 a year, according to the independent think tank. After these families have paid housing costs, they would have to spend, on average, 42% of their income on food just in order to meet the government’s nutrition guidelines. Elaine is a [...]

    2018-09-18 |


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  • Dublin's homelessness crisis jars with narrative of Irish economic boom

    Jobs are bountiful, luring back emigrants and drawing newcomers. Property prices are soaring. Chic restaurants are fully booked weeks in advance. RTÉ television is showcasing the top new entries to Ireland’s rich list – many of them tech tycoons , plus a Ferrari salesman and other purveyors of luxury. Not long ago considered a hopeless case, Ireland’s economy is now roaring ahead with 5.6% GDP growth, making it the European Union’s star [...]

    2018-09-10 |


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  • Doctors’ mental health at tipping point

    Patients rely on doctors to look after their mental health but is enough being done to help the doctors when they are the ones with problems? There are concerns that some medical professionals in England are unable to get the help they need. In 2017, 26-year-old junior doctor Sophie Spooner suffered a panic attack while working on a paediatrics ward. Twenty-four hours later, she had taken her own life.Her mother, Dr Laurel Spooner, believes her [...]

    2018-09-08 |

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  • Why modern medicine is a major threat to public health

    When former airline pilot Tony Royle came to see me last year to seek reassurance that it was OK to participate in an Ironman event, having stopped all his medications 18 months after suffering a heart attack, I was initially a little alarmed. But after talking to him, I realised he had made an informed decision to stop the medication after suffering side effects, and instead had opted for a diet and lifestyle approach to manage his heart [...]

    2018-09-02 |


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  • Cooling Dallas’s Concrete Jungle

    Finding shade isn’t always easy in Dallas, Texas. Though home to one of the nation’s largest urban forests—the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest—there’s a dearth of trees in the rest of the city. At the same time, the urban heat island effect has made Dallas one of the fastest-warming cities in the United States. “If we continue to add impervious surfaces and remove trees, we could have an urban heat island that covers almost half the city,” [...]

    2018-09-01 |


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  • Irish women ranked in top 10 for alcohol consumption, study finds

     The “myth of the drunk Irish man” is probably inaccurate, according to the author of a major international study on alcohol consumption which finds Irish men’s habits comparable to other Europeans. However, it also found that Irish women were found to consume the seventh highest level of “average daily drinks” at 3.1, although this is the only area of alcohol use in which Ireland had a top 10 ranking. The research, published in the Lancet [...]

    2018-08-28 |

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  • In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

    The addiction treatment program at Highland Hospital’s emergency room is only one way that cities and health care providers are connecting with people in unusual settings. Another is in San Francisco, where city health workers are taking to the streets to find homeless people with opioid use disorder and offering them buprenorphine prescriptions on the spot. The city is spending $6 million on the program in the next two years, partly in [...]

    2018-08-25 |


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  • Cities were once considered a source of many problems. But over the the last generation, all that has changed

    The celebration of the city today is widespread. Globally, many cities have fulfilled Louis Wirth’s prophesy from 1930s Chicago. Wirth said that in the future, cities would no longer be simply large concentrations of human activity, rather we would come to realise “urbanism as a way of life”. Most of the writing about the city today, it seems, would not wish for urban life to be any other way, as most now accept and vaunt cities as meccas for [...]

    2018-08-22 |


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     Viral hepatitis nowadays is one of the biggest global health threats, still rarely being in focus of the media. World Hepatitis Day traditionally marked on 28th of July is the major date to increase public awareness on hepatitis, as without finding of undiagnosed people millions of lives will be lost. While internationally 9 out of 10 people living with viral hepatitis do not know their status, Ukraine makes no exception. Moreover, Ukraine is [...]


    2018-08-21 |

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