Healthwatch England maternal mental health survey

Posted August 13, 2018

Healthwatch England want to know about your experiences Having a baby is one of the biggest life choices you can make. This can affect both the person who is giving birth and their partner’s mental health. We want to know more about people’s experiences of mental health support when planning to get pregnant, during pregnancy, at the […]

Consuming moderate quantities of salt may not be as damaging to health as once thought

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  “There is no convincing evidence that people with moderate or average sodium intake need to reduce their sodium intake for prevention of heart disease and stroke” – Martin O’Donnell   “Most people’s consumption was “moderate” and did not increase the chance of heart attacks or strokes, a study reveals. The NHS says adults should […]

UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Posted August 8, 2018

“Increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled and the slowdown is one of the biggest among 20 of the world’s leading economies, ONS data shows. Rises in life expectancy dropped from 12.9 weeks per year for women from 2006 to 2011 to 1.2 weeks per year from 2011 to 2016, its report found. […]

Hospital admissions for teenage girls who self-harm nearly double

Posted August 6, 2018

School work and social media blamed for rise to 13,500 patients from 7,300 in 1997 The number of girls under the age of 18 being treated in hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago, according to NHS figures. The figure reached 13,463 last year against 7,327 in 1997. In […]

Fentanyl and cocaine drug deaths rise

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The number of deaths in England and Wales due to the synthetic opioid fentanyl rose by 29% in 2017, Office for National Statistics data shows. Forms of the drug – used to treat cancer pain – are often imported illegally from Chinese laboratories and sold to users via the dark web. Deaths from psychoactive substances […]

Eight healthy reasons why you should go cycling this summer

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From cardiovascular function to mental wellbeing, here are some of the proven health benefits a regular ride on two wheels can bring Cycling is fun – and it’s a great family activity. But by making cycling part of your – and your children’s – routines you will be doing some great things for your bodies […]

Gastroschisis Awareness Day July 30th

Posted July 30, 2018

July 30th 2018 is Gastroschisis Awareness Day, which aims to spread awareness about Gastroschisis in the hope that more research will be done about it. Gastroschisis is where a baby is born with a hole in the abdominal wall causing the bowels and other organs to sometimes be exposed.   To learn more about Gastroschisis, […]

World Hepatitis Day – Information about Hepatitis

Posted July 27, 2018

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day. Below you’ll find information from NHS England about Hepatitis.   “Hepatitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the liver. It’s usually the result of a viral infection or liver damage caused by drinking alcohol. There are several different types of hepatitis, most of which are outlined below. Some types will […]

Heatwave advice

Posted July 23, 2018

Over the past few weeks we’ve had repeated heatwave alerts issued from the Met Office such as the one that you can view by clicking HERE. Please see the following Heatwave advice from Public Health England and West Berkshire Council to know how to stay safe during these hot spells. Advice from Public Health England […]