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What is the average amount a Briton will spend on alcohol in their lifetime?

Macmillan Cancer Support have released a couple of interesting statistics ahead of their Stay Sober for October campaign.  The average Briton spends almost £50,000 in their lifetime on alcohol; that is around £787 per year. The research surveyed 2,000 over-18s. Men spent an average of £934.44 per year, the data found, compared with women spending … Read moreWhat is the average amount a Briton will spend on alcohol in their lifetime?

Many adults are missing heart disease warning signs

According to a news poll, many adults in the UK are totally unaware of the risk factors for heart disease. While a third of people are worried about getting dementia or cancer, only 2% are afraid of coronary heart disease, a survey by the British Heart Foundation has found. And one in ten adults confessed … Read moreMany adults are missing heart disease warning signs

Going up a skirt size could raise the risk of breast cancer

Going up several skirt sizes in midlife could be a warning sign of increased cancer risk, research suggests. Women who went up a skirt size every decade after their mid-20s had a 33% greater risk of breast cancer after the menopause, say researchers at University College London. The research, published in BMJ Open, found that … Read moreGoing up a skirt size could raise the risk of breast cancer

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) – is it a legal requirement?

It is a common fact that our bodies are not designed to sit in the same position all day.  It does not matter about the job a person has, balance and posture play an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.  Sitting up straight may seem like a simple instruction from your primary school days, but … Read moreDisplay Screen Equipment (DSE) – is it a legal requirement?

Sweeteners could be behind the rise of diabetes and obesity

A study has suggested that sugar-free sweeteners could increase glucose intolerance and diabetes risk by affecting bacteria in the gut. It is claimed that far from improving the metabolism and helping people to slim, widespread use of artificial sweeteners may be fuelling the obesity and diabetes epidemic. Tests in mice showed that sweeteners altered the … Read moreSweeteners could be behind the rise of diabetes and obesity

NHS could be bankrupt if obesity is left unchallenged

A new warning has been made by the Chief Executive of the National Health Service who has stated that obesity could bankrupt the health service. “Obesity is the new smoking, and it represents a slow-motion car crash in terms of avoidable illness and rising health care costs,” Simon Stevens told public health officials at a Public … Read moreNHS could be bankrupt if obesity is left unchallenged

Action urgently needed to curb sugar intake

Two groups of experts from the World Health Organization and UK government advisers in England have have come out in favour of a reduction in sugar consumption. They have stated that the target to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious than its current levels.  The new advice is that it should account for … Read moreAction urgently needed to curb sugar intake

Want to improve your health and wellbeing? Get on your bike!

A study that has just been released by the University of East Anglia has revealed that employees who switch from driving a car to walking or cycling to work will see an improvement in their wellbeing. The physical health benefits of exercise have already been well d and this study reinforces the idea that there are … Read moreWant to improve your health and wellbeing? Get on your bike!

'Fat shaming' leads to weight gains

A recent study from the University College London has revealed nearly 3,000 adults over four years who have stated that they had received some form of weight discrimination, put on more weight than those people who did not. The researchers claim there is no evidence discrimination actually caused the weight gain, but it could lead … Read more'Fat shaming' leads to weight gains

Lung cancer screening in the UK should be introduced calls leading expert

Prof John Field of Liverpool University, a leading cancer expert, has stated that  planning should start now for nationwide screening of older smokers by the end of 2016.  Delays to a lung cancer screening programme in the UK could cost thousands of lives, he has warned. The evidence that has arisen from studies from US data … Read moreLung cancer screening in the UK should be introduced calls leading expert

Go Sober for October campaign reveals most of us spend a year of our lives hungover!

Macmillan, which is running a Go Sober for October fundraising campaign, have surveyed 2,000 British adults about their drinking habits.   The results have been calculated by multiplying the average amount of time people spend hungover each month with their life expectancy – some of the results are staggering. The headline figure is that the … Read moreGo Sober for October campaign reveals most of us spend a year of our lives hungover!

Chief Medical Officers annual report: employment is good for mental health

The UK’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has produced an annual report stating that there are signs funding was being cut to mental health services when the cost to the economy was rising. Her annual report said mental illness led to the loss of 70 million working days last year – up 24% since … Read moreChief Medical Officers annual report: employment is good for mental health