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Plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

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High level group on nutrition and physical activity

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Boots owner denies overcharging NHS for cancer mouthwash

A Times newspaper investigation found the NHS was charged £3,220 for a mouthwash used by cancer patients. ...

YouTube stars 'might encourage kids to eat more calories'

Social media stars Zoella and Alfie Deyes feature in a study into the protection of children online. ...

Single-Payer Health Care in California: Here’s What It Would Take

Universal state health coverage has rallied Democrats in the governor’s race. But even with the state’s size and wealth, it would be hard to achieve. ...

The New Old Age: In Elderly Hands, Firearms Can Be Even Deadlier

Suicide and dementia rates are highest in older people, raising questions about their ownership of guns. One possible solution: an advance directive for firearms. ...

How a Public Suicide Harms the People Who See It

One evening last March, Nancy Bacon saw a stranger die. She had just touched down in Toronto and set off for a business meeting, chatting on her phone as she navigated the rush-hour traffic of the financial district. She was jaywalking, hurrying across a ...

Czech Republic and WHO/Europe sign new biennial collaborative agreement

The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab and Czech Minister of Health, Mr Adam Vojtěch signed a biennial collaborative agreement (BCA) between WHO/Europe and the Czech Republic for 2018–2019 during the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) on 21 ...

BBC presenter on finding out her cancer is incurable

5 live's Rachael Bland says she got the call from her doctor when she was on a day out with her son. ...

The Healing Edge: Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant — All Before Birth

In a bold experiment in fetal therapy, doctors in San Francisco treated a fetus with a severe, often fatal blood disorder. The child was saved, but the long-term prognosis is still uncertain. ...

Weight gain in puberty linked to heart risk

Boys who become overweight during puberty may have an increased risk of developing heart failure later in life, a new study suggests. However, boys who are overweight as children, but then manage to lose weight during puberty, do not have an increased risk ...

Trolley figures persistently high in CUH

Over 600 patients have been left waiting on trolleys in Cork University Hospital (CUH) so far this month, which is significantly higher than the figure for the entire month of May last year. According to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwive ...

Smoking damages muscles- study

It is already well established that smoking damages our lungs, but a new study indicates that the habit also directly damages our muscles. According to international researchers, smoking affects a person's ability to exercise because it makes their mu ...

Regulation of counsellors a step closer

Ireland has taken a step closer to dealing with bogus counsellors who have little or no appropriate qualifications. The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has signed regulations to designate the titles of counsellor and psychotherapist as professions to be ...

Delegates at World Health Assembly agree on new 5-year strategic plan

World Health Assembly delegates have agreed on an ambitious new strategic plan for the next 5 years. ...

There’s Something About Yogurt

A couple years ago, I was taking a swim with my very pregnant friend when I asked her if it was hard to keep straight all of the doctors’ health recommendations for expectant mothers. Not really. For practically every symptom, she said, their recommendati ...

Strategic country mission to Libya advances health of migrants and displaced people

A high-level WHO mission to Libya took place on 4–7 May 2018 to review the migrant health situation in the country, to identify the immediate public health needs and discuss the best ways to address them. The mission was led by Dr Ranieri Guerra, WHO Assis ...

Smoking ban plan for Welsh playgrounds

A strengthening of laws to ban smoking in public places in Wales is being put forward. ...

Ask Well: Is Shingles Contagious?

People who have never had chickenpox are at risk for developing the illness if they come in contact with a shingles patient’s blisters. ...

Why NHS costs just keep going up

Economists warn the NHS will need an extra 4% a year- £2,000 per UK household- for the next 15 years. ...

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