Higher weekly activity levels lower risk of five chronic diseases

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Higher total physical activity levels are strongly associated with lower risk of five common chronic diseases – breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, finds a study in The BMJ today. Many studies have shown the health benefits of physical activity. This has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend a minimum total physical activity level of 600 metabolic equivalent (MET) minutes a week across different...

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Top 5 Ways To Prevent Food Poisoning

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

When we think about food poisoning, we normally think about it happening to us when we eat out, but according to statistics released by the British Food Standards Agency, a large proportion of food poisoning incidents that occur in the UK each year actually occur from food that’s been cooked in the home. There are more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning a year from known pathogens. This figure would more than double if it included food...

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The effects of poverty costs the UK £78 billion a year

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Dealing with the effects of poverty costs the UK £78 billion a year, £1,200 for every person, new research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed. A new report, Counting the cost of UK poverty by Heriot Watt and Loughborough Universities, is the first research to illustrate how much poverty across all age groups costs the public purse. It finds that £69 billion, £1 in every £5 of all spending on public services, is needed because of...

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Just 150 minutes of exercise a week could boost life span by more than three years

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Just 150 minutes of exercise a week, that’s just over 21 minutes a day, boosts life expectancy by over 3 years A Survey run by Vitality, Mercer, University of Cambridge and RAND of 6,600 people over 12 months found that sedentary people who increased activity levels to 150 minutes a week (government recommended level) saw life expectancy increase of 3.1 years and: · People who increased activity levels to 90 minutes saw an increase of...

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The State of Maternity Services in England

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The Picker Institute has today published a new report; “The state of Maternity Services in England” which focuses on the meaning of maternity care and evaluates the main characteristics of maternity services in England. In addition, the report, written by Giuseppe Paparella, Policy Officer, outlines the broader implications of changing quality in maternity care settings. Finally, suggestions are included, for further actions and policy measures...

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