Britain’s Healthiest Workplace launches VitalityHealth; Financial Times launches wellness survey

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

VitalityHealth today announced it has teamed with the Financial Times to launch Britain’s Healthiest Workplace. The survey will measure employer and employee responses to questions about health and lifestyle, providing an overview of Britain’s workplace culture and an understanding of how health can be improved. The survey, originally launched as Britain’s Healthiest Company in 2013, has become the UK’s largest annual workplace wellness survey....

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SCREENING GETS TOP MARKS FOR PICKING UP BOWEL CANCER EARLY

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Blog, Contribute, Public Health | 0 comments

BOWEL cancer is more likely to be diagnosed at the earliest stage if it is picked up by screening, according to new figures* released by Cancer Research UK and Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network today (Friday). For the first time, data shows the stage (one to four) at which cancer is detected by the different routes to diagnosis – through screening, by a GP referral**, or as an emergency. Of the cases picked up by...

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NHS funding is falling behind European neighbours’ average, research finds

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Britain’s spending on its health service is falling by international standards and, by 2020, will be £43bn less a year than the average spent by its European neighbours, according to research by the King’s Fund. The UK is devoting a diminishing proportion of GDP in health and is now a lowly 13th out of the original 15 EU members in terms of investment, an analysis for the Guardian by the thinktank’s chief economist shows. Prof John Appleby also...

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CANCER MOST FEARED DISEASE IN BRITAIN – BUT MORE THAN 8 MILLION BRITISH ADULTS TAKE NO ACTION TO REDUCE THEIR RISK

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

British adults more worried about being diagnosed with cancer than other serious illnesses Yet more than 8 million say they take no action at all to reduce their risk Only a third do regular exercise (37%) or maintain a healthy weight (37%) to reduce their risk of developing the disease Half (54%) are confused by conflicting reports on the causes of cancer High proportions of the population did not identify weight (62%), diet (61%) or smoking...

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Happiness is partly a matter of genetics

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

A recent paper in the Journal of Happiness Studies shows that, unsurprisingly, some of the differences in national subjective wellbeing are attributable to genetic factors. The authors found that national percentages of very happy people across the most recent World Values Surveys are consistently and highly correlated with national prevalence of the rs324420 A allele in the FAAH gene, involved in the hydrolysis of anandamide, a substance that...

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