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UK air pollution causing deadly public health crisis

The Environmental Audit Committee argues air pollution is a “public health crisis” causing nearly as many deaths as smoking. The committee suggested a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to cut emissions as there are an estimated 29,000 deaths annually in the UK from air pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is known to cause inflammation of the airways, […]

NHS surgery restriction for smokers and obese

The NHS in Devon is to deny routine surgery to smokers and the morbidly obeseunless they quit smoking or lose weight. Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery. The NHS in Devon has a £14.5 million […]

Obesity costing UK economy same as smoking

New research shows that the cost of obesity to the UK economy is now the same as smoking. The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change new research has suggested. The McKinsey Global Institute said obesity cost £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% […]

Heart disease warnings missed by most adults

Many adults in the UK are unaware of the risk factors for heart disease, according to new research. 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 to not […]

Smoking bans cut asthma and premature births by 10%

Laws banning smoking in public places have had a positive impact on child health, an international study in the Lancet suggests.Researchers found a 10% reduction in premature births and severe childhood asthma attacks within a year of smoke-free laws being introduced. A research team analysed 11 previous studies from North America and Europe. The Royal […]

Dementia- priorities for avoidance and treatment

Dementia has been described as a “global disaster waiting to happen” and the biggest health and care problem of a generation.Someone is diagnosed with the disease every four seconds and cases are expected to soar from 44 million now to 135 million by 2050. The disease already costs the world £370 billion each year. This […]

NHS told to ban all smoking in hospitals

The NHS must stop turning a “blind eye” to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance.The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) said that it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up. Staff should also stop helping patients out of […]

Cancers increase by 40% due to bad lifestyles

Cancers caused by smoking, drinking and excessive sunbathing have soared in the past decade- official statistics have revealed.The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal large increases in the incidence of so called “lifestyle” related cancers. The biggest rise has been in the rate of malignant skin cancer, which has increased by […]

Obese women restricted in NHS IVF treatments

New NHS IVF treatment rules have been drawn up in Scotland. Couples who need help conceiving will be guaranteed two free infertility treatments from 1 July, however the treatments will only be available to those under 40, and it will not be offered to women who are obese. In addition, couples need to have been […]

Smoking may worsen a hangover research concludes

Smoking may worsen a hangover after drinking heavily US research concludes-  although the reason why is unclear.Researchers asked 113 US students to keep a diary for eight weeks, recording their drinking and smoking habits and any hangover symptoms. When they drank heavily- around six cans of beer an hour – those who also smoked suffered […]