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Health

Two NHS choirs set to battle it out for Christmas number one.

Health, Medical, ReportingWeek2
Two songs produced by NHS staff have gone on sale in a bid for the prestigious festive top spot. Dr Harriet Nerva, from Queen's Park London, started the campaign #NHS4XmasNo1 in October through Facebook and Twitter. Her social media pages support the combination of ‘Bridge over troubled water’ and ‘Fix you’ by Coldplay. The song is performed by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, a group that includes nurses, physiotherapists, porters, doctors and administrators. The 26 year-old junior doctor has asked that people wait until Friday 19 December to download it, despite the song's availability on iTunes. This will mean that sales will count towards the Christmas chart. Speaking to Westminster World she said: “It’s a really beautiful track and it’s a fantastic celebration of the work
Beware of maternal obesity, warns England’s Chief Medical Officer

Beware of maternal obesity, warns England’s Chief Medical Officer

Health, Obesity, ReportingWeek2
CMO Professor Dame Sally Davies’ report states that maternal obesity is on the rise, and poses major health risks for both mother and baby. Dame Sally's research reveals that obesity is not only likely to cause complications during pregnancy, but also compromises the health of children in their growing years. According to the report, which closely examines women's health conditions in England,  51 per cent of England’s women are currently overweight or obese. Furthermore, an obese mother could suffer from a variety of issues ranging from decreased fertility to increased chances of miscarriage, gestational diabetes and related complications. For the foetus, an obese mother could increase chances of stillbirth or metabolic and developmental abnormalities. Dame Sally’s rep

Ed Sheeran’s switch off will make him happier

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Although Ed Sheeran's social media 'switch off' may have most teenagers staring at their screens in despair, the singer could well be ahead of the game when it comes to being happy. It takes a brave man to shun 16 million Twitter followers and 5.5 million subscribers on Instagram. But Ed Sheeran's announcement that he was taking a break from “seeing the world through a screen”, could ultimately make him a lot happier, according to vitality and motivation podcaster Tony Wrighton. For the last three years, Wrighton, who is also a Sky Sports presenter, has been taking a break from his mobile and computer for at least two hours a day. The results for energy and happiness levels have been significant. "All the things we love the most in life don't involve screens, whether that's chat
NHS trainee nurses to protest against tuition fee changes

NHS trainee nurses to protest against tuition fee changes

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Trainee nurses are gearing up to stage a mass protest against the government's 2017 decision to scrap NHS bursaries. Scheduled for 9th January 2016, the protest march aims at putting pressure on authorities to rethink their plan to replace bursaries with student loans come September 2017. The announcement came as part of Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn statement last month. He stated that in 2017, the NHS bursaries currently being paid to trainee nurses will be converted into loans that students would need to repay once they start formally earning from practice. Among the recommended changes is also a fee restructure, which would require student nurses to cough up an annual tuition fee of £9000. This will be a first for trainee nurses, and it could amount to £50,000 in debt

Obesity now a serious health concern

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Obesity should be a national priority as it will be the biggest challenge for women’s health in the future, emphasises England’s medical chief officer, Dame Sally Davies in the annual health report. Photo credit : Flickr The report aims to empower women and their families to lead healthier lives. It is the first ever report that addresses women’s health and has 17 recommendations to tackle this issue. According to Davies "Women’s health can no longer be side-lined, as this is a national risk," What are the health risks ? If a woman remains obese, it will shorten her lifespan, cause miscarriages during pregnancy or her children might grow up with health problems, warned Davies. This is also the case for Merila Gerard, who became obese after her first pregnancy had many compl

Can a mobile app really support young people’s mental health?

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TalkLife has been named one of the Nominet 100, a guide that “celebrates the global pioneers who are using digital technology to change millions of lives for the better”. In 2015 mental health patients have faced journeys of up to 370 miles for emergency beds where local services have struggled to meet demand according to research by Community Care. This strain on emergency mental health services has led professionals to look to technology in the community to reduce the number of admissions. Jamie Druitt, an app developer, had a tough time following the breakdown of a long-term relationship. He wanted to talk about it but didn’t want to burden his friends and family. Jamie wanted to share his experience but didn’t want to be that person ‘whining’ on Facebook but he did want some
Contraceptive implants and injections linked to repeat abortions

Contraceptive implants and injections linked to repeat abortions

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Women who use contraceptive implants and injections are more likely to have repeat abortions, a study published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care (JFPRHC) has shown. The large study conducted in the UK found that women who use implants or injections as their method of contraception following an abortion are more likely to have another termination. Contraceptive implants and injections associated with repeat abortions, reports @JFPRHC https://t.co/CFLUoiJ5rp pic.twitter.com/8z5ezlq6Q6— BMJ (@bmj_company) December 10, 2015 When a woman presents for an abortion in the UK, practitioners offer counselling on contraception. Currently the NHS guidelines advise healthcare providers to promote the use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as...

UK life expectancy projected to hit 100 for first time in 2064

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The Office of National Statistics has published data, indicating that some of us should expect to live to the age of 100 by the year 2064   By the year 2064, women living to the age of 100 will have become the norm, the ONS has said. Projections for UK cohort life expectancy suggest that, adjusting for expected mortality rates in future years, women can expect their life expectancy to rise from about 94 years now to 100 years by 2064. Male cohort life expectancy is expected to lag behind slightly, but is also likely to climb from about 90 years in 2014 to 97 by 2064. Lowered expectations The figures would represent a continuation of a long-running trend for the UK; life expectancy rising to new all-time highs. The statisticians at the ONS are regularly projecting th...

Nurses to demonstrate their (non) bedside manner after cuts to bursaries

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Politicians face yet another NHS headache as nurses and midwives plan on replicating junior doctors by marching across London. George Osborne’s recent proposals to cut bursaries for student nurses and midwives has generated widespread anger among the nursing community. Many nurses have expressed their concern about how this will impact the number of people applying to nursing courses. The demonstration is being planned for 1200 on the 9th January in Central London. Gary Markham, a nurse of 22 years experience, said: “I don't know or care which political party brought in the bursary, but what I do know as an absolute certainty is that if it didn't exist in 1993, I would not have been able to switch my career to nursing.” MPs have joined with nurses to criticise Osborne's new proposal

New fitness app targets your fatty food pictures on Instagram

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Christmas is a time of indulgence. So is it really necessary to have our Instagram food pictures highjacked by a fitness app? Health and fitness company Nomnom have been targeting Instagram users posting pictures of unhealthy food on their feeds. Cycling blogger Jools Walker, whose 87 week old post of a portion of chips was commented on by Nomnom's Instagram account, london.fitness.app, said: "Is this the new way for fitness apps to get you to join them? By shaming you on your Instagram pictures of food? "It's an incredibly insensitive strategy, if you can call it that, to try and get people to 'join your revolution' by commenting on photos like that - if your intention is to make people feel atrocious for eating ." Nomnom has distanced themselves from the strategy, saying...