General Health

Half a million people are out of work due to unhealthy habits

A report released on November 20, 2023, by a coalition of health charities has laid bare the £31bn productivity cost to the economy from alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy foods.

Campaign highlights tobacco industry tactics used to influence public health policy

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially launched the ‘Stop the lies’ campaign on November 16, 2023. The initiative aims to protect young people from the tobacco industry by calling for an end...

Increasing workplace flexibility associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Researchers observed reductions in cardiometabolic risk among employees at higher risk for cardiovascular disease whose workplaces provided them more control over their time and tasks.

Coffee and a cake at high street coffee shops can contain five times an adult’s sugar limit

To mark Sugar Awareness Week (November 13 -19), a survey by Action on Sugar has revealed over a third of sweet food and drink products sold in major high street coffee shops exceed an adult’s daily...

Patients with type 2 diabetes are more likely to be deficient in essential nutrients if they have tooth loss and gum problems

A new cross-sectional study investigating the relationship between the number of teeth, self-reported gum condition and intake of food and nutrition has demonstrated that people with type 2 diabetes...

‘We must adapt for an ageing population’, says chief medical officer

The chief medical officer’s annual report says we can improve older citizens' quality of life, and this should be a major aim of policy and medical practice.

Health experts call on parents to make sure their children receive life-saving HPV vaccination

The Oral Health Foundation and Portman-Dentex are urging parents to make sure their children receive a vaccination that could save their lives by preventing a range of deadly cancers, including mouth...

Study shows that smoking ‘stops’ cancer-fighting proteins

Scientists at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) have uncovered one way tobacco smoking causes cancer and makes it harder to treat by undermining the body’s anti-cancer safeguards.

Report reveals over a quarter of adults have asked their dentist about general health problems

Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, has released the findings of its annual ‘Oral Healthcare Report’. Collected from over 5,000 consumers in the UK who used both NHS and private dentists, the report offers...

Over half of dental professionals say mental wellbeing is worse now than during the Covid-19 pandemic

More than half of dental professionals in the UK (57 per cent) who took part in a survey say their mental health is worse now than it was during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Call for healthcare community to unite as 70 per cent of Jewish professionals report a rise in antisemitism

 A survey of 293 Jewish healthcare practitioners was carried out by the Jewish Dental Association in collaboration with Alpha Omega. It found that 95 per cent of Jewish healthcare professionals (HCPs)...

£100m fund to capitalise on AI’s game-changing potential in healthcare

A new mission announced by the prime minister will accelerate the use of AI in life sciences to tackle the biggest health challenges.