General Health

Double trouble: are you prepared for flu season?

As the days get shorter and the cold draws in, this typically coincides with the start of the flu season.

Smoking costs society £17bn – £5bn more than previously estimated

New economic analysis of national data for Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) finds the cost of smoking to society is significantly higher than previous estimates have shown.

Government’s broken promise on sugar tax

The government has quietly diverted funds from the soft drinks levy, which was targeted to tackle childhood obesity and improve children’s health, to the general tax pot.

Gum disease increases risk of other illness such as mental health and heart conditions

A University of Birmingham-led study shows an increased risk of patients developing illnesses including mental ill-health and heart conditions if they have a GP-inputted medical history of periodontal...

Is there a link between dementia and missing teeth?

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) has identified a potential risk factor for dementia that can be found in the mouth.

Stem cells from teeth could help treat depression

Dental pulp taken from the centre of extracted teeth is being tested as a way to treat depression in a new trial, following a theory that stem cells in the pulp may help to encourage the formation of...

Decrease in number of people having cervical screening tests in 2020-21, new statistics show

Latest annual figures on cervical screening show the number of individuals being tested fell slightly in 2020-21 compared to the previous year.

Picking a card from The Mind Flossing toolkit

Mahrukh Khwaja, creator of The Mind Flossing Toolkit, shares some of her favourite cards with The Dentist. 

Illegal underage lip fillers

The BBC has recently reported that dermal fillers for cosmetic purposes are being given to under 18s – despite this being illegal.

New Zealand to ban cigarettes for future generations

New Zealand will ban the sale of tobacco to its next generation, in a bid to eventually phase out smoking; this means that those who are aged 14 and under today will never be legally able to buy...

Menopause at work

Tina Chander asks if women are legally protected.

UK medical device company Acurable receives US FDA clearance for its home sleep apnoea testing device

AcuPebble SA100, a small wearable device that enables automated, remote home testing to detect obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in adults, has obtained FDA 510(k) clearance as a Class II medical device...