Look after your teeth and they will look after you!


March 20th, 2017

Many serious diseases can be linked to oral health.To mark oral health day health insurer, Cigna, have released a guide to oral health.

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Missed NHS cancer targets likely to increase demand for PMI


March 10th, 2017

Pressure on the NHS to deliver on cancer targets is likely to increase demand by employees for Private Medical insurance (PMI). (more…)

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Stand up for not sitting down


March 7th, 2017

Health Insurer, Axa PPP, has highlighted the merits to health of breaking the sedentary cycle at work to feel more energised and productive.
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Benefits of regular excercise


February 28th, 2017

Bupa have released a quick reminder as to the benefits of regular exercise. This short animation reminds us that whether you are 2 or 92 you will benefit from looking at your lifestyle and where improvements can be made.

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A new approach moves breast cancer research forward by ‘decades’


February 6th, 2017

A new approach using ‘big data’ has allowed Scientists to create a ‘map’ linking the shape of breast cancer cells to genes turned on and off, and matched it to real disease outcomes, which could one day help doctors select treatments, according to a study published in Genome Research today* (more…)

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Stop smoking services may boost mental health of people with depression


January 20th, 2017

Smokers with depression who successfully quit smoking using stop smoking services may see an improvement in their mental health, according to new research, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Annals of Behavioural Medicine. Researchers at Kings College London and the Charles University in Prague who studied people attending a stop smoking clinic in the Czech Republic, found that successful quitters had a considerable improvement in their depression. (more…)

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The curse of the New Year’s resolution – more than half of Brits admit to failure before they even start


January 5th, 2017

Many of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. It’s no surprise that the top health resolution for 2017 is to lose weight, followed by exercising more and being less stressed. However in a poll of 2,000 Brits, Bupa found that of the people who said they would be setting a New Year’s resolution, half were not confident they would stick to it. (more…)

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Pressure on NHS beds could risk patient safety, Nuffield Trust warns


December 23rd, 2016

hospitalPressure on beds in the NHS in England has become so acute that on any given day last winter, the equivalent of more than five extra hospitals’-worth of beds had to be brought into service to cope with surges in demand. On the single busiest day last winter, an extra 4,390 beds had to be opened, equivalent to more than seven extra hospitals in one day. And on average, over 95% of beds across English hospitals were occupied every day last winter, despite evidence that once bed occupancy rates exceed 85%-90%, there is an increasing risk of infection. Given that pressures on the health service have not lessened over the last 12 months, Trusts will face similarly high bed occupancy rates this winter. (more…)

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Pressure’s on for a perfect Christmas: Unrealistic expectations put Brits’ health at risk


December 21st, 2016

xmas-ball-ballsResearch released from Bupa UK reveals that three-quarters (74%) of Brits find Christmas stressful, with the pressure of delivering the ‘perfect’ Christmas as a leading cause. When asked for one thing they would change about Christmas, the most popular response was the ‘unrealistic expectations’ people put on themselves. A fifth (20%) of Brits suffer from this self-imposed pressure, with a quarter (24%) of women feeling the strain. (more…)

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£226 million UK investment in cancer research announced


December 13th, 2016

hospital2Cancer Research UK has announced the largest investment to date into its network of Centres across the UK. £190 million has been committed to 13 Cancer Research UK Centres over the next five years. Additionally, Cancer Research UK and the Departments of Health are investing £36 million over five years into 18 Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) for adult patients and also a network of Centres for children. The huge investment will draw together world class research and medical expertise to accelerate advances in research and support clinical trials essential to getting lifesaving treatments to patients. (more…)

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