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Stop smoking services may boost mental health of people with depression

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

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

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

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.
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£226 million UK investment in cancer research announced

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.
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Mouth cancer rates soar over 20 years

A new Cancer Research UK analysis reveals that rates of mouth (oral) cancer have jumped by 68 per cent in the UK over the last 20 years. The figures – released during Mouth Cancer Action Month – reveal the cancer is on the rise for men and women, young and old, climbing from eight to 13 cases per 100,000 people over the last two decades.
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Stress leaves Generation X old before their time

Bupa has, for the first time, made public its analysis of over 60,000 procedures and over 4.7 million hits to its online health information pages in 2015. The most striking trend was the number of procedures undertaken to treat younger generations for conditions usually associated with old age. Haemorrhoid removal and varicose veins were two of the most common procedures for 26-35 and 36-45 year olds within the category of surgical Heart and Circulatory Diseases.
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