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Hospital admissions for eating disorders up 84% in five years, NHS data shows

19th May 2022

Experts describe increase to 24,268 in England as alarming, with particularly stark rise among males. Hospital admissions for people with eating disorders in England have risen 84% in the last five years, official NHS figures reveal. There were 11,049 more admissions for illnesses such as bulimia and anorexia in 2020-21 than in 2015-16, with 24,268 admissions in…

Health workforce ‘left exposed and vulnerable’ during pandemic

19th May 2022

The UK government failed to protect, promote and support the healthcare workforce during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new British Medical Association (BMA) report The report, which will form part of the BMA’s submission to the UK Covid-19 Public Inquiry, included anecdotal evidence from healthcare workers, who described shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE),…

Scottish Association for Mental Health aims to boost mental health through sport

19th May 2022

SAMH currently operates more than 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support A SCOTTISH charity has launched a new initiative using the power of sport to help people manage their mental health and wellbeing. The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) is urging community sports clubs and organisations to help break down barriers by…

Jersey’s Victoria College students encourage boys to talk about their feelings

19th May 2022

Teenagers at Victoria College in Jersey have created a video encouraging fellow students to talk about their feelings. It was created as part of Mental Health Awareness Week which ran from 9-15 May. Students are being encouraged to ‘Speak Up’ about their emotions in a bid to remove the stigma surrounding mental health. Year 11…

Younger children most affected by Covid lockdowns, new research finds

18th May 2022

Educational progress and social development of four- and five-year-olds suffered severely The youngest children have been most affected by lockdowns and closures during the Covid pandemic, with new research finding that the educational progress and social development of four- and five-year-olds suffered severely during their first year at school. Aggressive behaviour such as biting and hitting, feelings…

North Korea: More than a million Covid cases feared

16th May 2022

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has lambasted health officials and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, as a wave of Covid cases sweeps through the country. More than a million people have now been sickened by what Pyongyang is calling a “fever”, state media said. Some 50 people have died, but it’s unclear how…

Dame Deborah James says Prince William’s visit will be a ‘special memory’

16th May 2022

Dame Deborah James has thanked Prince William for “going above and beyond to make a very special memory” in visiting her family home to confer her damehood. Podcaster Dame Deborah, 40, revealed last week she was receiving end-of-life care for bowel cancer, adding the five days since had been the “most surreal, mind blowing, humbling”…

NHS prescription charges in England to be frozen

16th May 2022

NHS prescription charges in England are to be frozen for the first time in 12 years, the government has confirmed. Single prescription charges, which the Department of Health said would normally rise “in line with inflation”, will remain at £9.35 until next year. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said freezing the costs would “put money back…

Vitamin D: Could UV-mushrooms help fix the nation’s issue?

16th May 2022

A government consultation on how to tackle the nation’s vitamin D deficiency problem ends on Sunday. One idea being floated is getting people to eat biofortified foods, such as mushrooms that have been exposed to UV light. It is a process that makes the food extra-rich in the nutrient. More than one in 10 adults in…

University of Leeds study to examine impact of endurance sport on heart health

16th May 2022

A two-year study involving more than 100 men will look at the impact of endurance sports on the heart. The University of Leeds project will see the men, all aged over 50, fitted with a small monitor under the skin on their chest to record their heartbeat. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) wants to find…