health

Surfing improves wellbeing of brain injury survivors

1st August 2022

A group of brain injury survivors have said taking up surfing as part of their recovery has helped change their lives. The group who live with strokes and brain injuries said surfing gave them a “valid reason for being alive”. They were taking part in research with scientists from Swansea University along with psychologists and…

What is the Marburg virus and how can it be avoided?

19th July 2022

Two people in Ghana have died from the Marburg virus – and 98 been quarantined – raising fears of a mass outbreak. The highly infectious disease causes fever, muscle pains, diarrhoea, vomiting and, in some cases, death through extreme blood loss. Hundreds of people have died from the virus in the past, mostly in Africa….

Which Wellbeing Approaches Work Best?

18th July 2022

New research suggests that 93% of workers are now reporting that they value support for their physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing as much as what they are paid.  So, it’s not surprising to see more and more workplaces appointing Chief Wellbeing Officers to build a culture of health across their organizations.  But what are the best approaches when it…

Covid inquiry: Health of children in Scotland ‘amongst lowest in Europe’

17th June 2022

Research commissioned in the inquiry has said the pandemic has worsened poor health in young people. Research commissioned by the inquiry into the Scottish Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has found that the health and wellbeing of children in Scotland is “amongst some of the lowest in Europe“. The report, produced by The University…

New Public Health Scotland data reveals teenage pregnancy rate reaches record low

14th July 2021

Scotland’s teenage pregnancy rate has reached a record low, new figures have revealed. The number of women under 20 who became pregnant fell for the 12th year in a row, to stand at 3,814 in 2019 – a drop of almost 60% from the 9,362 teen pregnancies recorded in 2007. And for the first time, more than…

Jamie Carragher has called on the government to change the law to make life saving defibrillators mandatory in all schools

9th July 2021

The former Liverpool defender has thrown his support behind a campaign led by Mark King, whose 12-year-old son Oliver died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) in March 2011. Carragher, who grew up in Bootle, has now called on Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Health and Education, to meet him in Westminster to discuss making defibrillators mandatory…

Charity launches book of stories about school nursing written by nurses

21st June 2021

Community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a book of stories on school nursing that have been written by school nurses themselves. The book – titled School Nurse Stories: Health and care for children, young people and families – features 19 different case studies. The QNI said it demonstrated the “vast range” of work…