Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

The number of elderly people in the UK diagnosed each year with cancer is set to rise by 80% in less than 20 years, a report predicts. Cancer Research UK estimates that by 2035 about 234,000 over-75s will get cancer each year – up from 130,000 now. The charity also said the elderly were more..

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HPV vaccine cuts cancer-causing infection

There has been a significant fall in the number of cases of HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, following the introduction of a vaccine for young women, a new study says. The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine fights high-risk infections which cause the majority of cervical cancer cases. HPV infections decreased in women aged 16..

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Child obesity: Are 22,000 children ‘severely obese’?

Almost 60% more children in their last year of primary school are classified as “severely obese” than in their first year, according to Public Health England figures for England and Wales. The Local Government Association (LGA) said this shows children are becoming fatter as they go through school. But what does “severely obese” mean? Every..

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‘Wake-up call’ over liver disease risks due to weight

One in eight middle-aged adults in the UK could have a potentially serious form of liver disease – because they are overweight. Scans of nearly 3,000 individuals from the UK Biobank research project showed that 12% had inflamed, fatty livers. The British Liver Trust said the “very alarming” findings were a ‘wake-up call’ because the..

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What are opioids and what are the risks?

What are opioids? Opioids are a group of drugs that range from codeine, to illegal drugs like heroin. Prescription opioids are primarily used for pain relief. They work by attaching to opioid receptors in your brain cells to release signals that block your perception of pain and boost your feelings of pleasure. The strongest legal..

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First steps taken for vaccine pills

UK scientists have taken the first steps towards creating new vaccine treatments in pill form. The Cardiff team has made a prototype oral flu vaccine, which unlike standard inoculations does not need to be stored in a fridge or freezer. They hope it could pave the way for needle-free inoculations for lots of different diseases..

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National No Smoking Day 2018

No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March. This year this falls on the March 14. Here at Pharm@Sea we offer a very comprehensive programme to help you..

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Millennials ‘set to be fattest generation’

Millennials are on track to be the most overweight generation since records began, according to health experts. Based on population trends, more than seven in every 10 people born between the early 1980s and mid-90s will be too fat by the time they reach middle age. In comparison, about half of the “baby boomer” generation,..

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Take sick children to pharmacies first, parents told

Parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E, a new NHS England campaign says. It follows a survey which found just 6% of parents with under-fives would go to a pharmacist first. NHS England said visits to GPs and A&E for these “self-treatable” conditions, like stomach..

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Undetected high blood pressure found in new mums

Women with severe pre-eclampsia should have their blood pressure closely monitored for a year after giving birth because high blood pressure can remain undetected, a new study suggests. It found high blood pressure “often goes unnoticed because women may have normal blood pressure readings” in the doctor’s surgery. The Dutch study of 200 women found..

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