Dental surgeons urge England's schools to go sugar-free

Dental surgeons are calling for the government in England to encourage all schools to go sugar-free in a bid to combat tooth decay. They say it is essential to cut sugar in school meals to tackle a condition affecting a quarter of five-year-olds. Dentists also want more supervised teeth-brushing in schools and guidelines on healthy packed lunches. Before leaving Downing Street, Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to improve children's oral health. Her government produced a green paper on tackling the causes of preventable ill health. But the Faculty of Dental Surgery says that while progress has been made, more needs to be done. Dentist no-shows Tooth decay is the leading cause of hos

Social-media use 'disrupting teen sleep and exercise'

Using social media isn't directly harming teenagers - but it can reduce the time they spend on healthy activities, such as sleeping and exercising, a study suggests. Parents should ban phones from bedrooms after 22:00 and encourage more physical activity, the UK researchers said. Girls were particularly vulnerable to cyber-bullying on social media, which could lead to psychological distress. But what drove boys' distress needed more research, the study said. In the UK, nine out of 10 teenagers use social media and there is growing concern about its impact on the mental health and the wellbeing of young people. So far, research has thrown up contradictory evidence because of the lack of long-

Could music festivals be good for your health?

Millions of people around the world go to music festivals each year. At one time, they were seen as encouraging heavy drinking and drug-taking while providing poor facilities and bad food. But now organisers are more focused on festival-goers' wellbeing. "The music is great, it's educational and it's therapy," says Marta Pibernat, from Catalonia in Spain. "But we do end up drinking more than we should," admits her friend, Patricia Torne, who is also from Catalonia, but lives in the UK. It is Friday morning and we are in a field in rural Wiltshire, in southwest England, where the two women and several hundred other people have just taken part in a 90-minute yoga workshop. We are at the Womad

CBD oil: Have the benefits been overstated?

Sales of the cannabis extract cannabidiol (CBD) have roughly doubled over the past two years in the UK. But some are concerned that CBD products are not all they claim to be. Alongside reputable sellers, the rapid growth of the industry has attracted "CBD cowboys" - opportunists trying to make a quick profit - according to Mark Reinders, president of the European Hemp Industry Association. There are two main compounds found in cannabis - CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Unlike THC, CBD is legal, doesn't make you high and is easily available on high streets and online. There are now an estimated quarter of a million regular users in the UK, turning to CBD to support general wellness, ease

Record high numbers waiting for operations in England

There were more people than ever before waiting for routine operations on the NHS in England - 4.4 million - in June. The government target is for 92% of patients to start treatment within 18 weeks - but only 86.3% did, meaning 600,000 people had to wait longer. In July, the number of people going to accident and emergency units in England hit a record high of 2.27 million. NHS England says the heatwave was one factor - but overall demand also increased. Top surgeons are calling for a five-year plan to clear the backlog of patients waiting for consultant-led hospital treatment, including more hospital beds across the country. Prof Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of

20 NHS building projects given green light

Image: Getty Images Boris Johnson has given the green light to 20 new building and infrastructure projects in the NHS in England. The £850m package will pay for new wards, intensive care units and diagnostic centres as well as refurbishing some existing facilities over the next five years. Mr Johnson also said there would be an extra £1bn this year to improve and maintain existing buildings. But doubts have been raised over whether the money really is new. Mr Johnson said the £1bn for this year was extra - and would mean "more beds, new wards, and extra life-saving equipment". It will bring spending to £7bn during 2019-20. Staffing problems When asked about staffing and recruitment problems

Having a soak in the bath an hour and a half before bedtime helps you sleep better

A good night’s sleep can be hard to come by during the heatwave - particularly since it was revealed why having your bedroom fan on all night could be a bad idea. So when the temperatures rise this coming week, why not try a science-backed way to help you get better snooze time. A new study has discovered that taking a bath before bed can help improve sleep quality. The University of Texas at Austin found those who enjoyed a soak an hour and a half before lights off got the best shut eye. Researchers analysed 5,322 studies which looked at “water-based passive body heating” - meaning water heating your body up. They noticed a link between sleep improvement and having a bath or shower in water

England could become ‘smoke-free’ by 2030 under new government pledge

The government has announced its aim to end smoking in England by 2030. On Monday evening, the government released a green paper titled "Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s", outlining its plans to tackle preventable ill health in the near future. One of the concerns highlighted in the paper is the detrimental impact of smoking, a national health issue which has improved in recent years. "Thanks to our concerted efforts on smoking, we now have one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe with fewer than one in six adults smoking," the document reads. "Yet, for the 14 per cent of adults who still smoke, it's the main risk to health." The government states that it is "setting an ambitio

8 Unexpected Reasons You Might Be Snoring

Sawing logs lately? Snoring affects 90 million Americans and the majority of these people “are unaware of why they snore or what snoring could indicate about their overall health,” according to Jagdeep Bijwadia, a board-certified doctor in internal, sleep and pulmonary diseases medicine. Snoring can be a telltale sign of an underlying sleep disorder like sleep apnea, a condition that can cause a pause in breathing while asleep. But simple, daily habits or decisions can also make you vulnerable to snoring, Bijwadia added. And while people may take snoring lightly, the condition can do more than just keep your bedmate up at night. Recentstudies have shown that snoring can lead to a high risk f

England failing to tackle alcohol 'epidemic', say researchers

Massive cuts to alcohol rehab services mean a "national epidemic" of alcohol-related problems is not being tackled, King's College London researchers say. And people with drink problems in England are less than half as likely to receive the right help as those in Scotland and Wales. More than £100m has been cut since services in England were reorganised in 2012, the study found. Councils in England say central government grant cuts are to blame. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that, on average, drug and alcohol services in England had lost approximately 30% of their budgets since 2013-14, when they were handed over to local authority control. In Scotland and Wales,

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