Obesity on the rise among reception-aged children in England, statistics show

Statistics have revealed obesity is on the rise among reception-aged children in England. NHS Digital data shows 9.9% of youngsters aged four to five were carrying a dangerous amount of weight in 2019/20, up from 9.7% in 2018/19. Obesity is more common among boys, affecting 10.1% of male reception children, compared with 9.7% of girls. Children living in the most deprived areas of England are more than twice as likely to have a dangerously high body mass index (BMI) than youngsters from the most affluent regions. One expert stressed the statistics are “not good news”, adding “we now need action on child health, not just words”. “These results are not good news for child health,” said Carolin

GP demonstrates how to check breasts for signs of cancer

Checking your breasts for lumps just once a month could be life-saving. One in eight women in the UK and US will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. The disease is more common among females aged 50 to 70, hence why the NHS invites these women for mammograms. It can strike at any age, however, with two in five diagnoses coming about after a woman notices a lump herself. A survey by the private clinic Pall Mall Medical has revealed more than half (52%) of women do not check their breasts regularly, while just under one in 10 (8%) do not examine themselves at all because they “don’t know how”. A GP at Pall Mall has therefore put together a video to help women stay breast aware.

Skin cancer: How do I check my moles for signs of melanoma?

Social media influencer Molly-Mae Hague, 21, has been raising awareness about the importance of young people getting moles checked for potential skin cancer. Melanomas can occur relatively frequently among younger age groups, so what are the signs to look for? "I never knew the word melanoma before," Darcy Shaw, 22, tells the BBC. "I didn't know what the doctor meant when he said it. "I went to the appointment by myself because I wasn't expecting to get news like that. It's not something that's on your radar as a young person." Darcy, a teacher from Salford, was diagnosed with skin cancer in February. It was her mum who encouraged her to go to the doctor, after spotting - during Darcy's visi

Boots to offer 12-minute Covid nasal swab test

A Covid test that can provide a result in 12 minutes will be made available at high street pharmacy Boots. The nasal swab test, which will cost £120, will be available in selected stores in the UK to people who are not showing symptoms. The company says the aim is to offer customers peace of mind. Anyone in the UK who thinks they have symptoms should stay at home and contact the NHS to book a Covid test in the usual way. The technology has been developed by LumiraDx, which has also struck a deal to provide supplies to the NHS in Scotland. Trials suggest it is accurate enough to identify cases, although, like any Covid test, there are some false results meaning they are not 100% reliable. The

Dental check-ups not needed every six months for healthy adults, report suggests

Not everyone requires a dental check-up every six months, a report suggests. Dentists generally recommend adults book an appointment twice a year to ensure their teeth, mouth and gums are healthy. To better understand the optimal check-up interval, medics from the University of Dundee analysed two studies with more than 1,700 participants between them. They found “there was little to no difference” in the oral health of adults who had an appointment every six, 12 or 24 months, or on an as-needed basis. They stressed this was not the case for children or those requiring emergency care. The medics hope their report will provide some “reassurance” as many complain of difficulty booking a dental

Quitting smoking, lowering blood pressure and wearing a hearing aid could cut dementia rates

Programmes addressing the lifestyle habits that may contribute towards dementia could cut rates of the disease by 8.5%, research suggests. Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that cause a decline in brain function, with Alzheimer’s being the most common. The cause is often complex and unclear, however, it has been linked to smoking, high blood pressure and hearing loss. In July, scientists from University College London (UCL) identified modifiable risk factors that could ward off dementia. The same team has since found encouraging smokers to quit, treating high blood pressure and issuing hearing aids when necessary, could prevent almost one in 10 (8.5%) dementia cases in E

Endometriosis patients wait eight years to be diagnosed, UK report finds

Endometriosis takes on average eight years to be diagnosed in the UK, a report has found. The disorder affects one in 10 women of a reproductive age. It occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other parts of the body, usually the ovaries or fallopian tubes. Each menstrual cycle, these cells break down and bleed, much like a period, except the blood has no way of leaving the body. As well as reduced fertility, the main symptom is pain, which may be felt in the abdomen, during sex or when urinating. The vague signs mean endometriosis is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome, a urinary tract infection or just heavy periods. Despite the condition’s wide prevalence,

Covid: England boosting plasma stocks for patients

NHS Blood and Transplant is boosting stocks of blood plasma for very ill coronavirus patients ahead of winter. It wants more people who have recovered from Covid-19 to become donors. Their plasma contains antibodies that are believed to help other sufferers fight the virus. Fourteen new donation centres will open in November and December, to bring the total in England to 42. The blood plasma will be used to treat patients in Covid trials. Mother-of-seven Ann Kitchen, from London, was the first person in the UK to get the treatment. She was being treated for coronavirus in intensive care at St Thomas' Hospital. NHSBT says donations are urgently needed to confirm the benefit for patients, and

Watershed for junk food adverts could save 40,000 UK children from obesity, study suggests

Introducing a stricter watershed on junk food advertisements could help curb childhood obesity, research suggests. One in 10 (9.5%) four to five year olds in England are obese, rising to one in five (20.1%) among those aged 10 to 11. Carrying an excessive amount of weight at a young age is associated with obesity in later life, raising the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even certain cancers. Childhood obesity has also been linked to bullying and low self-esteem. The UK government has announced ambitious plans to halve childhood obesity by 2030. In 2007, it introduced a watershed that prohibits the advertisement of junk food around “programmes of particular appeal to children aged

'Come forward to GP about cancer symptoms', experts say

Anyone with symptoms that could be cancer must talk to their GP, even as Covid cases increase across the country, cancer experts say. Thousands fewer people than normal are being referred for hospital tests - particularly for lung and prostate cancer, Cancer Research UK says. Although numbers are improving, they are still lower than before lockdown in March. But GPs say delays in getting tests, scans and X-rays haven't improved. "There has been a really devastating impact on cancer services," said Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK. "But people need to come forward - the difference is now in numbers presenting with symptoms." Although NHS staff had worked tirelessly to

Flu jab 'essential' for pregnant women this winter

All pregnant women are being advised to get a flu jab as soon as possible to protect their babies and themselves. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) say the free vaccination is particularly important this year because of Covid-19. Influenza is dangerous to people who are pregnant and can be deadly. Health experts are also concerned a combined outbreak of coronavirus and flu could overwhelm health services. Why should pregnant women get the flu jab? Though most people recover relatively quickly from flu, pregnancy can change the way the human body handles a viral infection. In rare cases, flu can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth and

Superdrug now prescribes PrEP online to protect against HIV

Superdrug is the first UK high street pharmacy to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to protect at-risk people against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). On 25 September, the Department of Health announced PrEP will be available at sexual health clinics throughout England. Off the back of this announcement, Superdrug now offers a UK-wide PrEP service via its Online Doctor clinic, enabling people without access to in-person sexual health centres to “more easily protect themselves”. While the prescribing criteria is strict, PrEP may be suitable for HIV-negative people who are at high risk of catching the virus, for example those with HIV-positive partners. Taken before expos

Coronavirus in winter: 'This time of year is harder than lockdown'

Full lockdown is over - but so is summer. As the days get shorter, darker and the temperature drops below acceptable BBQ conditions, we're all slowly realising our lives are going to be very restricted for months to come. Just from talking to people, it feels many are finding this bit harder than full lockdown - the inability to plan, the uncertainty of what's to come, the very real lack of fun - to simply not knowing if you'll be able to see your mum at Christmas. In short, after an emotionally draining six months, a lot of us have run out of steam. Radio 1 Newsbeat's been getting mental health tips on the things we should - and shouldn't do, as well as hearing from some of you on why this

Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health

The rise of social media has meant that people are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time. But our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, with the average Brit checking their phone as much as 28 times a day. While social media platforms can have their benefits, using them too frequently can make you feel increasingly unhappy and isolated in the long run. The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s self-esteem, while obsessively checking your Twitter feed just before bed could be contributing towards poor quality of sleep. Here are six ways that social media could be neg

Coronavirus: Should I start taking vitamin D?

There are mounting questions about whether vitamin D can help fight coronavirus. The Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition and the health watchdog the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have done a rapid review of the evidence. What is the advice? With more people staying indoors during the pandemic, some may have been deprived of vitamin D. Normally, many of us get it by spending time outside. Our skin makes it when exposed to the sun. The NHS says people should consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day if they are spending a lot of time indoors. Scottish and Welsh governments and Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency issued similar advice during lockdown

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Yew Tree Pharmacy, 20 Redwood Road, Yew Tree Estate, Walsall, West Midlands, WS5 4LB.

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