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Eat Butter & Cakes To Avoid Malnutrition, Older People Advised

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Raina Dhillon

The UK is the third fattest nation in Europe, according to research by the World Health Organisation (WHO), fueled by a diet of alcohol and fast food. It’s a reality that’s alarming and threatens to shorten the lives of generations, the WHO said. But while many people across the UK are struggling to lose weight and following a range of …

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Alcohol Kills More Than 3 Million People Each Year: WHO

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

More than one in 20 deaths worldwide is caused by alcohol, with over three quarters among men, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In 2016 alone, more than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol (about six every minute), including around 2.3 million men. Overall, harmful use of alcohol accounts …

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Low-Dose Daily Aspirin Affords No Benefits To Healthy Older People, Study Finds

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Stephen Ellis

Some older people take a low dose of aspirin daily in the belief they are lowering their risk of heart attack and stroke. But while it’s a regimen that is often recommended by doctors for individuals who have previously had a heart attack or stroke, new research suggests that the risks may outweigh the benefits – especially for older people …

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Why Probiotics Might Not Help Your Gut & Could Actually Do Harm

In Family, Industry News by Paul Connolly

Probiotics – drinks and foods that contain so-called ‘good bacteria’ – have become a staple part of many people’s diets. The belief is that they afford a number of health benefits and help boost the operation of the gut. But new research from Israel not only suggests that probiotics are “quite useless,” but they could actually do some people harm. …

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Debunking 6 Common Cancer Myths & Misconceptions

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has just released a new report and it makes for pretty grim reading. That’s because said report predicts there will be 18.1 million new cancer cases and 9.6 million people will lose their lives to the disease this year. Furthermore, by the end of the century, cancer will be the …

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Use Honey & Over-The-Counter Medicines First For A Cough, New Guidelines Say

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Raina Dhillon

Coughs are often extremely unpleasant and many people head to their GPs in search of fast relief. However, new guidelines being proposed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) in the UK say over-the-counter medicines and even traditional remedies like honey should always be the first ports of call. The new guidelines …

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Death In Service Confusion Could Leave Families Vulnerable

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Stephen Ellis

Thinking about what will happen when you die is never pleasant or easy, but it is, nevertheless, important – especially when it comes to ensuring your family is left with a safety net that takes care of your financial commitments. One safeguard that is designed to help your family financially after you die is death in service benefit. Offered by …

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Nine in 10 Brits At Risk Of Financial Hardship Should Serious Illness Strike

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Protection by Tom Pullinger

A huge proportion of people in the UK would suffer financial hardship if they were to be struck down with a serious illness, research from Scottish Widows shows. A staggering nine in 10 Brits do not have a critical illness policy, despite the fact that more than a fifth (21%) admit their household wouldn’t survive financially if they were unable …

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10 Million Brits Holidayed In 2017 Without Suitable Travel Insurance Cover

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Paul Connolly

As many as 10 million Brits went on holiday in 2017 without suitable travel insurance or any cover at all, according to a new report. Figures released by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) show that a startling number of British holidaymakers (two in five or 38%) travelled abroad last year without appropriate insurance. This includes participating in activities …

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Number of Working Age People Living with Cancer Has Surged

In Family, Industry News, Insurance by PCH Staff

The number of working age people in the UK who are living with cancer increased by almost 10% between 2010 and 2015, figures from a leading cancer charity suggest. According to Macmillan Cancer Support, there were around 80,000 more people aged 16 to 65 living with cancer in 2015 than in 2010, with the overall number estimated at 890,000. In …

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Little Evidence to Suggest National Cancer Strategies Improve Short-term Survival Rates

In Family, Industry News, Insurance by PCH Staff

Despite the fact national cancer strategies have been in place since 2000, there is “little evidence” to suggest that short-term survival rates in England have improved. That’s one of the key messages to come out of new research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The NHS Cancer Plan, which was implemented in 2000, is designed to …