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NHS Wales Faced Unprecedented Pressure Last Winter, Review Says

In Family, Industry News, Protection by Raina Dhillon

Last winter, health and social services in Wales faced a “perfect storm of pressures”, which resulted in cancelled operations, huge ambulance queues and long waits for emergency services, according to a review commissioned by the Welsh government and NHS Wales. Between December 2017 and March 2018, the entire health and social care system experienced unprecedented pressure. As a result, patients …

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Not Exercising More Deadly Than Smoking, Diabetes & Heart Disease, Study Finds

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Stephen Ellis

The benefits of leading an active lifestyle are well documented. In fact, we recently wrote about how sit-stand desks not only improve the physical health of office workers, but also boost their productivity, engagement and energy levels too. The bottom line is that regular exercise has always been associated with a longer life. But now a new study has revealed …

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Diabetics More Than 10x More Likely To Die From Alcoholism, Suicide, Study Finds

In Family, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

While the physical health problems associated with diabetes – such as an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer and kidney disorders – are well understood and publicised, the psychological impact is often neglected. But now a new study has uncovered some startling findings, which will hopefully see the mental implications of living with diabetes get more attention going forward. …

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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 …