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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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Cannabis More Harmful For Teen Brains Than Alcohol

In Individual, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

As an increasing number of states across the US are legalising the use of medical marijuana, a new study from Canada suggests teenagers who use cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their brains. The team of researchers, from the University of Montreal, found that using cannabis negatively impacted teenagers’ memory, behaviour and thinking skills. In fact, the researchers warn that …

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Presenteeism Rife As Vast Majority Of Sick Staff Don’t Take Time Off

In Business, Industry News, Protection by Stephen Ellis

A whopping 88% of employees went to work while they were sick in 2017, a new poll has revealed. The survey of 1,001 workers by Canada Life Group Insurance found that 47% did not take a single sick day last year and that’s not simply because they weren’t sick. In fact, despite feeling unwell, 53% of employees felt their sickness …

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Smokers Advised Not To Go Cold Turkey When Giving Up

In Industry News by Matthew Tagg

In 2017, nearly 400,000 people in England successfully quit smoking. That equates to around 1,069 smokers every day and despite new people starting and some quitters relapsing, it’s thought there are now one million fewer smokers in England since 2014. Moreover, if current trends continue, smoking could actually be eradicated in England by 2030 (yes, that’s just over 10 years …

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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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Health Insurance Awards 2018: PCH Consultant Nominees

In Industry News by PCH Staff

Exciting news regarding the 2018 Health Insurance Awards where Premier Choice have won a number of awards over the years. Again, this year, we have consultants shortlisted in numerous categories. Being held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 18th October, the Health Insurance Awards are recognised as the Industry benchmark. So it gives us great pride to …

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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 …