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Stroke Sufferers In The UK Getting Younger

The average age at which people in England have a stroke for the first time has fallen over the past decade, new research shows. Between 2007 and 2016, the average age for men having a stroke for the first time dropped from 71 to 68 while it fell from 75 to 73 for women, according to Public Health England (PHE) …

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3 Travel Insurance Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Booking a holiday is always exciting, even if your departure date is well in the future. In fact, having plenty of time before you leave allows you to secure the best deal for a very important element of your holiday: travel insurance. This absolute holiday necessity – which covers everything from lost luggage to a medical emergency while you’re away …

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Many GP Practices Running Out Of Flu Vaccine Amid Outbreak Fears

At a time when at-risk patients are being advised to go and get a flu jab amid the worst outbreak of the virus in the UK for seven years, a new survey has revealed that some GP practices are running out of flu vaccines. Fuelled by killer “Aussie” and “Japanese” strains, the UK is currently gripped by a flu outbreak …

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Income Protection Gaps Are a Stark Global Issue

The income protection gap in both the UK and around the world is worrying and needs addressing, according to a new report from Zurich. Produced in partnership with Smith School – University of Oxford, the Zurich report, entitled “Embracing the income protection gaps challenge: options and solutions,” sets out recommendations for tackling gaps in income and putting financial safety nets …

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Stigma Attached to Women’s Health Issues at Work Needs to Be Broken

A new report reveals that women’s health issues are still considered a taboo subject in the workplace, and as a result often go under-recognised. According to the Work Foundation’s “More than ‘Women’s Issues’ – women’s reproductive and gynaecological health and work” report, common women’s health conditions, such as endometriosis or infertility; having a long-term condition during pregnancy; and dealing with …

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Majority of Brits Put Their Partner’s Health Ahead of Their Own Wellbeing

Millions of Brits are putting their own wellbeing at risk because they worry too much about the health of their partners, new research has found. In fact, three in four of the 2,000 adults surveyed for the Bupa Health Clinics poll said they worry about their partner’s physical health, while one in three admitted to regularly (yet unsuccessfully) pleading with …

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Survey Finds More Men Than Women Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines

New figures released by NHS Digital show that more men than women are meeting physical activity guidelines. According to the Health Survey for England 2016 figures released on 13 December 2017, almost two-thirds of men (66%) met national activity guidelines in 2016, compared to 58% of women. The Health Survey for England series monitors trends in the nation’s health, covering …

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Bupa Launches Comprehensive Self-referral Service For Cancer

Healthcare giant Bupa has launched a comprehensive self-referral cancer service, Cancer Direct Access – a solution that it hopes will lead to earlier diagnoses and faster treatment for patients. Available to Bupa health insurance customers, the self-referral system enables an individual to speak with a member of Bupa’s Cancer Direct Access team – without needing to wait for a GP …

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Routine Operations Could Be Rationed As NHS Faces Growing Cash Crisis

A growing cash crisis in the NHS could see routine knee and hip operations rationed going forward. As the National Health Service in England struggles to make ends meet, other so-called “non-urgent” procedures could also be delayed. Patients waiting for cataract surgery and hernia operations could find themselves shunted down the list as health service funds dry up. Prior to …

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GP Consultations In Britain Among Shortest In Europe

Patients in Britain get less time with their GPs than patients in Peru, a new study has found. On average, patients in Britain spend just 9 minutes 22 seconds with their GPs. In fact, GP consultations in Britain are among the shortest in Europe and it will take 70 years before the NHS achieves 15-minute appointments. Patients in Lithuania, Belgium …