View Post

Work-Related Mental Health Issues Now Account For Over Half Of Work Absences

In Business, Industry News, Protection by Stephen Ellis

There has been a surge in the number of working days lost to work-related mental health issues, new figures reveal. In 2017/2018, the number of working days lost due to work-related stress, anxiety or depression reached 15.4 million, according to the Health and Safety Executive’s latest annual injury and ill health statistics for Great Britain. That’s an increase of around …

View Post

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 …

View Post

Heart Attack Warning Signs: Why You Should Never Ignore Your Ankles

In Individual, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

Heart attack symptoms vary from person to person, but usually include chest pain, difficulty breathing and dizziness. However, there’s another warning sign in your feet that could signal you’re at risk of a deadly myocardial infarction. Heart attacks are a medical emergency and anyone suspected of having one should seek immediate treatment. They occur when the supply of blood to …

View Post

People With Arthritis Missing Out On Workplace Support

In Business, Individual, Protection by Paul Connolly

A leading arthritis charity has warned that many people with arthritis or related conditions are being forced out of work because they are not getting the support they need from their employers. According to a poll by Versus Arthritis – a charity that was recently created by the merger of Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care – more than a …

View Post

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 …

View Post

Sit-Stand Desks Boost Productivity, Engagement & Energy Levels, Research Suggests

In Business, Industry News, Protection by Matthew Tagg

It’s no secret that the sedentary lifestyles many people in the UK lead are having a negative impact on their health. For example, earlier this year, a study found that just two weeks of sedentary office working can put people on the path to diabetes. Now new research suggests that a simple change of desk could not only improve the …

View Post

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. …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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 …