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Tuberculosis rates in England fall by third in six years

New figures show rates of tuberculosis (TB) in England have declined by a third in six years, and are currently at their lowest level in 35 years. The data from Public Health England shows a 38% fall since 2012, with a 9.3% decline in cases in 2017 alone. Improved diagnosis, treatment and awareness are being credited for the fall. But ...

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Global campaign takes aim at tobacco giants for advertising to kids near schools

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has launched a new global campaign to stop the world’s largest tobacco companies from targeting kids near schools in the countries around the world. Launched on Friday, the campaign titled “Big Tobacco, Tiny Targets” takes aim at Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and other tobacco companies whose products are being systematically promoted and routinely ...

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Rise in cancers ’caused by weight’

Being overweight or obese is a growing cause of cancer in the UK while cases caused by smoking are falling, according to a large study. Cancer Research UK found more than a third of all cases of cancer were avoidable – some 135,000. The charity also found that excess weight now caused 6.3% of all cancer cases – up from ...

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High meat intake may up liver disease risk

Meat lovers please take note. Increased consumption of red or processed meat may increase the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), researchers have found.   “NAFLD is considered as the hepatic component of the metabolic syndrome, with insulin resistance and inflammation as key factors in its pathophysiology,” said lead author Shira Zelber-Sagi, Professor at the University of Haifa ...

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NHS pay: Increase for 1.3 million staff expected increase

More than a million NHS staff, including nurses, porters and paramedics, can expect pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years, the BBC understands. The deal, expected to be formally agreed by unions and ministers later, could cost as much as £4bn. If approved, workers in England could see their pay increase almost immediately. The deal is tiered – ...

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Eye Clinic Liaison Officer from Whipps Cross Hospital wins Barts Health Heroes Award

An Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ELCO) at Whipps Cross Hospital has won a Barts Health Heroes award in recognition of his work supporting patients and providing valuable advice. Sam Kalla, who is an RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) ECLO, helps patients understand the impact of their diagnosis and provides them with emotional and practical support for their next ...

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Barts Health CEO Alwen Williams named as one of top 10 NHS chief executives

  A prestigious list has recognised Barts Health NHS Trust’s Alwen Williams as one of the top ten chief executives in the country. Following her appointment in 2015, Alwen Williams has led the Trust to an improved rating from its inspectors and reduced its deficit. Now her achievements have been recognised in the annual list from the Health Service Journal, ...

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Regular walking could protect post-menopausal women from heart failure

Walking could be an effective and accessible way for post-menopausal women to improve their heart health according to new US research, which found that walking for at least 40 minutes several times per week could reduce the risk of heart failure, a condition in which the heart becomes too weak to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Conducted ...

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How exercise in old age prevents the immune system from declining

zarus, aged 82, has the immune system of a 20 year old Doing lots of exercise in older age can prevent the immune system from declining and protect people against infections, scientists say. They followed 125 long-distance cyclists, some now in their 80s, and found they had the immune systems of 20-year-olds. Prof Norman Lazarus, 82, of King’s College London, ...

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