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From MDGs to SDGs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently launched a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years. “Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs” identifies the key drivers of progress in health under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It lays out actions that countries and the international ...

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Milk matters!

Milk is the most balanced source of nutrition for human beings. Dairy products are a good source of energy, and contain all essential food elements including protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Milk keeps your heart in good condition, by maintaining blood pressure. Calcium in milk products maintains bone density and prevents osteoporosis (bone thinning). Osteoporosis is very ...

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Elderly ‘reluctant to complain’ over health care

Elderly people are reluctant to make complaints about poor health care or do not know how to, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman says. A report suggested 56% of people aged over 65 who experienced a problem did not complain because of worries about how it might impact future treatment. Nearly 20% did not know how to raise a complaint, ...

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10 best tips to stay healthy at work

If you are an employee, you know that staying healthy benefits you in many ways: fewer missed work days, greater productivity, and less stress. Staying healthy is good for your pockets too, in the form of lower health care costs and health insurance premiums. 10 best practices to staying healthy at work: 1. Wash your hands often: Hand-washing is the ...

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Benefits of warm lemon water every morning

Drinking a cup of warm lemon water every morning is one of the simplest, most affordable and natural ways to improve your health which has incredible benefits on your health. Energizes your Body It gives your body a lasting boost of energy, making it a healthier alternative to your morning tea or coffee. Healthy Digestion The minerals and vitamins found ...

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Weight loss surgery ‘cuts risk’ of diabetes and heart attacks

Weight-loss surgery can cut the risk of diabetes and heart attacks as well as keep fat off, a UK study suggests. It is the largest comprehensive investigation of bariatric surgery – spanning around four years in nearly 8,000 patients. The health benefits of the surgery are clear and substantial for people who are severely overweight, the authors told PLoS Medicine. ...

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Unusual tips to beat the headache

Regularly popping pills for a headache can make it worse, says a new study. What else can you do? Don’t buy expensive painkillers Avoid painkillers that say ‘plus’ or ‘extra’. People choose them because they assume they will work faster, but they simply contain added ingredients like caffeine or codeine that might not be suitable for you. See your GP ...

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Blood pressure drugs rethink urged

More lives could be saved if doctors considered giving blood pressure drugs to all patients at high risk of heart disease – even if their blood pressures are normal, a study suggests. The report calls for a move away from current guidelines which recommend pills only be prescribed if blood pressure is above a certain threshold. But experts acknowledge lifestyle ...

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Cancer is not just ‘bad luck’ but down to environment, study suggests

Cancer is overwhelmingly a result of environmental factors and not largely down to bad luck, a study suggests. Earlier this year, researchers sparked a debate after suggesting two-thirds of cancer types were down to luck rather than factors such as smoking. The new study, in the journal Nature, used four approaches to conclude only 10-30% of cancers were down to ...

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Barts Health praised for tackling inequality in the workplace

    Workshops aim to increase the confidence, aspirations and attainment of female and BME staff so its leadership is more representative of the workforce and local community. The Trust’s own research shows that people from a BME background are more likely to be working in lower paid positions than white people. 59 people have undertaken the programme since June; ...

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