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South Asian Parents urged to vaccinate their children against flu this winter

    Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging parents and carers to help protect their children from flu this winter, as the largest ever programme vaccinating children against it gets underway. This year, the vaccine is being offered to 2 – 4 year-olds, those in school years 1 and 2, and is being extended to school year 3, helping protect ...

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Pregnant women should get the flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it

Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging pregnant women to have the free flu vaccine this winter. Research shows that around four in 10 (42%) of pregnant women got their jab last year. Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system, and as a result it can cause serious complications for both mother and her unborn baby. Despite this, a fifth of ...

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South Asian Parents urged to vaccinate their children against flu this winter

    Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging parents and carers to help protect their children from flu this winter, as the largest ever programme vaccinating children against it gets underway. This year, the vaccine is being offered to 2 – 4 year-olds, those in school years 1 and 2, and is being extended to school year 3, helping protect ...

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Breast implant register launches ‘to safeguard patients’

A register of patients in England with breast and other cosmetic implants has been set up to allow them to be traced in the event of any safety concerns. The move comes after faulty Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) silicone breast implants were recalled in 2010, affecting thousands of women. The inclusion of individual patients’ details will not be mandatory. However, ...

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Day centre marks World Mental Health Day

  A day centre, which runs activities and programmes to promote adult mental well-being, held an event to mark World Mental Health Day. Pritchard’s Road Day Centre in Bethnal Green hosted activities on Friday 7 October in advance of World Mental Health Day, which is observed on October 10 every year. The day provides an opportunity for the public, organisations and ...

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Threat to name NHS trusts over high agency spending

The regulator, NHS Improvement, said it wanted more progress after the NHS had slipped behind schedule in its efforts to reduce the agency bill. Last year £3.6bn was spent on agency staff, but the regulator wants that brought down by £1bn by the end of this financial year. A cap was introduced in October and has so far saved £600m, ...

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Tips for healthy eating

A healthy diet should include a wide variety of nutritious foods for sufficient intake of all nutrients. A healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and decrease your risk of many diet-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Choose ‘good carbs’, not ‘no carbs’. Whole grains are your best bet. Pay ...

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What to do if you hate needles

What you are experiencing is called a vasovagal response, a reflex that occurs when your body overreacts to certain triggers, like blood or needles. The triggers stimulate a nerve that then causes your heart rate to slow down and your blood pressure to drop. As a result, you may suddenly feel warm or light-headed, turn pale, or lose consciousness. To ...

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ESA benefit payments: Re-tests axed for chronically ill claimants

Tens of thousands of people claiming the main benefit for long-term sickness will no longer face repeated medical assessments to keep their payments. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better. More than two million people receive ESA, which is ...

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Mental health campaign Time To Change gets £20m boost

A campaign that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health has been given £20m in funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. The Time To Change initiative, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, works with schools, employers and local communities to reduce discrimination and raise awareness. It has received £30m in ...

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