Entries by Ben Hardicre

Scan younger women at risk of breast cancer, charity says

Younger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says. Breast Cancer Now funded a study which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms. Women are currently eligible for a scan due to their family history […]

Macmillan launch talking about cancer campaign

Macmillan Cancer Charity have launched a powerful campaign to make people aware of how they can talk about cancer and the people who are going through it. According to a new survey, for some people with the illness, many terms used to describe people with cancer are inappropriate rather than uplifting. A UK poll by […]

NHS add more social prescribers to ease pressure on GPs

The number of workers trained to prescribe social activities, like exercise groups and art classes, to GP patients who don’t need pills, is set to rise under NHS England plans. The aim is that ‘link workers’ will support GPs and reduce their workload. A link worker’s role is to help patients find suitable community activities […]

The technology disrupting the health sector

Could digital technology make doctors of us all? Advances in virtual reality, artificial intelligence and diagnostics could prompt a revolution in how we access healthcare. In this article we’re diving in to how technology is transforming the sector. Virtual reality While there is a lot of optimism that technology will provide more effective care in […]

Have you got seasonal affective disorder?

The change in seasons, colder weather and shorter days can negatively impact your mental health. Many of us at this time of the year can begin feeling low, and you may even be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but what is it? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes […]

EastEnders cast to run marathon for dementia awareness

It was announced last year that the much-loved actress Barbara Windsor had been given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s four years ago and that her condition was unfortunately deteriorating. Now some of the cast of EastEnders have announced they will be running this years’ London Marathon for ‘Dementia Revolution’ in honour of Dame Barbara Windsor, in […]

NHS Reveal 10 Year Plan

The Prime Minister has revealed a 10-year plan for the NHS, which will lead to “world class” care for patients in England. Pledges on maternity care, mental health, elderly support and earlier detection and prevention of diseases are included. NHS bosses say the plan could save up to 500,000 lives.   The key focuses include: […]

Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer

Scientists have discovered that excess fat can prevent the body from fighting cancer, which could explain why obese people are said to be more likely to develop the disease. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team from Trinity College, Dublin, found. The […]

Cervical screening: Millions missing smear tests

About three million women across England have not had a smear test for at least three-and-a-half years. GPs are trying to improve take-up rates as figures show up to half of women under 50 in some areas have not had a cervical screening in the recommended time frame. Screening rates are apparently at their lowest […]

Mental Health at Work initiative launched by Royals

Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or just yourself, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. That’s why the Heads Together charity have launched #MentalHealthAtWork, a new project in conjunction with mental health charity, Mind, to change the way that we approach workplace wellbeing in the UK. […]

Cancer confusion causing diagnosis delays for millions of Brits

Widespread confusion about cancer symptoms is leading to delayed diagnosis and irregular self-examinations, according to new research by Bupa UK. Four in ten Britons have never checked for common cancers. Nearly half of people are unclear what to check for, as six million delay seeking medical help. The study found 45 per cent say it […]