Entries by Ben Hardicre

Pumping heart patch ready for human use

A pumping patch which contains millions of living stem cells could help repair damage caused by a heart attack, according to researchers. Scientists at Imperial College London have worked with the British Heart Foundation to develop the patch. The 3cm by 2cm patch is grown in a lab from a sample of the patient’s own […]

Call for life changing migraine drug to be offered on NHS

People who suffer from chronic migraines are calling for a new drug to be offered in the NHS in the UK. A monthly injection of Aimovig has been described as ‘life-changing’ by those who have tried it. How does Aimovig work? The drug reportedly acts to prevent migraines. In your body you have CGRP (calcitonin […]

These are the biggest risk factors for dementia

This week it’s Dementia Action Week, and Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to start a conversation. Two-thirds of people living with dementia say that they feel isolated or lonely, but a listening ear can make all the difference. You might not know that dementia is actually the number one killer in the UK, with currently […]

Running makes us fitter but also benefits our mental health

It is well known that regular exercise is good for you, reduces your risk of a large number of diseases, improves sleep quality and boosts energy. As well as its physical benefits, running and taking part in fun runs can also improve your mental health. In a new study, parkrun participants self-scored as more content […]

GPs miss symptoms of ovarian cancer, study suggests

A study suggests that women are dying needlessly because GPs are failing to spot the early signs of ovarian cancer. New analysis of government statistics by Target Ovarian Cancer has shown a range of over 30 percentage points between the best and worst performing Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), with the worst (North East Essex) diagnosing […]

New test could end ‘smear fear’

A new trial has found urine testing was as good at detecting a virus called HPV that is a big risk factor for cervical cancer. Experts have said that self-testing could become a game-changer for women. NHS figures show that the number of women going for smear tests is down to 71%, which means several […]

How England Golf is helping people combat stress

England Golf has launched the ‘Switch Off with Golf’ campaign for Stress Awareness Month, to highlight the mental health benefits of putting down your phone and getting involved with outdoor exercise such as golf. Professor Greg Whyte OBE, one of the ambassadors has identified a strong correlation between the amount of time adults dedicate to […]

Stress Awareness Month: 10 Tips To Reduce Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month, which aims to increase public awareness about the causes and the cures for the modern stress epidemic we’re going through. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last 12 months that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to […]

What exercises are best for your wellbeing?

This week is National Workouts and Wellbeing Week. In association with the charity Mind, it aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing through exercise and mindfulness. There is strong evidence to show that there is a link between being physically active and good mental wellbeing. Regular exercise encourages neurogenesis, which is the growth […]

Can what you eat affect your happiness?

We all know that we should have healthy and balanced diets, but are you aware that the foods you eat day to day are affecting your overall mood and mental health? Some studies have compared ‘traditional’ diets, such as the Mediterranean and Japanese diets to a typical ‘Western’ diet. It has shown that the risk […]

High blood pressure drugs to be offered to thousands more

New guidelines on diagnosing high blood pressure could mean that thousands more people benefit from treatment in England and Wales. It is thought that offering blood-pressure-lowering drugs to more people with stage-1 hypertension would help to cut heart attacks and strokes. 450,000 men and 270,000 women could qualify for the drug. Some GPs have already […]

NHS look to rebrand ‘smear test’ in new campaign

The government has launched its first cervical screening advertising campaign in England, as the number of women having checks has hit a 20-year low. Public Health England’s campaign has decided to avoid the term “smear test” amid concerns that it may be putting people off. Last year just 71% of women aged 25 to 64 […]