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Experts attack health watchdog ties to drink industry - Dotemirates
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Experts attack health watchdog ties to drink industry

Dozens of public health experts have told Public Health England (PHE) they oppose its decision to work with a charity funded by the alcohol industry.In a letter seen by BBC News, they say the tie-up "will significantly damage the credibility of PHE".On Tuesday, government alcohol adviser, Sir Ian Gilmore, resigned over the agency's decision to work with Drinkaware on a new campaign.PHE said it stood by its "fresh and bold" decision. The campaign, Drink Free Days, is urging people aged between 45 and 65 to have regular days when they do not drink any alcohol. 'Limited effectiveness'The letter, sent last...


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Playing football can cause changes to the brain, new study reveals

Washington D.C. - Playing even a single season of football can cause microscopic changes in the teenage brain, finds a study. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers used a new type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to take brain scans of 16 high school players, ages 15 to 17, before and after a season of football. They found significant changes in the structure of the grey matter in the front and rear of the brain, where impacts are most likely to occur, as well as changes to...
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Schools in Wales not aware of severe allergies, campaigner says

Schools are "not aware" of the need to offer allergy lessons to children, the mother of a boy with a potentially fatal allergy has said. Stephanie Hulme's son William, six, could suffer a fatal anaphylactic shock from his allergy to cats and nuts.Mrs Hulme, of Cardiff, is giving free allergy lessons in primary schools with the Anaphylaxis Campaign.The Welsh Government said all schools have guidance to support learners with these healthcare needs.Mrs Hulme said William was "sad and upset" when he could not join in some school activities such as bake sales. But since his mother gave an allergy lesson,...
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Mental health: Firms ask PM to deliver on pledge

Some of Britain's biggest employers are pressing the government to honour a promise to give mental health the same status as physical health at work. Royal Mail and WH Smith are among the companies asking the PM to follow through on her manifesto pledge to update health and safety legislation.That would mean employers would have to provide appropriate training for staff to deal with mental ill-health. About one in six of people at work have symptoms of a mental health condition.A government-commissioned review put the cost of those conditions, such as depression, anxiety or stress, to the economy at between...

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This could help treat severe eczema

Suffering from severe eczema? It may best be treated by allergy shots, according to researchers. A medically-challenging case being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found that allergy shots provided significant benefits to the eczema symptoms suffered by a 48-year-old man. "The man had suffered with severe eczema since childhood," said allergist Anil Nanda, lead author of the paper. "He had tried many previous therapies for years including mild and high strength topical corticosteroid cream, as well as other topical anti-inflammatory creams and topical moisturizer creams. Biologic therapy has been available to...
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Why social isolation can be damaging

Findings of a recent study have linked social isolation to higher risk of death. The study, appearing in the American Journal of Epidemiology, says addressing social isolation holds promise if studies show interventions are effective, as they could be relatively simple and could influence other risk factors, as social isolation is also associated with hypertension, inflammation, physical inactivity, smoking, and other health risks. Social isolation has been linked to higher mortality in studies comprising mostly white adults, yet associations among black adults are unclear. The new prospective cohort study, led by the American Cancer Society's Kassandra Alcaraz, evaluated whether associations...
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Study links drug-resistant infections with higher mortality rates

In a recent study, researchers measured the burden of antibiotic resistance in low- or middle-income countries, and reported that in-hospital mortality is significantly higher among patients infected with multi-drug resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) pathogens. Researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy analysed antimicrobial susceptibility testing results and mortality outcomes for over 4,000 patients who visited one of ten tertiary or quaternary referral hospitals across India in 2015. Pathogens were classified as MDR or XDR based on drug susceptibility profiles. Mortality data was restricted to in-hospital deaths. The findings appear in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases....