Healthy Interests

Why do teenagers binge drink?

In the UK, around 5,000 teenagers are admitted to hospital every year for alcohol-related reasons and binge drinking among young people has become commonplace. Now new research helps to explain why some teenagers are more proneLying face-downwards. to drinking alcohol than others.

The recent study carried out by King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) and published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides a detailed understanding of those processes of the brain that are involved in teenage alcohol abuse.

Safety on the slopes – wear a helmet

Snow sports remain extremely popular winter pastimes and it is estimated that there are currently more than 200 million skiers and 70 million snowboarders in the world. Over recent years awareness of the benefits of wearing a helmet on the slopes has been increasing and new research has now demonstrated that the use of helmets reduces the risk of serious injury and saves lives.

Red Tape Challenge for Health

A new initiative has been launched that aims to reduce red tape in public health and social care. Part of the Red Tape Challenge, the government’s drive to reduce unnecessary regulation, the scheme invites members of the public and health professionals to comment on more than 500 Department of Health regulations covering a range of areas including the NHS, quality of care and professional standards.

Remember, remember it’s Movember

November becomes Movember once again for the moustache growing charity event. The campaign aims to raise funds and awareness for men’s health and in particular prostateA gland that surrounds the urethra near the bladder. It produces a fluid that forms part of the semen. and testicularRelating to the testicles. cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. By encouraging men to get involved Movember hopes to raise awareness of the health issues that affect men and to ultimately change the face of men’s health. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and it causes approximately 10,000 deaths in the UK each year.

Movember 2013 Key Health Messages

Hearing Awareness Month

In the UK 1 in 6 people suffer from some degree of hearing loss. If this condition is left untreated it can result in feelings of frustration, isolation and even depressionFeelings of sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of reduced emotional well-being. Despite the negative impact that hearing loss can have on quality of life, only 1 in 10 sufferers will seek help from the onset, with some waiting for up to 10 years before seeking assistance. 

Thirty years of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

In 1982, world-renowned vet Dr Bruce Fogle, and Lady Beatrice Wright of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now called Action on Hearing Loss), introduced to the UK a charity that has gone on to radically change the lives of over 1600 deaf people right across the country.

The scheme was launched following a trip to the USA where Bruce attended an event at Washington State University where he came across the American Hearing Dog Scheme. This scheme involved training dogs to alert deaf people to a range of sounds in the home, workplace, and public buildings.

How much sleep do I need?

As the days are at their longest, my sleep is at its shortest and it’s got me wondering about how much sleep I actually need. I have often stated that without the recommended 8 hours I am a zombie, but who recommended those magical 8 hours, and are they right for everyone?

Does cooking destroy micronutrients in food?

Helen Money, Nutritionist

Preparing and cooking food alters nutritional composition. Cooking food does generally lower vitaminEssential substances that cannot be produced by the body and so must be acquired from the diet. content but to varying extents.

MS Awareness Week: What is the best treatment for multiple sclerosis?

This week (30th April - 6th May) is MSmultiple sclerosis Awareness Week and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust are reminding people to Be Bold in Blue in order to raise awareness of this common neurological

Associated with the nervous system and the brain.

condition, the most common condition of its kind in the UK. Senior doctors have warned that not enough is known about MS and that most people in the country do not understand the symptoms of multiple sclerosisA progressive disease of the central nervous system., nor its prognosisAn assessment of the likely progress of a condition. or treatment.

Metal on Metal Hip Replacements – should I be concerned?

Recent television programmes and press articles have highlighted surgeons’ concerns regarding metal on metal hip replacements to the point where some say they should no longer be used. Several manufacturers have already withdrawn this type of implant. The metal on metal debate is complex and can be confusing to the lay person as all hip replacements contain at least one metal component.

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