The UK appoints the world’s first suicide prevention minister.

The UK appoints the world’s first suicide prevention minister.

“Too many suffer in silence” in the UK which has led to Jackie Doyle-Price being appointed as the new suicide prevention minister. Revealed on Wednesday 10th October 2018, she will be responsible for combatting the UK’s mental health crisis. The appointment marks World Mental Health Day, and will result...

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Blood-brain barrier could be key to diagnosing Alzheimer’s

Blood-brain barrier could be key to diagnosing Alzheimer’s

One of the most important steps towards treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s is early diagnosis. However, it can also be one of the most challenging. A new review article from researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) has proposed a solution. The team suggests that leaks in the...

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Londoners struggle to speak out about mental health problems

Londoners struggle to speak out about mental health problems

Almost three-quarters of people in London would say they are ‘fine’ even if they are struggling with mental health problems, according to new statistics. A survey of over 2,000 people, carried out by mental health campaign group Time to Change, showed that asking ‘How are you?’ often leads to a...

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The flu vaccine: what you need to know

The flu vaccine: what you need to know

To protect adults and children alike from the risk of flu and its complications, flu vaccinations are available through the NHS. For most healthy people it will usually clear up within a week, albeit a fairly unpleasant week. But for some people it can be more severe. These include anyone...

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Socially ‘egg’ceptable?

Socially ‘egg’ceptable?

Egg freezing should not be relied upon to ensure genetic motherhood, leading fertility experts warn. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is often used when the prospect of conceiving naturally is reduced because the subject’s undergoing medical treatments such as chemotherapy. Women in their 30s and 40s are combatting their declining fertility...

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Women told to cut down on alcohol to avoid breast cancer

Women told to cut down on alcohol to avoid breast cancer

Women of all ages have been told to have more alcohol-free days to reduce the risk of breast cancer and other diseases. Public Health England and alcohol education charity Drinkaware have advised women to increase the number of days they go without a drink each week as part of their...

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Social media and depression

Depression is the world’s leading cause of disability worldwide. This can have serious effects on a person’s life including under achievement in school, under-employment, and poorer quality relationships and physical health. All of this is not to mention its risk factor for self-harm and suicide. With 88 percent of 18...

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Antidepressant prescription for children on the rise

Antidepressant prescription for children on the rise

In the last three years there has been a 15% rise of antidepressants being prescribed to children in Britain. Scotland’s figure has increased by 10% and Northern Ireland rose by 6%. However, rather than signalling a decline in children’s mental health, this actually shows an incline in the quality of...

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High-fibre diet could lower stress

High-fibre diet could lower stress

Researchers from the University College Cork, and Teagasc Food Research Centre, both in Cork, Ireland, have found that a high fibre diet could help to relieve stress and anxiety. The researchers particularly looked at the role of short-chain fatty acids which are the small molecules produced when the digestive system...

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How ‘sleep debt’ can take up to two years off your life

How ‘sleep debt’ can take up to two years off your life

Most Brits love a weekend lie-in, and there’s no better time to focus in on getting enough time between the sheets than Sleeptember. But, before the whole nation reaches for the snooze button, it’s worth factoring in what we give up when we sacrifice our free time to dreaming. New...

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