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New DPP campaign helps patients deal with depression

Every year, one in every 10 of us will experience some form of depression, yet many are too embarrassed to talk about it, and so struggle to access good quality information and support.

Television Without Frontiers: Our childrens health at stake!

Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs  today reported that - In 2006, almost 22 million children in the EU are estimated to be overweight or obese (out of a total of 71.5 million). This figure rises by 1.2 million per year1!

Health Secretary announces date England will go smokefree

All enclosed public places and workplaces will become smokefree from 1st July 2007, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced today.

Legal rethink on MRSA cases may cause upsurge in claims

Many lawyers are currently rethinking how to tackle MRSA claims – and are using laws that govern the control of hazardous substances.

Medical Journey for Patients Can Be Long and Difficult, but Most Accept the Risk, New York -Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Expert Says

For the 170,000 morbidly obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery each year in the U.S., the stomach-reducing procedure is just the first step back to health and self-esteem. "Massive post-surgical weight loss leaves most with unsightly excess folds of skin and fat, and in some ways the patient can actually look worse, not better," notes Dr. Jason A. Spector, assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and assistant attending surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

Responding to Obesity Epidemic, New Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Center Opens

About 15 percent of American children are obese, a number that has more than doubled in the last 20 years. In response to this epidemic, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian has opened the Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery in order to offer numerous strategies to help obese patients lose weight and thus prevent many of the serious health risks associated with obesity. As part of the program, obese children have the option of losing weight with and without surgery. 

Red wine designed for stout hearts

Sainsbury’s is to start selling a brand of red wine produced in South Australia that has been designed specifically to improve heart health.

Large scale weight-loss surgery study finds seniors get less benefit, are at greater risk for complications, death

The first large-scale review of weight-loss surgeries performed on older adults suggests bariatric procedures should generally be limited to people younger than age 65, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. 

Let's make a people friendly Oxford Street a permanent London feature

Oxford Street and Regent Street are set to become traffic-free zones this Saturday (2 December), as London's West End hosts the largest ever traffic-free shopping day. Living Streets, a national charity, thinks this could prove a galvanizing experience in the fight to make streets pleasant places for people on foot.

HEART UK Position Statement on Statin Treatment

HEART UK, as one of the signatories to the Joint British Societies' guidelines (JBS2), advocates statin treatment for the secondary prevention of CVD and for primary prevention in individuals with an estimated 10 year CVD risk of 20% or more. Recent evidence, in the Heart Protection Study, strongly suggests that statin treatment is cost saving down to a risk threshold below 20%.  

Weight cycling adds to gallstone risk for men

US researchers at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington say that men whose weight yo-yos may have an increased risk of gallstones.

Restaurant family menus laden with fat, sugar and salt

A survey of popular family menus at fast-food chains in the UK has found that children are regularly being served up “chips with everything”, eat-as-much-as-you-like ice cream and “bottomless” fizzy drinks loaded with dangerous levels of fat, sugar and salt.

30 per cent average pay increase for GPs

New figures from the Information Centre for health and social care show that GPs’ average earnings rose by 30 per cent during 2004-05 – making the average GP salary £106,000 during the first year of their new contract.

Agency talks science with its Chief Scientist blog

The Food Standards Agency Chief Scientist Dr Andrew Wadge has launched a blog to demonstrate how the Agency's consumer advice and policies are underpinned by the latest scientific evidence. You can access it at www.food.gov.uk/scienceblog. 

Around 1 in 5 adults in the UK are obese

Overweight and obesity increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). In England about 44% of men and 35% of women are overweight and an additional 23% of men and 24% of women are obese. Overweight and obesity are increasing rapidly. The percentage of adults who are obese has increased by over 50% in the last decade.

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