Leg fat ‘better than belly fat’ for older women

Carrying more fat on legs compared with the stomach protects postmenopausal women from heart disease, a study says. Women of a healthy weight with the highest risk of stroke or heart disease had the most belly fat and the least hip and thigh fat, the European Heart Journal research found. The scientists said “apple-shaped” women […]

Lesbian women cervical screening myth is ‘dangerous’

The “dangerous myth” that gay and bisexual women cannot get cervical cancer means thousands could be missing out on screening, NHS England says. Any sexual activity can pass on the HPV virus, which causes the vast majority of cervical cancers. But a survey suggests one in five LGB women has never been for a test. […]

Misinformation and growing distrust on vaccines, ‘dangerous as a disease’ says UNICEF chief 

“Misinformation about vaccines is as dangerous as a disease”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “It spreads fast and poses an imminent threat to public health”.  Over the last three decades, the world has seen significant improvements in the health and well-being of children, with vaccinations having contributed to a dramatic decrease in under-five deaths, […]

Warning of NHS Wales dentist crisis

Only one in six dental practices in Wales are offering treatment to new adult patients on the NHS, according to research by the British Dental Association (BDA). It also found just over a quarter of 355 dental practices in the country were taking on new child NHS patients. The BDA is campaigning for a change […]

Madagascar villagers learn dangers of outdoor defecation

“The latrines in the village are not well maintained,” offered another participant, “so many of us go to the outskirts of the village to finish our business.” The village is Andoharanovelona, 60 kilometers south of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar – one of the world’s poorest countries – where the UN estimates that some 11.3 […]

‘Every suggestion’ HPV vaccine will cut cervical cancers

There is “every suggestion” HPV vaccination will lead to a fall in cervical cancers, say scientists who carried out a major review of evidence. Most cervical cancer cases are linked to the human papilloma virus and vaccination began over a decade ago. The Lancet review of 65 studies covering 60 million people over eight years […]

Two-thirds of global drug deaths now from opioids: UN drugs report

The study from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also shows that the negative health consequences associated with drugs are more severe and widespread than previously thought, with around 35 million people suffering from drug use disorders and requiring treatment services. Higher figures attributed to improved research and data Some 11 million people […]

E-cigarettes: How safe are they?

San Francisco has become the first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes. Yet in the UK they are used by the NHS to help smokers quit – so what is the truth about the safety of e-cigarettes? How do e-cigarettes work? They work by heating up a liquid that usually contains nicotine, propylene glycol […]