Staying Healthy

Fresh calls for a ban on smacking

Fresh calls for a ban on smacking

The Association of Educational Psychologists has tabled a motion to the TUC Conference calling for smacking to be outlawed after school psychologists found that it is harmful to children’s mental health. Presently, although corporal punishment is banned in schools, parents can “smack” or physically chastise a child as long as it is deemed “reasonable”. Psychologists though… Read More…

Flu Jab being offered to over-65s

Flu Jab being offered to over-65s

People aged over 65 living in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will receive a new type of flu jab this year, which is considered to be more effective than other available vaccines. The new vaccine is one of three flu jabs that are available for the different groups of individuals who are… Read More…

NHS deal allows for new child cancer therapy

NHS deal allows for new child cancer therapy

A deal has been struck to let the NHS offer children an expensive new cancer therapy which has been labelled the most exciting treatment advance for decades. The treatment, CAR-T, is a cutting edge treatment for aggressive leukaemia. CAR-T is a novel way of treating cancer which can be personalised to the individual patient. It… Read More…

Fifth of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘self-harm’

Fifth of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘self-harm’

According to a report from the BBC, a fifth of 14-year-old girls in the UK have been found to have self-harmed. A survey of 11,000 children found 22% of the girls and 9% of the boys said they had hurt themselves on purpose in the year prior to the questionnaire. Rates of self-harm were worst… Read More…

Students urged to get vaccinated after rise in measles

Students urged to get vaccinated after rise in measles

New university students are being urged to ensure they have been vaccinated against measles following outbreaks of the highly infectious illness. Public Health England has said that all first years should check they are up to date with their vaccines and seek MMR jabs if they have missed any. The call comes as the number… Read More…

How to access healthcare in B&NES over the August bank holiday weekend

How to access healthcare in B&NES over the August bank holiday weekend

Follow the advice given in the ‘3 before GP’ campaign, which Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is backing: Self-care You can safely treat the symptoms of many minor ailments at home, with rest and over-the-counter medicines. Use trusted NHS online services The NHS Choices website offers advice on a range of health… Read More…

New study shows Ritalin best to treat ADHD

New study shows Ritalin best to treat ADHD

A major scientific review has concluded that Ritalin and other drugs of the same class are the most effective and safest medications to prescribe children with ADHD. The review which appeared in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal, shows that these drugs work and work well despite many people’s concerns that children in the UK are over… Read More…

The benefit of a bond between your parents and your children

The benefit of a bond between your parents and your children

The summer holidays are almost upon us and the stress of finding someone who is able to provide adult supervision to the little folk in your family while you try and fit your work life around their holiday time is something we all feel. Some of us are lucky enough to have retired or semi-retired… Read More…

Food banks struggle during school holidays

Food banks struggle during school holidays

Food banks across the country are appealing for extra help to feed children during the school holidays, as a gap in school meals provision leads to higher demand and the drying up of donations. Anti-poverty charity, The Trussell Trust, has called on the public to donate to their local foodbanks during the summer holidays to… Read More…

Hospital admissions double for self-harming teenagers

Hospital admissions double for self-harming teenagers

The number of teenage girls being admitted to hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago NHS figures suggest. Last year, the figure was 13,463 compared to 7,327 in 1997. In comparison, the number of boys admitted to hospital for self-harm rose from 2,236 in 1997 to 2,332 in 2017.… Read More…

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