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  • sun protection

    Sun Protection: Are You Using It Right?

    May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month: an annual campaign that promotes the importance of protecting your skin from harmful UV rays to prevent skin cancer. A recent study revealed that people miss 11% of their face when they apply sunscreen and are particularly prone to missing the eyelid area. As the skin of the eyelid is very…

  • HIV Prevention

    Good News On HIV Prevention

    Efforts to prevent the number of people contracting HIV are paying off, as the UK achieves global targets set by the UN earlier this year. With HIV diagnoses falling, it’s great to see the efforts to tackle HIV numbers are working. While any decrease in diagnoses is positive, more can still be done to keep…

  • Blood Donation Rule Changes

    Blood Donation Rule Changes – What You Need To Know

    Improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures have led to the blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men being relaxed. Both groups are now able to donate blood three months after their last sexual activity. Previous blood donation rules meant that men who have sex with men had to wait 12 months and sex workers were prevented…

  • Ebola vaccine

    Ebola Virus Vaccine To Be Fast Tracked

    Significant advances in research around the Ebola virus mean that a vaccine to protect against the virus could be available by 2018. Offering 100% protection, this is an important development in the fight against the disease, from which 11,000 people have died since the most recent outbreak occurred in 2013.   About the Ebola virus…

  • Zika Risk

    Zika Risk in Africa and Asia

    As one of the most-talked about health topics this year, Zika continues to be a global health concern. Following initial discussions and updates on research around finding a vaccine, there was also plenty of controversy around the Rio Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, with many athletes dropping out due to concerns over high-risk areas in…