World Blood Donor Day: Who Can Donate?

June 14th is World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). This global event provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations while thanking people who have already donated. Figures from the NHS reveal that the trust needs over 200 000 new donors each year to meet future patient needs. There is currently a countrywide shortage, particularly

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Cervical Cancer Screening Tests: Why You Shouldn’t Put Yours Off

The 10th-16th of June marks Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, an important annual campaign to improve and raise awareness of women’s health issues. While many women feel anxious about attending these appointments, cervical cancer screening saves lives, so putting them off can have dangerous health implications. Find out more about this vital test, including how and

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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

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Are Bad Diets Worse for Our Health Than Tobacco?

When you think of the ‘nation’s biggest killers’, your first thought probably jumps to cigarettes and alcohol. However, you might be surprised to learn that bad diets could be to blame for more deaths worldwide than either of these habits. A poor diet can lead to obesity, diabetes and other dangerous health conditions, but it

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Smokers and Drinkers To Receive Help To Quit

Preventing ill health is the focus of the NHS’ new 10-year plan that aims to save up to 500,000 lives. The plans will give particular attention to smokers and drinkers, providing them with the support they need to quit, and reduce the risk of developing serious or fatal health conditions. It’s hoped that these measures

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