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Public health

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Action urged on health of homeless

Action is being urged to help give homeless people the treatment they need for a range of physical and mental health problems.

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Welsh NHS Confederation pushes public health responsibility message

People in Wales are being urged to take responsibility for their health, rather than relying on the NHS.

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One in six councils without a director of public health

Some one in six local authorites are yet to appoint a permanent director of public health, more than a year since they took control of the service.

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Mental health rising as reason for helping homeless

Mental health has become an increasingly significant reason for housing homeless people, an analysis of figures recorded by councils show.

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NHS to keep health visitor funding until after general election

More than £650m a year of public health funding will be withheld from local authorities until after next year’s general election, it has emerged.

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Health atlas pinpoints area risks

A new health atlas has been developed to help people assess medical and environmental risks.

Review calls for Tamiflu rethink

Ministers should review the use of a widely used anti-flu medication, scientists have said after new research questioned the efficacy of the drug.

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CCG leaders voice serious concern over public health

Clinical commissioning leaders have expressed serious concerns about the current state public health services.

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Call for lung ‘allocation’ system

It is a “scandal” that one in three cystic fibrosis sufferers who are waiting for donated lungs die while on the transplant list, a charity has warned.

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Fall in screening level revealed

There has been a drop in the percentage of women being screened for breast cancer, NHS figures show.

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NICE: community centres best placed to tackle health inequalities

Councils can do more to encourage older people to attend NHS health checks as part of their new public health role, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said.

Warning over defibrillator shortage

A shortage of defibrillators - which shock the heart - and a lack of public awareness could be costing thousands of lives every year, research suggests.

Bid to update alcohol licence rules

Councils should be able to curb pub and off licence opening hours in a bid to cut costs and ease the pressures of alcohol-related admissions on hospitals, it has been claimed.

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DH acknowledges 'first fall in life expectancy since 2003'

The Department of Health has acknowledged that life expectancy at 75 – one of its corporate indicators – fell in 2012 for the first time in many years.

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Diabetes total soars to top 3.2 million

The number of people with diabetes in the UK is now more than 3.2 million, with last year seeing the biggest jump in cases since 2008.

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FGM data must be submitted by NHS

NHS hospitals will have to submit data on the number of girls and women who have suffered female genital mutilation, the government has announced.

Experts urge action on cancer rises

More must be done to address the “alarming” rise in cancer cases, experts have said.

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Heart guidance 'could save lives'

Coroners could help save the lives of hundreds of people by telling bereaved family members to get themselves screened for inherited heart conditions, a charity has said.

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Cancer diagnoses figures disclosed

Almost a third of a million people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year, figures show.

Royal college condemns obesity surgery stand-off

The Royal College of Surgeons has condemned a stand-off between local and national commissioners over surgery for the morbidly obese.

More on public health

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Fighting flu epidemics: the answer's in the numbers

Use meta-analysis of data to prevent flu

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NHS Health Checks under scrutiny

The importance of reviewing the public health programme

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'Eradicating hepatitis C is a realistic aim'

With the right models, HCV can disappear as a healthcare problem

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Break the cycle of unemployment and mental health

Help people with mental health problems get work

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Sugar tax will break the cycle of obesity and diabetes

Normalising junk food has exacerbated the problem

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'Healthy hospitals' initiative is bearing fruit

Promote healthy behaviour among staff and patients

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