Long-Term Health Problems

Weight gain in 20s to late 40s linked to early death

Weight gain in 20s to late 40s linked to early death. Gaining weight between the age of 25 and around 47 increases the risk of early death, a study finds. Study finds that maintaining normal weight across adulthood is important for preventing premature deaths in later life Gaining weight in your 20s, 30s and late 40s increases the risk of an early death by more than a fifth, according to new research.  A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that [...]

Cannabis ‘more harmful than alcohol’ for teen brains

Cannabis 'more harmful than alcohol' for teen brains. GETTY IMAGES Teenagers using cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their developing brains, a Canadian study suggests. It found the impact on thinking skills, memory and behaviour was worse than that of teenage drinking. The researchers, from the University of Montreal, urged teenagers to delay their use of cannabis for as long as they felt able. The study tracked and tested 3,800 adolescents over four years, starting from around the age of 13. Drinking alcohol and taking [...]

Chief medic calls for food taxes to cut salt and sugar intake

Chief medic calls for food taxes to cut salt and sugar intake. Dame Sally Davies wants ban on added sugar in baby milk, and price subsidies for fruit Sugar is a big contributor to obesity; salt raises blood pressure, contributing to heart disease and strokes. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA England’s chief medical officer has called on the government to consider imposing taxes on foods high in sugar and salt, as it has done with sugary drinks, and accused the food industry of [...]

Social media adding strain on young, says archbishop

Social media adding strain on young, says archbishop. Social media is placing a "particularly worrying" amount of anxiety on young people through misuse and trolling, the Archbishop of Wales has said. The Most Rev John Davies admitted he was "staggered" by the levels of mental health issues and stress among people, especially the young. He said it was the church's role to speak out about what harms society. In his Christmas message, he told worshippers to "pause, reflect on what we do and [...]

Ministers act to increase “Changing Places” toilets for severely disabled people

Ministers act to increase "Changing Places" toilets for severely disabled people. New shopping centres, stadiums and theme parks are among buildings that could be required to provide Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people. Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP announces proposals to make Changing Places for severely disabled people mandatory in new large public buildings Care Minister Caroline Dinenage confirms 100+ NHS hospitals to build Changing Places facilities backed by £2 million fund New shopping centres, stadiums and theme parks are among [...]