Managing Long-Term Conditions

EpiPen shortage ‘worrying’ for people with allergies

EpiPen shortage 'worrying' for people with allergies. SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A shortage of EpiPens is causing worry for people with allergies in the UK. The makers of the adrenaline injection pen, which is used to treat severe and life threatening allergic reactions, say the supply problems are due to manufacturing issues. The Department of Health said they were working with the manufacturers to "resolve the supply situation as quickly as possible". They said limited supplies were being closely managed. "Any patient who is unable to [...]

Mediterranean diet ‘may help prevent depression’

Mediterranean diet 'may help prevent depression'. GETTY IMAGES Eating a Mediterranean diet may help prevent depression, research suggests. But an expert in metabolic medicine says more rigorous, targeted trials are needed to confirm evidence of the potential link. The findings, in Molecular Psychiatry, come from a review of 41 studies published within the last eight years. A plant-based diet of fruit, veg, grains, fish, nuts and olive oil - but not too much meat or dairy - appeared to have benefits in terms of mood. Experts [...]

One in five ovarian cancer patients diagnosed too late to get treatment, new data reveals

One in five ovarian cancer patients diagnosed too late to get treatment, new data reveals. Such delays include women not recognising the symptoms, gaps in GP knowledge and delays in getting the right diagnostic tests. Around 20% of women in England are too ill to treat by the time they receive their ovarian cancer diagnosis One in five women in England is too ill to treat by the time they receive their ovarian cancer diagnosis, according to new data. Delays in diagnosis are [...]

Min Doktor and Kaia Health unveil innovative digital healthcare partnership to reduce back pain

Min Doktor and Kaia Health unveil innovative digital healthcare partnership to reduce back pain. Swedish digital healthcare provider Min Doktor, which provides doctor-patient communications through voice, video, and text, and allows doctors to issue prescriptions, is pioneering an innovative digital approach to back pain treatment with Kaia Health, a digital therapeutics company whose AI app has been shown to reduce back pain by 40 percent. According to the World Health Organisation and the Office for National Statistics, back pain is a [...]

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 [...]