Danger map reveals health threat zone

Danger map reveals health threat zone

South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry more potential threats than other mammals. The researchers hope the knowledge could be used to prevent the next HIV, Ebola or flu. Some of the most worrying…

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Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Health officials have named and shamed what they say are the most sugary breakfast cereals. Some, including Kellogg’s Frosties and Coco Pops, contain three-and-a-half sugar cubes or more per 40g serving, Public Health Liverpool (PHL) found. A seven to 10-year-old’s recommended maximum daily allowance is six cubes. Kellogg’s said it had recently reduced sugar in Coco Pops by 14% and added the recommended portion size for its cereals was 30g. How much sugar is hiding…

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Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust

Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust

Up to 20 deaths at an NHS-run mental health unit are being investigated as part of a police inquiry, the BBC has learned. It follows fresh investigations into the death of Matthew Leahy, who was found hanged at Linden Centre in 2012. His mother, Melanie Leahy, said her talks with Essex Police suggested the cases had taken place in the last 17 years. The Essex NHS Trust said patient safety was a “top priority”. Essex…

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Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Smoking could be banned in some new council homes in a bid to protect the health of children, a UK public health expert has said. Under the proposals, tenants would be asked to sign an agreement not to light up inside their home. President of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof John Middleton, says some councils and housing associations are already exploring the smoke-free housing idea. How would it work? According to the professor, the…

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General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'

General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'

The 1983 Mental Health Act would be scrapped and replaced with new laws governing treatment, under Conservative plans for England and Wales. The Equalities Act would also be reformed to tackle discrimination against people with mental health problems, the party has pledged. The party is also promising 10,000 more staff working in NHS mental health treatment by 2020. Labour said the Tories appeared to be offering no extra funding. The Conservatives say the plans are…

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Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Charges for mental health prescriptions for students should be scrapped, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has told Newsbeat. If you’re 19 or over and study in England you must pay £8.60, the prescription rate, for each item. According to official figures, one in 50 students in England has registered a mental health condition with their university. The Department of Health says there are exemptions for students on low incomes. Students in full-time education in…

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Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

Tennant and Colman support selfie mental health campaign

Broadchurch stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman have posted selfies of themselves to show their support for a BBC mental health initiative. Tom Hardy and Russell Brand have also pulled their fingers out – four to be precise – for the #1in4 campaign. Alison Kirkham, the BBC’s controller of factual commissioning, said one in four were affected by mental health issues. “I’m delighted so many high-profile people have come together to raise awareness of this…

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Duke and Duchess surprise Radio 1 DJ as part of mental health campaign

Duke and Duchess surprise Radio 1 DJ as part of mental health campaign

By Amelia Butterly Newsbeat reporter The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have surprised a Radio 1 DJ by visiting the studio to discuss mental health. Adele Roberts is running the London Marathon in aid of charity Heads Together, which is supported by Prince William and Catherine. “Huge thanks to people like Adele,” Prince William told hosts Scott Mills and Chris Stark. The prince also revealed he had previously texted in to Radio 1, under an…

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