Cutting salt could save 20,000 lives each year in UK

Cutting salt could save 20,000 lives each year in UK Too much salt increases risk of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokeAdults should consume no more than 6g a day, but on average UK men have 9.7g and women have 7.7g By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 11:41 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:41 GMT, 12 February 2013 Reducing the amount of salt in our diets could save nearly 20,000 lives in the UK every year, according to researchers.

Children who regularly eat meals with family more likely to get their five-a-day

Family meals aid five-a-day: Eating together at the table boosts children’s intact of fruit and vegetables Even just Sunday lunch can help improve diet, study showsTwo-thirds of London children don't eat enough fruit and veg | UPDATED: 23:42 GMT, 19 December 2012 Eating meals together as a family – even just once a week – boosts children’s fruit and veg intake to near the recommended five-a-day, a study has found.

Ready meals better for you than TV chefs recipe: Dishes created by star cooks Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson contain more calories than TV dinners

Ready meals ‘better for you than TV chef’s recipe’: Dishes created by star cooks contain more calories than TV dinners Health warnings should be on cooking programmes, say researchersStudy compared nutritional content of chefs' recipes and ready mealsNo meal met all of WHO’s recommendations for a balanced healthy meal | UPDATED: 23:54 GMT, 17 December 2012 If you feel guilty about eating a ready meal while watching TV chefs making something from scratch, don’t worry – your food’s probably healthier than theirs.

MMR takeup nearly back to levels before autism scare

MMR uptake levels finally recover from autism scare triggered 14 years ago Nine in 10 children under the age of two received the first dose of the triple vaccine between 2011 and 2012Figures still fall short of 95% target from World Health OrganisationUptake varies from 86.1% in London to 93.5% in Hampshire By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 13:32 GMT, 27 November 2012 | UPDATED: 13:37 GMT, 27 November 2012 The proportion of children having the MMR jab is at its highest level for more than a decade, figures show.

Global toll of smoking revealed as study finds women are starting to smoke at younger age

Global toll of smoking revealed as study finds women are starting habit at increasingly younger age The World Health Organisation estimates tobacco kills around 6 million people a year worldwide60% of men in Russia and 52.9% of men in China smoke Most developing nations found to have low quit rates By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:37 GMT, 17 August 2012 | UPDATED: 14:37 GMT, 17 August 2012 More women than ever are starting to smoke as earlier in life, say scientists Women are increasingly starting to smoke at younger ages, according to a large international study which found 'alarming patterns' of tobacco use.

Local hospital trusts to be banned from blacklisting drugs backed by health watchdog

End of the postcode lottery Local hospital trusts to be banned from blacklisting drugs backed by health watchdog | UPDATED: 15:47 GMT, 9 August 2012 Primary Care Trusts will be stopped from blacklisting drugs approved by the NHS drug rationing watchdog from April 2013, according to the Department of Health.

Diesel engine exhaust fumes are "major cancer risk"

Diesel exhaust fumes are 'major cancer risk' and as deadly as asbestos and mustard gas, says World Health Organisation Diesel exhaust found to cause lung cancer and associated with an increased risk of bladder cancerWHO says the fumes belong in same category as mustard gas and asbestos Risks are on a level with passive smoking | UPDATED: 08:52 GMT, 13 June 2012 Diesel engine exhaust fumes cause cancer and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, according to the World Health Organisation.

Groundbreaking Alzheimer"s vaccine could cut cases by half and be first step towards finding cure

Groundbreaking Alzheimer's vaccine could cut cases by half and be first step towards finding cureJab creates antibodies and has few side effects Dementia affects 820,000 people in the UK | UPDATED: 10:02 GMT, 8 June 2012 A groundbreaking vaccine that could cut cases of Alzheimer's disease by half has been discovered.

Strain of gonorrhea that infects millions each year "could soon be untreatable", says World Health Organisation

Strain of gonorrhea that infects millions each year 'could soon be untreatable', says World Health Organisation Babies born to gonorrhea-infected mothers have 50 per cent chance of being blind106million new cases of disease annually – the second most common STD after chlamydiaScientists blame overuse of antibiotics coupled with bacteria's astonishing ability to adaptDoctors in Britain switching to using combination of antibiotics over longer period of timeClose to becoming a superbug as researchers admit they can do little to halt its rapid spread | UPDATED: 07:57 GMT, 7 June 2012 A 'super' strain of untreatable gonorrhea is sweeping developed countries across the world including Britain and Northern Ireland.

Breastfeed a three-year-old? That"s just selfish and wrong

That's just selfish and wrong: How the image of a mother breastfeed a toddler reignited a health controversy | UPDATED: 21:23 GMT, 19 May 2012 Debate: Jamie Lynne Grumet and her three-year-old son illustrated an articlle that said women would do this if they lived on a desert island Revolting! Just wrong! Surely that’s child abuse! These are just a few of the reactions I heard from mothers who had seen the cover of Time magazine last week, featuring an attractive woman breastfeeding a boy who looked almost old enough to attend primary school.