Health & Social Care News

Within, Open Access Government’s Health and Social Care news section, we offer a variety of diverse material. With a focus on the most noteworthy stories in the sector from around the world.

Providing information on the most popular and interesting topics such as the NHS digital transformation and its ongoing developments along with the latest research on diabetes, rare diseases and potential cures. This section also offers articles on the funding to healthcare services and has a strong focus on mental health issues/research and much more.

This category also offers information on how environmental changes are affecting peoples health today along with how the LGBT community deals with health stigma surrounding it.

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Improve multiple sclerosis treatment in the UK

Phillip Anderson, Head of Policy at the MS Society UK, describes the need to improve multiple sclerosis treatment, care & support, including access to disease modifying therapies.
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What behavioural economics has to offer to the NHS

At the centre of behavioural economics is an understanding that people do not always make rational decisions - here's how it could help the NHS.
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Gay and bisexual men at highest risk of monkeypox

Gay and bisexual men at highest risk of contracting monkeypox which is spread via sexual intercourse and skin-to-skin contact.
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How do diet plans affect your health and weight loss?

Searching for a diet plan and advice online can lead to unreliable health sources, so here are six different diets and their advantages and disadvantages.
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Been infected with Omicron? You probably didn’t even notice

Most people infected with Omicron probably didn't know that they had the virus as it is largely asymptomatic, says new study.
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Can monkeypox be transmitted to dogs?

A dog has been infected with monkeypox for the first time and scientists are advising infected individuals to isolate themselves from pets.
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How to tackle diet-resistant obesity and weight loss

The study that is reshaping the science of diet-resistant obesity by by promoting personalised weight loss programmes.
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Vitamin D deficiency linked to chronic inflammation

Vitamin D deficiency is linked to chronic inflammation, which can contribute to a wide range of complex diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases.
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Study reveals new COVID treatments, therapies and drug combinations

Researchers have found new COVID treatments and therapies that could better protect against future variants and outbreaks.
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One in eight COVID-19 patients develops long COVID symptoms

One in eight adults (12.7%) who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 experience long COVID symptoms, including chest pain, difficulties breathing, painful muscles and more.
Essential Oils

What are the mental and physical health benefits of essential oils?

Essential oils have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties. However, scientists have only now started studying and exploring the potential benefits of essential oils.
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COVID-19 originated at Wuhan wet market via raccoon dogs and foxes

3 years later, after COVID-19 has claimed 6.4 million lives, research indicates that COVID-19 originated at the Wuhan wet market.
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Black patients and women less likely to receive care for heart failure

Black patients and female patients with heart failure who qualify as candidates for surgery have a lower chance of getting that operation than white patients or male patients.
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Keeping up to date with the symptoms of monkeypox

There are important differences in the symptoms of monkeypox between the current outbreak and previous outbreaks in endemic regions.
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COVID-19, communicable disease & immunology

Academic Research Scholar, Prof Wendy M. Purcell, provides an update on COVID-19, communicable disease and immunology.
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We must tackle the UK malnutrition postcode lottery

Malnutrition is often misunderstood as something that only happens in other countries, but UK malnutrition is intensifying.
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Green tea extract improves metabolic syndrome and gut health

Consuming green tea extract for four weeks improves metabolic syndrome by lowering risk of high blood pressure, obesity and inflammation.
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Smokers and vapers are 45% more likely to die from COVID-19

Smokers or vapers prior to hospitalisation for COVID-19 were more likely to experience severe complications, and die from COVID-19, than their counterparts.
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A ‘national scandal’: worst NHS staffing crisis in history

Conservative government must fill one million NHS roles to tackle the worst NHS staff shortages in history, MPs report.
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Regular naps can increase the risk of high blood pressure by up to 40%

Regular naps have been associated with higher risks for high blood pressure and stroke, as those who nap more frequently generally sleep worse.

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