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Tea, tulips and tenderness: my mother’s final days – in pictures

Celine Marchbank captured her mother’s death in beautifully understated photos – from her half-drunk cups of tea to the tomatoes she would never see ripen Continue reading...

The stress of low-paid work is making our country sick | Dawn Foster

In modern Britain’s zero-hours labour market, unemployment is sometimes a healthier option than taking a job On Tuesday Heather left her desk, locked herself into a toilet cubicle and wept for 30 minutes, covering her mouth with a fistful of toilet paper to avoid being heard by her colleagues. Show More Summary

Around 6 million middle-aged English people take no exercise

Public Health England’s research suggests 41% of adults aged 40 to 60 walk less than 10 minutes continuously each month Around 6 million middle-aged people in England are endangering their health by not taking so much as a brisk walk once a month, government advisers have said. Related: 20 reasons to be cheerful in middle age Continue reading...

MRI scan that can predict stroke risk has 'promise to save lives'

Scientists at Oxford University develop non-invasive technique to measure amount of cholesterol in carotid plaques A new type of MRI scan can predict the risk of having a stroke, researchers have said in a study. The non-invasive technique,...Show More Summary

Report highlights failings of home care services in England

Healthwatch England finds people going weeks without showers and cared for by workers unable to make a bed People who receive care at home have told a health watchdog that a lacklustre service has meant they have had to go two weeks without a shower, eat their dinner at 3.30 in the afternoon and be cared for by workers who can’t make a bed. Show More Summary

Another US agency deletes references to climate change on government website

The term ‘climate change’ was changed to simply ‘climate’ on website of the National Institutes of Health, the world’s leading public health research body The National Institutes of Health deleted multiple references to climate change...Show More Summary

When will we baby boomers accept that we have a problem with booze?| Joan Smith

We are blamed for most of the world’s misfortunes and now we’re paying for a misspent youth. In our defence, we were ignorant of the dangers of drink For my generation, arriving at college in the 1960s and 70s, the dire warnings were all about drugs. Show More Summary

Health warning: why the sexy nurse stereotype is no laughing matter

The refusal of an NHS trust to accept charity money because it was raised by men dressed as nurses has highlighted the sexual stereotyping of the profession. How serious a problem is it – and does it encourage harassment in the workplace?...Show More Summary

Our multifaceted approach to tackling obesity | Letter from Dr Alison Tedstone of Public Health England

Letter from Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist of Public Health England Public Health England consistently argues for broad, multifaceted approaches to tackling obesity. We work with many stakeholders on many approaches. Therefore we’d like to respond to Rob Wheway (Want to fight obesity? Stop shrinking pizzas and let children play, 23 August). Show More Summary

Utter madness of NHS chiefs who rejected fancy-dress fundraisers | Letters

Charmaine Fletcher and Mary Kamaluddin deplore a lack of humour and humanity The heads of Shropshire Community Health Trust are overstepping the mark (Trust rejects ‘demeaning’ fancy-dress donation, 23 August). It is not for them to dictate the attire of successful charity fundraisers, nor to reject money intended to benefit others. Show More Summary

Health warnings on alcohol labels in UK are insufficient, says charity

Alcohol Health Alliance says only one of 315 labels it examined had up-to-date guidance and none had illness warning Alcohol brands are failing to include information on product labels about drinking guidelines and the health issues linked with consumption, according to a charity. Show More Summary

Baby boomers: what's your experience of alcohol and drug misuse? | Carmen Fishwick

By 2020, the number of over-50s receiving treatment for substance misuse is expected to skyrocket. We’d like you to share your experiences and thoughts Urgent action is needed to tackle alcohol and drug misuse among those in their mid-50s...Show More Summary

GM salmon: want to try it or avoid it? Either way, good luck

Labeling for GM foods is not required by law in the US or Canada, but surveys show consumers want their food – particularly transgenic animals – to be labeled If you want to sample the world’s first animal to be genetically engineered in the name of dinner, good luck finding it. Show More Summary

Be your own therapist? Fine – if you’re up to the job | Mark Brown

Self-help can be brilliant for those who are at least part of the way there, but we should be wary of any suggestion that it could replace therapy Feeling that you are not coping is horrible, like trying to untangle shackles around you that instead pull tighter with every movement. Show More Summary

Trauma in the fire service: 'faces of dead people flashed before my eyes'

After 30 years as a firefighter, Roger Moore struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. He says the Fire Fighter Charity probably saved him from suicide For nine months, former-firefighter Roger Moore had the image of a girl he’d seen die, hovering in his peripheral vision. Show More Summary

Baby boomers' drink and drug misuse needs urgent action, warn experts

By 2020, the number of over-50s receiving treatment for substance misuse problems is expected to double in Europe and treble in the US, say researchers Urgent action is needed to tackle drink and drug misuse among baby boomers, experts...Show More Summary

Girls and social media: 'You are expected to live up to an impossible standard'

Pressure to project a ‘perfect’ life online is affecting the wellbeing of one in three girls, a poll has found. We asked for your views One in three young women feel under pressure to present themselves as having a “perfect” life on social media, a survey has found. Show More Summary

Girls suffer under pressure of online 'perfection', poll finds

UK charity Girlguiding says biggest internet worry for 35% of girls aged 11-21 is comparing themselves with others The quest to create the image of a “perfect” life on social media is affecting the wellbeing of one in three girls, according to a survey. Show More Summary

'A triumph of reason': Chile approves landmark bill to ease abortion ban

Campaigners hail President Michelle Bachelet’s bill legalising abortion in some circumstances as a victory that opens the way for possible further liberalisation The decision by Chile’s constitutional court to approve a bill that will...Show More Summary

Jeremy Hunt’s dismissal of Stephen Hawking on the NHS | Letters

Readers air their views on a Guardian article by Professor Hawking and the UK health secretary’s tweeted response to it Jeremy Hunt’s tweeted dismissal of Hawking’s article (How to solve the NHS crisis – scientifically, 19 August) is...Show More Summary

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