Backlash against NHS scheme offering free condoms to 13-year-olds

condomThe NHS have been heavily criticised for offering a new scheme that offers free condoms, lubricant and sexual health advice to children as young as just 13.

The new ‘C-Card’ scheme is available to anyone aged between 13 and 24 years of age that meet certain criteria, and is being piloted by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust in an effort to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in addition to the number of youngsters catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and genital herpes.

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Experts warn Drunkorexia epidemic is on the rise

drunkorexiaThe colloquial term ‘drunkorexia’ is probably unfamiliar with some people as it is not technically a medical diagnostic term, but it is one that may become better known in time as the problem threatens to escalate.

Although the term is relatively new, this increasingly serious condition is not. It seems more of us are inflicting a self-imposed torturous starvation and/ or are putting ourselves through overly excessive exercising, with experts warning a higher number of people are now skipping meals, depriving themselves of food in order to ‘save’ the calories for an episode of binge drinking later in the day.

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Medical Specialists® Pharmacy offer 6 tips for a healthy heart for National Heart Month

National Heart MonthWith Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, the second month of the year often causes pandemonium as couples all around the world, more than at any other time, use all the love in their heart’s to make that extra effort in showing their loved one how much they care.

There could be another reason to think about the heart this month though – for those unaware, February is National Heart Month. The month-long campaign is led by the British Heart Foundation as a way to urge the nation to think more about heart health, as well as to increase awareness about heart and circulatory diseases.

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Bristol bans smoking in certain public places

smoking banBristol yesterday became the first UK city to introduce a new pilot scheme that has banned smoking in certain public places.

The voluntary smoking ban is being trialled at two of the city’s busiest outdoor areas.  Millennium and Anchor Squares at the Harbourside will become smoke-free following a poll of local residents found that 61% were in favour of such moves.

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Tamiflu IS effective against the flu, study finds

tamifluIt caused a widespread debate back in 2009 when the government spent £500million stockpiling it, but new research has emerged that backs up the efficacy of flu treatment Tamiflu.

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) hit headlines six years ago when it became one of the primary weapons to try and stem the H1N1 swine flu epidemic that had the country in a state of panic for a shortwhile, and the Labour government subsequently spent around £500 million on Roche’s antiviral drug in 2009-10 during the outbreak.

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