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Why Government Health Departments Are Spending Millions On Mobile Gaming

Why Government Health Departments Are Spending Millions On Mobile Gaming

Today sees the release of The Walk, an iOS and Android game backed by the UK’s Department of Health.

It’s the second release in a collection of apps funded as part of the UK’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). The first — StepJockey, an app that lets you map, locate, rate and log the calorific expenditure of staircases around your city — came out on Monday.

All five apps in the program encourage you to move more, or change negative habits. Can an app improve your life? At the very least, we’re guessing the Department of Health — having just read more

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Department of Health and NHS Bosses Rule Out Charging Patients To Visit GP

Department of Health and NHS Bosses Rule Out Charging Patients To Visit GP

The Department of health rejects idea of fees for appointments after survey shows support among GPs

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Most GPs in favour of charging a fee for appointments thought it should be between £5 and £25.

Ministers and NHS bosses have ruled out patients having to pay to visit their GP, after a survey showed growing support among family doctors for introducing charges.

The fees were conceived as a way to help the NHS cope with rising demand for healthcare at a time of tight budgets and to ease the growing pressure GPs are facing.

About half of GPs now back the idea, read more

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Liverpool Care Pathway To Be Scrapped

Liverpool Care Pathway To Be Scrapped

The end-of-life plan – which sees treatment, food and water withdrawn from some sedated patients – faces the axe.

Doctors have used a controversial end-of-life care regime “as an excuse for poor-quality care”, an independent review has concluded.

Experts have recommended that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) should be axed.

They say the regime should be phased out over the next six to 12 months and be replaced with a personalised end-of-life read more

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11 Failing NHS Hospitals Report Published Today

11 Failing NHS Hospitals Report Published Today

All 14 trusts have been ordered to act on recommendations after it emerged thousands more patients may have died than expected.

The Health Secretary has revealed that 11 hospital trusts listed in a shocking report of care failures have been placed under “special measures”.

After the publication of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh’s review into 14 trusts, Jeremy Hunt, speaking in the Commons, said we can “no longer ignore mediocre treatment”.

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The Governmen Plain Cigarettes And Alcohol you Turn

The Governmen Plain Cigarettes And Alcohol you Turn

Plans for plain cigarette packaging are postponed, amid reports that minimum pricing for alcohol will be scrapped

The Government is facing anger from health campaigners after plans for plain packaging for cigarettes were put on ice while it emerged minimum pricing of alcohol will be killed off altogether.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said a decision on whether to go ahead with plain packaging in England would be postponed until ministers had had a chance to assess the impact of a similar scheme introduced read more

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Scientists Have Found A Link to Prostate Cancer In Omega-3

Scientists Have Found A Link to Prostate Cancer In Omega-3

A new study claims to have found evidence that supplements with omega-3 fatty acids may help trigger aggressive prostate cancer

Taking health supplements with omega-3 fatty acids can increase the chances of contracting prostate cancer, according to new research.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found naturally in oily fish and lauded for their anti-inflammatory properties, were found to increase the risk of high-grade disease by 71%.

Taking omega-3 was also associated with read more

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In Britain for The  First time Babies Will Be Born With Three Genetic Parents

In Britain for The First time Babies Will Be Born With Three Genetic Parents

  • Posted: Jun 28, 2013
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It is controversial due to fears over genetic ­engineering, but supporters claim only a tiny bit of DNA is change

Britain could become the first nation to allow babies to be born with three genetic parents, officials will announce today.

A landmark decision by the Department of Health opens the door to treatments for diseases that make use of donated DNA from a second donor “mum”.

New regulations to fertility law allowing the procedures read more

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Doctors Might Charge Patients For NHS CareIn The Future

Doctors Might Charge Patients For NHS CareIn The Future

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2013
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British Medical Association conference to discuss motion calling current system unviable and proposing fees for some services

NHS treatment free at the point of delivery is no longer affordable, doctors will argue.

Doctors will kickstart a debate about patients paying for NHS care by arguing that everyone should receive a set of core services free but charges should be introduced for others.

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Anger Towards NHS Boss Which Insulted The Superman Video

Anger Towards NHS Boss Which Insulted The Superman Video

  • Posted: Jun 19, 2013
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It’s hospital chief Phil Morley, in a promotional video branded both “idiotic” and “brilliant’

£175,000-a-year NHS boss dressed up as Superman and danced through a hospital for a motivational video that has divided viewers.

The leaked footage featuring Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Phil Morley was branded “insulting” by some, while others labelled it “brilliant”.

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Kangoo Jumps A New Hit In Aerobics

Kangoo Jumps A New Hit In Aerobics

  • Posted: Apr 07, 2013
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Boing! The incredible bouncing boots that transform you into… a human kangaroo

  • Featuring a spring-loaded sole, the mini-trampolines for your feet were initially invented to help people recover from sports injuries
  • As well as gaining popularity in Britain, Kangoo Jumps are becoming a hit in America, South Africa and Australia

BOING! Boing! Boing! It’s the exercise regime that puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step – literally.

A new pair of bouncing boots cost £166 which turn you into a human kangaroo.

Featuring a spring-loaded sole, the mini-trampolines for your feet were initially read more

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