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Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

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People with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes.Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said this would cover 1.7m people in England.The programmes help people to change their diet and do more exercise.The guidance reaffirms that all adults over 40 should go and see their GP for a diabetes risk assessment.Adults with conditions such as obesity, stroke or high blood pressure and high-risk ethnic minority groups are also encouraged to go for an assessment.Weight loss helpLast year, NHS England and Public Health England developed an NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in response to the guidance.This means that in many parts of the country those at high risk are referre...
Join us for free yoga at The Shard

Join us for free yoga at The Shard

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Love yoga? Join us for a morning of stretching and a delicious breakfast at London's iconic ShardMornings, let’s be honest, can be a struggle. As the darkness closes in there’s a very real danger of all your plans about meditation/chin-ups/fancy omelettes falling away when faced with the lure of a lie-in. Shh, it’s OK. We know, the snooze alarm must have turned itself on.Listen, though: what you need is a proper reason to get out of bed, and that’s where Women's Fitness comes in. We’ve teamed up with California Walnuts to offer you a chance to Wake Up To Wellbeing on the 4th October from 7.00am, a morning double-header of yoga and a delicious, nutritious breakfast – all set at The Shard in London.You’ll start with a 60-minute wake-up stretching session designed to energise you for the day
NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise

NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise

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Unions representing nurses and other NHS staff have written to the chancellor to demand a 3.9% pay rise and an extra £800 to make up for the "cut" they have seen in recent years.Fourteen unions have joined together to ask for the increase, saying pay has fallen by 15% since 2010 once inflation is taken into account.They said it was unfair ministers had selectively lifted the cap by agreeing a rise for police and prison officers.The unions have over a million members.But the British Medical Association, the doctors' union, has not put its name to the letter, which has also been sent to the devolved nations.In it, the unions argue that increasing pay would help tackle the shortages of staff being seen in the health service.Public sector pay rise cap to be liftedReality check: Is public secto
San Diego steps up containment battle as hepatitis A outbreak kills 16

San Diego steps up containment battle as hepatitis A outbreak kills 16

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Private cleaning crews and public health workers are mobilized on the streets of San Diego, working to stop a hepatitis A outbreak that has claimed at least 16 lives so far. San Diego city and county officials said they are collaborating on solutions to the aggressive outbreak –- with at least 421 known cases in San Diego county, including 292 hospitalizations and 16 deaths, since last November. They have stepped up containment plans, which now include everything from street cleaning and vaccination to distributing flyers and possible temporary housing for the California city’s homeless, who have been hard-hit by the virus. "We must continue to work collaboratively to stop this crisis and save lives," San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said in a statement today. On Monday, the city of
6 Myths About Gluten-Free Diets You Shouldn't Believe

6 Myths About Gluten-Free Diets You Shouldn't Believe

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Truth: Your body and symptoms should guide you.There are two groups of people who absolutely must cut gluten. People who have the autoimmune disorder celiac disease need to strictly avoid it, because even small amounts cause their immune system to damage or destroy villi, the tiny, fingerlike outgrowths that line the small intestine. When villi get damaged, they can’t absorb nutrients properly, which can lead to pain and extreme fatigue. If you have celiac (which can be diagnosed with a blood test and biopsy of the small intestine), nixing gluten is the only way to reverse the damage and ensure you get the nutrients you need from food.What if you test negative for celiac but feel crummy when you eat bagels, pasta and the like? You may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), which can ca