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Mental health: How body image pressure for boys has led to rise in hospital cases

Mental health: How body image pressure for boys has led to rise in hospital cases

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Getty ImagesThe number of boys being treated in hospital for eating disorders is at a record high.In the last seven years, the number of boys going into hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales has nearly doubled from 235 in 2010 to 466 in 2018. The figures are from the statistics agency NHS Digital.Eating disorders are one of the biggest mental health issues for young people in the UK and while there are more girls going into hospital than boys, the number of boys getting help is rising much faster. Health experts have put the growing numbers down to pressure from social media, but also more awareness about eating disorders may be encouraging boys to come forward to talk about their problems.Experts are also noticing a condition called "bigorexia," that is becoming increasingly common amo...
Health education produces better results for chronic disease treatment, study says

Health education produces better results for chronic disease treatment, study says

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Nov. 19 (UPI) -- People with chronic diseases can improve their health conditions with only 45 minutes of consultation with a medical professional, according to a new study. Researchers said in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association they observed results in 47 patients with hypertension, COPD or diabetes. Each patient followed up doctor appointment with 45-minute visits to second-year medical students -- and paid two more to the students after three weeks and three months. For the patients, those sessions decreased their level of emotional distress and increased their ability to self-monitor and navigate the healthcare system, the study found. "Patients reported a greater understanding of their chronic disease and feeling better equipped to manage their health," Alexis Stoner...
Most COPD patients never go to rehab, despite health benefits

Most COPD patients never go to rehab, despite health benefits

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Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The vast majority of patients hospitalized for COPD, the fourth highest cause of death in the United States, never get follow up pulmonary rehabilitation. Those startling findings, which wer published Monday in the Journal Annals of Thoracic Society, found that only 2 percent of more than 4,200 COPD patients in the U.S. began pulmonary rehabilitation after six months of COPD-related hospitalization. And among 6,100 COPD patients, only 2.7 percent received rehabilitation for their condition. "Unfortunately, many patients face multiple barriers to participating, such as family responsibilities or transportation, and participation rates are especially low among vulnerable populations," Kerry A. Spitzer, doctor at Baystate Medical Center and co-author of the study, said in a ...
Most tonsillectomies performed on children no benefit to health

Most tonsillectomies performed on children no benefit to health

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Nov. 6 (UPI) -- New research suggests that most tonsillectomies performed on children provide no benefit to their health. Researchers at the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Health Research report in a new analysis of medical records that, among children who had their tonsils removed in Britain between 2005 and 2016, just 11.7 percent of the procedures were necessary. For the new study, published Tuesday in the British Journal of General Practice, researchers analyzed medical records for 1.6 million children under age 15 who had the procedure at one of 700 U.K. general practices. Of the 18,271 children who had their tonsils removed, only 2,144 -- seven in eight -- had enough sore throats to justify surgery, according to findings In addition, many children who might benefit...