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NHS tackling mental health with targeted ads

NHS tackling mental health with targeted ads

Technology
As part of mental health awareness week, the NHS is talking about its use of online advertising to target individuals who may be suffering from mental health problems but will not reach out for help. Google, Facebook and Twitter have been criticised in recent weeks for the vast amount of data they collect on their users - allowing advertisers to target them for sales.Public Health England is running the Good Thinking Service with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups across London to reach out to people suffering from stress and anxiety.This will signpost sufferers to some of the apps on the NHS Apps Library, run by NHS Digital and NHS England, which is fully launching in autumn.There were more than 500,000 referrals to NHS psychological therapies for stress a...
Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Tackling the canine obesity crisis

Science
When it comes to man's best friend, science may finally have solved the mystery of their gluttony - some Labradors, it seems, are genetically predisposed to being hungry. That's according to scientists who were discussing their ongoing mission to improve our favourite pets' health at the British Science Association Festival in Brighton. Several research teams in the UK are on a mission to improve canine health. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have studied the appetite of Britain's favourite dog breed, and suggest Labradors are genetically at risk of becoming overweight.Roughly a quarter of British households own a pet dog, and Labrador retrievers remain our most popular canine companion. However, this stereotypically "greedy" breed often suffers size-related health problems. Bla...
Fewer cars not cleaner ones key to tackling air quality

Fewer cars not cleaner ones key to tackling air quality

Science
Plans to promote electric vehicles in the UK do not go far enough to tackle air pollution, according to a leading government adviser. Writing in the Guardian, Prof Frank Kelly said fewer cars, not just cleaner ones, were the key to cleaner air.Electric cars produce particulates from their tyres and brakes which are linked to serious health problems.Prof Kelly said that London should lead the way in promoting non-polluting transport policies. Just last week the government unveiled its strategy for tackling illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air. The key element was a promise to end the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars from 2040. The government said there would be significant investments in ultra-low emission vehicles, with some £600m going into the development and manufacture