If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (22nd March), don’t worry! We’ve summarised some of the key stories for you.
Dogs needed to reduce stress in schools
He states children can relate to animals when they are hurt and anxious in a way that they can’t with over human beings, and that this would be a very cost-effective way to help children become calmer at school.
DIY smear test could be ‘game-changer’ to cut cervical cancer rates
Women are being offered the chance to carry out smear tests at home in a pilot scheme running in North and East London from September 2019. A total number of 22,000 kits will be given to women.
London has been chosen for the home testing project because figures show it consistently has the lowest average screening coverage in England – 64.7% against 71.4% nationally in 2018.
Confusion over Brexit & European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
The government has issued a statement regarding healthcare advice for UK travellers who plan to travel to an EU country in the event of a no-deal Brexit scenario.
UK residents remain unsure about whether they will be able to use their EHIC when travelling to the EU. Stay up to date and read the statement on the .gov website.
Superdrug first High Street store to offer breast checks
Superdrug & CoppaFeel have teamed up to help raise awareness of breast cancer among young women.
Superdrug has now become the first UK High Street store to offer breast cancer checks, and help support women with checking their breasts accurately for any signs and symptoms.