Happy Internation Women’s Day! If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (4th March), we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you.
Public Health England Launch Cervical Cancer TV Campaign
The government has launched a Cervical Cancer TV advert campaign, as smear tests hit a 20-year low. Two women every day in England die from cervical cancer and more than 200,000 women every year are diagnosed with abnormal cell changes, which could lead to the disease.
Surveys show that young women, in particular, are putting off their smear tests because they are embarrassed and do not know what to expect.
But experts predict that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented.
Ambulance Response Times
A BBC investigation revealed this week that some rural communities could wait more than twenty minutes before a 999 emergency ambulance team arrives to them.
Using data from The Ambulance Trusts, they have created a helpful, interactive map where you can check your average ambulance emergency response times in your local area.
Weight Loss & Type-2 Diabetes
A trial from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology revealed its latest results from a study where participants consumed just 850 calories a day for three months.
This was in an attempt to arrest type-2 diabetes for at least two years.
The GP-led programme worked for more than a third of participating patients, who continued to maintain their weight following the programme.
British Skin Foundation Warns of Dangers of Black Henna
The British Skin Foundation has strongly advised parents and tourists to think twice before risking their skin for a piece of body art. The warning comes after an eight-year-old boy suffered from chemical burns, following a black henna dragon tattoo he got on a family holiday.
Doctors said the burns were caused by Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) – a chemical commonly found in ‘black henna’ pastes and dark hair dyes.