In the same week that Meghan Markle gave birth to baby Archie, you may have missed all the latest health news. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out the top health news stories for this week, 6 May.
William, Kate, Harry and Meghan launch new 24/7 mental health text line
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Prince William have teamed up to help launch a text messaging service that supports people with mental health issues.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have all backed the initiative, called Shout, with £3m from their Royal Foundation.
Could wine prevent sore throats and plaque?
A new study has found that drinking both red and white wine could actually have some health benefits, including helping your sore throat and reduce plaque. Scientists have found that wine is actually a disinfectant for germs, due to a compound that kills 99.9% of dental bacteria and germs that cause sore throats!
Pollution levels relate to breathing in one cigarette a day
The Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health are urging the government to do more about tackling pollution, as a leading doctor has warned that British people are breathing in the equivalent of one cigarette a day because of air pollution.
Air pollution is likely to be the cause of approximately 8.8million deaths worldwide and is linked to the shortening of 40,000 lives a year in the UK. Doctors are now demanding immediate action is taken to ensure this problem doesn’t get worse.
Fall in GP numbers for the first time in 50 years
The NHS is seeing the first sustained fall in GP numbers in the UK for 50 years. The last time the numbers dropped like this was back in 1960 and it comes at a time when the population ageing and demands on GPs are rising.
People have reported waiting up to seven weeks for a routine appointment and queuing outside practices early in the morning in the hope of securing an appointment.
British people having less sex
According to a large, national survey published in the British Medical Journal, nearly a third of men and women have not had sex in the past month and are having less sex than previously.
Responses also showed that less than half of men and women aged 16 to 44 have sex at least once a week and over-25s and couples who are married or living together showed the biggest falls of sexual activity in 21 years.