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30/11/2009ABI to introduce new TPD definitions
In a move to improve clarity for consumers, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) is set to revise and standardise definitions of Total Permanent Disability (TPD) benefit in critical illness insurance...
30/11/2009Keeping fit will not reduce alcohol-related health risks, IAS says
Increasing physical activity and trips to the gym will not help counteract the damaging effects of alcohol consumption on health, according to experts. New figures from the Department of Health show that 20...
27/11/2009Britain's elderly to benefit from proposed care system
Health secretary Andy Burnham introduced the Personal Care at Home Bill in parliament this week, taking a step closer to improving support and assisted independence for the elderly. The new legislation is...
27/11/2009HIV prevention programmes proving effective
The number of new HIV infections has been reduced by 17 per cent in the past eight years, according to the latest figures. A report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World Health...
27/11/2009South American herb may help ease pain
Scientists at Newcastle University have discovered an ancient herbal remedy that is as effective as a synthetic aspirin-style drug for pain relief. Brazilian mint has traditionally been used in its native...
26/11/2009Physical activity levels important for cutting chances of stroke
Moderate exercise or physical activity that raises the heart rate can help reduce the risk of stroke by more than 25 per cent, experts say. Taking part in 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, whether...
26/11/2009Stress linked to chronic health problems
Men who suppress their anger and frustrations in the workplace are more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who vent their feelings openly, new research suggests. Findings recently published in the...
25/11/2009Salty diets linked to heart disease
A diet high in salt can be linked to increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, according to a new report. Research published in the British Medical Journal found that habitual intake of salt...
24/11/2009Consistency important for childhood health
Children who have inconsistent access to health care from a single provider in the long-term are more likely to have untreated medical needs. That is according to a new study published on the journal...
23/11/2009Lung Cancer Awareness Month calls for earlier action
Brits have been urged to protect themselves against lung cancer by getting persistent coughs or chest pains checked out by a doctor. As part of this year's Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the public are...
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