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Mouth cancer awareness saves lives

Figures from Cancer Research UK show mouth cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases up by a third in the last decade alone, writes Nigel Carter

Men must speak up about mental health

When the Movember Foundation expanded the remit of its UK campaign last year to include men’s mental health issues, it shone a spotlight on an important and often overlooked issue, writes Stephen Buckley.

Time to end the sugar rush

As a health journalist, one of my universal rules of life is to immediately discard any story which claims: ‘X is the new smoking’.

More support for breast cancer nurses needed

New analysis by Breast Cancer Care recently showed that despite the number of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases rising by a fifth in a decade, breast care nurse posts in England have remained at the same level since records began, says Emma Pennery, clinical director of Breast Cancer Care.

How will physician associates fit?

Last week, I visited two friends living in Louisiana - a paediatrician and a district nurse - who left the NHS more than 25 years ago to raise their family and work in the US health sector.

Safe staffing: dream or opportunity?

Like Martin Luther King, I have a dream, writes Joan Pons Laplana. I have a dream that one day we well have enough staff to care properly for our patients. I have a dream that nursing will be united and our voices will roar.

Time for policy to influence health

The dangers of a sedentary life have been well documented for years, but recent studies highlight the negative implications of inactivity as a stand-alone problem, says Beda Higgins.

Forcing the public's hand over health

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, announced last week that NHS employers should offer employees opportunities to keep fit and well, saying it was time for the NHS to 'get its house in order' and ‘look after its own'.

Speaking up for quality

The Health Foundation has been asked by the Department of Health to review indicators of the quality of general practice in England, and they will be exploring how these multiple measures might be developed to support improvements in patient care.

Just one piece of the puzzle

In a speech on 16 July at the King's Fund, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced his intention to impose seven-day working on hospital consultants in September, should negotiations with the BMA fail.

NHS must evolve for an ageing population

For the first time in UK history, the population of people over 65 is greater than that of those under 16. This is a cause for celebration: more of us are living longer lives. However, with this new demographic profile, policy changes are urgently required.

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