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Browse health promotion news, education and analysis by health promotion subsections - diet; exercise; smoking cessation and alcohol.

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Success rates for giving up smoking 'highest on record' in 2017

NICE diabetes guidance backs GP referral to lifestyle programmes

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Nicotine addiction: clinical review

GPs told to recommend phone app to tackle middle-aged inactivity

Diet

Year-long weight loss classes cut NHS costs and improve patient health

Year-long weight loss classes cut NHS costs and improve patient health

Weight loss programmes that continue for a year instead of the current 12-week standard...

'Weak' childhood obesity strategy criticised by GPs
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'Weak' childhood obesity strategy criticised by GPs

The highly-anticipated childhood obesity strategy has come under fire from the BMA...

A dietary cause for murmur - case study

A dietary cause for murmur - case study

Anaemia was the cause of a heart murmur in a young woman recovering from an eating...

Exercise

GP consultations not long enough to provide advice on exercise, says RCGP

GP consultations not long enough to provide advice on exercise, says RCGP

GPs are less likely to ask patients about physical activity because 10-minute appointments...

GPs fear workload surge as NICE backs statins for 'almost all' over-60s

GPs fear workload surge as NICE backs statins for 'almost all' over-60s

GPs fear huge workload rises after researchers found NICE's updated statin risk threshold...

One in three dementia cases preventable through lifestyle changes

One in three dementia cases preventable through lifestyle changes

Researchers have urged GPs to 'be ambitious about prevention' after finding that...

Smoking cessation

DH sets out plan to wipe out smoking and ease GP workload

DH sets out plan to wipe out smoking and ease GP workload

Smokers made a third more GP appointments than non-smokers last year, the government...

More patients quitting smoking as prevalence falls to one in seven

More patients quitting smoking as prevalence falls to one in seven

Official data showing that smoking prevalence has fallen in recent years shows doctors'...

E-cigarettes: An unnecessary evil or a golden opportunity?

E-cigarettes: An unnecessary evil or a golden opportunity?

A new study is seeking to find out what GPs know about e-cigarettes and help to improve...

Alcohol

Alcohol misuse: new government guidelines

Alcohol misuse: new government guidelines

New government proposals for recommended limits for alcohol consumption aim to reduce...

Map charts 'hotspots' in admissions for alcohol-related liver disease

Map charts 'hotspots' in admissions for alcohol-related liver disease

Emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease vary more than three-fold...

Test helps GPs quickly spot patients with hidden drinking problems

Test helps GPs quickly spot patients with hidden drinking problems

A simple two-question test could help GPs identify patients with alcohol problems...

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