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Tony Steele
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Former GP with 15 years experience
Former GP with 15 years experience

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When the Pill was first developed in 1959 the makers feared it was too controversial to market directly as a contraceptive. So they sold it instead as a medicine to regulate a woman's period, which also had the side-effect of preventing pregnancy.
Today one in three women of child-bearing age in the UK takes the Pill as a contraceptive.
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The largest health project ever, that you probably never heard of: The London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. http://bit.ly/2g6JbQG
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The MHRA launched the FakeMeds campaign today, warning young adults (women aged 18-30 especially) against buying dangerous or useless products sold by illegal online suppliers. Phase one focuses on dodgy diet pills. The MHRA seized over 240,000 doses of unlicensed slimming pills in 2015, and closed down over 2,000 unauthorised online retailers.
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An aggressive strain of Meningitis W is on the rise - almost 200 cases in the last 12 months, compared with just 22 in 2009. Students in particular are urged to get vaccinated: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx
For those that are not eligible for free NHS vaccination there are private options for around £40-£50 - discuss with your GP or local pharmacy.
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Swapping a small amount (19gm) of processed red meat for plant protein reduces the risk of early death by 34%, according to a Harvard Medical School study that followed over 130,000 people for 36 years!
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CRISPR - sounds like a cooking method, and I guess it kind of is. Like the digital/internet revolution, within a generation genetic modification will 'change everything forever', and will save countless lives in the process. But it is not without concerns.
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The NHS response to recent 'processed red meat causes cancer' stories in the press, following publication of World Health Organisation study report.
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Lots of people get confused about what constitutes 'processed food'. Processed food isn't just ready meals, cakes, etc.
'Processed food' simply means food in its natural raw state has been through some form of process (even just being heated), but most likely having been through several processes and additional ingredients added to it. Processed foods aren't necessarily bad, but anything that’s been processed may contain added salt, sugar and fat.

More info from NHS Choices link below.
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