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Drop the charge

Ami Banerjee
Last edited 10th June 2009
With NHS prescription charges set to rise to £7.20 next month, the British Medical Association called for their abolition (in line with Wales, Scotland and Ireland), describing the current situation as “outdated, iniquitous and detrimental to the health of many patients by acting as a barrier to their taking necessary medication” [1,2]. A BBC poll last year showed that three quarters of adults in the UK also support an end to the charges in England [3].

It's all in the bread

Carl Heneghan
Last edited 26th May 2009

If you look at your loaf of bread today you may want to check its salt content. Why? Well the content of some bread is so high it may be causing a health risk to you. It seems the European union have cottoned on to this and are about to bring in legislation to prevent bread from calling itself healthy if the salt content is greater than 1g of salt per 100g.

I checked my measly slice of toast this morning, 0.33g per slice! Now it turns out bread is the largest single source of our dietary salt. In terms of public health that equates to about 7000 lives per year saved if bread had no salt in it.

Smoking - the great equaliser

Ami Banerjee
Last edited 10th June 2009
In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, first published in 1945, some animals were “more equal than others”. In 2009 the human situation is similar both in the UK and worldwide. Social inequality leads to health inequality in terms of disease causation, treatment and health outcomes [1]. There is growing momentum at governmental and global level to target the so-called social determinants of ill health, which include social gradient, occupation and social support networks [1].

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