Smoking bans may have reduced premature births and asthma emergencies

Passive smoking

We’re still mining a rich seam of evidence summaries from the latest Eyes on Evidence.  The same issue that looked at how to encourage poorer women to be more physically active also contains an evidence summary on the impact of smoke-free legislation on population health. The summary focuses on the impact of passive smoking, and [read the full story…]

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The UK’s chlamydia mass media campaign encouraged high risk groups to get tested

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) today in the United Kingdom, and sexually active young people (15 – 24) are most at risk.  It can be difficult to know if you have chlamydia as most people do not have symptoms, and if left untreated can lead to serious long-term health consequences including [read the full story…]

The Lifestyle Elf takes a break

It may still feel like winter in our woodland but the calendar tells us it’s nearly Easter, so we’re taking a break. We’ll be back in the middle of April and hope to bring some new bloggers into the fold, so do check back!

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Shame about Grandma, but Merry Christmas from the Lifestyle Elf!

Well it’s time for us to do our other elf job, delivering presents and all that, so there won’t be any more blogs until the week beginning 7th January. The Lifestyle Elf arrived in the woodland in February this year and we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who have helped us take off.  [read the full story…]

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Doing what everyone else does? From silly hats to binge drinking

As Britain recovers from four days of flag waving (does that count as exercise?), students will be turning their thoughts to exams and end of exam celebrations. For many, this will involve drinking alcohol – lots of it. One way to tackle excessive drinking amongst students is through interventions which use ‘social norms feedback’. These address [read the full story…]

Sport and Exercise Medicine doctors aim to get us moving

Why exercise? One very good reason, according to a new report from the Department of Health, is that regular exercisers are 30-50% less likely to be affected by conditions such as stroke, cancer, ischaemic heart disease, obesity and diabetes, dementia and depression. Yet persuading people who are sedentary, unfit or unwell to change their behaviour [read the full story…]

Cochrane review finds intensive counselling in hospital helps more smokers quit

“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” So said American author Mark Twain and many people will relate to this. The World Health Organisation, which today marks World No Tobacco Day, is clear that in order to quit smoking you need to believe [read the full story…]

Smoking and surgery don’t mix

Why quit smoking? I wondered what I’d get if I googled this question and was interested in the very different approaches of the two websites I landed on first, the NHS site Smokefree and one from the US, WhyQuit. Smokefree’s approach is measured, with much emphasis on the benefits of giving up smoking and access [read the full story…]

How can we get EVERYONE exercising?

‘Exercise is for everyone!’ That was the cry going up in the woodland on Wednesday and I haven’t changed my mind just because it’s Friday, it’s hot and I might be feeling a teensy bit more tempted to lounge on the river bank with an ice cream than go for a brisk walk. But how to [read the full story…]

Exercise is good for asthmatics too

It’s sunny here in the woodland, at last! I’m encouraging all my fellow elves to get out there and get some exercise on this lovely morning. Exercise is good for everyone, including people with asthma. But some people find that exercise triggers asthma symptoms and may avoid it; other people with asthma find they feel [read the full story…]