October2021

Fight the Flu-2021/22

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it is sometimes called seasonal flu. It is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A[…]

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Childhood obesity and COVID-19

Retrospective studies comparing child BMI recordings pre and post pandemic indicate a rise in obesity levels, among all age groups [1,2,3]. Risk factors believed to exacerbate overweight included: reduced physical activity, increased screen time, and access to unhealthy foods. Local data post pandemic is still being collected, but 10 years[…]

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World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2021

World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health regardless of background. In Gibraltar, 32% of people report having some form of anxiety[…]

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Pfizer Vaccine 12 – 15 years – FAQ

updated 2.12.21 Below are common questions presented to Public Health. If you have any unanswered questions please email Health.Promotion@gha.gi. Note, the risk-benefit strongly in favour of vaccination for almost all groups is less clear-cut for children (and young people aged 12 to 15 years). Young people and their parents will[…]

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World Dyslexia Awareness Day – 8th October, 2021

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Other difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal[…]

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Gambling harms – Evidence review

There are various options for gambling within Gibraltar; whether it’s an online platform, participating in the lottery, playing a game in a local pub or visiting the casino or a betting shop. A recent evidence review by Public Health England highlights that gambling can lead to a wide range of[…]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2021

October is Breast Cancer awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it is always best to have them checked by a doctor. You should also see a GP if you notice any of these symptoms: A change in the[…]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide. 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis. However, around 1 in 1000 men will also receive a breast cancer diagnosis. Not all breast cancers will be preventable, but there are a[…]

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Stoptober 2021

According the Gibraltar Public Health and Lifestyle Survey 2021, one in five adults currently smoke. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health and it is never too late to quit. Stoptober is a 28-day stop smoking challenge – If you can make[…]

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