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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness is about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.  Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event in the UK started by the Mental Health Foundation 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation sets a theme; the theme[…]

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World Asthma Day, 5th May 2021

 World Asthma Day (WAD)is celebrated annually to raise awareness of Asthma worldwide. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes that asthma is of major public health importance. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage the condition and reduce/ prevent severe asthma exacerbations with adequate support and treatment. This[…]

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Bowel Health and Awareness

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in the UK, an annual event that raises awareness of bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer. The exact cause[…]

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World Autism Awareness Week; 29th March-4th April 2021

World Autism Awareness Week – a week dedicated to raising awareness of autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) so that we can foster acceptance and promote understanding in the community. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours,[…]

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World Cancer Day, 4th February

Cancer is a term used for a large group of different diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumours and invading nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system[…]

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Dry January 2021

Alcohol is linked with more than 60 health conditions, including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression, seven types of cancer; it is also the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability. Current recommendations are to drink no more than 14 units per week, spread over three or more days,[…]

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Stay Safe this Christmas

With the Christmas and New Year holiday period fast approaching, Public Health Gibraltar re-enforces its advice on staying safe by: Maintaining hand and respiratory hygiene Wearing masks/face coverings as advised Avoiding crowded areas Maintaining recommended physical distancing guidelines As with all festive bank holidays, there will be a limited number[…]

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Who should have the Pfizer mRNA Vaccine?

The vaccine is recommended for all those over 80 years and those who form part of a ‘high-risk’ group. It is also recommended as part of the normal vaccination schedule for most; there are some exceptions, read more here. Following the second recommended dose, the Pfizer vaccine has shown 95%[…]

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The Pfizer mRNA vaccine and allergy

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination contains a type of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) which can cause allergic reactions. PEGs are very widely used in several medicines such as laxatives and cosmetics such as toothpastes and skin creams; and most of the population will have been exposed to it before. In the large Pfizer/BioNTech[…]

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World COPD Day, 18th November 2020

World COPD Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. This day is marked to raise awareness, share knowledge, and discuss ways to reduce the burden of COPD worldwide. The theme for World COPD[…]

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