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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

Why are you offering a covid vaccination to 12-15 year olds? Is the vaccine effective in 1 dose? Will children with underlying illness or living with someone who is immunosuppressed be offered 2 vaccines? What are the side effects from being vaccinated in this age group? Is this vaccine safe[…]

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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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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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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is very common in young children and the majority will have had the infection by the age of two. For the majority of children, the illness is not serious and they recover quickly with adequate rest and plenty of fluids.  Viruses are spread when an infected[…]

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World Alzheimer’s Day- 21st September 2021

September is World Alzheimer’s Month – World Alzheimer’s Day on 21st September is an international campaign to raise awareness and highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia. Dementia is caused by diseases which damage the brain; and  Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes of dementia. Nearly[…]

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Our Nation’s Health – Health and Lifestyle Survey 2021

Our Nation’s Health Public Health Gibraltar is pleased to release  findings from the 2021 Health and Lifestyle Survey: Our Nation’s Health. The survey serves as a continuation from those carried out in 2008 and 2015, allowing further insights on the general well-being of the people of Gibraltar. It has also provided the[…]

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