Austerity to blame for 130,000 preventable UK deaths report

Two decades of public health improvements have stalled, says IPPR thinktank More than 130,000 deaths in the UK since 2012 could have been prevented if improvements in reducing preventable disease flatline since 2012. At the same time, local authorities have seen significant cuts to their public health budgets, which has severely impacted the capacity of preventative services. Social conditions for many have failed to improve since the economic crisis, creating a perfect storm that encourages harmful health behaviours. This health challenge will only continue to worsen. The IPPR calls for a radical new prevention strategy involving a renewed and increased commitment to the states role in preventing disease. No longer can we place the burden of responsibility exclusively upon the …

Majority of sunscreens tested would flunk proposed FDA safety tests, report to say

(CNN)Nearly two-thirds of all sunscreens evaluated by the Environmental Working Group would not pass safety tests proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer advocacy group will announce next week. “Even though we’ve come up with similar results in our guide before, comparing it to the FDA’s actual proposed standards is really strong,” Leiba said. “So the fact that 60% of the market seemingly wouldn’t be considered safe and effective by the FDA is a huge deal.” The big deal of skin cancer Skin cancer strikes more Americans each year than all other cancers combined. Melanoma, the most deadly form, accounts for only 1% of all skin cancers, but most of the deaths, according to the American Cancer …

Parkland community grapples with trauma after apparent suicides of two students

Parkland, Florida (CNN)After the apparent suicides of two students, Parkland is reckoning with the trauma carried by survivors and family members of last year’s mass shooting. “Over the past year, I’ve had friends threaten to kill themselves and I’ve talked them down over the phone,” he said. Despite the semblance of some normalcy, trauma remains bubbling underneath. “They’re afraid to go into classrooms,” Koerber said of friends who’ve struggled. “And even if they’re not afraid to go into the classrooms, it’s the little things in their life that trigger the subconscious PTSD that they’ve experienced. It boils over and for lack of a better term, makes people snap. They don’t know how to deal with it, and they’re not being …

Pop Warner football bans traditional three-point stance

(CNN)In a first for any national football organization, the Pop Warner youth league announced Thursday that it will ban the traditional three-point stance. The players will now have to be upright or in a more modified squat position with their hands on their legs. “We believe this change is another step in creating a safer, better football experience for young people,” Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner, said in a statement. “We are changing how players are introduced to the sport and how they learn to play the game. We are also setting the stage for our higher levels of play to adopt the change.” Pop Warner’s plan is to eliminate the stance entirely, but there is no firm …

How the daredevil sport of parkour can help aging adults fall better

(CNN)It looks like something out of a ninja movie. The extreme sport known as parkour involves vaulting high obstacles, leaping from rooftop to rooftop and literally bouncing off the walls. “Older adults who do fall sometimes experience an injury,” said Kathy Cameron, director of the National Fall Prevention Resource Center. “About 20% of those who fall have an injury like traumatic brain injury or a hip fracture or other broken bones.” But it’s not just the bodily injuries that make falling so harmful. The simple fear of falling makes some older people eschew physical activity. And that, ironically, can lead to greater falling risks. “Physical activity is one of the prime ways that we can prevent falls,” Cameron said. “Exercise …