We can’t say how many people are ‘hooked on’ prescription drugs
Research by Public Health England into certain prescription medications found there wasn’t enough evidence to say how many people were addicted.
Being ‘measles free’ doesn’t mean there are no cases of measles
It means that the number of cases has been reduced to such a point it can’t circulate easily.
You’ve less than a one in three chance of reaching 100
The chance of reaching 100 for a 30 year old in the UK is estimated to be 17.2% for women and 12.5% for men. Not “one in three” as claimed by Matt Hancock.
Has cocaine use really doubled in five years?
There isn’t enough available evidence to say that cocaine use in Britain has doubled, and certainly not that one in 50 Londoners are snorting it.
The heart disease death rate isn’t increasing
But it is falling more slowly than it used to be.
Reports on the benefits of 10 minutes of exercise need a health warning
The study looked at the impact of doing 10-59 minutes of moderate activity a week, compared to inactivity.
Don’t attempt ‘cough CPR’ if you think you’re having a heart attack
If you think you’re having a heart attack you should dial 999.
Booze telling the truth? Is Britain sobering up or not?
Newspapers have reported a new NHS report on alcohol consumption in very different ways.
Deaths of homeless people in England and Wales up 24% since 2013
An estimated 597 homeless people died in England and Wales in 2017, up 24% since 2013.
This claim about children with diabetes is completely wrong
A report in the Express said that ten years ago no child had type 2 diabetes – that’s wrong
Is a young person diagnosed with an STI in England every four minutes?
There was the equivalent of one chlamydia or gonorrhoea diagnosis in a young person every four minutes in England in 2017.
Are drug related deaths in the UK the highest in the EU?
No, Estonia had the highest rate of drug-related deaths per million people, based on research using data from 2015 and 2016. The UK placed joint-third alongside Ireland.
Is childhood type 2 diabetes up 40%?
Type 2 diabetes among children in England and Wales has increased by around 40% over the past 4 years.
Are young people taking more cocaine?
Cocaine use among 16-24 year olds is at a nine year high. 6% said they had taken cocaine in the last year, higher than other European countries.
Healthcheck: cancer, diabetes and mental health conditions on the rise?
Cancer and diabetes diagnoses are increasing, it’s harder to measure the change in the number of people with mental health conditions over time.
Millennial malaise: unhealthier than their parents?
Generational health improvements are being undermined by instability and loneliness among millennials, a report says.
The Pro-sesh-ional classes: Do wealthy people drink more regularly?
It’s correct that people in Great Britain who earn more and those who have professional jobs say they drink more regularly, if you count that as drinking weekly.
What’s driving our increasing population and household numbers?
Immigration has been the largest driver of the increasing population, according to the Office for National Statistics. We looked at how this impacts household numbers.
How many people have a disability?
An estimated 19% of working-age adults, and 22% of all people in the UK have a disability, using the legal definition.
28% of 2-15 year olds in England estimated to be overweight or obese
16% of 2-15 year olds in England were estimated to be obese in 2016, with a further 12% overweight.
Are more people going into hospital for obesity related illnesses?
26% of adults in the England are obese, according to a 2016 health survey.
Green Party Manifesto: Air pollution
Are 40,000 premature deaths linked to air pollution?
What does obesity cost the economy?
We’ve looked into the claim that it costs £27 billion.