Doctors back denial of treatment for smokers and the obese.

May 10, 2012


Source: The Guardian.

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Date of publication: 29th April, 2012.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This story discusses the controversial results of a survey on which examined “lifestyle rationing” of health services. The survey reported that 54% of respondents felt that the NHS should have the right to withhold non-emergency treatment from patients who are overweight or who refuse to stop smoking. The story includes comment from professional bodies, NHS organisations and private sector groups.

Length of publication: 1 page.


“Tidal wave” of sleep disorders.

October 26, 2011

Title: “Tidal wave” of sleep disorders.

Source: BBC News.

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Date of publication: 6th October, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This news item highlights the increasing problem of sleep disorders in obese and overweight people and looks at the personal experiences of patients at sleep clinics in Scotland.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


BMI iPhone App

September 5, 2011

Title: BMI iPhone App.

Source: NHS Choices

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Date of publication: 24th August, 2011.

Publication type: News Item.

In a nutshell: NHS Choices has released an iPhone app which allows you to calculate the BMI of anyone aged two years or over and track weight and BMI changes over time.  The app also provides the option to set goals or deliver tips as well as providing more general health and weight loss information.

Length of publication: 1 page.