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PHA reinforce sensible drinking in Alcohol Awareness Week

Recent health figures show that 20% of adults surveyed admitted to drinking over the weekly alcohol limits (1) so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Alcohol Awareness Week (14-20th November) to reinforce the importance of drinking sensibly and stayin ...

The PHA message is clear for World COPD Day- smoking is bad for your lungs

In 2011, 31,574 people were registered as having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Northern Ireland. The most common cause of COPD is smoking and to mark this year's World COPD day, which takes place on Wednesday 16 November, the Public ...

Smoking causes mouth cancer, PHA warns

Mouth cancer awareness week begins on the 13- 20 November. With this in mind the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer and is encouraging all smokers thinking about stopping smoking to make the ...

Transmit: Health protection service bulletin. 2011: Issue 7

This edition of Transmit leads with the arrangements for the management of seasonal flu during the 2011/12 campaign. It provides an overview of the vaccination programme, including details on who should be vaccinated, and includes a link to the updated ch ...

Short term effects of temperature on risk of myocardial infarction in England and Wales: time series regression analysis of the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) registry

Bhaskaran, K. et al. Myocardial infarction The objective of this article is to examine the short term relation between ambient temperature and risk of myocardial infarction. Fuel Poverty Chronic Conditions Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Hypertension Stroke ...

Fish pedicures: Information for the Public

Although the risk of catching an infection as a result of a fish spa pedicure is likely to be very low, it cannot be completely excluded. However, there are certain things you can do to further reduce your risk of catching or spreading an infection when h ...

PHA urges parents to get 'at risk' children vaccinated against seasonal flu

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging Northern Ireland parents to make sure children in 'at risk' groups get their flu vaccine early.The message has been issued to parents and carers of children as the PHA's seasonal flu vaccination prog ...

PHA supports World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

Saturday 8 October 2011 marks World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. The Public Health Agency (PHA) would like to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world by raising awareness and understanding of the needs- medical, social, prac ...

Rabies- it can be a fatal bite

Rabies is a preventable disease, but it kills up to 55,000 people each year. Therefore on World Rabies Day, 28 September 2011, the Public Health Agency (PHA) wants to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of seeking medical advice on whet ...

For your heart's sake stop smoking

On World Heart Day, 29 September 2011, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging all smokers to stop smoking and reduce their risk of developing heart disease (cardiovascular disease- CVD) or suffering a stroke or a heart attack.Heart disease is one of the ...

Every cigarette is doing you damage

This poster was produced as part of the PHA's public information campaign on smoking. Public Health Agency Smoking, Tobacco, Smoking Cessation, Nicotine This poster was produced as part of the PHA's public information campaign on smoking. Chroni ...

Every cigarette is doing your baby damage

This poster highlights the fact that smoking while pregnant increases the risk of low birth weight, premature birth, stillbirth and cot death, and directs women to the Smokers' Helpline. Public Health Agency Smoking, Passive smoking, Second-hand smok ...

One breath two lives

This poster highlights the fact that cigarette smoke breathed in by the mother reaches her unborn baby and directs women to the Smokers' Helpline. Public Health Agency Smoking, Passive smoking, Pregnant woman, Unborn child This poster highlights the ...

Passive smoking there's nothing passive about it

This poster highlights how passive smoking increases your risk of lung cancer, heart disease, asthma and stroke. Public Health Agency Smoking, Second-hand smoke, Passive smoking, Smoke-free This poster highlights how passive smoking increases your risk of ...

Want to stop smoking

This poster was published as part of the 'Want to stop!' smoking cessation campaign that centred on the PHA's public information website www.want2stop.info The website also allows the user to create a personalised quit plan to suit their ne ...

New interactive resource feeds children's curiosity

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and safefood today (Wednesday 22 June) officially launched Eat, Taste and Grow, a new interactive curriculum based education resource  to help increase awareness among primary school children of the origins of their food, lo ...

Eye screening for diabetics- prevents blindness

Diabetes is a common condition affecting around 69,000 people in Northern Ireland. One of the possible complications of diabetes is a condition called diabetic retinopathy, which can cause sight loss and blindness. Retinopathy causes damage to the tiny bl ...

PHA advises 'breast is best'!

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (NBAW) to emphasise the message that breastfeeding is the healthiest option for both you and your baby and that by deciding to breastfeed, you will be giving your child the best ...

Obesity increases your risk of developing diabetes

There are an estimated 69,000 adults and 1092 children living with diabetes in Northern Ireland in 2010. The number of adults with diabetes in Northern Ireland has increased by 34% since 2004. Many of these cases are preventable and related to obesity. Wi ...

Consultation launched on Community Development Strategy- your views matter

Issued jointly by the Health and Social Care Board and Public Health AgencyThe Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency have today launched, for public consultation, a new Community Development Strategy.The consultation period will run fo ...

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