People who needlessly worry that they have, or will develop, serious illness — popularly referred to as ‘the worried well’ — may be boosting their risk of developing heart disease, research published in the online journal BMJ Open has suggested. Anxiety is a known risk factor for heart disease.
A significant fall in the rate of uptake of the national programme of cervical cancer vaccination, is being blamed on unsubstantiated claims of certain side effects with the vaccine. Uptake was at 90% when the vaccine was introduced 6 years ago but now less than 50% of young girls are receiving the vaccine. This has significant implications for a very safe and effective vaccination programme.