Dr Rosy Daniel October 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my October news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Nutrition & Health  

Drinking tea improves brain health, study suggests

A recent study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) revealed that regular tea drinkers have better organised brain regions — and this is associated with healthy cognitive function – compared to non-tea drinkers. The research team made this discovery after examining neuroimaging data of 36 older adults.

Read the full Science Daily:


Study: Onions and garlic may be recipe for reducing breast cancer risk

Onions and garlic may be a recipe for reducing the risk of breast cancer. That’s according to the findings of a study led by University at Buffalo and University of Puerto Rico researchers. It’s the first population-based study to examine the association between onion and garlic consumption and breast cancer in Puerto Rico. The results were published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer.

Read the full Buffalo News Article:


Association between soft drink consumption and mortality in 10 European countries

A large European study found that compared with participants who drank less than one glass of sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened soft drinks per month, participants who drank two or more glasses of these drinks per day had a higher risk of all-cause mortality. A new study coordinated by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) examined the association between total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drink consumption and all cause-specific mortality.

Read the full Science Daily Article:


Lifestyle modifications prevent one in three breast cancer cases

A new report has estimated that one in three breast cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes. Modifications such as weight management, physical activity, nutrition, and alcohol consumption can all contribute to a healthier lifestyle that can help to minimise risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in women in the United States and around the globe.

Read the full Health Europa Article:


Herbal Medicine – Kratom Debate

Kratom: Fear-worthy foliage or beneficial botanical?

Depending on what you read, kratom is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical utility and severe side effects, including overdose and death, or it is an accessible pathway out of undertreated chronic pain and opiate withdrawal. How can the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), medical professionals, and millions of regular kratom users have such divergent views of the same plant?

Read the full Harvard Health Publishing:


Climate Crisis Action

Fresh wave of climate strikes takes place around the world

Hundreds of thousands hit streets across continents to demand action on climate. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking place in the latest wave of climate strikes to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency.

Read the full Guardian Article:


Greta Thunberg: teenager on a global mission to ‘make a difference’

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has become known globally for her environmental campaign. In August 2018, aged 15, Thunberg began a solo climate protest by striking from school. She has since been joined by tens of thousands of school and university students in more than a dozen countries, in climate strikes that have become regular events. A global strike in March drew more than a million people, surpassed in September by the biggest yet with at least 4 million.

Read the full Guardian Article:


Flying green

Flying, for many of us, is now routine. For a few of us it is a weekly, maybe even daily, event. At the same time, global protests concerned with the pressing danger of climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions are gaining attention and causing alarm. So, will we ever get to a point where we can indulge our flying habit and keep our conscience clear?

Listen to the full BBC Programme:


Ayurveda For All

Ayurveda Could Provide Affordable ‘Health for All’

The quest for a healthy life has been an eternal one. In 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration expressed the need for urgent action by all governments, health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all people. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched its “Health For All” campaign and defined Health for All as the attainment by all peoples of the world by the year 2000 of a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life. However, almost two decades later, this goal still eludes many, especially in the developing countries.

Read the full in depth News Article:


A ‘brahmi’ plant popular in Ayurveda might help to prevent dementia

Brahmi is known as water hyssop, Indian Pennywort, Neer brahmi, Jia Ma Chi Xian and Herb of Grace. It is also known as “medhya rasayana” in Ayurveda medicine. This term means brain tonic or a nootropic agent, which enhances the brain’s cognitive properties. It is popular among Ayurvedic practitioners, who use it to treat various ailments such as memory loss, inflammation, epilepsy, fever, and even asthma. Numerous studies suggest that B. monnieri’s bioactive components protect the brain against oxidative damage and age-related cognitive deterioration.

Read the full Star2 Article:


To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel September 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our September update with our pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel


 Instagram to blame for rise in eating disorders like orthorexia, nutritionists claim

Experts are blaming certain influencer accounts on social media for the rise in eating disorders, causing conditions to worsen. Nutritionists have told Sky News they believe certain accounts on social media platforms like Instagram are to blame for the rise in people with eating disorders like orthorexia

Read the full Sky News Article:


 Is soya bad for women’s health?

Consumed in many traditional Asian populations for millennia, soya has only been a common part of the Western diet for around 60 years. Now, many of our supermarkets are full of soya milk alternatives, soy burgers and other soya-based meat replacements – not to mention traditional soy-based products like tofu, tempeh, soya milk, miso and soya sauce.

Read the full BBC News Article:


Climate Change & Plastic Pollution 

July 2019 was hottest month on record for the planet

Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows. The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, making it the hottest July in the 140-year record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The previous hottest month on record was July 2016.

Read the full Science Daily Article: 


WHO calls for more research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) today calls for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water. The Organization also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and reduce human exposure.

Read the full WHO Article: 


Cancer Prevention  

Can we prevent cancer by controlling our environment?

Research suggests that aspects of our environment such as chemicals, pollution, stimulants, technical gadgets and even stress are likely contributing to the development of cancer.



Read the full NIH Article: 


Quest for new cancer treatment crosses milestone

A cancer therapy has crossed a milestone in clinical trials, a major development in a decades-long quest to develop a treatment that destroys tumours without the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy, invasive surgery and radiation.

Read the full Science Daily Article:


AI reveals new breast cancer types that respond differently to treatment

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to recognize patterns in breast cancer – and uncovered five new types of the disease each matched to different personalized treatments. Their study applied AI and machine learning to gene sequences and molecular data from breast tumours, to reveal crucial differences among cancers that had previously been lumped into one type.

Read the full Packer Article:


Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Cardiovascular disease risk greater in people prone to insomnia

People who struggle with sleep might be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems, research suggests. Scientists have found that people who are genetically predisposed to insomnia have a greater risk of heart failure, stroke and coronary artery disease.

 Read the full Guardian Article: 


The Link of Mind & Body

How feelings of ‘not enough’ lead to physical ailments in women

A massive 80% of women in the U.K suffer with low self-esteem – a shocking statistic and one that needs our attention. The media, magazines, Hollywood films and the general rhetoric of society doesn’t help us to recover this debilitating mindset that stops us from living a carefree and happy life as we are consumed with never accepting ourselves for who we are.

 Read the full Thrive Global Article: 


To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel August 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our August update with our pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Enjoy these great new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel.

Climate Change  

Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis

Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide. Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.

Read the full Guardian Article:


The Ocean Cleanup – developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. By utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage, their passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years’ time.

Read the full Ocean Cleanup Mission Statement:


There is hope! Five recent developments which might actually help fight climate change

In October 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its Special. Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, which provided a sobering update on the state of the environment. According to the report, “unprecedented changes” are needed to

achieve the target of keeping global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C, after which the risk of extreme weather conditions – such as droughts, floods and forest fires – will significantly increase.

Read the full Lexology Article:


5G Concern

Rollout of 5G and the risk of harm

There is a lot of science demonstrating plausible risk of harm from electromagnetic fields, says Damien Downing, and campaigners against 5G are simply alerting people to the evidence, says Sally Beare.

 Read the full Guardian Article:


Sound Healing 

The healing power of sound as meditation

Sound has an ancient kinship with meditation and healing. Sound healing has ancient roots in cultures all over the world, including Australian aboriginal tribes who used the didgeridoo as a sound healing instrument for over 40,000 years to ancient such as Tibetan or Himalayan singing bowl spiritual ceremonies.

Read the full Psychology Today Article:


‘Bathing’ in a pool of sound can have a profound effect on your health

So what is a sound bath? “Immersion in beautiful sounds and vibrations created by musical instruments and voice that can facilitate balance and well-being for your body, mind and spirit,” explains Millar, who calls it a “relaxing, meditative experience” that can lead to healing and self-discovery.

Read the full Brisbane Times Article:


Sound Healing 

Research identifies cancer-fighting properties of plant-based foods

Carrots, celery, oranges, grapes, and cabbage are among plant-based foods that have the largest number of anti-cancer molecules, according to new research from the Imperial College of London. In a report published on nature.com and called “HyperFoods: Machine intelligent mapping of cancer-beating molecules in foods,” researchers said they found that plant-based foods such as tea, carrot, celery, orange, grape, coriander, cabbage and dill contain the largest number of molecules with high anti-cancer likeness.

Read the full Packer Article:


Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to a charity. Cancer Research UK says bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancers are more likely to have been caused by being overweight than by smoking tobacco. It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one.

Read the full BBC News Article:


WHO launches new report on the global tobacco epidemic

Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco, with 5 billion people today living in countries that have introduced smoking bans, graphic warnings on packaging and other effective tobacco control measures – four times more people than a decade ago.

Read the full World Health Organisation Article:


The Medical Cannabis Debate

Clinic prescribing medical cannabis for children set to open in Harley Street

Families seeking medical cannabis for their children could soon be able to get it in Harley Street when London’s first private clinic to offer the drug to youngsters opens next week.The Sapphire Medical Clinic said it can prescribe medicinal cannabis for “all conditions acknowledged to benefit from it” — and will give families consultations “with an open mind”.

Read the full Evening Standard Article:


To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel July 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our July update with our pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Enjoy these great new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel.

Health and the Digital World

WHO warnings over children’s screen time disputed by UK experts 

Children under the age of three should not watch TV or sit playing games on a tablet, while those aged three and four should not have more than an hour of screen time a day, according to disputed guidelines on physical activity and sleep by the World Health Organization. 

Read the full Guardian Article:  


Virtual reality may help stimulate memory in people with dementia  

The results of a new study suggest that virtual reality could make life easier for people with dementia. The authors conclude that virtual reality helped the participants recall memories and contributed to an improvement in patients’ relationships with caregivers. 

Read the full Medical News Today Article:  


Food and Health 

Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier? 

Felice Jacka is the head of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University in Australia, and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry – a relatively new field of research, applying a rare scientific rigour to the link between diet and mental health. 

Read the full Guardian article: 


Association of Western and Traditional Diets With Depression and Anxiety in Women 

Key biological factors that influence the development of depression are modified by diet. This study examined the extent to which the high-prevalence mental disorders are related to habitual diet in 1,046 women ages 20–93 years randomly selected from the population. 

Read the full American Journal of Psychiatry article:   


Essential Oils Found To Have Antibacterial Effects Comparable To Antibiotics 

Certain combinations of essential oils were found to exhibit antibacterial effects similar to modern antibiotics in research from Kotebe Metropolitan University, as published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Blepharis cuspidata, Boswellia ogadensis, and Thymus schimper essential oils were investigated for their antibacterial effects, efficacy was tested against multidrug resistance Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. 

Read the full World Health article:  


Supplement for joint pain linked to lower heart disease risk 

Glucosamine, a dietary supplement that people commonly take to ease joint pain and reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis, may lower the risk of cardiovascular problems, according to a study analyzing health data from over 400,000 participants. 

Read the full Medical News Today article: 


A Holistic Approach to Naturally Lowering Anxiety    

Lavender really does help you relax and could even treat anxiety, scientists reveal 

The famous relaxing effects of lavender are real and could even be used medically to treat anxiety, new research suggests. From blooming gardens to aromatherapy oils and bubble baths, people have long claimed that lavender has calming and relaxing benefits. 

Read the full Independent Article:  


A Holistic Approach to Naturally Lowering Anxiety 

While there are many causes for anxiety, general health and wellness may be one of the best ways to counter negative feelings. The following are simple tools and practices that can be used to encourage physical and emotional health in a natural way.  

Read the full Psychology Today Article:  


Nurturing mind & body to prevent illness     

Mind and Body Approaches for Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects 

Many people who have been diagnosed with cancer use complementary health approaches. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, 65 percent of respondents who had ever been diagnosed with cancer had used complementary health approaches. 

Read the full National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health News Article:  


Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia 

New WHO Guidelines recommend specific interventions for reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. 14 May 2019 – People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.  

Read the full World Health Organisation News Article:  


What does science say about the effects of meditation? 

Meditation “keeps our minds and hearts calm, peaceful, and loving, i.e. “in the right place”,  a casual practice of mindfulness and meditation told Medical News Today. Indeed, most people who become interested in meditation are drawn to it thanks to the widespread notion that it will help them feel calmer, more balanced, and less exposed to the effects of daily stress. 

Read the full Medical News Today News Article:  


Complementary Therapies 

One-third of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine

A stunning one-third of people with a cancer diagnosis use complementary and alternative medicines such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements. UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Dr. Nina Sanford made the discovery that’s now drawing renewed attention to habits she said cancer patients must disclose during treatment. Dr. Sanford is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology who specializes in and treats cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. 

Read the full Science Daily News Article:  


Acupuncture Better Than Pills For Insomnia 

An estimated 30 percent of men and 40 percent of women fail to get a good night’s sleep. This situation gets worse as we age. If you suffer from depression, you might be more likely to have problems sleeping. Consider there are over eight million doctors’ visits per year are for insomnia. 

Read the full Oriental Medcare Article: 

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Personalised Wellness: How to Access the Ancient Science of Ayurveda 

The ancient healing system of Ayurveda is suddenly flourishing across Europe, as more people look to manage their health holistically instead of via modern medicine. We investigate why this is and reveal how to get in on the trend that claims to balance mind, body and spirit. Ayurvedic medicine was developed around 3,000 years ago in India. It focuses on treating the root cause of health concerns through deep-cleansing processes, diet, lifestyle, natural medicines, breathing and yoga. 

Read the full Living It Article:  


To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust  

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Dr Rosy Daniel June 2019, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my June bulletin! Below you will find a round up of the last months most fascinating and uplifting news stories in the field of health and wellbeing.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel.

What’s going on in health politics?  

At last a mew dawn in medical history!  The NHS is to focus on prevention and early detection of illness with a new 10-year plan 

NHS bosses in England say a new 10-year plan could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention and early detection. GPs, mental health and community care will get the biggest funding increases to shift the focus away from hospitals. 

Read the full BBC Article: 


Or read the full 10 Year Plan PDF document: 


World Health Organisation define the 10 main threats to global health in 2019 

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises’. (Quote from WHO article below).  

Read the full World Health Organisation article:


Health and the environment  

Massive health benefits of meeting climate change goals  

Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone. The latest estimates from leading experts at WHO also indicate that the value of health gains from climate action would be approximately double the cost of mitigation policies at global level, and the benefit-to-cost ratio is even higher in countries such as China and India. 

Read the full World Health Organisation article:


The 5g Appeal  

Scientists and doctors are calling for a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields RF-EMF that has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.  

Read the full 5g Appeal article:  


Food and health  

 The diets cutting one in 5 lives short  

Halleluiah! The medical profession have been alerted to the link between what we eat and health in a ground-breaking study funded by Bill and Melissa Gates. A BBC article says ‘The analysis, in the Lancet, found that our daily diet is a bigger killer than smoking and is now involved in one in five deaths around the world.’ The study titled ‘Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017’ waspublished in the below link on The Lancet.

Read the BBC article:  


Read the full Lancet report: 


Read the full study:


Food for Thought: The Science & Politics of Nutrition by the BMJ 

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) is also telling doctors what we should eat in order to stay healthy and avoid disease. Nutrition is one of the biggest drivers of chronic diseases, including obesity and diabetes, yet the answer to this seemingly simple question remains a subject of heated debate. This collection of studies via the below link bring together some of the world’s most thoughtful and influential voices in the field of nutrition and health, representing a range of backgrounds and perspectives, to help make sense of the state of current knowledge, the quality of the evidence on key issues, the extent and implications of potential disagreements between experts, and the agenda for further research: 

Read the BMJ article: 


The emerging evidence for CBD oil   

Can CBD help treat depression?  

CBD could be useful in treating depression, as it appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain. Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions that can have lasting effects on a person’shealth, social life, ability to work, and overall well-being. A doctor may prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to help a person treat or manage depression. Many of these drugs have difficult side effects, such as mood swings, sleeplessness, and sexual dysfunction. CBD has shown promise in initial studies as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, and it may cause fewer side effects in some people.

Read the full article: 


Cannabis Research for Colon Cancer 

Colon cancer is the third most common human malignancy and a main cause of death worldwide. A current study was carried out to investigate the effects of cannabidiol a cannabinoid from CBD Oil on angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation for tumours) and cancer cell death in mice.  

Read the full article: 


The amazing value of curcumin  

How curcumin may impact Alzheimer’s disease 

 It is estimated that 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Studies show that the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (including beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles) develop decades before symptoms of dementia appear. A growing body of research has identified various integrative strategies that may delay the onset or progression of dementia. 

Read the full article: 


Science confirms curcumin (turmeric) as effective as 14 drugs 

Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 12,000 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. Now as well as the great benefits against cancer, researchers are finding that it can help in many other lifestyle illnesses.  

Read the full article: 


Let’s create a sustainable future for fashion  

Industry leaders stood up for workers’ rights with Fashion Revolution week 22nd – 28th April 

 Why do we need a fashion revolution? Because six years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 garment workers, our clothes are still being made by some of the poorest, most overworked and undervalued people in the world. “We are campaigning for an industry where environmental protection, as well as human rights, are the standard and not the exception,” says Carry Somers, who founded the campaign in the immediate aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse. She started Fashion Revolution because she, like co-founder Orsola de Castro and many others working in the industry, felt that the disaster had to stand for something. “It had to lead to revolutionary change within the fashion industry.” 

Read the full article: 


 Or to visit the Fashion Revolution site: 


 Japanese Natural Dyes and Natural Remedies 

Pioneering Japanese brothers showed at a recent London exhibition that they can use the same herbs for beautiful natural dyes and medicines. Since 1950’s, the Sugimoto Pharmacy, based in Kamakura, Japan, has offered advice and guidance on integrating Japanese herbs and herbalism into contemporary lifestyles, introducing their various usages from natural remedies to food and drink and bath salts. 

 Read the full article: 


 Learning about happiness from the Danes  

Forget hygge; pyt is the new Scandinavian term for a happier life 

Studies have shown Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, and they also happen to have a lot of cool words for ways to be happy. You may have heard about “hygge,” which has been the subject of countless books, articles and commercials. Often mistranslated to mean “cozy,” it really describes the process of creating intimacy. But another word “pyt” — which sort of sounds like “pid” – was recently voted the most popular word by Danes, beating out “dvæle” (to linger) and “krænkelsesparat” (ready to take offense). Pyt doesn’t have an exact English translation. It’s more a cultural concept about cultivating healthy thoughts to deal with stress. 

Read the full article:  


To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

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