We know prostate cancer affects 43,000 UK men and it is the second most common


There is a new Public Health campaign to urge drinkers especially during, ....Read more

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND to introduce - 'Dry January' A new campagin


There is a new Public Health campaign to urge drinkers especially during, ....Read more

An update on Multiple drug resistance TB


We know that Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that affects your lungs and people, ....Read more

A BIG THANK YOU for attending 'Beyond HIV'


A big thank you to everyone who came to support us at our event 'Beyond HIV' to mark, ....Read more

Members of the UK political party participate in early HIV testing


This took place to mark WORLD AIDS DAY with the aim of tackling HIV within 5 years, ....Read more

Breaking the Mental Health Stigma


Recently,important people from all over the world which included celebrities have , ....Read more

Recognising Stroke Symptoms


The Stroke Association and Public Health England are urging everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of stroke, ....Read more

WHO:Linking red meat /processed meat to Cancer


According to the World Health Organisation, eating processed meat may cause colorectal cancer according to evidence, ....Read more

The Rise in HIV cases


Although the UK has excellent treatment and care for people living with HIV, the annual number of new cases has increased to 6151, ....Read more

World Health Organisation guideline changes will transform HIV treatment


The World Health Organisation has revised its guidelines on HIV treatment and has recommended that every, ....Read more

Multiple Myeloma- killing our community


As September draws to an end, so does national blood cancer awareness month, ....Read more

Polio in Nigeria


Nigeria has been removed from the list of polio endemic countries. The announcement made by the World Health Organisation was made at a meeting of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in New York last week, ....Read more

Hegde fund investor increases cost for life saving drug 50 fold


Martin Shkreli, a hedge fund investor caused a global outcry after his company acquired the rights to produce, ....Read more

AHPN Annual General Meeting


AHPN recently held its Annual General Meeting at its offices in Stratford. The theme was African Health and Wellbeing and was well attended by members, ....Read more

£10 urine test could detect prostate cancer and save thousands of lives


Researchers have developed a urine test for prostate cancer which can both identify the disease and determine the size of the tumour. This is a significant development in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease because currently tests are only able to detect if the tumour is present and not how large it is so doctors have to carry out invasive....Read more

Study finds twofold risk of dying from prostate cancer in black men


A new analysis of prostate cancer data by ethnicity reveals Black men in England have a twofold risk of being diagnosed with and dying of the disease compared to their White and Asian counterparts. The study by Public Health England and Prostate cancer UK estimates that lifetime risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer is 1 in 4 for Black men, 1 in 8 for...Read more

AHPN are proud to be partnering Prostate Cancer Uk in the 2015 roadshow campaign


AHPN are proud to be partnering Prostate Cancer Uk in the 2015 roadshow campaign highlighting prostate cancer and its impact on the black community. Following successful events in the north and the midlands for the next two weekends the prostate cancer bus will be visiting Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark and Hackney. Prostate cancer affects Black...Read more

HIV London has the highest rate of Female Genital Mutilation in England


London has the highest rate of female genital mutilation (FGM) in England and Wales according to a new study by City University London and Equality Now. Based on 2011 census and birth registry data, the estimates reveal 137,000 women and girls with FGM aged 15-49 and 50 and over, permanently resided in England and Wales in 2011. That is to say 4.8 per 1,000,...Read more

HIV virus hidden in reservoirs destroyed using cancer drug


Results from a new study have found that the latent HIV virus can be found and destroyed using a cancer drug. In the early stages of HIV infection, some of the virus effectively goes into hiding in so-called HIV "reservoirs". These viruses are not "active", so standard anti-HIV drug treatments do not kill them.In this study, researchers found viruses in blood samples...Read more

Multiple Myeloma: the silent killer in the community


since the launch of the Department of Health’s ‘Improving Outcomes’ initiative to better health outcomes for cancer in 2011, a progress report published last year reveals that survival rates for myeloma, five years after diagnosis, have witnessed the sharpest increases between 2007 and 2012 (3.9% for men and 4.6% for women)Yet due to lack of national... Read more

Cuba first to eliminate mother –to- child HIV and syphilis transmission


Cuba has become the first country in the world to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.The Director-General of the World Health Organisation has hailed this achievement as “one of the greatest public health achievements possible... and an important step towards having and AIDS-free generation”...Read more

Promising smart insulin patch could mean the end of diabetic injections


A smart insulin patch could replace painful injections to help people keep their diabetes in check.Insulin is a hormone that plays an essential role in regulating blood glucose levels. People with type 1 diabetes and advanced type 2 diabetes require regular insulin injections as their body either doesn’t produce enough...Read more

Digital healthcare to revolutionise the NHS over the next decade


NHS patients with long term illnesses could soon be able to monitor their conditions remotely through high-tech clothing and wearable gadgets which will link to their medical records, under new proposals announced today.Within five years patients across the country will be able to go online to speak to their GP, order prescriptions or...Read more

Athletes Colin Jackson and Donovan Bailey's pursuit for prostate cancer awareness


Former athletes Colin Jackson and Donovan Bailey say black men need the ‘fear factor’ to ensure they take prostate cancer seriously Statistics show that one in four men of African and Caribbean descent will develop prostate cancer in the UK compared with one in eight men from the wider population.Although...Read more

Breast cancer tumour trigger that spreads disease discovered


Scottish based researchers used mice engineered to develop breast cancer to better understand how it spreads from the breast tissue to the lung, where it can be fatal. They identified specific chemical signals and receptors on immune cells called macrophages that were involved in the spread. By genetically...Read more

IARC findings show breast cancer screening cuts deaths by 40%


A new review published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): a working group of cancer experts from across the world concluded that the benefit of inviting women aged 50-69 years of age for mammography screening outweighs the potential harms...Read more

Promising cancer drug combination may shrink tumours by at least a third


An international study on 945 patients has found that treatment with Ipilimumab and Nivolumab stopped the cancer from advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases.Melanoma, which is the most serious form of skin cancer, is the sixth most common cancer in the UK, killing more than 2000 people in...Read more

Haiti struggles to manage Cholera as rainy season comes early


The number of Haitians infected by cholera has risen more than 300 percent in the past year as early rains, poor sanitation, and a lack of funding means the impoverished Caribbean nation struggles to stem the disease, the United Nations said From January to April this year, 14,226 Haitians were infected with...Read more

Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer in later life


Teenage boys who are obese may double their risk of developing bowel cancer, a Swedish study suggests.The study, which involved over 230,000 Swedish males between the ages of 16-20 who were conscripted into the military found that those who were in the upper ranges of overweight and those who were obese...Read more

First HIV home testing kit goes on sale in the UK


The first legally approved HIV home testing kit has gone on sale in the UK. The test manufactured by BioSure which allows people to test themselves for HIV from the comfort of their homes getting a result within 15 minutes is the first of its kind...Read more

Could dogs change the way we detect prostate cancer?


A study using dogs to detect men with prostate cancer has shown some promising results. The study used two trained explosive-detection sniffer dogs to identify urine samples of men with prostate cancer...Read more

More children have mental illnesses now compared with two years ago say school staff


More children are suffering from mental illness according to a poll taken by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ALT). More than 850 staff surveyed agreed that they had noticed an increase since 2013...Read more

African Union to establish the pan African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


The African Union (AU) is planning to establish a pan-African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC) by mid-2015.First proposed by Ethiopia and approved by the AU Commission in 2013 at the 22nd ordinary session in Abuja, Nigeria, the idea of establishing the Centre has...Read more

662 deaths while in police custody were avoidable, enquiry finds


An enquiry conducted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that between 2010 and 2013 there were 662 deaths from non-natural causes of adults with mental health conditions...Read more

Unemployment and job insecurity is linked to higher rates of suicide


A Swiss study has found that between 2000 and 2011 suicides linked with unemployment totalled 45,000 making up 20% of all suicides with suicides rates rising by 4983 from 2007 to 2009 (the period of recent economic downturn). Researchers also found a six-month time lag between higher suicide rate and a rise in unemployment, There was also a stronger association between suicide and unemployment in countries where baseline unemployment was low... Read more

New Mental Health Act code of practice


A revised code of practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 has been published. This modified code of practice provides guidelines for professionals on carrying out their roles and responsibilities and improving the level of care for all patients. The main changes to the code include:...Read more

New ‘game changing’ HIV pill that could dramatically cut infection rate


Results from a major trial investigating the effectiveness of PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) for the treatment and prevention of HIV have found that it has the potential to cut infection among gay men who are considered high risk by an astounding 86%. The pill, Truvada, developed by Gilead is a combination of two antiretroviral drugs already used to...Read more

Mobile health- the answer to Africa's health issues?


In the lead up to the 3rd annual Mobile Health Africa congress we take a look at the prospective benefits and problems faced when using mobile phones as a way of treating, diagnosing and educating populations...Read more

Early diagnosis of cancer saves lives and money


A report published by Cancer Research UK has found that 46% of cancers in England are diagnosed at an advanced stage costing the NHS over £210 million and costing approximately 52,000 lives each year...Read more

Ebola-too little too late?


The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola Outbreak as an international public health emergency. With a cumulative number of deaths reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea currently at 1036 and a fatality rate of up to 90%, immediate action is required to control and prevent the further spread of...Read more

Tomato Consumption May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk


Researchers from the University of Bristol, the University of Oxford and the National Institute for Health Research have found an association between the consumption of more than 10 portions of tomatoes a week and an 18% reduction in prostate cancer risk...Read more

Ebola declared an "international public health emergency"


The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola Outbreak as an international public health emergency. With a cumulative number of deaths reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea currently at 1036 and a fatality rate of up to 90%, immediate action is required to control and prevent the further spread of infection...Read more