Below are some of the projects and case-studies that Sharecare has been involved with or following over recent months.

  • NACC: Top Tips for Hot Weather

    Although the arrival of summer in the UK is generally regarded as an occasion to celebrate, extreme heat can negatively affect people, both young and old, the fit and the more vulnerable.

    The National Association for Care Catering (NACC) has published a PDF guide giving advice and bullet-point tips to help with the increase in temperatures.

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  • Soft Drinks Industry Levy or 'Sugar Tax'

    The Soft Drinks Industry Levy was announced at the 2016 Budget. It isn’t a tax on all sugar but directly targets the producers and importers of sugary soft drinks to encourage them to remove added sugar, promote diet drinks, and reduce portion sizes for high sugar drinks.

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  • Butter Prices Are Up And That's Not All

    Historically, food inflation averaged 2.53% in the UK from 1989 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 13 percent in August of 2008 and a record low of -3.30 percent in February of 2015.

    However, the weaker pound coupled with rising food costs worlwide has led to inflation and rising prices for everyday staples such as butter, fish and tea.

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  • “Dynamic pricing” has been a factor in booking tickets for trains, hotels andflights with prices fluctuating hour by hour, apparently according to availability but often in response changes in demand by consumers. These principles have made their way into all aspects of online retailing with pricing that is not only dependent on availability or stock, but also, increasingly, on the data that has been stored and kept about your shopping history.

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  • NHS Approved Apps

    A new part of the NHS Choices website (currently in Beta) bring together a number of digital tools that you can be used for health and care. As the pages are still in Beta, the opportunity exisit to provide feedback on every aspect of the pages and their contents.

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  • Care Catering is a Highly-Skilled Profession

    In recent article published on the website of the Institute of Hospitality by the national chair of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), Neel Radia FIH, highlights the need for and advances in catering in the care sector.

    The article can be read in full here.

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  • Health Of The ‘Baby Boomer’ Generation

    In her annual report on the state of the public’s health, ‘Baby Boomers: Fit for the Future’, Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, focuses on the health of people aged between 50 and 70.

    It considers topics such as the impact of lifestyle choices on current and future health, mental health, sexual health, and screening and immunisation programmes.

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  • Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities Experimental Statistics, 2014-15

    Just over 50 per cent of patients registered at General Practices in England are represented in this dataset, including 127,351 people with a learning disability and 28,832,342 people without a learning disability.

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  • Transforming Care Home Catering

    Care catering is rarely seen as offering the same quality, choice and appeal as that in restaurants and hotels. But as highlighted in a recent article in The Guardian on the need to tackle outdated perceptions of care home food, a pioneering new training programme could soon chage that.

    To see the original article in The Guardian, click here.

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  • BBC Consumer Affairs: You & Yours

    The BBC Rado 4 consumer affairs programme, You & Yours, recently focused on the national shortage of nursing staff and its impact on nursing homes in England based on figures from the Care Quality Commission.

    Link to the BBC iPlayer Radio webpage:

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  • Dysphagia (swallowing problems)

    Dysphagia is defined as difficulty in swallowing solids or liquids, or both. It affects individuals of every age and contributes to reduced dietary intake, dehydration and malnutrition. Other consequences may include aspiration and asphyxiation.

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  • Telecare: The Future of Social Care

    Telecare technologies are being increasingly adopted by health and social care authorities in order to support people to live in their own homes for longer, reducing costs associated with hospital and nursing home care and improving people's independence

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  • Digital Technology: The Face of Modern Medicine

    Healthcare is changing rapidly. Diseases like AIDS that were a death sentence only several years ago well on the way to being cured thanks to new treatment. This is of course due to the painstaking research and development performed by scientists. It is also due to the progress of medical technology.

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