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Depressed Britons denied treatment, millions die from eating salt and calls for earlier start to smear testing

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Thursday 14 August.

Two-thirds of Britons with depression get no treatment, warns the Guardian this morning.

In his first interview since being elected, incoming Royal College of Psychology president Professor Simon Wessely said if these figures related to cancer it would not be tolerated. ‘You’d be absolutely appalled and you would be screaming from the rooftops,’ he said.

Eating too much salt is causing 1.65 million deaths globally each year, researchers have said.

Leading the study, Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, from Tufts University in the US, was quoted in the Telegraph saying: ‘High sodium intake is known to increase blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases including heart disease and stroke.’

A newly-wed has died of cervical cancer because she was too young to have a smear test, the Daily Mail reports. Dawn Weston died this year aged 26, having first presented symptoms of back pain when she was 24. UK women are offered routine smear tests from the age of 25 as developing cervical cancer at a younger age is ‘very rare’. Her widower is now calling for smear testing to begin at a younger age.



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