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Stressed staff, fitness fibs and prescribing peanuts



NHS staff are the most stressed public sector workers in the UK, according to a new survey by the Guardian newspaper.

The survey of 3,700 public sector and voluntary staff’s health and wellbeing 61% of those who responded reported feeling stressed all or most of the time, and 59% say their stress levels have increased on last year. More than a quarter don’t take any break at all.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: ‘Frontline work in the NHS is rewarding, but it can be emotionally and physically challenging, so it’s vital those staff have the right support.’ Pulse recently revealed how GP burnout levels have hit record levels amid cuts to occupational health services.

Good news for unabashed couch potatoes as a survey of 2,000 Brits found that more than a quarter of us lie about the amount of exercise we do.

According to the Daily Mail, the survey of 2,000 found we tell fitness fibs about three times a week, ranging from how many times a week we exercise, how far we run  and how much weight you can lift.

And finally, half a handful of nuts each day could cut your risk of death from a range of ills after a new cohort study of 120,000 adults aged 55 to 69 found 15 grams of nuts or peanuts per day was associated with greater longevity.

The Telegraph reports that Dutch researchers found peanut poppers had a lower risk of dying from respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease, and diabetes, as well as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.  

Project leader Professor Piet van den Brandt said: ‘It was remarkable that substantially lower mortality was already observed at consumption levels of 15 grams of nuts or peanuts on average per day, half a handful.’