Between 2009-10 and 2012-13, health spending was cut in real terms by about 3.6% in Wales. During the same period, the English health budget was increasing, albeit at under 1% a year in real terms, which was less than the average yearly growth of 4% seen under the previous Labour government. However, since 2012-13, health spending in Wales has increased from £6bn to close to £7bn in 2016-17. The Wales Audit Office notes an average 2.9% annual increase in real terms during this period. This tops spending increases in England, which have averaged 2% per year since 2013. In fact, Wales now spends £64 moreRead More →

“Under 30 degrees, factoring in the wind chill, it’s not going to be safe for any dog to be outside for an extended period of time,” said Dr. Kim Smyth, a staff veterinarian with Petplan insurance. “You can buy yourself a little bit of time with warm weather clothing.” If you aren’t using booties, wipe down your dog’s paws when they come inside and check their pads for redness or swelling. Flickr / Meade Certain conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease can make it harder for dogs to regulate their body temperature. The cold can also make conditions like arthritis worse. Besides bundlingRead More →

It’s believed that some doctors don’t take cardiovascular diseases as seriously in women as they do in men, as heart disease tends to be considered more of a “male problem”. In a new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, scientists looked at 180,368 patients from Sweden who had experienced a heart attack between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2013. During the 10-year span, the researchers found that women were three times more likely to die in the year after having a heart attack in comparison to their male counterparts due to lack of treatment.  It was also reported that women who hadRead More →