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Supervised exercise best for bad knee pain

Supervised exercise therapy is best for severe knee pain, a study published online in the British Medical Journal has concluded. Researchers in the Netherlands investigated the effectiveness of supervised exercise therapy compared with usual care in 131 patients aged between 14 and 40 with patellofemoral pain syndrome, or where pain occurs at the front of the knee during or after exercise. It found supervised exercise therapy in general practice was more effective than usual care, though it had no effect on perceived recovery.

Mind charity publishes mental health guidance

Practical advice on managing mental distress at work has been published by the mental health charity Mind. The information has been loaded on its Time to Change website and includes films to show how line managers and staff can work together by being more flexible and supportive.

Eye care help overlooked by computer-using staff

More than two-fifths of computer-users are not aware their employer could help them with eye care costs, according to a survey by sight charity The Eyecare Trust and healthcare provider Simplyhealth. Employers are legally obliged to protect the eyesight of staff who regularly use computers for periods of more than one hour, sometimes less, per day. This includes paying for regular sight tests, and glasses if prescribed specifically for computer use.

Men more likely to have undiagnosed diabetes

Men over 50 are nearly twice as likely to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes as their female counterparts, the charity Diabetes UK has warned. A study in the journal Diabetic Medicine of 6,739 52- to 79-year-olds found 502 had diabetes. More than a fifth of the men did not realise they had it, compared with 12% of the women.

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