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Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes and taking the contraceptive pill can reduce the risk by over a quarter, finds a new University of Birmingham-led study.

PCOS affects 10% of women world-wide and has previously been associated with a number of other conditions, such as endometrial cancer, cardiovascular disease, and non-alcohol related fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club have been praised by the city’s health chief for having 100% of the team and coaching staff vaccinated against Covid-19. The club is amongst only a handful of the 20 clubs in the Premier League who have publicly confirmed that all of their players and coaching staff are fully vaccinated against the deadly virus.

John Denley, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “It’s wonderful to see Wolves set such a shining example to their fans and to the wider Premier League, that the best way of protecting ourselves and others from the deadly virus is to get fully vaccinated.

“Players and staff like Head Coach Bruno Lage are great role models for our city and are leading the way in this. There aren’t many Premier League clubs who can say that all of the players and coaching staff have had their Covid-19 vaccinations.

“We are also grateful for the support the club has given to the vaccine rollout in Wolverhampton, from Bruno going on record to encourage others to get vaccinated, to hosting our vaccine bus which proved extremely popular each time it was there. The Wolves Foundation also kindly donated a signed team shirt as an extra incentive for people to get their jabs.”

Bruno Lage, Wolves Head Coach, previously said: "I arrived here with no vaccine and I’ve already taken both of them.

“All of my players have had theirs as well. Here at Wolves, it’s not a question. We all need to do the best thing to get back to normal life.

"That’s why I did it and that’s why all my players did it. It’s important for all the world, not only the players. The quicker we can return to normal, I think it will be good for everyone."

Speaking about the vaccine, Wolves player Ruben Neves added: “When we have something that can help us to have a normal life and there is no proof that it is bad, I think we just need to take it and think of all the people around us, because it will be really good for the people that take it, and the people they are around.”

Covid-19 vaccinations are available in Wolverhampton for anyone over the age of 16, either at walk-in vaccination clinics around the city, or by pre-booking an appointment. Details of walk-in clinics can be found at and vaccination appointments can be booked online at or by calling NHS 119.

The latest figures show there were 332.8 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 875 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

To mark Qatar Airways’ continuous support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, passengers are being offered an exclusive ‘Think Pink’ experience in the sky as well in Hamad International Airport (HIA) lounges, including custom-designed limited-edition BRIC’S amenity kits and pink-themed special menus.

Designed by Qatar Airways in collaboration with the stylish Italian luggage brand – BRIC’S, the limited-edition amenity kits are made from vegan leather and are offered in two different designs – a pink and white kit for female passengers, and a black kit for male passengers, both with the iconic breast cancer ribbon prints.

One million COVID-19 tests have been processed at the new megalab in Leamington Spa using cutting-edge testing technology including top of the range robotics.

Opened in June 2021 the laboratory is part of the current Test and Trace network and is at the heart of the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) plans for managing COVID-19, including through scaled up genome sequencing capacity.

Schools, offices and community groups in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to say #HelloYellow today (Friday 8 October) and put on something yellow to let young people know they are not alone this World Mental Health Day.

The #HelloYellow campaign, created by Young Minds and supported by #YES, Wolverhampton’s Youth Engagement Strategy, and HeadStart Wolverhampton, aims to raise awareness of some of the issues that young people may face with their mental health and how to deal with them.

The British Society for Surgery of the Hand is excited to launch the crowd funder for its first ever book, Hands Re:Worked - a stunning montage of photographs celebrating hand patients, their inspiring stories and their hands, reclaimed with the help of surgery. Hands Re:Worked showcases a wide variety of inspiring patients' stories, from para-triathletes to stonemasons, Archbishops to survivors of terrorist attacks.

The first new sickle-cell treatment in 20 years will help keep thousands of people out of hospital over the next three years, NHS England has said.

Sickle-cell disease is incurable and affects 15,000 people in the UK and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the hope of reducing health inequalities for Black people, who are predominantly affected and often have poorer health to start with, made the drug worth recommending.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is deeply concerned that Department for Transport (DfT) figures released today show an increase in the number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and children, despite an overall reduction in the number of road deaths following a year of lockdowns.

The DfT published the Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2020 which shows that last year 1,460 people were killed on our roads, which is a fall of 17 per cent compared with the figure in 2019.

Stoptober is back to launch its 10th mass quit attempt, calling on smokers in England to join the 2.3 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago in 2012

Over 6 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the leading cause of premature death, with almost 75,000 preventable deaths a year.

Birmingham’s acclaimed Bedlam Arts and Mental Health Festival, which aims to raise awareness of mental health and well-being through the importance of the arts, returns for its 5th edition running over ten days. The festival, performed in venues and spaces across the city, presents a diverse programme of world premieres, visual art and film, as well as powerful live performance through theatre, spoken word, dance, and music. 

The festival is organised by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Midlands Arts Centre, Red Earth Collective and Sampad South Asian Arts in consultation with practitioners and those with lived experience of mental health problems. 

Leading provider of care and support services to vulnerable adults National Care Group has unveiled its brand-new academy and apprenticeship programme to help kickstart a career in care for the next generation. 

Introduced to pave the way for school leavers to train and develop, the National Care Group Academy and Support Worker Apprenticeship programme offers candidates the opportunity to learn on the job and gain care qualifications at the same time. 

With 12-15 year olds now being offered the Covid-19 vaccination specialist family lawyers are offering advice on consent, particularly when parents are separated and perhaps don’t agree on the issue.

Three million over 12s will now be offered the Pfizer jab which will be administered to them at school while scientists are also considering booster jabs for over 16s.

People in Birmingham and the Black Country are getting cycling, walking and other physical activity on prescription from their GP to improve both their physical and mental health thanks to a new social prescribing scheme.

Social prescribing aims to reduce health inequality and make active lifestyles more attractive to people by offering free-to-access cycling and walking activities, such as walking groups, free bikes and cycle training.