Warning on health 'literacy' National briefs.
HEALTH information is too complicated, experts have said.
Complicated messages on health screening posters, labels on medicines
and letters from GPs mean that more than two-fifths of adults are unable
to properly take in the information, a study suggests. Researchers at
London South Bank University said that 43% of people aged between 16 and
65 are unable to effectively understand and use everyday health
information. ? The number of health workers who have been exposed to a
blood-borne virus while at work has doubled over the last decade.There
were 541 cases of the "needle stick injuries" last year, up
from 271 in 2002, a report from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said.