A prostate cancer screening trial is to get under way in the UK, backed by £42m from the government and Prostate Cancer UK.
Local authorities are to benefit from almost £267m in government funding next year to improve drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services.
The chief medical officer's annual report calls for focus on maximising old people's independence and minimising time in ill health, as well as concentration on non-urban areas.
The government has allocated £70m for stop smoking services and support in every local authority in England – more than double the current funding available.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has licensed Anastrozole, which has for years been used as a breast cancer treatment, as a preventive option in England.
The prevalence of primary school children living with obesity continued to fall in 2022/23, after reaching the highest recorded levels during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The winter vaccination programme has delivered more than 10 million flu jabs (10,527,579) and seven million Covid vaccines (7,525,637).
The government has launched a public consultation on UK-wide guidelines for clinical treatment of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence.
The government has committed over £3m in funding for four new projects developing digital technology intended to improve adult social care services.