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Towp Health Archives: May - 2017


May 31, 2017. Humans can start living to the age of 120 years old within the next 60 years. With the advance of drugs that slow our biological clock, people could soon live well beyond the current life expectancy of 81. Professor Vladimir Khavinson. International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 

May 31, 2017. 'Popcorn' has more protein than any other cereal grain. It also has more iron than eggs or roast Beef, and has more fibre than pretzels or potato chips. TV presenter. Sarah Greene. Radio 2 

May 31, 2017. Breast surgeon 'Ian Patterson' has been sentenced to 15 years for 17 counts of wounding with intent and 3 counts of unlawful wounding against 10 patients at private hospitals in West Midlands, UK. Radio 2 news. He lied to his patients. Exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer believing himself to be untouchable. Judge Jeremy Baker.

May 31, 2017. A lady who had 'multiple myeloma' was treated with chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and other treatments which were not working. She was then given Turmeric (curcumin) and the cancer slowed down. There was no alternative explanation that you are seeing a response to curcumin in her case. It clearly does not work for everyone. Professor Jamie Cavenagh. Myeloma Specialist.

May 31, 2017. Turmeric can defend off anything from allergens to depression even cancer. The countries which cook with Turmeric, rates of cancer are surprisingly low. Biology and medicine journalist. Michael Mosely. The Food programme. Radio 4.

May 30, 2017. 100.000 people get 'strokes' in the UK every year and many of them we are told are preventable. Jeremy Vine. Radio 2. Strokes can be inherited, but the sort of lifestyle that gives you a heart attack or stroke is mostly because of our tendency to accumulate weight around our tummies, to be overweight, too much stress, not to exercise or eat correctly, and to have too much salt. I would buy a blood pressure monitor and keep an eye on your levels. If in doubt, see your pharmacist or doctor. GP. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2.

May 30, 2017. 'Antibiotic resistant' is one of the biggest threats to global health everywhere but new research from the Scripps Research Institute in the U.S has taken an existing antibiotic and made it more potent and more importantly, enhancing it making it harder for bacteria to then develop resistance. BBC World Service Update. 

May 30, 2017. Studies on 300 babies 'eating habits' showed that babies who were 'spoon fed' were more likely to be obese. 20% of Spoon fed babies were overweight by the age of 2. Only 8% of 'self fed babies were over weight because they stopped eating when full. They were also trimmer, healthier and more adventurous eaters. Dr Chris Steel. ITV This Morning.

May 30, 2017. The FSA reported that white wine has more sugar in it than red, rose and beer. Dr Chris Steel. ITV This Morning. 

May 30, 2017. Coffee can protect the liver. A study of over 2 and half million people showed 1 cup a day reduced cancer of the liver by 20%. 2 cups by 35% and 5 cups of coffee a day had a 50% reduction in liver cancer patients. Dr Chris Steel. ITV This Morning. 

May  28, 2017. A cure for baldness may be a step closer after research has found what causes hair to regrow. Cells known as 'tregs' are essential to regeneration of follicles which could lead to treatments being developed. University of California. Metro News. 

May 27, 2016. Swiss scientists have designed a 'virus' which helps the immune system clear our cancer. In mice, the treatment was shown to bring remission and researchers are keen to move to human trials. Professor Daniel Pinschewer. University of Basel.

May 26, 2017. The charity Changing Faces has reported a rise of discrimination  - The odd curious glance, or an inquisitive look may not be offensive, but people with a facial or body disfigurement say they're suffering harassment from strangers that in some cases is abusive. 80% have experienced harassment. 50% have been bullied at School and virtually all said they've been abused on social media. BBC 1 News presenter Riz Lateef.

May 26, 2017. Scientists have discovered a new 'genetic variant' common among Greeks living in the isolated villages Zoniana and Anogia in Northern Greece. This 'genetic variant' appears to protect the heart by lower levels of bad fats and cholesterol. They found that cardiovascular diseases and strokes are very rare. BBC News. 

May 26, 2017. Thames Deaths - 42 deaths in the last year. 79% are adult men. 40% did not intend to get into the water. If you enter the water, you'll suffer from what's known as 'cold water shock' where you start gasping and then inhaling water and your instinct is to breath harder and then start swimming. You need to fight this instinct if you do end up in the water and that is to 'float'. Once you've got your breath and you've past that 'cold water shock' phase, then either shout for help or swim to safety. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) 

May 25, 2017. Pharmaceutical manufactures know how our minds influence how we respond to drugs and they exploit that science when marketing medication. The research in prevention magazine found that our mind believes white pills relive pain, yellow lifts mood, and blue is calming. They also found the more the drug costs, the more we think it works. Presenter Steve Wright. Radio 2.

May 25, 2017. An outbreak of 'cholera' in Yemen have killed 332 people and left 33.000 ill in the last 4 weeks (WHO figures) through war resulting in poor sanitation and contaminated food and water. Sarah Boseley. Guardian Health Editor. 

May 25, 2017. 'Cannabis' could help treat 'epilepsy' in children. Cannabidiol should not be viewed as a panacea for epilepsy, but for patients with especially severe forms who have not responded to numerous medications, these results provide hope that we may soon have another treatment option. Professor Orrin Devinsky.  NYU Langone Medical Centre. US. 

May 24, 2017. 'Elder speak' is a baby way of talking to to older people, so younger people tend to use higher pitches and slow their voices and speech down. They also tend to use terms of endearment and more simpler phrases. People do this without even thinking about it but the evidence showed it's really quite unhelpful, patronising and linked with lower levels of well being for the elderly. Radio 4. Catherine Loveday. Principal Lecturer. Cognitive Neuroscience Research 

May 24, 2017. 2.8 million people over 65 will need nursing and social care by 2025 due to a significant rise in dementia-related disability. Lancet Public Health medical journal.

May 24, 2017. If you look at the amazing way that music can bring memories back for people suffering from 'dementia'. There is no cure as yet, but for the growing numbers of people living with the condition, some simple ways to slow it's progression is singing and music. Jeremy Vine. Radio 2. 

May 23, 2017. In many cities, levels of 'air pollution' are souring. A big problem for everyone, more with people who have asthma and respiratory conditions. Published research shows how diesel particles attack the lungs and respiratory system. The surface of diesel particles called PAH can simulate the nerves in the airways - linked with coughing and tightening of the airways, and can effect the heart. BBC News. 

May 23, 2017. There are over 100 trillion microbes in the gut - producing chemicals effecting and influencing things like weight and mood. They also shape and train the immune system how to behave. Eating junk food does not help. Eating a wide range of healthy foods will. Biology and medicine journalist. Michael Mosley. Radio 2 

May 23, 2017. 'The everyday effects of 'unconscious bias'. It is important to treat people as individuals. Don't make assumptions about them. If you feel those assumptions creeping in, question why you're making those assumptions. Jessica Rose. Institute of Psychology. Radio 4. All In The Mind. 

May 22, 2017. People with 'mental health problems' are more likely to get into debt, take out credit and make impulse buys. Polly Mackenzie. Money and Mental Health Policy Institute.

May 22, 2017. 'Beta-blockers' prescribed to patients following Cardiac surgery may do more harm than good. Depression, mood swings has prompted a re-evaluation of the merits of beta-blockers. Daily Telegraph. 

May 22, 2017. A rise in potential 'food poisoning' has been found in 80% of European Pig products like sausages, hams and salamis. In extreme cases it can paralyse and kill and is extremely dangerous for your liver, nerves, the elderly, pregnant, and those with suppressed immune systems.. Dr Harry Dalton. Gastroenterologist. Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

May 22, 2017. High levels of 'air pollution' is ruining peoples sleep.People in high pollution areas were 60% more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation. Graeme Paton. Transport Correspondent.

May 20, 2017. How to have a healthy retirement. Get out of the house everyday, even if you don't feel like it. Social activity on a basic level really makes a difference. Dr Ann Robinson.  BBC World Service Health Check

May 20, 2017. If you're exposed to quite extreme cold over a period of time, your blood thickens, it becomes more prone to clotting and blood pressure rises as a response and these factors may be contributing to increase risk of heart attack and early risk of death over the winter Keep warm, keep moving and stay off anti inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen and Naproxen. BBC World Service. Health Check.

May 19, 2017. For more than 70 years we've raged war against bacterial infections using antibiotics, but it's a war we're now losing. Drug resistant super-bugs are now spreading. Michael Mosley. BBC Radio 4. Super-bugs. 

May 19, 2017. Melanoma skin cancer rates in the UK has risen by 119% since the early 90s and is now the 5th most common cancer in the country. Which Consumer Group.

May 18, 2017. Over 1,700 new plants have been discovered over the last year including some which are used to treat people with Parkinson's disease. Royal Botanic Gardens. Kew.

May 18, 2017. A device has been created which helps paralysed people control robotic limbs using thoughts alone and without needing brain surgery. Melbourne University.

May 18, 2017. Scientists believe they are very close to being able to generate blood cells from a patients skin which could lead to new treatments for people with blood disorders and end the shortage of donated blood.  Scientists. Boston's Children's Hospital.  

May 17, 2017. Eggs offer so many health benefits they should be on prescription. They are packed with good fats, Protein, vitamin D, B, selenium and minerals and are natures mufti-vitamin. briefreport.co.uk.

May 17, 2017. Doctors over 50 are much more likely to be complained about. General Medical Council

May 17, 2017. Elderly patients are more likely to die if their doctor is over 60 because their knowledge is likely to be outdated. Harvard University research. 

May 16, 2017 The chief medical officer recommended that during pregnancy woman don't drink any alcohol at all which is sensible advice because if anyone followed that rule, we wouldn't have any problems. but having 'a' drink occasionally, the chances of doing any harm are minimal, but to be 100% safe don't drink alcohol during pregnancy. Dr Zoe Williams. This Morning ITV.

May 16, 2017. Crickets are nutritional and we will all be eating them soon. Four crickets have the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk, and a Dung Beetle has twice the protein as Beef. Radio 4 advertisement. 

May 16, 2017.  Due to an outbreak of Cholera in Yemen, almost 2000 people are effected and a number have died. R.T news.  

MAY 16, 2017. Dairy foods do not harm health. Cheese, milk, yoghurt and butter do not increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.  An international team of scientists who looked at numerous studies of over a million patients in several countries over 25 years showed there was no association between Dairy intake and heart attack and stroke.  Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV

May 16, 2017. The Worlds first unisex contraception pill made from olives which suppressed sperm activity and strength of sperm. Early research by scientists have discovered.  Dr Chris Steele. This Morning. ITV.

May 16, 2017. Going Gluten free if you don't have Celiac disease is bad for your health. because you're reducing your intake of healthy grains. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV. 

May 15, 2017. In some cases you're paying three times more for exactly the same type of over-the-counter pharmaceutical tablets. Look on the side of the packet for the PLN (product License Number). E.G. Two Identical hay-fever tablets had the same PLN number. One cost £4.00, the other cost $1.00. You're actually paying extra for the branded name and package. Money saving expert Martin Lewis. ITV This Morning 

May 12, 2017.  Recent research has shown that 'Post Natal Depression can effect 'men' as well as woman suffering from the common symptoms. Dr Sushma Sundaresh. ITV News.

May 12, 2017.  A worrying number of people with dementia in the UK is estimated at more than 800.000 and is growing very fast. It's doubled in the last 10 years and will double again in the next 10 -15 years as the population ages. Martin Knapp. Professor of Social policy.

May 12, 2017. Many people have hospital appointments delayed or cancelled due to a 'ransom cyber attack' on NHS hospitals and GP I.T systems as well as other departments and businesses around the World. Sky News.

May 11, 2017. Dementia costs the NHS 4.3 billion pounds a year. Dementia is responsible for 1 in 9 deaths. NHS. 2 Billion a Week. NHS 2 Billion a Week. London Live.

May 11, 2017. The NHS is the 5th biggest employer in the World with 8000 GPs, 2000 hospitals treating 7 million people every week. NHS. 2 Billion a Week. London Live.

May 11, 2017.  430.000 elderly people are in care homes in the UK, however, only 55 will survive their first year in the system. The rate of nursery homes that are closing is at an all time high. Eamonn Holmes ITV This Morning.

May 10, 2017. Social media can be as addictive . Just seeing the Facebook and Twitter logos can give people a buzz similar to eating chocolate and smoking (nicotine). Daily Mail.

May 10, 2017. Research published in the 'Lancet' on 'drug resistant tuberculosis' with scientists predicting by 2040 a 1/3 of cases in Russia. 1 in 10 in India and the Philippines, and 1 in 20 cases in South Africa will be resistant to antibioticsClaudia Hammond. BBC World Health Check

May 10, 2017. Studies have shown that heart failure patients with depression are 4 times more likely to die within 2 years compared to those classified as not being depressed. Dr John Sharpe. Clinical Psychologist. BBC Health Check.

May 10, 2017.  NHS data suggests that waiting times in England are at there worst levels in 5 years. In the last year, 2 and a half million people had to wait longer than 4 hours to be seen in A&E. The Health Foundation Think Tank. 

May 10, 207. A 'Western' diet of red and processed meats, soft drink, chip, and sugar increases the risk of gout. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains can lower the danger of the painful condition which effects the joints, the study of 44.000 men. British Medical Journal.

May 10, 2017. Taking over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib and naprozen for just a week can increase the risk of heart attack by up to 50% experts warned. University Of Montreal. 

May 9, 2017. Minnesota U.S is in the middle of the worst outbreak of measles. The worst hit areas are County Crow Wing County, Hennepin and Ramsey. Presenter Ross Atkins. BBC. Outside Source.

May 9, 2017. Belching all the time could be your nerves. Anxiety makes people breath rapidly and swallow more often causing them to burp more frequently. DJ Steve Wright. Radio 2.

May 9, 2017. Vertical stripes, and vertical lines on clothing and blinds, and in peoples daily lives could trigger migraines in people. Research suggests there is a link between viewing stripy images & the cause of headaches. Judith Pearson. Headache Specialist. National Migraine Centre.

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