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Towp Health Archives: June - 2017

June 24, 2017. A new drug that slows the progress of 'Multiple Sclerosis' has been called a break through. According to a pair of new clinical trials, the medication ocrelizumab reduced the advancement in MS in advanced patients by 24%. the results from the clinical trial we're compared against data who received a placebo. Microsoft News. 

June 24, 2017.  We have learned how zodiac signs are associated with personality traits. Now scientists from the University of Alicante have found that the 'month people were born' could have influenced the development of some health problems due to foetal development, seasonal changes, changes in UV rays, and viruses. Press Association. 

June 23, 2017. There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or 'dementia', but a new report suggests that exercise, controlling blood pressure and some types of brain training and learning a new language may offer help. Metro News. 

June 23, 2017. 'Yoga' trials have been done in 7 different prisons in the UK and has proved to have a positive effect.. Feelings of being happy and having energy. It decreased stress. Reduced aggression and certain psychiatric symptoms among prisoners. Amy Bilderbeck. Clinical Psychology, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology. 

June 22, 2017. 'Neurogenesis' is the process where we create new brain cells. We hear about brain cells dying but we carry on making new brain cells. Some neuro scientists believe that if someone has depression, their neurogenesis is reduced, and they stop generating new brain cells. Claudia Hammond. BBC World Service. All In The Mind. 

June 22, 2017. Cardiovascular exercise such as running, cross fit training, yoga and meditation are effective ways of boosting 'neurogenesis'High Existence.  

June 22, 2017. 1 in 20 'prescriptions' in the UK are given to the wrong person. Ann Robinson. BBC World Service. Health check.   

June 22, 2017. Studies have shown that in most countries 'woman smile more than men' and men are ore likely to frown than woman. Marianne LaFrance, Professor of Psychology. BBC World Service. Health check. 

June 22, 2017. It's very welcome news for people who have to take 'statin drugs' against their high cholesterol every single day for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately its at least 6 years off. The results in Mice look really promising. There is about 50% reduction in the bad cholesterol levels in their blood and less build up of plaques of cholesterol that deposits in the heart. Ann Robinson. BBC World Service. Health Check.  

June 22, 2017. British holiday makers who make bogus 'food poisoning claims' could go to prison. This is due to a huge rise in claims that have left travel bosses embarrassed by a British problem. Radio 2 News.  

June 21, 2017. Eating oily fish such as tuna, salmon or sardines twice a week appears to reduce swelling in joints affected by 'rheumatoid arthritis', a study published in journal arthritis care and research found. Metro News. 

June 21, 2017. The challenges that 'cancer patients' face in finding travel insurance are being investigated by the financial conduct authority. The watchdog is seeking views from firms about the difficulties in providing cover for people who have, or have had cancer. Metro News. 

June 21, 2017. Chicken Pox. Although might be worse for the second child, the younger children get 'Chicken Pox' usually, the milder the symptoms. And at least once you've had it, it's extremely rare to catch it again. GP Helen Lawal. CH 4. How To Stay Well.

June 21, 2017.  
Developing bowel cancer from eating 'processed meat' happens when the cells, 'which are our building blocks of our bodies' start to behave abnormally. The same process happens whether it's a skin cancer, lung or bowel cancer. The biggest problems which have the same effect as eating processed meat are smoking, lack of exercise and alcohol. Professor Sue Clark.CH 4. How To Stay Well.

June 21, 2017. 
The main reason 'processed meat' effect our bodies is down to chemicals called nitrites used to preserve it which turn into cancer causing chemicals called Nitrosamin
es when eaten. It's clear eating processed meat does raise the amount of cancer causing chemicals in our bowels. Dr Javid Abdelmoneim. CH 4. How To Stay Well.

June 21, 2017. 
MRSA bacteria is known as a super bug as it's developed a resistance to many antibiotics. Last year a quarter of the 819 patients who were reported to have 'MRSA' blood stream infections in England died within a month of diagnosis. It's mainly associated with hospitals where those with broken skin, and lower immunity are most at risk. Dr Javid Abdelmoneim. CH 4. How To Stay Well. 


June 21, 2017. Uraguain president Tabare Vazquez is a cancer specialists and former smoker. He has declared a public health war against 'tobacco'. He has put his country at the forefront of tobacco control. The Truth About Cancer. BBC World Service.  

June 20, 2017. 'Smoking' is forecast to kill a billion people this century if left unchecked. Cancer of the lung is the leading cause of cancer deaths World wide. More than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.  Anu Anand. BBC World Service. The Truth About Cancer.  

June 20, 207. 'Nigeria food aid'. Half of the food aid which is meant for people who have been forced to leave their homes because of Islamists in the north east of the country. 50 of the 100 trucks with lie saving aid are not getting through because of the Boko Haram insurgency. Outside Source. BBC News.  

June 20, 2017. People can die of a 'broken heart'. The stress can damage the heart short term and long term. It causes a very irregular heart beat and can lead to heart failure. The medical term is called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM). Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

June 20, 2017. People who take 'aspirin' to prevent heart attacks and strokes will help thin the blood and prevent clotting are good to prevent clots in the coronary arteries, heart attacks and strokes. The problem is in taking even a low dose aspirin is a risk of haemorrhage in the gut especially the stomach and 20.000 people are admitted each year from gastric haemorrhages with 300 deaths. The elderly and people over 75 should be taking along with their aspirin a proton pump inhibitors (PPI) to reduce acid production in the stomach and reduce the risk of haemorrhage. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

June 20, 2017. 7 million people are on 'statins' to reduce their further risk of heart attacks and strokes. New research done on mice concluded the mice had reduced their cholesterol by more than a half. Reduced fatty deposits in the arteries by two thirds and reduced blood vessel inflammation.  People are not taking their statins because they don't 'feel' any benefits but of course they are. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

June 20, 2017. A study of 80.000 Chinese adults found that those who drink 1 to 2 pints a day had a reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes. 'Beer drinking' reduces kidney stones. It increases bone health and reduces the risk of dementia by 22%. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.  

June 19, 2017. An experimented undertaken by a number of School children to find out which technique had the most calming effect. Either 'mindfulness', 'Yoga' or 'pet therapy'  They found that all three techniques led to people feeling happy and more confident about their GCSEs, but Yoga and pet therapy came top, neck and neck. The One Show. BBC 1. 

June 19, 2017  The babies known as the 'hunger winter babies.'  who we're conceived in the Netherlands during the 1945 'famine' and whose mother we're undernourished during the very first stages of pregnancy provide science with a rare group to study. Now in their 70s, the results found they had more heart disease, more type 2 diabetes, higher cholesterol levels and they generally feel less healthy. An MRI scan of the brain shows differences in the structure of the brain. They we're worse on cognitive tasks, and had accelerated aging of their brains. Tessa Roseboom, professor of Early Development and Health. BBC Crowd Science.

June 19, 2017. One of my main interests is how the epigenetics of someone can change because of environmental influences, and of course especially if those environmental influences appear very early in our life and then determine our health decades later.  Epigentic information is laid down in the womb during our early development, and actually we start without any epigenetic information. Not only the people who suffered from severe 'famine' had babies with more health problems, but their children, and children's children also suffered from health problems in later life. BBC World Service. Crowd Science.

June 19, 2017. 'Builders' have the healthiest jobs in Britain. They are typically active for 7 hours a day, burning 2,500 calories, while I.T workers are active for 24 minutes, burning under 100 a survey by Ironmongery Direct Shows. Metro News. 

June 19, 2017. Dried fruit is often suggested as a healthy alternative to snacking on biscuits and crisps but dentists have warned that eating raisins may be worse for 'children's teeth' as they are packed with sugar and eating raisins is like gluing sugar to the teeth. Colin Fernandez. Science Correspondent.

June 19, 2017.  Doctor are to vote on whether to abolish the time limit on 'abortions'. Up to 500 GPs and hospital doctors will debate decriminalisation during a major conference at the end of the month. It could lead to a call for woman to be allowed to terminate their pregnancy right up until the due date - and for any reason. Sophie Borland. Health Editor. Daily Mail.

 June 19, 2017. The 528 participants in the latest trial - one of the largest studies of 'acupuncture' - were suffering from migraine, acute lower back pain or ankle sprain. Tests found the procedure which inserts needles into certain points showed there is still little research in to whether acupuncture could be useful treatment Colin Fernandez. Science correspondent.

June 18, 2017.  In vitro fertilisation ('IVF') is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a clinical guideline. It's not compulsory, therefore a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has the option to say yes or no. The first thing to ask if your infertile and can't have children is to look  at adoption. There's lots of kids out there looking for adoption. Professor Alan Maynard. Lay Chair. Vale of York CCG. NHS 2 Billion a Week. London Live

June 18, 2907. If the NHS funded 'weight loss surgery' for everyone whose obese, it would cost 5 billion pounds. 5 billion pounds can either run maternity services across England for 2 years. Fund arthritis related treatments for 10 million people, or employ nurses in acute wards for 1 year. Narrator. NHS 2 Billion a Week. London Live. 

June 18, 2017. I just think it's hugely unfair for patients who for geographical reasons are 'discriminated' against. If we're providing a national health service, it should be the same across the nation and not where you live. Dr Zoe Norris. NHS - 2 Billion a Week. London Live..  

June 18, 2017.  We have this terrible attitude towards 'obesity' here in the UK, it's all your fault, why do you deserve treatment, and we must not be like that because obesity is so complex. The food industry is also responsible for the obesity crisis. GP Dr Ellie Cannon. NHS - 2 Billion a Week. London Live.

June 18, 2017. TV presenter Ant McPartlin, (Ant & Dec) faces two months of rehabilitation after revealing he's addicted to drugs and alcohol following 'depression' over fertility struggles and knee surgery. Daily Mail. 


June 18, 2017.  The Grenfell tower block fire. The Prime Minister has announced 1.5 million pounds to help the 'mental health' of emergency services. Smooth Radio News

June 17, 2017.  A Los Angeles County coroner says Star Wars actress 'Carrie Fisher' died from 'sleep apnoea', a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, as well as other factors. Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, died the following day. BBC News. 

June 16, 2017. 'Dog Napping' is on the rise up 20% over the last 2 years. Thieves steal 5 Dogs a day leaving an estimated one and a half million people effected by the loss of their loved ones 1 in 10 a stolen during a burglary. Half are snatched from gardens and 1 in 10 are stolen while out for walks.. Presenter Eamonn Holmes. This Morning. 

June 16, 2017. Venezuela was one of the richest nations in Latin America. Today the country is in turmoil. Inflation rates of more than 700%. A collapsing infrastructure and the biggest unrest in  a decade. This is taking kit's toll on the health of it's citizens with a sharp rise in infant mortality and the number of woman dying in childbirth and pregnancy is up by 65%. Claudia Hammond. BBC Health Check. 

June 16, 2017'Flu season is in Chili' and every year in a population of 17 million, as many as 6500 people are hospitalised and around 500 people die from flu. BBC Health Check. 

June 16, 2017. Cancer research UK and the British association of Dermatologists advise that all 'sunscreens' should be re-applied. Last year a report highlighted that after 6 - 8 hours, an average SDF (Sun Protection Factor.) could be reduced by 74%. This means that over the course of the day an SPF 30 once a day sunscreen could drop to offer as little protection as SPF 8. BBC. 

June 16, 2017. If you use 'sunscreen products' to protect the health of your skin, your body's natural production of vitamin D may be reduced. Vitamin D package warning.

June 16, 2017. The rates of 'melanoma', the most serious forms of skin cancer have soured in the UK over the last decade. They have risen by 45% and 42 cases a day being diagnosed. BBC. 

June 15, 2017. This inventions a magic bullet. It's made childbirth 35 times safer. It has saved 200 million lives. Without it, we would probably be dead. 'Antibiotics'. TV presenter Angela Rippon. BBC.

June 15, 2017.  National Clean Air Day. 'Air pollution' is real and harms the health of millions. Unlike other risks to our health. #NationalCleanAirDay.

June 15, 2917. Victims of 'Parkinson's disease' have had Pig cells implanted in their brains in a bid to stop their disease progressing. Initial results look promising although approach is still in the early stages of testing. Cell Technologies. Auckland. New Zealand.

June 15, 2017. Unborn 'babies' may react to faces from inside the womb. A study found that on a summer day, with no clothing in the way, a foetus gets the same light as in a typical house. Prof Mark Johnson. Birkbeck college. London. 

June 15, 2017. 'Drones' carrying defibrillators could soon save lives by reaching someone whose heart has stopped quicker than an ambulance. Metro news.  

June 14, 2017. A study links daily dose of 'aspirin' to 3,000 deaths a year in the UK. ITV News. 

June 14, 2017. 50% of people despite good care are not getting any better. That's one of the key areas of mental health at the moment. How can we really help.Stephen Buckley. Head of Information at Mind. BBC Radio 4. 

June 14, 2017. Traditional 'Chinese medicinal herbs' could be used to treat low blood sugar and insulin levels.  prevent heart disease and diabetes. Shandong University. Qilu Hospital. China 

June 14, 2017. World Blood Donor Day. To raise awareness of the need for blood, blood products, and to thank blood donors. 

June 13, 2017. Google's street-view cars have been tracking 'air pollution' after a year of the vehicles driving around Oakland, California. Data localised to individual roads have become available with initial recordings of black carbon, nitric oxide and nitrogen oxide being revealed. BBC NEWS Click.

June 13, 2017. Mongolia has the highest rate of 'liver cancer' due to alcohol. Six times the global average and the number is increasing. The viral infections are from two strains of hepatitis B & C. Hepatitis is spread by contamination with infected blood and through sex. More than a quarter of Mongolians are effected with one of these viruses. BBC The Truth About Cancer. 

June 13, 2017.  Scientists say 'cheese' could cure deafness. They reckon that eating cheese can help repair hearing damage because cheese contains a chemical compound called D-methionine which has proved in tests with animals to reverse damage to nerve cells in the ear.
Dr Chris Steele. This Morning. 

June 13, 2017. Research looking into people who ate 'carbs' for breakfast make better business deals. Carbs stimulate the release of the positive feel good hormone dopamine. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning. 

June 13, 2017.  'Cancer' kills more people globally than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined with the burden falling most heavily on the poor. Anu Anand. BBC World Service. The Truth About Cancer. 

June 13, 2917.  Research and on-going investigations over the last 10 years showed that 64 players have died of a heart attack from playing 'football'. 26 of the players who died are from Africa.  BBC More Or Less. 

June 12, 2017. 'Bed Sores' effect half a million people in the UK every year. It's not just the elderly, bed-bound or overweight people who get them. Wheelchair users, underweight people, and long term hospital patients are all at risk. Prevention is easier than the cure.  Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2. 

June 12, 2017. Our ears secrete more 'ear wax' when frightened and afraid than when we are not. Scientists are unsure why, but studies suggest that 'fear' causes the ears to produce more wax. DJ  Steve Wright. Radio 2. 

June 12, 2017. Simply seeing 'plus-size models' can boost women’s psychological health. Plus-size-models have a positive effect on women's mental healthFlorida State University. 

June 12, 2017 - June 18. Carers Week. Celebrating the role 'carers' play in supporting people who are frail, ill or disabled. #CarersWeek. 

June 12, 2017. World Meat Free DayAims to raise awareness of the benefits for our planet by eating less 'meat'. #WorldMeatFreeDay.  

June 10, 2017 - June 17, 2017.  World Autism Awareness Week. To improve understanding of autism across the country and raise valuable awareness. #national-autistic-society 

June 9, 2017. The nations with some of the worse records for 'polluting the seas' with plastic have promised to clean up their act. China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand told a UN summit they will work harder to keep plastics out of the sea. BBC World News. 

June 9, 2017.  'Elderly people' are being advised to take up the tango and ballroom dancing to cut the risk of falls. An expert said dance classes help to keep their balance by maintaining ankle and core muscle strength. Dr Emma Redding. 

June 9, 2017. 'Ovarian cancer' is very difficult to treat. It's not often picked up in woman until it's quite far advanced and symptoms quite vague. A new study of just 15 woman found that in 7 of those treated with a new type of drug the tumours shrank. We still have a long way to go. Philippa Roxby. Health reporter at BBC News.
 
June 8, 2017. World Oceans Day is a global celebration with hundreds of events around the world celebrating our ocean. #WorldOceanDay. 

June 8, 2017.   Research from the Birmingham University said if you have a particular kind of hormone therapy called Abiraterone a little bit earlier than is recommended at the moment, then you might save more lives from 'prostate cancer'. BBC World Service Health Check. 

June 8, 2017. Severe 'dust particles' in sand storms in Amar, Southern Jordan are reaching very high levels due to more industries, factories and refineries being built. As well as less farming, more urbanisation causing unwelcome eye and nose irritation, blocked nose, asthma, cardiovascular disease. People requiring hospitalisation and death. BBC World Service Health Check.

June 8, 2017. 80% of children including under 2 year do not visit the dentist even though it's free resulting in too many children having rotten teeth extracted. Sky News.

June 8, 2017. Children who had higher levels of exposure to lead we're much more likely to have 'autism' and children who we're exposed to lower levels of zinc and manganese were less likely to have autism. Toxins from the environment and our diet have an influence on autism a small study has shown. BBC World Service Health Check. 

June 8, 2017. England and Wales have the highest rate of 'autopsies' in the World. In Japan full autopsy's is much rarer because they use CT scanning instead which is something we need to do more of. Guy Richie. BBC Health Check. 

June 8, 2017. There is considerable evidence now going back several decades from family studies, in particular from twin studies showing there's a 'genetic influence' on almost all areas of health and well being. All In The Mind. BBC World Service. 

June 7, 2016. Doing 'yoga' lowers the stress hormone cortisol which makes patients more relaxed and better able to cope with side effects. Researchers at the University of Rochester. 

June 7, 2017. In Mongolia, the death rate from 'liver cancer' is 6 times the global average. Until recently, care for the dying was not on the national health agenda. BBC World Service. Outlook.


June 7, 2017. A study of people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s with high blood pressure and diabetes all had a higher survival rate, than those who were 'not' married Having someone special in your life is what's important rather than simply getting hitched. BBC World News.

June 7, 2017.  Research from the Ambrosia start-up in the US said people over 35 who received blood transfusions from young people may help reduce their risk of major diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease, according to a new study. The Metro News. 

June 6, 2017. Announced today, foods to 'keep you regular' are coffee, spicy foods, prunes, avocados, Haribo sugar free gums, broccoli and overly ripe bananas. DJ Steve Wright. Radio 2. 

June 6, 2017. Patients who ate 400 grams of 'mango pulp' everyday for 6 weeks can improve blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV. 

June 6, 2017. A study of over 200.000 patients with breast cancer who also take 'statins' are significantly less likely to die from their cancer in the short term. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

June 6, 2017. Snacking on almonds could help keep 'type 2 diabetes' symptoms under control and can help reduce them and even work to prevent it.. Research has shown them to have a positive effect on modulating blood sugar levels. Daily Express..  

June 6, 2017. The diseases that get the attention and money the are not necessarily the disease that kill the most people. Elizabeth Cassin wants us to understand that we ignore some disease that are not considered sexy or interesting. Tim Harford. BBC World Service. More or Less. 

June 5, 2017. Scientists say they've been able to detect cancer in the blood stream of apparently healthy people years before symptoms appear. There hoping they can now devise a screening test that could be carried out in doctors surgery as part of a routine health check. The development is thought to be several years away. BBC News.

June 5, 2017. There is no evidence to show that money buys happiness. Instead research shows that happy people tend to express gratitude on a regular basis, practice being optimistic. Engaging in frequent acts of kindness. Savoir Joyful events and practice forgiveness. DJ Steve Wright Radio 2. 

June 5, 2017. A clean environment, fresh food, physical activity and medical advances can allow people who are young today to live until 120,” says Professor Vladimir Khavinson, President of the European region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Telegraph. 

June 5, 2017. World Environment Day. Encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. 

June 3, 2017. The Royal Marsden Trust and the Institute of Cancer Research say a new treatment for advanced 'ovarian cancer' is the biggest  breakthrough in a decade. A drug used in trials mimics folic acid to attack ovarian cancer cells / shrinking tumours,. Sky News.

June 3, 2017. The problem with ovarian cancer is it tends to present very very late with symptoms, so people don't really know they have it until the disease is at a stage which is quite far along, which then translates to a poor prognosis. What's needed are more treatment options, screening, and picking up on ovarian cancer at a much earlier stage. Dr Monah Mansoori. 

June 3, 2017. Olive oil's main ingredient 'Oleic acid' could help prevent cancer developing in the brain by stopping genes functioning in the brain. The fatty acids stimulates production of tumour-suppressing molecules. It is still to early to say consuming olive oil can help prevent brain cancer. Edinburgh University.

June 3, 2017.The idea that older woman are more likely to give birth to a premature baby because of their age is a myth. The higher risk may be related to fertility problems, being under more stress and unhealthy habits like smoking, as well as individual circumstances. Dr Alice Goisis. London School of Economics.


June 1, 2017.  Dutch fertility doctor Jan Karbaat, who died aged 89 last month is being accused of using his own sperm instead of that of chosen donors to father dozens of children. Daily Telegraph.

June 2, 2017. Toxic mercury in the gold mining industry in Columbia is a major problem. It can effect the lungs, kidneys, skin, eyes as well as the nervous digestive and immune system. Claudia Hammond. BBC World Service Health Check. Mercury is one of the top 10 chemicals that present the highest risk to health. World Health Organisation.  (WHO). 

June 1, 2017. An ongoing study of 10.000 of successful 'dieters' who lost at least 30 pounds or more found that 90% exercised on average 1 hour a day.  78% ate breakfast everyday. 75% weigh themselves at least once a week and 62% watch fewer than 10 hours of TV per week. Presenter Steve Wright. Radio 2.  

June 1, 2017. Narcolepsy drug has been found to improve the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (ADHD) Mazindol was used in a trial by French researchers who noticed that ADHD sufferers struggle to sleep The drug tested on 85 adults between 18 and 65 with ADHD.  Within 2 weeks, symptoms had reduced by more than 50% in just over half of those on the drug at Robert-Debre Hospital. France. The Metro Newspaper. 

June 1, 2017. Being 'in love' is really like being high on drugs. Research has identified the brain cells which are triggered when we get giddy feelings. This occurs on the corticostriatal circuit with a surge of the chemical dopamine, which also happens with illegal drugs. The findings could lead to new treatments for disorders such as autism. The Emory University. Atlanta, USA.

June 1, 2017. The 'MYRIAD Project' is a very large new study which will trial involve 25.000 young people over 5 years to understand whether giving mindfulness as a program to all kids will lead to benefits down the line compared.to good quality social and emotional learning. Programme leader, Emotion group. Tim Dalgleish. BBC Radio 4. All In The Mind.

June 1, 2017. In the past 6 months there have been 3 big studies into mindfulness which have pulled together all the results from SchoolsThe headline for  mindfulness may be helpful in improving cognitive outcomes in young people and social emotional outcomes but there is no evidence to suggest it's effective for improving behaviour or academic achievements. Andre Tomlin. National Elf Service. www.mentalelf.com. BBC Radio 4. All In The Mind.


June 1, 2017. The evidence for mindfulness is flimsy. We don't know the side effects or the safety of mindfulness. Anything powerful enough to have a positive impact on you is also going to be powerful enough to have a negative impact whether it's a talking, or natural therapy. Andre Tomlin. www.mentalelf.com. BBC Radio 4. All In The Mind.

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