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TOWP Health Archives: December - 2017

December 8, 2017800 women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vaginal mesh implants which left women in permanent pain and unable to walk. BBC 1 News.

December 8, 2017The big freeze: Britain blanketed in snow with more on the way as Arctic blast is set to bring 10 days of sub-zero temperatures with lows of -12C as Storm Caroline continues to batter the UK. An Arctic air flow in the wake of the storm has caused temperatures to plummet with up to 20cm (8in) set to fall over higher ground today, with 2in (2-5cm) possible across areas including Devon and Cornwall. Some 8cm of snow has already fallen in Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands while parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and areas to the west of the Pennines have also seen a covering. Mail.

December 7, 2017. Why does my nine year-old wet the bed? It could be the bladder isn't expanding properly, so that could mean your child is constipated, or they've got an over-active or a nervous bladder that twitches and therefore they need to wee when they really don't need to. It could be that they produce too much wee by drinking too much fludis in the evening, or they are not sensing their bladder is full. There is a great charity called ERIC. Go online and they have lots of advice for parents. Dr Ranj Singh. ITV This Morning.

December 7, 2017. Cancer patients and people with severe mental illnesses are going without essential medication because of shortages that cost the NHS 180 million pounds in 6 months. Sky News: Press Preview: Times.

December 7, 2017As the dreaded 'Aussie flu' is expected to wreak havoc here after already blighting Australia, it is expected that most of us will succumb to a sore throat before the clocks go forward to signal the start of summer. Alasdair Mace, an ear, nose and throat consultant based at Charing Cross and St Mary's Hospitals in London, says you should avoid drinking a hot toddy this Christmas as alcohol is dehydrating and can worsen a sore throat. Taking aspirin can dampen your immune response and vaping provides no beneficial effect to the throat. Mace said. He added that using a humidifier can counteract the drying effect of central heating while eating oranges and oysters may also help.Mail.

December 6, 2017. New research has revealed the levels of pollution is so bad, its impacting the health of unborn babies. A report in the British Medical journal linked London's road traffic pollution to an increased Risk of a low birth-rate.  ITV News.

December 6, 2017. Bargain beauty. A toxic gamble. Many people are falling foul of fake cosmetics. Cheap designer cosmetics are putting people at risk which could leave you with nasty side-effects. Including skin rashes, allergies, chemical burns, and problems with the nervous-system and brain. Advice is to buy from reputable sources. ITV News.

December 6, 2017. The rate of food allergies has tripled in 10 years and scientists think the Western diet could be the trigger. Food allergies have seen a 377 percent spike in the last decade. The other specific foods category accounted for a third of all allergies leading experts to believe preservatives and sugars could be the cause. An analysis conducted by non-profit FAIR Health extensively analysed private health insurance claims between 2007 and 2016 to find the data. A New York allergist said that the increase in peanut allergies may be due to people avoiding them at an early age in a failed attempt to decrease the risk. Mail.

December 6, 2017Not enough people know how to do CPR, a skill that almost anyone can do. Knowing the correct technique can be the difference between life and death. Radio London.

December 5, 2017Shops are being urged to put new safety guidelines on packs of nappy-sacks. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says, 17 babies have suffocated on the bags since 2001. Premier Radio.

December 5, 2017. Monthly jab to 'prevent' migraine. A self-injection is the first new migraine treatment in twenty years and will be coming out early next year. The professor said, its one of the few true holy rails of medical research. Another said, it's the real deal. . Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

December 5, 2017. Buying slippers for an elderly friend could save the NHS 2.3 billion pounds a year. This news comes from the University Hospital of Wales and Cardiff where they have treated over 500 patients a month for falls. They recommend 'good' fitting slippers with a 'back' and not slip-on slippers. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.


December 5, 2017Cheese fights heart disease. A daily portion of cheese will reduce your risk of heart attack by 14%. Cheese is rich in protein and minerals. High in calcium. Cheese boosts the levels of good cholesterol and reduces the levels of bad cholesterol and also contain fatty acids which help prevent clogging of the arteries. The leader of this research said, a study of 1 million cases showed there is no link between eating dairy products and an increased heart disease or stroke. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.


December 5, 20171 in 4 nurses in England are obese. Obesity is connected to conditions that are the main causes of sickness absence in the NHS and is deeply worrying say the authors of a new study. Sky News.

December 5, 2017. The food chain Co-Op is the first supermarket to sell food after the 'best before' dates to stop food waste. Sky News.

December 4, 2017. 34 is the age we wise-up to reality. Two in five adults said their taste for adventure mellowed over time, and half said they've become more aware of their fragility as time has worn on. Metro.

December 4, 2017. Plastic pollution in ours oceans and rivers. Sir David Attenborough has said the 'future of humanity' depends on people taking action to protect the planet. Metro.

December 4, 2017.Garlic could ward off hospital super-bugs. Ajoene in vegetables destroys the biofilm in resistant bacteria, which helps antibiotics work again, a Danish study finds. Metro.

December 4,  2017Philippines prepared for 'worst-case scenario' after 733,000 given dengue vaccine that could worsen disease. The health department was checking hospital records for acute cases of dengue.Those who had been vaccinated "are being followed up for adverse effects". Out of more than 211,000 suspected cases of dengue fever in the Philippines last year, at least 1,000 people had died, according to government figures. Independent.

December 3, 2017A new study out is uncovering the lives of woman from the past, by accessing their physical strength and it shows they were very strong. Woman from seven thousand years ago through the bronze, iron ages into the medieval and the present, and compared them to today's female  rowers, footballers and runners. She found that the ancient woman typically had more powerful arms than today's elite rowers. BBC Radio 4: Inside Science

December 3, 2017. The British Heart Foundation says the waiting lists for a heart transplant has nearly trebled in the last decade. Sky News.

December 3, 2017Mental health services are at crisis and need more funding. £300m promised by government to fund proposals for specialists in every school in England. Government parliamentary report will recommend children are seen by a specialist within 4 weeks. Sky News.

December 3, 2017'You fear for your sanity': BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley reveals how tinnitus diagnosis has left her with a constant 'whistling sound' in her ears following years of loud music concerts. British broadcaster Jo Whiley, 52, admitted that when 'you're young you think you're immortal', adding that risks to fans of exposure to loud music weren't known back in the day. Metro News.

December 3, 2017. Britain faces lengthy Arctic blast thanks to the 'La Niña effect' as forecasters predict Two 60 mph storms will hit the country next week with more snow to follow. Metro.

December 3, 2017A move by the European parliament to ban the phosphates necessary to keep  seasoned kebab meat moist and flavoursome, even after the most arduous periods on a spit, is said to pose a direct threat to the future of the high street delicacy. A scientific review in 2012 suggested a possible link between phosphates, when used as food additives, and heart disease, although the evidence remains inconclusive. EU rules normally prohibit the use of phosphate additives in meat preparation, where they are used to protect flavour and retain water, but there are exceptions, and the law is currently silent on their use in frozen kebab meat. Guardian.

December 2, 2017Campaigners are warning that domestic abuse costs the NHS 1.3/4 billions of pounds every year. The charity 'Saving Lives' is calling for the health services to employ more trained advisers. Heart FMDecember 2, 2017. A national domestic abuse charity called for more help for domestic violence. The Duchess of Cornwall was in Stoke earlier this week to meet survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Only 1 in 5 women who suffer from abuse will call the police. Sky News.

December 2, 2017The journal the Lancet has revealed that Scarlet fever hit its highest level in fifty years. and England is experiencing an unprecedented rise in scarlet fever with the highest incidence for nearly 50 years," said a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. And there are also epidemics in Hong Kong, South Korea and parts of China and these don't show any signs of letting up. Its spread through close contact of individuals whose infected, the droplets that they breathe out will be contaminated. The immediate environment around them will be contaminated. Its treatable with penicillin. BBC World Service: Health Check.

December 2, 2017. 'Pimp My Zimmer' might seem an unlikely name for a health campaign, but its taking place in nursing homes in parts of Britain. The idea is to reduce the number of falls older people have because it was hard to find which zimmer frame belonged to which patient. A third of over 65s experience one fall a year, rising to half in the over 80s. Older people have the highest risk of death and injury from falls, and the risk increases with age. Falling increases significantly when you start taking four medications, and with each additional medication, the risk increases by 14%. Walking frames sometimes known as 'zimmers' tend to be Gray making it hard to know which is theirs. So School children are helping older people to make them more beautiful and to encourage health boards to buy more colourful walking frames. BBC World Service: Health Check.

December 2, 2017Obese people are at an increased risk of developing dementia than those with a normal weight, says a large study involving data from 1.3 million adults.The researchers found that each five-unit increase in body mass index (BMI) was associated with a 16-33 percent higher risk of this condition. Five BMI units is 14.5kg for a person who is five feet and seven inch (170cm) tall. This study, published in the Alzheimer's & Dementia journal, suggests that maintaining a healthy weight could prevent, or at least delay, dementia. Times.

December 1, 2017. The care quality commissions inspectors found that during the twelve months up to march this year, 28,500 X-rays at the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth had not been properly reviewed by a radiologist, or an appropriately trained clinician. For some of the doctors who were reviewing the X-Raysthey felt they were not confident or competent enough do so. As a result, at least two eventually fatal cancer patients were missed. They blamed it on a shortage of radiologists. Patients should contact the hospital directly if they have any concerns. ITV News.

December 1, 2017. The plight of people with autism has been highlighted by MPs in the commons who held a special debate on the issue. The latest figures show that there are around 700.000 autistic people in the UK. That's more than 1 in 100. According to the national autistic society, more than 70% of people with autism will suffer from mental health issues at some time. Adults with autism are 9 times more likely to take there own lives while children are 28 times more likely to think about it. ITV News

December 1, 2017NHS patients face longer waits and rationing of treatment. The health service will ration treatment for conditions such as hearing loss and dementia, and that cancer, mental health, and GP care should take priority. Radio London.

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