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October 6, 2017Hair turns grey as a result of the pigment cells in the hair follicle, not working properly.  The hair bulb slows melanin production as a result of age and stress, and you can turn grey overnight. Plus,  the length of the growing phase of hair shortens as you age. Each hair follicle grows a completely new hair about 20 times in a lifetime, and hair structure is the same, no matter whose head it's on. Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2.

October 6, 2017A daily cup of green tea changes the way the body breaks down fat and could help in shedding the pounds. Drinking black tea changes bacteria in the gut. The percentage of bacteria associated with obesity decreased, while those associated with lean body mass increased. It was known that green tea polyphenols are more effective and offer more health benefits than black tea polyphenols since green tea chemicals are absorbed into the blood and tissue. Daily Express.

October 6, 2017Australia and New Zealand have had the worst outbreak of flu in years, and as winter approached in other parts of the world, people in at-risk-groups are getting injected with this year's vaccine. The vaccine is different every year based on the best guess of which type of flu is likely to be circulating, but this could be about to change with the first widespread human trial of a new kind of vaccine. (a universal flu vaccine). Last years flu vaccine worked quite well for younger people, but the people who tend to die from flu are the elderly. Claudia Hammond:  BBC Health Check.

October 6, 2017. First day in OctoberWorld Smile Day. All it takes to make the day better is a smile, whether it's one someone gives to you, or one you share with another. Little acts of kindness can make all the difference. #WorldSmileDay.

October 5, 201740 percent of women experience hair thinning or hair loss before, during or after the menopause. Most drugs cause hair loss. Crash dieting can cause temporary hair loss. Everybody sheds between 40, and 150 strands per day. Steve Wright: Radio 2.

October 5, 2017. Prince Charles has used his speech to warn about the threats of plastics to the ocean and marine life. He said something had to be done to reduce the amount of plastic entering the sea every year, estimated to be about 80 million tonnes. Radio 2 News.  Where ever you swim, there are particles of plastic near you and were very close to reaching the point when every wild fish you eat will contain plastic. Plastic is indeed now on the menu.  Prince Charles. Radio 2.

October 5, 2017How to get a good nights sleep. Good sleep is essential to our health, and how lack of sleep raises your risk of various diseases. Tips, 1, regularity, wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. 2, keep it cool in the bedroom, about 18 and a half Celsius is ideal. 3, keep it dark. 4, if you cant speak, don't stay in bed awake.If you've been awake for about 15 or 20 minutes, get out of bed and read a book or do something else. Don t eat, don't open your laptop. Only when you're tired, go back to bed. 5  Stay away from alcohol in the evening, and caffeine or tea after 1 pm. Even if you can fall sleep, the depth of that sleep will not be as deep if there's caffeine percolating in the brain. We should all use the alarm clock to also tell us when to sleep. Neuroscientis, Mathew Walker: BBC World Service: Health check.

October 5, 2017All Britons may soon have to ‘opt out’ if they do not want their organs to be donated after death. Theresa May yesterday announced plans to make it easier for doctors in England to take organs for transplants without explicit consent. In Wales, consent for organ donation is already presumed while people in England must still sign up to say they are happy for their organs to be used. Downing Street said the consultation document for England will be brought out in the next few weeks. Daily Mail.

October 5, 2017One of the biggest killers globally, cervical cancer. The disease kills an estimated a quarter of a million woman each year. The vast majority of low-income countries. Across the African continents, it claims an average of 6 women per hour, that's according to the charity Unicef.. What's so frustrating about this is if you identify in the early stages before the cancer properly develops. This is an eminently solvable problem. In a pre-cancer stage, harmful cells can be removed in 10 minutes by freezing or scarping them off. 85% of woman worldwide do not have access to these basic checks. Its now affecting much younger woman across the board. That's mainly due to a virus called HPV (human papalona virus) which is sexually transmitted. BBC World Service: World Hacks.

October 5, 2017How housing affects well being. How much space do we need to be happy? It depends on who you are, your past experience and social context of which you were bought up in. If you grow up in a  society where everyone has dinner party's, and you don't have the space to do that, that will inhibit your ability to fit in, and if you don't fit in is very detrimental to our well being. If you live in a society where other people have very little space like Hong Hong, then your going to require a lower level of living space that someone who's grown up in a very space heavy society like the US. In densely populated cities like Tokyo, many people live in an apartment less than 10 square meters. That may explain why one-third of Japanese live alone. Chris Foye. The University Of Reading. BBC World Service: The Why Factor.

October 4, 2017A simple hearing test may allow doctors to identify patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's before they show any symptoms. Those affected by the disease had no activity in a particular part of their brain when played two types of sound in a scanner. Some apparently healthy volunteers responded to both sounds, while others only responded to one. And those who only detected one sound performed less well in mental tests, suggesting they may be in the early stages of the disease.  The technique is known as magnetoen-cephallography will be soon adopted by medics. The Alzheimers society and Alzheimers research said the trial on just 20 patients was too small to draw firm conclusions. News Paper. Reporter Shaun Wooler.

October 4, 2017Every Londoner is exposed to dangerously high levels of toxic air pollution on a daily basis, research revealed today. The polluted is acknowledged by scientists as having the greatest impact on health, increasing the likelihood of both respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Children growing up are more likely to grow up with reduced lung function and develop asthma. Calls have been made to tackle the dangerous emissions in most polluted parts of the capitol. Other sources of pollution were from vehicle tyre and brake wear, construction sites and wood burning stoves. Evening Standard.

October 4, 2017Drug-giant raided over side-effects. The Lyon factory of German drug maker was raided by police yesterday over concerns that changes to a thyroid drug used by 3 million people in France have led to severe side-effects. Public health officers are investigating complaints that a new version of Levrothyrox causes memory loss, hair loss, weight gain and palpitations. Merck is accused of deceiving patients by changing the formula. It said it was ready to help investigators. Metro News.

October 4, 2017
A little girl was saved from life-threatening cancer when a holiday snaps showed a ghostly white blur in her eye. Luckily, her parents saw the reflection in her right pupil. She was found to have retinoblastoma in both eyes but survived because it was found early.She is now in remission after chemo. She can see from her left eye, but a tumour in her right will remain because of its perilous position. Sun News.


October 4, 2017. (First Wednesday of October). World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy, families and CP organisations in more than 60 countries. #WorldCerebralPalsyDay.

October 3, 2017. Bags for life can spread deadly bacteria if they are re-used for both raw and 'ready to eat' food, watchdogs have warned. Food safety watchdogs advise shoppers to use separate bags to carry their meat. The Food Standards Agency said they should be colour-coded to avoid mix-ups. Even the outside of raw meat packaging can be contaminated with harmful bugs. Fabric bags for life should be washed regularly, the watchdogs recommend. Daily Mail

October 3, 2017Type 2 diabetes can be reversed. We always talk about type 2 diabetes. is being a condition that progresses, and once you have it you have it for life and you can manage it, but you cant do anything to get rid of it. Actually, some of the more recent research suggests you can do something about it, and there's a potential to reverse the process that leads to type 2 diabetes which can be reversed by losing weight, going on an extreme diet of just 800 calories a day. The reason this treatment works. It can reduce the number of fats in key organs. Losing this excess fat allows those organs to turn to normal function, and regulate sugar levels.  Alison Barnes. Clinical Dietitian.

October 3, 2017£70 million pounds is lost every year in England due to unnecessary long-term antidepressant use. The criticism is not to do with drugs. People get put on the drugs, they get parked on the drugs, and they get left on the drugs. Billion Dollar Deals. BBC2

October 2, 2017Muscles play an important role in ageing. They are our bodies largest store of amino acids, the building blocks of our organs and tissues. When were ill or injured, its muscles that supply the amino acids needed to heal. Lower muscle mass increase risk of early death. As we age, and we lose muscle, we get an inability to carry out tasks of everyday living, this increases our risk of frailty and falls, and ultimately lower levels of muscle mass in old age are associated with early. death. An American study has shown how exercise helps us keep high levels of muscle as we age. If you don't do anything, you can lose up to 40% of your muscles as you age. How To Stay Young. BBC 1.

October 2, 2017Union chiefs are meeting bosses of the 2 Sisters Food Group this lunchtime, after an investigation by ITV news and the Guardian uncovered a series of potential breaches of food safety rules. An undercover report saw workers processing chicken which had fallen on the floor, changing labels indicating a longer shelf life and mixing old meat with new. 2 Sisters Group have been suspended operations until a full investigation is underway.ITV News.

October 2, 1017Post Polio syndrome. Unfortunately it effects up to 1 in 3, to 3 in 4 people who've had Polio can get Post Polio syndrome, and the usual length of time before your diagnosed is 35 years, but it can be up to 70 years after you originally had the symptom. Sometimes, It does take that long for the motor neurons, which are the nerve cells that control movement, rather than sensation to wear out. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2.

October 2, 2017Having a kiss and a cuddle is a great way to improve your happiness. It has been voted Britain's number one simple pleasure, a head of laughing with others, having clean sheets on the bed and stroking a pet. Other things which give us a boost is, grabbing a bargain, receiving complements, hearing from old friends and lazy Sunday was also one of the everyday joys. Metro News.

October 2, 2017More dentists plan to leave the NHS in the next five years. Of the 1,212 quizzed in a British poll, almost 60% plan to go private, move overseas, or retire in the face of under-funding. Metro News.

October 2, 2017International Day of Non-violence is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. #TheInternationalDayOfNonViolence.

First Monday in October. World Habitat Day  was officially designated by the United Nations and first celebrated in 1986 to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations. #WorldHabitatDay.


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