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November 12, 2017. Mysterious substance washes up on UK beach. Council workers from Wyre in the UK wore white suits and masks on Saturday to remove huge chunks of a mysterious, possibly toxic substance which washed up on the beach at Cleveleys near Blackpool. Pet owners were warned to keep their animals well away from the area. Coastguard workers said it is ‘likely’ to be palm oil, which can prove fatal to dogs that lick or eat it, but are now awaiting test results. The Environment Agency has been drafted in to help investigate the incident, which is being treated seriously by council officials in Wyre. Fleetwood station officer Mark Sumner said: “If it turns out to be harmless, great, but if it’s palm oil dogs could end up very ill, and death is a possibility.” LiveLeak.

November 12, 2017. Disturbing surveillance videos from 'Hill Crest Behavioural Health' appear to show young patients being abused by Hill Crest staff members. Hill Crest is owned by America's largest psychiatric hospital chain United Health Service. Daily Mail.

November 12, 2017. A baby has been born in the amniotic sac. Fewer than one in 80,000 babies are born 'en caul', when the bubble of protective membranes which encases a baby in the womb does not break during birth. Normally, the sac, which protects the baby from movement during gestation, breaks and at the start of labour.Daily Mail

November 12, 2017. Statins can cause muscle 'damage'. New storm over statins as experts fight over the benefits. The research said that for most the drugs only slightly reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. A specialist in healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School, reviewed a study originally published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found 217 patients would need to take the drug to prevent one non-fatal heart attack while 313 people would need treatment with statins to prevent one non-fatal stroke. And at least one in 21 statin users suffers muscle damage and one in 204 developed diabetes which, along with muscle pain, has been linked to the controversial cholesterol-lowering drugs aimed at preventing heart disease. Daily Express.

November 11, 2017. A new 'breath test' to tell you if you have Malaria. Our bodies are producing smells all the time. When your bodies changed, such as being infected by Malaria parasites, then that changes the chemistry inside your body that's dealing with the infection, and that's changing some of the chemicals that are produced. And part of those come out of your breath as volatile organic compounds,  and you can detect them and smell them. They call it, 'Malaria breath'. The device looks like normal breathalyser, like one used to detect drink-driving, but instead of that, it detects whether you have A Malaria infection. Its only 83% accurate. The technology needs to be refined. BBC World Service: James Gallagher.

November 10, 2017. India's environmental watchdog has criticised a move by officials in the capitol Delhi to reduce a toxic smog which is causing severe health concerns. A 'National Green Tribunal' have described the plan to restrict road vehicles next week as a farce. It called on the Delhi government to demonstrate that previous use of the scheme had actually improved air quality. The tribunal also called on neighbouring states to stop crop burning. BBC World Service News.

November 10, 2017. An American widow has had an emotional meeting with the man who received her dead husbands face in a pioneering transplant operation. Lilly Ross met Andy sandler 16 months after the surgery made possible by her decision to allow the donation of the face to a man who had been living for a decade without one. When she net the man with her dead husbands face, she was relieved that Andy did not look like her husband. Sky News.

November 10, 2017. Fentanyl deaths and abuse. Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than heroin by volume. Its so potent. The dangers of this drug are known, yet what's in the drug isn't. Tony Margetts. Substance Misuse Manger. ITV News.

November 9, 2017. Always, always check your breasts, and if you find anything abnormal, go and see your doctor. Jeremy Vine Radio 2.

November 9, 2017. Arthritis symptoms include joint pain and inflammation, and the condition affects about 10 million people in the UK. But, adding a household favourite spice to your dinner could relieve signs of arthritis.The charity recommended taking between 400mg and 600mg of turmeric three times a day for osteoarthritis patients. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers should take 500mg twice, daily. But, large amounts of turmeric can act as a blood thinner, and can lead to an upset stomach, Arthritis Foundation warned. Avoid the spice if you’re already taking blood thinners, if you’re pregnant, have gallbladder disease, or about to have surgery. GP and nutritional therapist Dr Sarah Brewer said: “There is a surprisingly long list of natural substances that can help knee pain. The most beneficial in clinical and nutritional medicine practice are krill oil,turmeric, rose hip extracts, devil’s claw, cherry extracts and ginger root extract.”Express.

November 9, 2017. A study was done showing teenagers were just as forgetful as elderly people, but when the teenagers forgot things, it was not attributed to anything. Comedian Andy Hamilton. Radio 4EX.

November 8, 2017. A child suffering from a rare genetic condition which leaves skin as fragile as a butterflies wings has been given genetically modified skin in a series of life-saving operation in Germany. Using experimental therapy skin was taken from the boy. Its DNA repaired in a laboratory, and the new skin grafted back onto his body. Its a medical first. The disease is called 'Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa', the separate layers of his skin should be held together like Velcro. But Hussain's DNA is missing vital instructions, that leaves his skin as fragile as a butterflies wing. There's no cure and and around 4 in 10 patients do not reach adolescence. BBC 1 News.

November 8, 2017. The children's Society has warned that the lives of hundreds and thousands of children are being damaged by their parents alcohol abuse. Sky News. There will be many people out there who will want something to be done to support these people, but don't feel they can speak out  Shadow health  secretary Jonathan swift.

November 8, 2017Cutting back on alcohol can prevent cancers: experts. The new review of past studies on the link between alcohol and cancer, published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that approximately 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to alcohol consumption. In addition, researchers said that in 2012, approximately 5.5 percent of all new cancer occurrences and 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths globally could be attributed to drinking alcohol. ABC News.

November 8, 2017. More US mothers and babies are dying: Underlying conditions like diabetes and opioid addiction now cause more childbirth deaths and complications than delivery issues Historically, maternal deaths in America have been caused by delivery complications like haemorrhages. Now, for the first time ever, chronic underlying conditions cause most deaths. Data reveal that, for the first time ever, underlying conditions like obesity-linked diabetes, asthma or opioid addiction now cause the most deaths. The increase has been particularly dramatic in poor and rural areas of the US. Daily Mail.

November 7, 2017. Here the NHS is struggling to cope with rising demand for front-line services despite increasing the number of staff in England. That's the warning from health bosses who say, boosting the work-force is not enough to tackle the growing needs of patients. The pressure has got so great on staff, the patients are at risk. NHS providers voiced their concerns ahead of their annual conference which gets under way in Birmingham today. BBC News.

November 7, 2017. Patients with chest infections can now be analysed. It can then tell you if its a bacteria infection, or a viral infection. If its a bacterial, antibiotics will help, if its a viral infection, antibiotics won't help. Its a £12.00 test, and if this comes along in a GP surgery, it would be great. Dr Chris Steele.ITV This Morning.

November 7, 2017. Parkinson's, a disease of the central nervous system. As the system progresses, people with Parkinson's develop tremors, lose their ability to move, and their balance. They're more at risk of falling and are therefore likely to break their limbs. The average age of diagnosis is 60. In Canada 25 people a day are diagnosed with the condition which is expected to rise as the population increases.As the disease progresses, Parkinson's sufferers movements get so small, they may simply lose the ability to move.High intensity training really helps. BBC World Service Health Check.

November 6, 2017. London is leading the way using technology to get you an appointment with a GP on the day you want it. Patients can now use their phones to get a 'video consultation' with a doctor. But critics say, "we will lose the crucial relationship with a doctor who knows us and our history". The new service promises you a chat with a doctor within two hours, 24 hours a day. ITV News.

November 6, 2017. Research from Action For Children suggests more than half of parents say parenthood left them feeling lonely.  Lack of money and inability to leave the house when caring for children leaves parents feeling isolated. Sky News.

November 6, 2017. After the mass shooting in Texas, USA, President Trump said, its not a matter of guns, but a matter of mental health. Sky News.

November 6, 2017. The problem we have with pain killers is, they are very very addictive. As time goes on, you need more and more to get the same effect. You go through a mini withdrawal every time the levels in your body drop, therefore you end up taking more, but as you get used to them, then you become resistant, and need to take more and more stronger ones.. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2

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