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August 3, 2017. The court of appeal has ruled that a 15 year jail term given to a surgeon who carried out unnecessary breast operations was too lenient and has extended his sentence to 20 years. 'Ian Patterson's' offending was so exceptional a higher jail term was required. BBC 1 News.  

August 3, 2017. Why is it some people get to a particular age. The brain is another organ of the body and it has cells and a blood supply so people who have healthier bodies tend to have healthier thinking skills. We've looked at everything from genetic factors, to health and medical factors, biochemical and social factors. In each of those different areas we have found things that are interesting with respect to other people who are ageing less well than others. The people who don't smoke are 'ageing' in thinking skills slightly better than others, as are people who are fitter and those people who also take more exercise. People with more education, people in more professional jobs and people who can speak more than one language have small advantages in this cognitive ageing. Their thinking skills are slightly better than would otherwise expect in older age. Ian Deary | The University of Edinburgh. BBC 1 London. Holding back The Years. 

August 3, 2017. 'Vitiligo' is an auto-immune condition where you're own bodies immune system causes problems and you're immune system is attacking the cells in the skin that produce melanin and melanin  is what produces the pigment in the skin. We don't know why people get it or what cause it. It's definitely a genetic predisposition. Dr Zoe Williams. This Morning. ITV. 

August 3, 2017. Engine idling at the side of the road contributes to 'air pollution' and can lead to an £80 fine. UK. #Don'tBeIdle. The Westminster Reporter. Special Edition. 

August 2, 2017. The survival rate for 'pancreatic cancer' is only about 7% here in the UK which is sadly very low. Alex Ford Chief Executive, Pancreatic Cancer. BBC Four, World News Today. 

August 2, 2017.  'Afghanistan' has one of the lowest standards of medical care in the World. Doctors often aren't highly trained and their equipment is pretty basic, but a former Afghan, and an emergency medic living in the North East of England is using augmented reality to help today's victims of violence in his home-land. His Telemedicine system allows doctors in war-zones to get help from specialists in the West. BBC Four. World News Today. 

August 2, 2017. 'Women who are pear-shaped' have a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes says a study. They found that thin people have a higher risk of killer diseases than fat people, since their fat goes straight to their heart and liver. However, researchers said that women who are pear-shaped tend to escape this group, as the bottom and thighs are safer places to store fat on the body. It means the fat is not transported to the essential organs, where it could lead to high blood pressure, high blood sugar and a greater risk of illness in later life. Daily mail 

August 1, 2017. 60 people have died in the UK in the last 8 months after taking the pain killing drug Fentanyl. The national crime agency said a further 70 deaths are also being investigated. BBC London News 

August 1, 2017. 'Children in China' suffering from terminal illnesses are receiving little or no palliative care. The care for adults was blossoming, but the care for children was virtually non existent. The main difficulties is, trying to get people to understand we weren't killing children, that we're not not fighting for them because we are. What's relatively easy to deal with is their physical symptoms. What's more difficult is their effects of their abandonment, the loss, confusion and hurt that mummy and daddy aren't there any more, what have I done to deserve that. We teach the importance of touch, speaking gently, and cuddles to give the child the will to eat, the will to live, and even if they don't live for very long, they will know that they were loved. Lyn Gould Co Founder and CEO of Butterfly's Children's Hospice. BBC Four. World News Today.  

August 1, 2017. There should be 'breast feeding lessons' from 11 because only 0.5 percent of British woman are still breast feeding after 1 year. That's the lowest rate in the World, and if you began to talk to girls and boys about it, it might become more acceptable. Press Preview. Sky News.  

August 1, 2017. Doctors in Mosel have told Sky news they urgently need more international support to help cope with the overwhelming numbers of people suffering from life-changing in juries and psychological damage after the 'Iraqi city's liberation' from Islamic State. Sky News Press Preview.  

August 1, 2017. 'Flu virus'. Vaccine scientists are working on a universal flu vaccine, so hopefully 5 years from now, we''ll have a vaccine that will tackle every strain of flu. Dr Zoe Williams. This Morning. ITV.  

August 1, 2017. 'Old age' is characterised by a lot. When you get become old, mostly in your 80s and 90s and you've lost a lot of friends, it's depressing. And when your life is beginning to dwindle, you don't see so many people and of course you become depressed, and depression is the epidemic condition of old age. Professor Michael Johnson. This Morning. ITV. 

July 31, 2017. Could offering routine 'HIV tests' for people when they register with a new GP in high risk areas save lives and be cost effective, Well a study by two London Universities believed it would, and is calling for screening to be rolled out throughout England. One charity wants health care commissioners to act on the findings. A simple finger prick test which cost the NHS around £25.00 is all that's needed to find out if whether you're HIV positive or not. It's thought more than 13,000 people in the UK are living with the virus that causes AIDS, and don' yet know it. BBC London News. 

July 31, 2017. If someone is diagnosed early with 'HIV', all they have to do is take one pill a day and they will be fine. Radio London News. 

July 31, 2017. 'A.I' (Artificial Intelligence). Ranging from cancer to insect bites, the system diagnosed melanoma's more often than seasoned dermatologists. Deep learning networks have also out-performed doctors at diagnosing diabetic retinopathy (a complication of diabetes that damages blood vessels in the eyes). Can identify cancers from cat-scans or MRIs. Even predict which people may have a heart attack. These tools at present are not used in hospitals except in research studies. But many people think they will be in 5 years. RNIB Connect. 

July 31, 2017. Jeremy Hunt has promised to recruit an 'extra 21. 000 nurses', therapists, psychiatrists and consultants to tackle the burning injustice of poor mental health care provisions. The Royal College of Nursing was more cautious saying, the government has axed 5,000 mental health nurses since 2010 and may struggle to find recruits after scrapping training grants. Metro News. 

July 31, 2017. Many of the up to 100 people 'bitten by adders' each year are waiting too long to be treated. Prof Michael Eddleston of Edinburgh University said there was an increase of victims arriving at hospital after 24 hours. This puts them at a risk of painful mobility problems. Metro News 

July 31, 2017. A simple eye test could help solve the biggest global cause of 'irreversible blindness glaucoma'. In clinical trials the pioneering diagnostic developed by researchers at the UCL college of London and the Western Eye Hospital have allowed doctors to see individual nerve cells die in the back of the eye. Glaucoma effect 60 million people in the World with 1 in 10 suffering from total eye loss in both eyes. Early detection means doctors can start treatment before sight loss begins.  People can have the condition without realising it, therefore, up to 50% of glaucoma exists undiagnosed in the community. RNIB Connect: Early Edition.  

July 30, 2017. 1 in 10 medical diagnosis is wrong according to the US institute of medicine. In primary care 1 in 20 patients will get a 'wrong diagnosis'. Such areas contribute to as many as 80.000 unnecessary deaths each year in the US alone. These are worrying figures driven by the complex nature of diagnosis which can encompass incomplete information form  patients, miss handoffs between care providers, biases which cloud doctors judgement, over worked staff and overworked systems and more. The process is riddled with opportunities for human error. This is why many want to use the constant and unflappable power of artificial intelligence to achieve more accurate diagnosis, prompt care and greater efficiency. RNIB Connect Radio. Talking Newspapers 

July 30, 2017. Talk of 'reversing ageing' is premature, but there are reasons for this cautious optimism. Improving the ability for old muscles to repair themselves for instance might not be enough to fend of the reaper for ever, but fragility and the falls it causes are a problem for the elderly. Mitigating the damage from Alzheimer's, even if it cannot be cured will also be a boom. Rather than lengthening life span, it's better to think about lengthening health span. That is not immortality, but it is quite something. RNIB Connect Radio. Talking Newspapers 

July 30, 2017.  Is one sex more vulnerable to 'depression and anxiety' than the other. Statistically, woman appear to suffer more, featuring more regularly in figures for consultations, diagnosis and prescriptions for psychotropic medications. This has been consistently the case since data emerged in the 1950s with current statistics suggesting woman are around twice as likely to suffer from mood disorders than men, But statistics tell only part of the story. We know that three quarters of all suicides are men. Homelessness, alcohol abuse and drug addiction are more common in men. RNIB Connect Radio. Talking Newspapers. 

July 29, 2017. Up to 80% of the UK population will have a HPV ('Human Papilloma Virus' infection). In most cases the body will clear the infection by itself. However, in some people the infection persists and may cause changes to cells. Occasional infections with certain types of HPV may progress to cancer. There are ways to protect yourself, speak to your nurse. Heart FM. 

July 29, 2017. Festivals across the country are implementing a controversial scheme for people to have  their 'illegal substances' tested. We ask for a small amount of powder, or a pill. We will conduct various tests. We have found contaminates. Boric Acid, malaria medication and even cement found in ecstasy tablets and cocaine.. Criminology Professor Fiona Measham. Sky News. 

July 29, 2017. 'Transgender'. There has been a huge increase in the number of children with gender identity issues being referred for help.2000 were referred to doctors in the last year. Some age just 3 years old. Press Preview. Sky News 

July 28, 2017.  Charlie Gard has died aged 11 months after his life support was switched off just seven days before his first birthday. Charlie had a rare genetic disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. Channel 5.

July 28, 2017. India's supreme court has rejected a plea to allow an 'abortion' by a 10 year old girl allegedly raped by her uncle. The courts review is based on a report by a medical panel which said that at 32 weeks, termination of her pregnancy would be too risky for her health. BBC World Service News. 

July 28, 2017. Other possible symptoms of 'breast cancer' include a lump or area of thickened tissue in a breast. A change in the size of one or both breasts. Discharge from the nipple. A lump or swelling in an armpitDimpling on the skin of the breast. A rash on a nipple, or a change in the appearance such as a sunken nipple. NetDoctor. 

July 28, 2017. World Hepatitis Day. Efforts to eliminate hepatitis and gain momentum. Our goal: to eliminate Hepatitis. #WorldHepatitisDay.

July 28, 2017. 'Steroid use' has quadrupled amongst young people in the last year because boys and men want to get a six-pack. Steroid use can cause infertility in men, behavioural problems and all sorts of nasty side effects. Press Preview. Sky News. 

July 28, 2017. A man from Lancashire has suffered cyanide poisoning after biting into three 'Cherry stones'. He said curiosity got the better of him when he decided to bite through a cherry stone to eat the seed in side. He enjoyed the taste so much he decided to break open two more stones and then started to feel unwell and went to hospital for treatment. The stones of cherries contain a compound called Amygdalin which breaks down into hydrogen cyanide when ingested and can theoretically kill. Presenter Jeremy Vine. Radio 2.

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