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September 11, 2017The weekly sessions have now become daily at an old people home which is doubling up as a nursery in the hope it helps the old and very young. The Apple and Honey nursery In Clapham is the first of it's kind in the UK. Evidence from other countries which operate similar schemes suggest mixing old and young can boost self esteem and health among both groups, as well as tackling social isolation often felt among some care home residents. ITV News.

September 11, 2017The average child gets between 9 and 12 colds a year. Most happens in the winter. If your child has a cold, teach your child really good hygiene at a very early age. Handkerchiefs are not good. Using a disposable tissue you can throw away after each use will help limit spreading the germs.  The germs can be spread by sneezing, or when you cough. If anyone touches those droplets, that's how it can spread. Eating a healthy diet is absolutely likely to reduce your child's chance of getting coughs and colds. Multi vitamins do not probably help, although we do recommend children under the age of should have a vitamin D supplement. If any parent who has a teenager who has not yet had their 'Men ACWY' vaccine, please, please, please get it before you go to University as there are a huge number of people getting 'men W' which is a vile strain. 13% of young people who get this die. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Jeremy Vine show: Radio 2.

September 11, 2017Using bleach is linked to fatal lung disease. Using bleach over a 30-year study has found that using bleach can increase a horrible disease called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disorder,  (COPD) which you often find among miners and heavy smokers. Using bleach just once a week can cause some of those particles to get into the lungs and cause a horrible disease. It increases it by32%. Sky News: Press Preview.

September 11, 2017. Life expectancy in the UK has fallen over the years compared to other countries because we are smoking, we eat a terrible diet, and no-one likes to get off the sofa all day.  Austerity is another candidate with health and social care underspending. The Times. Sky News: Press Preview.

September 10, 2017.  We are never alone. How bacteria are the true dominant organisms on Earth, and how we are covered inside and out by things that are not us. We are completely full of other living things, and those are microbes, bacteria and other microscopic organisms that we can't see that live on our bodies, and there are tens of trillions of them. And actually, the bacteria that live on our forearm which is dry and parched are very different to those that live in the mouth which is moist and warm like a rain forest with a real diverse range of life.  We are not just a single individual, but this massive community, this entire ecosystem of life. Ed Yong. British Science Writer. BBC Radio 4: Inside Science.

September 10, 2017The use of potentially addictive pain killers across England has doubled in the last 15 years. Researchers found 1 in 20 people were being prescribed opioid painkillers such as codeine or tramadol. BBC News

September 9, 2017A camera that can see through the human body has been developed. The device is designed to help doctors track endoscopes and medical tools that are used to investigate a range of internal conditions. Until now it has not been possible to track endoscope without using X-rays or other expensive methods. The new camera can detect new sources of light inside the body such as the illuminated tip of the endoscopes long flexible tube. It has immense potential for diverse applications. The ability to see a devices location is crucial for many applications in healthcare, as we move forwards with minimally evasive approach to treating diseases. RNIB Connect: Early Edition.

September 9, 2017Last year the World Health Organisation, (WHO) declared it a global emergency, but could the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease which causes babies to be born with tiny misshapen heads actually help with the treatment of brain cancer. A team of doctors in the US have published its research into the effects of Zika on glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer in the journal of experimental medicine. About 3 in every 100,000 people get a diagnosis of glioblastoma every year, and fewer than 5% of them go on to live for another 5 years. BBC World Service: News Hour.  

September 9, 2017An Indonesian company called BiteBack has developed a way to abstract a cooking oil from edible insects. The idea is to find an alternative to palm oil which is the most widely consumed vegetable oil in the World and in half of all packaged products, from shampoo to ice cream. Its production has been a major cause of deforestation, especially in Indonesia. BBC World Service:  The Food Chain.

September 9, 2017Eating too much dark meat can significantly increase the risk of diabetes, a new study suggests. The darker the meat, the greater the risk, with scientists finding a direct link between consumption and type 2 diabetes. Express Press Preview. Sky News.

September 8, 2017.  Experts claim the alcohol industry is misleading us about drinking and the risk of cancer. Researchers say, distorted and distracting messages that down-plays the health risks are being used. RNIB Connect: Early Edition.

September 8, 2017Plastic fibres found in tap water around the World. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists. 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres. The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates. European nations including the UK, Germany and France had the lowest contamination rate, but this was still 72%. The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. Live Leak.

September 8, 201713-year-old Jemima Layzell has become a World record breaking organ donor. She wanted to become a donor and died two weeks later at a birthday party from a brain aneurysm. Her organs have helped 8 people which is the most in NHS history. Sky News. Times Press preview.

September 8, 2017Treating sleep disorders with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could help. The 6 months results showed people felt less anxious, less depressed, had fewer nightmares, less mistrustful and happier. Insomnia is one of the contributed causes in the sort of complex package of causation of mental health disorders. It's about helping people to re-learn than being in bed means to falling asleep. Only be in bed to sleep. Setting regular bed times. Build up a sleep drive by exercising, light in the morning and cutting down in the evening. Not using electronic devices.  Consuming fewer stimulants like caffeine or tea. Daniel Freeman.  Department of Psychiatry. The university of Oxford. BBC World Service News hour.

September 8, 2017.  Futurist systems by Amazon, Apple and Google could be hijacked by using ultra sonic commands that are inaudible to humans. Chinese scientists set up a loud speaker broadcasting voice commands that have been shifted into ultra sonic frequencies and found they could dial phone number, visit websites and take photographs. BBC World Service News.

September 8, 2017The secret to a happy marriage.... living apart. ITV This Morning.

September 8, 2017. In Northern Italy, the death of a 4 year old girl from ceribal malaria has left doctors puzzled. Sofia Zargo was diagnosed wit the disease on Saturday in the city of Trento. Italy is free of the Mosquito that carries ceribal malaria and the girl had not visited  any at risk countries. The doctor specialising in infectious disease said, he's never seen a case like it. BBC News.

September 8, 2017Genetic predisposition is a major cause of eye disease. Talk to your relatives about your families eye health history, as some eye conditions such as glaucoma, and lazy eye or squinting can run in family. Get your children an eye test if there's a family history of any of these conditions. People of Asian or African decent are more at risk of developing eye disease. RNIB Connect: Early Edition.

September 7, 2017Some people who are blind echo-locate like bats, using mouth clicks to sense and understand their surroundings. Daniel Kish is so proficient at clicking he can tell a tree from a post from a human.  At Durham University, they have generated a 'synthetic mouth click' to use in future research which may lead to better sonar systems that could be used in self-driving cars. Metro.

September 7, 2017On September 8 - 9th, from 10am to 4pm, disability sports wheels is running an accessible sports event at the national indoor athletic centre, Cardiff metropolitan University. King College Campus, Cardiff. You can pop in any time on either day, or stay the whole day and try over twenty sports. Suitable for all impairments. Free - all ages welcome. Sports wheel chairs are also available to use. For more info, contact 02920 205 824. RNIB Connect: Early Edition.

September 7, 2017Statins are the quickest and safest way to lower cholesterol and ward off heart disease, as study claims. A 20 year review by scientists showed taking the pill each day reduced the chance of dying by as much as 28%. Findings suggest the once-a-day tablets should now be prescribed more widely, especially those with high blood pressure. Giles Shelfrick. Daily Express.

September 7, 2017Girls with ADHD are apparently being under diagnosed because they don't always display the same symptoms as boys. The health watchdog N.I.C.E has issued new guidelines to help spot the condition which affects 5% of School age children. BBC World Service: Early Edition.

September 7, 2017.  Evolution is stubbing out our smoking habits. We are evolving into a race of non-smokers. The gene CHRNA3, which is linked with heavier smoking in those with the habit, is estimated to have declined by one per cent comparing the over 80's with those over 60. A variant of the APOE4 gene that raises the risk of Alzheimer's may also be getting rarer, as a study of 200,000 genomes by Columbia university in New York finds. Daily Mail.

September 7, 2017Taking the pain out of spotting fakers. One of the trickier tasks faced by doctors is knowing when a patient is faking it. Graduate student Diambo Liu and colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with an algorithm that analyses footage of people wincing in pain. It collaborates differences in their facial expressions, helping provide a more objective assessment of pain levels. The system could eventually be rolled out as a smart phone app. Newspaper.


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