TOWP Health Archives: November - 2017

November 30, 2017More elderly people than ever are falling foul of financial abuse through the laws of "power of attorney" designed to protect the most vulnerable which is actually leading to a rise in theft within families. ITV..Elderly Theft: Robbing Relatives.

November 30, 2017Rats epidemic in London: More than 100 complaints of mice and rats are recorded by councils every day, new report showsBBC 1 News.

November 30, 2017Incredible technology used to bring Harry Potter movies to life is now bringing magic to neurological science by showing us the inner workings of our brains. The incredible technology, once used to bring the fantastic beasts of Harry Potter to life, is now replicating the same magic away from the big screen  in the field of neuro-science. Kaleidoscopic in colour, the image rendering software allows scientists to explore the brain like never before. Luke Kenton. LiveLeak.

November 30, 2017Male pattern baldness and premature greying are more of a risk factor for heart disease than obesity in men under 40, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,000 young men in India showed those who had coronary artery disease were prematurely bald or grey than men with a full head of hair. The European Society of Cardiology's study will be read at the Cardiological Society of India's annual conference. But the British Heart Foundation said other risk factors were important. Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, told the BBC: "This  study suggests that identifying men with premature hair loss and greying may help identify those with an increased risk of developing heart disease. "However, this isn't something that people can change, whereas you can modify your lifestyle and risk factors such as high cholesterol and blood pressure. These are far more important things to consider." BBC News.
November 29, 2017Viagra can be sold over the counter. Men will no longer require a GP's prescription to obtain the impotence drug, regulators have decided. BBC News.

November 28, 2017. Angry people die sooner. Anger causes so many effects across the body. It can damage the DNA which can shorten your life. The increase in blood pressure is dangerous causing heart attacks or strokes. Men with higher anger scores were three times more likely to develop heart disease. The highly hostile individuals have poorer lung function. It has an effect on a certain hormone that builds collagen and that hormone is decreased under stress and anger. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.


November 27, 2017. The tale of the Axolotl, these unbelievable cute amphibians have fantastically interesting tails and legs, because they can regrow their limbs perfectly. For that reason, they're bred in labs around the world to help us understand how 'they' can regenerate limbs and we can't. Part of the research is to enhance this 'tissue repair' for our own medical purposes.The Axolotl is probably one of the most abundant amphibian in labs and pet shops around the world because its very easy to keep. The cuteness means these animals also make very popular pets. As a wild animal though, they live only in Mexico where they've been part of the culture for centuries in food, folk medicine and art, but the wild Axolotle is on the very edge of extinction in its last remaining wetland home just south of Mexico City. This precipitous existence in the wild is also bad for the science and the countless Axolotls in captivity.  BBC Radio 4: Inside Science.

November 27, 2017Safety fears as junior doctors are left to run A&E. Staff shortages within the NHS blamed for trainees 'fending for themselves' overnightThe Daily Mail has found that ambulance technicians have been sent to respond to 300,000 999 calls in England, rather than paramedics, despite the paper saying they have "less training and fewer skills".Sky News Press Preview.

November 27, 2017. Russia's 'lies' over flu jabs in Britain. The Daily Mirror reveals that "Russian cyber units" are spreading false information about flu and measles jabs in the UK, in a bid to "erode trust in US and European governments". Sky News Press Preview.

November 26, 2017. Fracking in the capitol. The mayor of London has drafted a plan to be published this week to make clear that any application in London by boroughs presents a significant public health risk, as well as a risk of contamination to water supplies. BBC Radio London News.

November 26, 2017Anyone can produce a product and give an Italian name to it and sell it as coming from anywhere. We have seen 16 more products produced outside of the European Union and there is no such protection There is a huge business on 'Italian sounding' products. Stephan Nobold: BBC World Service: The Food Chain.

November 26, 2017Many people may think they are eating authentic Parmesan cheese. We hope people will come to Italy and taste the real Italian food and tell the difference between the real and fake Italian food. Alexandra Bongiovanni BBC World Service: The Food Chain.

November 26, 2017. In Tuscany, they have more than 100 different olives. Last year I was in Sanremo, Italy. There was a producer. He said, this cheese is from the cow in 'this' field, and 'this' cheese is from the cow in 'that' field. Both cheeses were completely different. BBC World Service: Rita Mattiloli. The Food Chain. 

November 26, 2017The UK government has said, they have found no link between the suicides in prisons and overcrowdingSky News.

November 25, 2017. Getting a computer to understand what a brain tumour looks like. In a nutshell, what we have developed is a 'machine-learning algorithm' that can process the images that are required for patients when they are about to start their radiation therapy treatment. To perform this task with a patient with a brain tumour would take an hour or twenty minutes in a clinic. The algorithm can perform the first step of this task in three to four minutes. - There's a wave of money behind the idea that artificial intelligence can transform healthcare. - American tech giants like IBM are making big claims about the benefits A-I can deliver. - Japanese firms are looking at whether humanoid robots can do some of the work of nurses. - In the UK, 47m dollars has been invested in an 'Ada Health' app. It uses artificial intelligence to give patience a diagnosis via their mobile phones. - Britain's national health service is embracing this revolution. Recently the health secretary Jeremy Hunt said, computer could routinely be diagnosing health conditions ten years from now. BBC World Service: Tech Tent.


November 25, 2017Houseflies might be depositing diseases onto your food right now, a study has warned. The animals carry hundreds of different species of bacteria, and might help that spread between humans, according to a new study. And it is carried when they land on poop and other disgusting organic matter that is then carried onto your food, the scientists speculate. The news might not come as a surprise to anyone who's batted houseflies away from a lunch while it's waiting on the kitchen counter. But it shows that behaviour is scientifically verified, and that it's a good idea to keep them away. Independent.

November 24, 2017. The 10.000 steps. Were told to count our steps to keep healthy, but where does this magic figure of 10,000 comes from apart from being a nice round number? It all goes back to the 1960s in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics. Catrine Tudor-Locke from the School of public and health sciences at University of Massachusetts, Amherst explained. There was a pedometer company in Japan that produced a new pedometer and they called it 'Manpo-Kei'and man is 10,000, 'po' is 'step', and 'Kei', is 'metre' or 'gauge', and they put this out in advance at the Tokyo Olympics and it just resonated with the Japanese people, and there were Manpo-keiing all over the place. Literally going for 10,000 steps a day. They also studied 10,000 steps verses 5,000, so of course, a study is going to say 10,000 is best. But its not a precise number where angels start to sing for everyone. The message is, get at least 5000 steps a day, and ideally 7500 or more, and don't get obsessed about reaching the 10,000 mark. Claudia Hammond: BBC World Service. Health Check.

November 24, 2017Hope for a cancer cure. A potentially cure for cancer could be ready to test on patients as early as next year. British scientists are developing an immune therapy based on blood cells from patients who have made 'miracle' recoveries from the disease. They believe they have found a way to extract the cancer-killing immune cells from donor blood and then multiply them by the million The team at Kings College London say they are excited by the early results of lab tests. Reporter Mark Reynolds.

November 24, 2017A potentially lethal narcotic that is blown into the face to leave women helpless is being used by date rapists, it is claimed. Police are urging victims to speak out amid fears that ‘Devil’s Breath’ or the drug scopolamine derived from South American shrubs is now a threat. Derived from the South American borrachero shrub, the motion sickness treatment causes hallucinations, seizures and memory loss in high doses. Metro News.

November 23, 2017. The success of egg freezing declines rapidly if you do it after the age of 25, that's because the quality of your eggs deteriorates rapidly. If woman are reaching the age of 30, and they're in a financial position to consider egg freezing because it is expensive, and they're not thinking about having them in the next year or two, its definitely something to give some thought to. Dr Zoe Williams. ITV. This Morning.

November 22, 2017. A masculinity report looking at Why suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK. Its because men cant be emotional, that men cant cry, or express their feelings, and that stops them from talking when they're struggling and seeking help. Natasha Devon. Writer and social critic. ITV This Morning. 

November 22, 2017Beat arthritis with vitamin D. Daily pill could stop the agony of swollen joints. Sky News Press Preview.

November 21, 2017. The drug company 'Concordia' has been accused of over-charging the NHS of tens of millions of pounds a year for a thyroid medicine. The competition and markets authority says, the company abused its dominant position by vastly increasing the cost of LiothyronineConcordia said, it invested significantly in the drug over the past decade. Radio 2 News.

November 21, 2017A Chinese stir-fry that could be the death of you. They heated up the oil, and added a couple of droplets of water into the oil, and the water caused the fat to explode into millions of microscopic particles into the air. Is this hazardous? We don't know yet. You're possibly cooking in a poorly ventilated environment. It might be hazardous to your health. Millions of deaths worldwide occur due to indoor air pollution. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

November 21, 2017The NHS is set to roll out screening test centres to help increase early diagnoses by offering cancer screening from supermarket car parks. Radio London.

November 17, 2017. If you have donated to Children In Need in the past, mark my words. You've been a big part of it. You don't need to be kidney specialist. You don't need to be bereavement councillor or a doctor of science, all you have to do is provide that expert care by donating. Matt Baker. Children In Need. The Rickshaw challenge. BBC 1.

November 17, 2017, The 2 Sisters factory closed for 5 weeks after an investigation raised concerns about Chicken being put back on the production line after falling on the floor, and also changing the slaughter dates on Chickens. Senior MPs have asked for better regulation of food processing factories, after a joint ITV news and Guardian investigation uncovered safety breaches at the UK's biggest Chicken supermarket supplier. A scathing report into the '2 Sisters' scandals said, it should act as a wake-up call to food regulators, the FSA, as it was 'too easy for suppliers to dodge food safety rules'. The committee said, the breeches uncovered at the plant are not a one-off. ITV News.

November 17, 2017. Drinking three cups of coffee each day could save your life: Beverage slashes the risk of fatal liver diseases by 70%, reveals review. Coffee has high quantities of caffeine, kahweol, cafestol and antioxidants. Scientists believe this is where the drink's life-saving benefits stem from. A review found coffee reduces the risk of liver disease, liver cancer and cirrhosis. Charities state coffee is an easy change to reduce the risk of an early death. Daily Mail.

November 17, 2017. The United Nations has warned that thousands of people in Yemen will die if Saudi-led military coalition does not immediately lift the blockade. It says one million children are now at risk of diphtheria outbreak, and at least 20 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian care. BBC News.

November 16, 2017coconut water can be used as plasma. Steve Wright Show. Radio 2.

November 16, 2017Opium production in Afghanistan has hit record levels amid the resurgence of the Taliban, reports the UN. Poppy cultivation rose 87% to 4,8000 tons last year. Metro News.

November 15, 2017. Do you have a psychic vampire in your life? A physic vampire is a toxic person who drains you of energy because of their emotional energy, and because of their intense egotism, paranoia or jealousy. DJ Steve Wright. Radio 2.

November 14, 2017. Sitting down for too long can cause medical problems. Sitting for too long on long train journeys, long-haul flights, and watching television. Get up and walk around to stop blood clotting. Put an exercise bike in the room. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

November 14, 2017. A study of 200,00 people over 30 years found a handful of nuts, twice a week had a much reduced incidents of a heart attack or stroke. All the tree nuts that grow on the tress, but not peanut butter. 
Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

November 13, 2017. Food waste we all throw away. There are mountains of it. Across the country, we throw away 10 million tonnes of food every year. That's 17 billion pounds worth in the bin, and were told 60% of that is avoidable. Over-production is  fact of the modern food industry. Food that could have, and should have been eaten. BBC News.

November 13, 2017The Asian giant is responsible for around 30% of global car emission. The powerful impact of China's economy on the worlds economyNew data suggests that global emissions of carbon dioxide is rising for the first time in four years. The main cause of the increase has been greater use of coal in China. The projected data for 2017 is being presented at a Untied Nations Climate conference in German. Emissions from carbon dioxide have fallen in American and Europe. BBC News.

November 12, 2017Mysterious 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, 2017Disturbing 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 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, 2017India'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, 2017Fentanyl 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, 2017Arthritis 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, 2017A 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 in 10 patients do not reach adolescence. BBC 1 News.

November 7, 2017Here 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, 2017Patients 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 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, 2017The 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

November 6, 2017. Care-home abuse in the UK. You cant really know until you put someone in care-home what's going to happen to them. There are good care homes, but not enough of them. I've been in two care homes on the same street. One was Heaven and one was hell. The one that was heaven was actually £200.00 cheaper. That's the lottery we have with care-home. Talk to the manager and see what your instincts tell you. Do you feel comfortable with them. A guest on ITV This Morning

November 6, 2017. International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. In 2001, the UN General Assembly declared November 6 of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict for the safe disposal of weapons of war. 

November 5, 2017Winter is coming. During the colder months, recommends to pay special attention to your Zinc and Vitamin D levels. Zinc is the second most abundant mineral in the body and important for growth, gut general health, the immune system, the libido and healthy skin, hair and nails. Good natural sources include oysters, lean meats, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, lentils, chickpeas and eggs. Nutritionist Expert. Charlotte Fraser.

November 5, 2017Don't rely on natural sunlight for your vitamin D. As well as being important for assisting with the maintenance of strong bones and teeth and normal muscle function, vitamin D also helps support the immune system and gut health. good natural sources include oily fish, red meat, liver and egg yolks. Nutritionist Expert. Charlotte Fraser.

November 4, 2017. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Borne in Germany to demand greater action to combat global warning. The city is preparing to host the United Nations annual climate summit. The White House is playing down official reports saying, human activity was likely to have caused 90% of total temperature rise since 1950. Radio 2 News

November 4, 2017Stop norovirus spreading this winter. Norovirus, sometimes known as the 'winter vomiting bug', is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. It is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food and water. The symptoms of norovirus are very distinctive - People often report a sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea. Most people will make a full recovery in 1-2 days. It is important to keep hydrated, especially children and the elderly.  Good hand hygiene is important to stop the spread of the virus. Do not visit A&E or GPs with symptoms as this may spread the virus.Further information available from NHS 111, including the online symptoms checker at nhs.uk. NHS.

November 4, 2017Deadly plague epidemic in Madagascar is now at 'crisis' point and could reach mainland Africa where it will be 'difficult to control', warns expert as World Bank releases $5M of aid. Cases of the plague have spiralled by 37 per cent in less than a week, data shows. The World Health Organization now states that there are 1,801 suspected cases. At least 127 deaths have been recorded, but experts warn this could also rocket. World Bank released an extra $5 million to control the deadly outbreak. Daily Mail.

November 4, 2017. Egyptian authorities have detained a British woman who entered the country carrying painkillers. Laura Plummer, 33, a shop worker who lives in Hull, was arrested after 290 tramadol tablets and some naproxen for her husband’s sore back was found in her suitcase. She then reportedly signed her name beneath a 38-page statement in Arabic, upon request, believing she would be able to leave the airport afterwards and begin her two-week break by Red Sea. Instead, she was put into a cramped cell with 25 other women, where she has remained for almost a month. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting a British woman and her family following her detention in Egypt."Guardian.

November 3, 2017We've had cancer for thousands of years. We have discovered dinosaurs who had cancer and they never smoked, and human remains over 3000 years old had signs of cancer.Dr Aine McCarthy. The Last Leg. Ch 4.

November 3, 2017. When stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T.  FACE. has it fallen to one side!. ARMS. Can they raise them! SPEECH. Is it slurred! TIME. If you notice ANY of these signs, make the call. Dial 999 or your local countries emergency number. NHS.

November 3, 2017Non-smokers have been given six extra pays holiday a year to make up for the time off other staff take for cigarette  breaks. he gesture by 'Piala Ltd' in Japan benefits about 80 of its workers. Metro News.

November 3, 2017Cannabis users in Italy can smoke the plant as long as they follow the Rastafarian religion a court has ruled. A 'Bari judge freed a man caught with 2oz. He said it was a sacred herb used for medication. Metro News.

November 2, 2017Drivers have won the right to use toilets of businesses they deliver to. The health and safety executive ruling comes after a long campaign by 'Union Unite'. It argued that drivers who were forced to cross their legs ran a wide range of risks including urinary infections and bladder risk. Presenter Steve Wright. Radio 2.

November 1, 2017Beware of consuming black licorice if you're over 40. Too much of the candy can cause dangerous heart arrhythmia, FDA warns. Eating about one eight of a pack of black licorice a day for too long can cause heart arrhythmia and high blood pressure in people over 40. An ingredient in the candy lowers potassium levels, upsetting the heart's rhythm. Licorice poisoning is rare, but people of all ages should still be careful when they indulge. Daily Mail News.

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