TOWP Health Archives: January - 2018

January 31, 2018The Worlds oldest man has died a month after his 113th birthday. Farmer Francisco Nunez Olivera, of Badajoz, South-West Spain, credited his long life to a daily glass of red wine and home-grown veg. Metro.

January 31, 2018The Mirror has the great British cancer scandal. The story about poor NHS funding affecting survival rates.Sky News: Press Preview.

January 31, 2018What cryonics involves. Once someone has died, there is an order to flood their body with antifreeze and that's to protect them for the process of freezing of freezing them down to minus 200 degrees centigrades using liquid nitrogen. Then there they will stay until a determined amount of time until in the far future when they can be resuscitated. It costs $200.000 for the whole body, $70,000 for just their head and much more for the body and head. The idea goes that in the future, you won't need to come back with a body. The important thing is your brain, your memories and you can have a new body or a robot body. There are people being frozen from all over the world and of all ages. Will it work in the future? There are no claims that this can be done yet. BBC World Service: News Hour. 

January 30, 2018Mixing herbal remedies and conventional drugs can be harmful. We've known this for quite some time. St Johns Wart, Ginseng and Ginko Biloba can have harmful interactions with conventional drugs. They can dilute the effects of the medication you're taking from your doctor. They can increase the power of the medication from your doctor, or act together to cause adverse reactions. They found they suffered complications from Sage, flax-seeds, grapefruit juice, St Johns wart and Ginseng energy drink. Speak to your GP or pharmacist. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning. 

January 30, 2018Is your child's Lego posing a health risk? They looked at 200 samples of toys and found that 10% had high levels of toxic chemicals which would not be approved today. Since 1995, all toys must comply with toy safety directive but there are no regulations regarding the old toys. Beware of Lego bricks that are over than 40 years or that are broken. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning. ITV This Morning.

January 30, 2018Brits have the worst diet in Europe. That's according to the I paper. Sky News: Press Preview.

January 29, 2018Mexico records highest homicide rate in 20 years. Almost 30.000 homicides in 2017, 89 people killed per day, 625 per weeks, 2500 per month. Liveleak.

January 29, 2018. The Guardian which reports that hundreds of thousands of young people are living in rented accommodation so Squalid that its putting health at risk. Sky News: Press Preview.

January 28, 2018 Get your nose working and it will actually make you pay attention to the smells around you, and the longer you have your sense of smell, the more mentality acute you'll be, so its much better than doing Sudoku. When anyone's got a disruptive sense of taste, they should continually to work to see if they can retain their sense of smell. And all of us should do that because as we get older and our sense of smell diminishes, we won't taste as much in our food and then well find food unappealing and well have difficulty in feeding ourself s. So what we should do is "smell training". So we should be smelling four essential oils last thing at night and first thing in the morning. There's lots of evidence that doing this will retain your sense of smell longer and it might bring back, or help maintain what's there in people who've got a slightly disruptive sense of smell. Professor Barry Smith. The Food Chain: BBC World Service.

January 28, 2018Hospitals in the The Afghan capitol Kabul have been struggling to cope with the large number of casualties from a suicide bombing which killed nearly a hundred people. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. BBC Radio 1.

January 28, 2018This is an important announcement. Flu virus can live for hours on hard surfaces making flu very easy to spread. So whenever you sneeze or cough, always remember, catch it, catch the germs in a tissue. Bin it, throw the tissue away. Kill it. Wash your hands to get rid of any remaining germs. Catch it. Bin it. Kill it. For more information about how to protect you and your family this winter, visit the nhs.uk/staywell website. Smooth Radio

January 28, 2018GPs are being urged to stop prescribing antibiotics for patients with sore throats when paracetamol's are better. ITV News.

January 27, 2018The Mail says, now you've got to be in agony to have a hip op. Most NHS trusts now imposing cruel pain tests in row over rationing. Three in four health trusts are denying hip and knee replacement surgery to patients not in enough pain. Sky News: Press Preview.

January 27, 2018Weatherspoons cancels contract with Russell Hume after meat scare. The pub chain said it had ended the deal after inspections of Russell Hume’s Birmingham site revealed the business was “unable to demonstrate compliance with food hygiene rules at its locations”. Hilton Hotels, which was also supplied with meat by Russell Hume, has also taken meat products from the company off its menu. The FSA said the company had “serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations”. Guardian.

January 27, 2018The foreign office has told the family of jailed Britain Laura Plummer it is 95% certain she will be released this weekend after she was convicted of carrying banned painkillers Tramadol in Egypt. Sky News: Press Preview.

January 26, 2018New research shows that 99% of adults wouldn't be able to save a life in a first aid emergency. 8 out of 10 now say that first aid lessons should become compulsory in Schools. ITV This Morning.

January 26, 2018 Researchers have identified remains of the earliest known modern humans to have left Africa. New dating of jaw-bone found in a cave in Israel indicates that our species was living outside Africa 80,000 years earlier than previously thought. BBC news.

January 26, 2018Tell us the truth about banned meat. Fears that millions of meals at pubs, restaurants and hotels were tainted - the public are still left ion the dark. Daily Mail: Press Preview.

January 26, 2018Former labour cabinet Baroness Jowell has received a standing ovation in the house of lords after calling for more innovative cancer treatments to be made available to patients on the NHS. Sky News:Press Preview.

January 25, 2018. First monkeys cloned in historic breakthrough - could humans be next? The first monkeys cloned in the same way as Dolly the Sheep have been born, raising fears that it may soon be possible to clone humans. Chinese scientists today announced the births of Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, a pair of healthy macaques who are completely genetically identical.The babies are currently being bottle fed and are said to be growing normally compared to monkeys their age. More cloned births are expected in the coming months. Previously scientists have ‘cloned’ primates by splitting an embryo in half but the process is essentially just artificial twinning rather than true cloning. Telegraph.

January 24, 2018. Today marks one year since SKY launched its Ocean Rescue Campaign. Prime minister Theresa May praised the Sky campaign as she promised to eliminate single-use plastic by 2042. Sky News.

January 24, 2018A new pill which could help people suffering from arthritis makes the cover of the Daily Express. 26p tablet is in chemist now. But now researchers have shown that ­duloxetine, which costs £22 for a month’s ­supply, halved pain levels in patients.
Support groups now hope that the drug, which was originally developed as an anti­depressant, will soon be made available to ­osteoarthritis sufferers on the NHS. Sky News: Press Preview.

January 24, 2018. The Daily Mail claims, that taking herbal remedies and prescription drugs at the same time could risk our health. Warning on remedies that react with statins and cancer drugs. Sky News: Press Preview.

January 24, 2018Britain's prescription drug addiction. More and more people are becoming addicted to very strong pain killers, also anxiety and antidepressant drugs. 64 million - the number of prescription drugs for antidepressants each year compared with 22 million in 2000. Telegraph: Sky News Press Preview. 

January 23, 2018Last year, 1400 people died from asthma. Two thirds were preventable. The UK has the highest rate of asthma deaths in Europe. ITV This Morning.

January 23, 2018A Brazilian doctor has devised a method to ease the pain of labour in the from of dancing. The physical movements during labour makes the labour shorter and less painful. ITV This Morning.

January 23, 2018Statins in new health alert: Millions should not be taking them say experts. Seek advice from your doctor if you're concerned. Express: Sky News Press Preview.

January 23, 2018The shocking cost of cheaper chicken: More than a million birds in the UK are killed while in transit. I. Sky News Press Preview.

January 22, 2018A brain left in the wrong corpse was among 278 serious incidents in mortuaries from 2014 to 2016. South Tyneside NHS foundation Trust apologised to a family after storing a fathers brain and other parts for 22 years after his death. Metro News.
January 20, 2018Eating insects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They are very nutritious and rich in protein. If we replaced insects, we could reclaim land that's used for animals. Cut down on greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and slash the cost of food production. Worldwide. There's a lot of interest in whether farming practises like these could create a sustainable future for a growing hungry planet. BBC World Service: CrowdScience.


January 20, 2018
Hope for the 5 million people in Britain who suffer from Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Alizyme claims IBS breakthrough. Alizyme, the drug development company working on new treatments for obesity and gastrointestinal disorders, was back in the spotlight yesterday after claiming successful preliminary results from clinical trials of Renzapride  The I: Sky News Press Preview.

January 19, 2018Flu epidemic in 2 weeks. Warning as worst outbreak in seven years hits 8.3 million people and kills 149Daily Mirror: Sky News Press Preview.

January 18, 2018Royal doctor and medical adviser to Prince Charles says, stop snooping on patients sex lives. A top doctor has blasted health chiefs for ordering GPs to ask all about patients 'intrusive' questions about their sexual orientation.  NHS England days, it needs to record the orientation of people to full fill its legal duties under the equalities act. Express.

January 18, 2018A doctor who sexually assaulted a number of patients to satisfy his desires has been jailed for 12 years. Jaswant Rathore used his standing in the community as a ‘cloak’ to carry out 10 assaults on four women aged in their 20s and 30s. Metro.

January 18, 2018Mum forced to spend winter inside because she’s fatally allergic to the cold and says unusual condition has ‘ruined her life’The mum-of-three is forced to spend winter inside because she’s fatally allergic to the cold and says the chilling condition has ‘ruined her life’. Kelly Pouw, 26, from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, initially thought the raised spots on her thighs five-years-ago was ‘heat rash’ before discovering she developed an unusual reaction to anything cold. Liveleak.

January 17, 2018A doctor in the West Midlands has been found guilty of sexually assaulting four of his patients. Wolverhampton crown court has told that 60 year-old Jaswant Rathore, a GP had carried out massage for his own gratification while pretending it was a treatment for back pain and hay fever. Radio 2 News.

January 17, 2018. Parliamentary group report says some elderly patients are told symptoms are 'part of ageing process'. All-party parliamentary groups: GP's should offer tests to any patient who shows symptoms of a blood cancer. The common symptoms of blood cancers can include - Unexplained weight loss. Fatigue. Feeling weak or breathless. Easily bruise or bleed. Enlarged lymph nodes.Swollen stomach or abdominal discomfort. Frequent and repeated infections. Fever/night sweats. Sky News.

January 17, 2018The secrets to a youthful glow this winter. Vitamin C to brighten up the skin. Secret to a youthful glow is to moisturise with a vitamin C product face-mask once-a-week. ITV This Morning.

January 17, 2018Minister for the lonely. In a sad reflection of modern Britain where 9 million live in isolation and 200,000 elderly go weeks without talking to a friend or relative. Daily Mail. Sky News: Press Preview.

January 16, 2018. A study by cancer research UK suggests teenagers who watch three hours of commercial television are more likely to eat snacks which are high in sugar. Sky news.

January 16, 2018A mother cruelly mocked for decades over the 6,000 tumours all over face and body  has had surgery to give her clearer skin.  A mother cruelly mocked for decades over the 6,000 tumours covering her face and body shares results from surgery to give her clearer skin. Libby Huffer, 45, battles with neurofibromatosis, a genetic neurological disorder causing non-cancerous bumps to form wherever nerves are present. She’s battled the stigma for over 25 years. Liveleak.

January 16, 2018Supermarket band plastic. Iceland first store in the world to remove plastic packaging from all its own brand labels. Mail Sky News: Press Preview.

January 15, 2018Food is medicine. I changed my foods straight away. I started eating more dark green leafy vegetables. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and has some interesting research behind it. There are lots of others like basil, rosemary and thyme. These are just as impressive as turmeric. Ginger is a really good ingredient from a medical research point of view. It has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties - its an antinorsia agent for pregnant ladies. I add colour, variety and spice to my food, and then I started extenuating my stress using medication techniques and employing sleep hygiene. Dr Rupy. ITV This Morning.

January 15, 2018Students drafted in to plug NHS gaps. Medical students are being asked to volunteer during the NHS winter crisis. Guardian: Sky News Press Preview.

January 15, 2018Patients data given to tobacco companies. Medical records of British cancer victims have been handed to an American firm working for one of the biggest tobacco companies.Daily Telegraph: Sky News Press preview.

January 15, 2018Fibre diet can fight rheumatoid arthritis. Eating a bowl of muesli a day could fend off rheumatoid arthritis and ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Daily Express: Sky News Press preview.

January 14, 2018A suspected chlorine attack in Syria. Reports from Syria say there's been a chlorine gas attack on the rebel held enclave of Eastern Gotu which is besieged by government forces. BBC News.

January 14, 2018Nowadays the crisis is at the most highest point in history in Venezuela. According to the World Health Organisation, (WHO) when a country has 10% of malnutrition is nearly at crisis and in Venezuela in three of the moist populated states are about 14.5%, that means there is more than a crisis here in Venezuela about malnutrition. Hunger is being used as a political weapon President of Venezuela childcare and paediatrics. BBC News.

January 13, 2018Sky News has found pharmacies in the UK are struggling to provide flu vaccinations as fears of a national epidemic continues to grow after epidemics in Australia, the U.S and France. Sky News.

January 13, 201893 flu-related deaths recorded in England this winter with some pharmacies saying they are running out of vaccine. Sky News.

January 12, 2018. A surgeon who burnt his initials on the liver of two transplant patients has been given a 12 month community order and fined £10.000. 53 year-old Simon Brenl, used a medical instrument to write on the victims organs during operations at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham in 2013. He resigned from his job the following year. Radio 2 news.

January 12, 2018The latest gadget that has been designed to diagnose diseases in the gastric digestive tract. It is a pill which you swallow and it smells the various gases in your gut. It's a swallow-able capsule which will measure the gases in your stomach from one end to another. Inside Science: BBC World Radio 4.

January 12, 2018Record rise in flu cases sparks UK health alert. Flu rates across Britain have more than doubled with hospitalisations up by 50 percent. According to the latest figures from Public Health England there's been a 78 percent rise in the number of GP consultations over the last week. At least nine people have been admitted to flu intensive care units - a 65 percent leap compared to this time last year. Some experts have warned that this year's strain could be more dangerous than the 1968 flu pandemic that killed more than a million people worldwide. Public Health Officials say no strain is dominating and insist for now the best defence remains the flu vaccine. Euro News.


January 12, 2018Orangutans have learned to use jungle plants as medicine. A studies been done where they use plant medicines for injuries. Sky News.

January 11, 2018. Negative emotions and negative thoughts can definitely be beneficial, when they are in moderation. When you're depressed, negative thinking is quite dysfunctional and unhealthy, when you're worrying too much, when you're pessimistic all the time is going to be harmful to your relationships and productivity at work. BBC World Service: health Check.

January 10, 2018Tomorrow the government launches a 25 year environmental plan. The government is unveiling its new 'green credentials' later this week, and today we discovered raising the 5p levy on plastic bags to corner shops for the first time. Globally, we've become addicted to plastic. 322 million tonnes of the stuff is produced every year and 8 million tonnes of that enter the sea, choking wild-life and entering the food chain. ITV News.

January 10, 2018. Is your mole itchy or sore? Do the ABCDE check-list to detect first signs of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells and is one of the most common cancers in the world. There are three main types but melanoma is the most serious, often detected by a new mole or a change in the appearance of an existing on. The NHS suggests a ABCDE check-list to help you tell the difference between a normal mole and a melanoma. Asymmetrical - melanomas have two very different halves and are an irregular shape. Border - melanomas have a notched or ragged border. Colours - melanomas will be a mix of two or more colours. Diameter - melanomas are larger than 6mm in diameter. Enlargement or elevation - a mole that changes size over time is more likely to be a melanoma, Melanomas can appear anywhere on your body, but they most commonly appear on the back in men and not he legs in women. They can also develop underneath a nail, on the sole of the foot, in the mouth, to in the genital areas, but these types of melanoma are rare. Express.

January 9, 2018A prisoner in northern Spain has woken up in a hospital mortuary after he'd been certified dead by three experienced doctors. Prisoner Gonzalo Montoya Jimenez regained conciousness hours after he was going to be given a post-mortem. He's now recovering in hospital;. BBC World Service News.

January 9, 2018An app designed by Great Ormond Street Hospital staff that replaces the traditional clipboard at the end of patients' beds has saved thousands of nursing hours and been hailed as a pioneering use of technology. Developed by GOSH clinical site practitioner and nurse Sarah Newcombe, the app enables staff to enter the vital signs of up to 350 patients using hand-held devices rather than with pen and paper. The system generates automatic alerts to relevant specialist teams at the hospital if patients show signs of deterioration. Sky News.

January 9, 2018. Aussie flu 'to kill 750,000 people' Fears deadly epidemic will wipe out Brits. A deadly flu pandemic raging out of control could kill up to 750,000 people in Britain, the Government’s disaster planners have warned. Star.

January 8, 2018Anorexia and other eating disorders are not a short-term condition. It will take years for anyone to recover from this condition. Its so important to recognise there is positive help out there and you won't be dismissed because you're a man. And indeed, and very sadly, anorexia can kill. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2.

January 8, 2018. Augmented reality (A.R)  If you're uncomfortable with seeing homeless people on the streets, you can use augmented reality to block it out so you don't have to see them. If someone goes off to war and they don't want to see the faces of the people they are fighting, they can block that off. The downside to this technology is it can make us a less emphatic species. Tech Tent: BBC World Service.

January 8, 2018. New treatment to help people with incurable brain tumours. Health check. BBC World Service.

January 7, 2018Waitrose, Tesco and Co-op among major retailers to ban under-18s from buying corrosive substances after a shock rise in number of acid attacks. In London the number of acid attacks rose by more than 200 in just three years. Across the UK there were 408 acid attacks from November 2016 to April 2017. Retailers have agreed to a voluntary ban ahead of impending legislation. Mail.

January 7, 2018. Keep calm, warm, and travel safely. TOWP.

January 6, 2018Snow and wet weather wreak havoc across Europe. Much of Europe is on high alert this weekend as severe weather wreaks havoc. In Cervinia in northern Italy, more than two meters of snow fell in a few hours overnight, isolating the city and sparking avalanche warnings. Several days of heavy, wet snow have already set off one avalanche that killed a German woman and her daughter on an off-piste ski run. In south-western Germany, heavy rainfall has caused widespread disruption to a number of cities hit by flooding. The threat of landslides has forced authorities in many areas to issue evacuation orders. A number of roads have been destroyed and shipping traffic on the River Rhine between France and Germany has been halted because of the high tide. It's a similar situation in the French capital where heavy rain has caused the River Seine to rise by more than three metres. With more downpours expected this weekend, officials say they have prepared emergency measures in case of flooding. Poland, however, is experience unusually warm weather that has led flowers to prematurely bloom in parks and gardens across the country because of high temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius during the day.  Normally, January is winter's coldest month. Last year, temperatures dropped to 20 degrees Celsius below zero in Poland. Liveleak.

January 6, 2018. Parts of the U.S are experiencing what could be the coldest night in the countries history with temperatures expected to fall with wind chills making it feel as cold as -35 Celsius / -31F. Sky News.

January 6, 2018. Tens of thousands of addicts and vulnerable people are being warned about joining support groups on Facebook that claim to be anonymous but are not after a Sky news investigation found membership lists "anonymous" recovery groups are easily accessed by outsiders. Sky News.

January 6, 2018Across parts of Scotland, temperatures may fall as low a -10C, while in the rest of England. The Public Health authority for the North East of England tweeted yesterday warning people to wear thin layers of clothes and shoe soles with good grip before heading out. The warning comes as the NHS faces mounting pressure this winter forcing hospitals to cancel thousands of operations, sparking fears the health service is in a 'winter crisis.'

January 5, 2018How do you tell the difference between a harmless mozzie and a lethal one? Mosquitoes, love them or hate them. At best they're an irritant, at worse they're deadly. With many carrying diseases like the Zika virus, and the single biggest killer in human history, Malaria. . They can beat their wings in the range of 600 to a 1000 times per second to make this high-pitch sound. There are over 3500 species of mosquito. A team of scientists are trying to identify and monitor mosquitoes by the sound they make Inside Science: BBC World Service.

January 5, 2018. It is a whiteout in New York's iconic Times Square, which has been hit by the winter storm that has brought death and destruction to the east coast of the United States. Thousands of flights have been cancelled and delayed. The whiteout conditions saw planes grounded temporarily at New York City's two main airports. And many hoping to fly from Newark airport in New Jersey were disappointed. The blizzard has blasted Boston where schools will remain closed today. And flooding in the city has tied a 40-year record, the National Weather Service said.  The snowfall has come amid a cold snap that has gripped much of the United States for over a week now and left more than a dozen people dead. Liveleak.

January 5, 2018The prime minister said she hoped the operations would be rescheduled ‘as soon as possible’.The prime minister’s apology came a day after health secretary Jeremy Hunt said sorry for around 55,000 cancelled operations. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Mrs May of ‘ignoring’ warnings as his party said the government had axed thousands of beds.But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association, said the NHS was underfunded by £10 billion a year compared to leading EU countries and called on the government to ‘plug this funding deficit’. Metro.

January 5, 2018Arctic blast hits UK as flu deaths double in one week. Freezing temperatures are on the way potentially causing more trouble for hospitals already feeling with the winter flu. Daily Star: Sky News Preview.

January 4, 2018. The first successful appendix operation was performed in Iowa, US, by Dr Williams West Grant. DJ Steve Wright: Radio 2.

January 4, 2018Twice as many people die during, or after surgery in Africa than on average globally even though the patients tend to be younger and the surgery is often minor. The problem is human resources. These problems could be prevented with more nurses and doctors in the time where patients are recovering from these operations  BBC World Service: Health Check 

January 4, 2017. Children age ten addicted to social media. Happiness dependent on number of 'like' they get reveal major study. Daily Mail: Sky Press Preview.

January 4, 2017Record numbers of patients were forced to wait in the back of ambulances last week as hospitals in England struggled to cope with demand for medical treatment as the NHS’s winter crisis began in earnest. In all 16,900 people - the highest number this winter – were stuck in the back of an ambulance waiting to enter an A&E unit to be assessed and treated in the week from Christmas Day to New Year’s Eve. Guardian.

January 3, 2018Winter crisis cripples the NHS. Up to 55,000 operations postponed. Patients to be put on mixed wards. Senior doctors will man doors at A&E to turn away non-urgent cases. Daily Mail Sky News: Press Preview.

January 2, 2018Teenagers as young as 14 are taking a drug in which charity workers say, "could be a hidden epidemic."  Steroid dealers in London and online are selling 'muscle-building substances' without any warning of the serious and potentially deadly side affects which include a heart attack  BBC 1 News.

January 2, 2018About 40% of all the deaths, over 60,000 are opioid related or painkiller related deaths in the US in a year, and that's quadrupled since the turn of the century. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2.

January 2, 2018Missed hospital appointments cost the NHS £1bn a year depriving patients of vital careTimes. Sky News Press Preview.

January 2, 2018Tens of thousands of firemen have been dispatched to medical emergencies, says the Daily mail amid a surge in demand due to the ageing population. Daily Mail: Sky News Press Preview

January 1, 2018The recipe for leading a long and healthy existence is maintaining a young mindset, being immature from time to time and regularly enjoying a touch of nostalgia, according to a new study. Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found almost three quarters of Britons believe forgetting you are an adult from time to time is important. One in four of those revealed they wanted to stay ‘child-like’ as long as possible. The study found that feeling nostalgic and identifying with those things from our childhood makes us happy. The study, commissioned by Healthspan and carried out via OnePoll.com, found unanimously that being a ‘kidult’ is good for your health - from thinking yourself younger, to indulging in some nostalgia and getting in touch with your inner child. Metro news.

January 1, 2018China is to reduce the import tax on Donkey skins for use in traditional medicine despite concerns about the effects on the worlds Donkey population. There is already a shortage of Donkeys in Africa because of increasing Chinese demands for their skins to make gelatin for medicines. BBC World Service: News Hour.

January 2, 2018About 40% of all the deaths, over 60,000 are opioid related or painkiller related deaths in the US in a year, and that's quadrupled since the turn of the century. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2.

January 2, 2018Missed hospital appointments cost the NHS £1bn a year depriving patients of vital careTimes. Sky News Press Preview.

January 2, 2018Tens of thousands of firemen have been dispatched to medical emergencies, says the Daily mail amid a surge in demand due to the ageing population. Daily Mail: Sky News Press Preview

January 1, 2018The recipe for leading a long and healthy existence is maintaining a young mindset, being immature from time to time and regularly enjoying a touch of nostalgia, according to a new study. Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found almost three quarters of Britons believe forgetting you are an adult from time to time is important. One in four of those revealed they wanted to stay ‘child-like’ as long as possible. The study found that feeling nostalgic and identifying with those things from our childhood makes us happy. The study, commissioned by Healthspan and carried out via OnePoll.com, found unanimously that being a ‘kidult’ is good for your health - from thinking yourself younger, to indulging in some nostalgia and getting in touch with your inner child. Metro news.

January 1, 2018China is to reduce the import tax on Donkey skins for use in traditional medicine despite concerns about the effects on the worlds Donkey population. There is already a shortage of Donkeys in Africa because of increasing Chinese demands for their skins to make gelatin for medicines. BBC World Service: News Hour.

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