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August 25, 2017. 250kg of single-use plastic pollutes the Worlds oceans every second. Sky news has joined a special expedition around the UK to highlight the growing problems of plastics in our oceans.  We've found plastics in birds nest, in basking sharks, and whales. A single piece of plastic can injure or kill an animal. We should all feel responsible. Sky News.

August 25, 2017. The Royal College of nurses has warned that children with asthma, epilepsy or diabetes are at risk in the classroom after NHS figure revealed that more than 550 schools nurses were let go between May 2010 and May this year. Sky News.

August 25, 2017. 
A study by the disability charity Scope has found that over a third of disabled people think the attitude towards them have got worse since the London Paralympics 2012. Sky News.

August 25, 2017. 'Cystic fibrosis, also known as CF is genetic'. It's a condition which severely damages the organs and has no cure. When you live with this disease, the lungs are full of mucus, full of fluid. SF is a fatal genetic disease. The adult life expectancy is 30 years of age. I worry about lung infections. When I eat I have to take medication because my body can't break down food. The pancreas doesn't produce the enzymes required to break down food. There's this quote which comes from Mark Twain. "The fear of life follows from the fear of death, A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time". I'm just trying to squeeze as much out of life without fearing the end.  Jeremy Saunders. Host of the SickBoy podcast. BBC World Service: Outlook 

August 25, 2017. There's been a 'new warning from obstetricians against a practice known as vaginal seeding. If you have a vaginal delivery, then you're new-born baby will be coated with natural bacteria that naturally lives inside a women's vagina during the process of labour. When you have a C section, then the child doesn't get that coating of bacteria. If you look at children who were born by C section, they do have or seem to have a high risk of some immune related diseases. The excitement has growing around the benefits of good bacteria, or maybe we should do virginal seeding where you take bacteria in a swap, and then rub it on the face, eyes, and skin of new born babies. James Gallagher. BBC Health journalist. BBC World Service: Health Check.  

August 24, 2017. Why egg vitrification is superior to traditional egg freezing. There are loads of healthy women in their 30s who want children, but aren't in a position to have them. Freezing eggs, and using them when they want has become such a common phenomenon, it's been given its own name, 'social infertility'. In 2013, only 14% of women who defrosted their eggs had a baby, so I can see how for many, even with the risk and cost involved, it's a chance they're prepared to take. There are 3 things I'd recommend, 1, make sure their specialist, or fertility expert is doing NHS practice and private practice. 2, go for a clinic that uses this vitrification fast-freeze technique because its better technology and better success rate. 3.Nothing is better than a recommendation by someone whose been through the process.  Dr Zoe Williams. BBC 1. The One Show.

August 24, 2017. Today, the 'trial of a preventative treatment, so successful that the trial had to be called off' half way through because it was not right to deprive people of such an effective treatment. Sepsis occurs  when the body is overwhelmed by an infection and turns against itself, and this trial was trying to stop cases in new-born babies before they start.  Claudia Hammond. BBC World Service: HealthAugust 24, 2017. The treatment consists of a probiotic, and a prebiotic. A probiotic is a good bacteria that has some health benefits, and prebiotic are sugars which are non-absorbable in the small intestine, but they go down to the colon where it is available for the bacteria to chew on, food for the bacteria. We studied more than 4500 babies over 20 years to see if this would work. We are really excited. We will discover more ways to fight infection and save babies from a very simple infection, that has so far not been addressed as it should be.. Professor of epidemiology and Paediatrics at University Of Nebraska Medical Centre. U.S. BBC World Service: Health Check. 

August 24, 2017. When you consume yogurts and fermented foods which contain bacteria or yeast, the idea is, they survive the passage through the stomach and get into the intestines and there they can form part of your bacterial flora. Were not just human, we've also got all kinds of other species and microorganisms that live inside and on our bodies, and the idea is probiotics. If you get the right things into your gut, you can improve peoples health. The claims are huge and some of the evidence is suggesting it might have a role in everything from allergies to mental health, from obesity to diabetes. James Gallagher. Health and science reporter. BBC World Service: Health Check. 

August 24, 2017. There's a 'warning about inactivity among middle-age people' today with more than 6 million English adults failing to complete a ten minute brisk walk in a month. Officials at public health England found people tend to become inactive when they become 40, putting them at risk of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Of those age 40 - 60, do not do 10 minutes walking a month. The risk of premature death is reduced by 15% from a 10 minute 'brisk' walk a day. Sky News.  

August 24, 2017. 'Shingles is caused by a virus known as the herpes zoster,' the same virus that causes Chicken Pox. It is much more common in older people particularly those who are over 70. There are vaccines available for those over 70 on the NHS. Dr Zoe. This Morning. ITV. 

August 24, 2017. The 'chemical that puts the magic into magic mushrooms isn't just there to get humans high'. Researchers reckon psilocybin, which is responsible for the fungi's hallucinogenic properties, could be a form of insect repellent. Ohio State University team noted that the mushrooms are prey to fun gi eating insects. They suggest psilocybin might protect the mushrooms, or repel insects from a shared food source, by somehow influencing their behaviour. But while psilocybin affects the brain of mammals, there is little evidence that it affects insects. Metro News.

August 24, 2017. A 'teacher has given birth to a healthy girl despite having ten chemotherapy sessions' during her pregnancy. Lindsay Robinson was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer when 14 weeks pregnant. After an agonising two-week wait, specialists told her she could go ahead with the pregnancy. Her daughter was born four weeks early and is doing fine. Metro news.

August 23, 2017. One of the big environmental problems currently is the amount of 'methane gas produced by animals' being produced for meat. Food Unwrapped. Ch 4.

August 23, 2017. 'Globally we feed 63,000 tonnes of antibiotics to animals every year.' Pig farmers feed four times more antibiotics to their pigs than cattle farmers do to their cows. In Denmark, instead of 'blanket use' of antibiotics, they treat sick pigs individually. Food Unwrapped. Ch 4.

August 23, 2017. 'Adding black pepper to foods could make them more potent' increasing the vital nutrients throughout the body. Studies have shown it can absorb 30% 40% more iron. Increase vitamin A and zinc. It can also help boost the potency of life-saving medical drugs. Food Unwrapped. Ch 4. 

August 23, 2017. Researchers say 'teenagers who use E Cigarettes are far more likely to start smoking'. A recent study of 14 and 15 year olds from 20 English Schools found a robust association between the two. E-cigarettes makers say smoking rates among children are actually coming down. RNIB Connect. Early Edition 

August 23, 2017. Since he came to power last year, President Rodrigo Duterte has been leading a relentless and ruthless 'campaign against drug traffickers and addicts leaving 5000 already killed'. He  has promised to kill tens of thousands to 'end the scourge of drugs' in his country. The Catholic church is saying, 'enough is enough' and called for 'an end to the waste of human lives'. BBC World Service News hour. 

August 23, 2017. The Liberal Democrat leader 'Tim Farron has said he wants to legalise cannabis' in a bid to stop criminals from profiting, and make drugs safer for people to use. LBC News. 

August 23, 2017. 'Non-employment and older age have been increasingly associated with feeling isolated and underutilised'. Researchers at the University of Glasgow which looked at those who were not working found their status results in poorer social and mental engagements and lower self-esteem. RNIB Connect Radio News.

August 23, 2017. Campaigners have praised a commitment by the top garden retailers not to grow plants with' pesticides linked to a decline in Bee numbers'. B&Q is among nine retailers which is banning suppliers who use them. RNIB Connect Radio News.   

August 22, 2017. WorldPlantMilkDay. Learn about dairy free alternatives that are better for you & the animals. #WorldPlantMilkDay. Twitter. Animal Equality 

August 22, 2017. They are well known as a superfood, but it seems 'the biggest benefits of avocados are yet to be trapped'. The seeds husks of the fruits contain a 'gold mine' of chemicals that could be used to treat cancer and heart disease, found researchers of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The 116 components - many not found in the avocado seeds - include anti-viral agent docosanol. Another is heptacosane, which is thought to inhibit tumour growth. The Metro News.

August 22, 2017. The news this week about 'vitamin C is it could help to fight blood cancer and Leukaemia'. Scientists have found that vitamin C encourages these blood cancer stem cells to kill themselves. Studies have been on mice, but not on humans.The interesting thing is it seems to be having an effect. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

August 22, 2017. We're looking at School leavers are not taking up this vaccine that's being offered. The vaccine is against 4 strains of meningitis A, C, W and Y. 'Meningitis W is very dangerous indeed and has increased tenfold in the last few years'. If you don't have the vaccination against these strains, then you're going to be at risk. Adults are less at risk. It tends to be teenagers, children and young adults who are more at risk. Get to your GP and get a meningitis jab. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning. 

August 22, 2017. 'Keep fit to get money off weekly shop'. The NHS has some radical proposals to offer families money to keep them fit. If you exercise you'd get money off your shopping. I think we have to be more responsible for our own health. The government is not going to make the food manufacturers clean up their act. Sometimes you're better off eating the cardboard carton than the contents of the pack which is packed full of salt, sugar and horrible additives.  Sky News Press Preview. 

August 22, 2017. It's hoped thousands of people will become fitter thanks to food vouchers, discounted gym memberships and sports gear. They are a few of 'rewards NHS England is planning to offer residents in 10 pilot areas'. RNIB Connect Radio News.

August 22, 2017. The 'NHS is trying some radical proposals to get everyone fit'. They're going to create 10 new health towns. In each new house, sprinting tracks on pavements and outdoor public gyms will be installed.  Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

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