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August 16, 2017.  'GPs 'unconfident' discussing physical activity with patients'. A nationwide study has revealed that 80% of GPs in England say they are unfamiliar with the national guidelines, and more than one in seven doctors say they are not confident raising the issue of physical activity with their patients. The Guardian.

August 16, 2017. Scientists in Britain have used 'plants to produce a new Polio vaccine'. They hope the discovery will help eradicate the disease and transform the way vaccines are made. The synthetic vaccine was grown with the leaves of a close relative of the tobacco plant, tricking its immune system into a response. The Polio vaccine was then extracted from the leaves. The scientists say the method is cheap, easy and safer than live vaccines. BBC News. 

August 16, 2017. The President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma  has appealed for urgent support to help his country to help with what he called the 'overwhelming devastation caused by a mudslide' in the capitol. Efforts to recover more people from the muddy rubble that swept through a suburb of Freetown are continuing. Communities that are suddenly high in water where there is a high risk of cholera, disease, and poor sanitation. Hundreds of people have died buried under the weight of wet mud, and many missing. BBC Radio 2 News. 

August 15, 2017.  Scientists say they've taken a step forward in a development of a 'cheaper Polio vaccine'. The team in Norfolk say the drug was created in the leafs of plants. This technology could easily be adapted to tackle other diseases including new threats like Zika  BBC Radio 2 News. 

August 15, 2017. A 10 metre whale made of 250 kilograms of single-use plastic will travel across the UK to raise awareness of the volumes of 'plastics polluting the worlds oceans'Sky News. 

August 15, 2017. When were sometimes, or permanently 'stressed', its not only causes uncomfortable physical and mental sensations, but it can tip over to the real killer, chronic stress. The next time you're having to face a difficult situation, trick your mind and turn your anxious feelings into excitement is key to feeling less anxious and stressful. A great way to relieve stress. TV presenter Fiona Phillips. Early Edition. RNIB Connect. 

August 15, 2017. People can be fat and fit. Meaning blood level, sugar level and cholesterol levels are normal, but you're still at risk of developing heart disease just for 'being over weight'. A simple guide for a man, waist should not be over 38 inches, woman's waist should not be over 32 inches. There are 7 million undiagnosed people with raised cholesterol in the UK. Get to know your numbers and levels. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

August 15, 2017. 
Latest research has showed, 22% of 'moderate drinkers' are less Ilkley to die from a heart attack. 
For woman having 7 glasses a week and men, having 14 drinks a week is classed as moderate drinking.  Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

August 15, 2017. 
An historical medical breakthrough, and a study over 12 years looking how Marmite and yeast extract which contain niacin can significantly reduce 'miscarriages and birth defects' around the World. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV 


August 14, 2017. Thousands of 'vulnerable children' are being left in vulnerable situations. 180.000 children in England weren't deemed to be at crisis point so didn't meet the threshold for help. In London, only 23,000 children were referred, but after an assessment, it was deemed no further action was required. Another issue highlighted is the differences of the threshold from council to council. Depending on a child's situation, help might be provided In one area, but in a neighbouring borough, might be deemed as unnecessary. The council spent almost 8 billion last year on social care but wants to help do more.  BBC News. 

August 14, 2017. The World health organisation says the number of suspected 'cholera cases' has reached half a million. The countries collapsing health service cannot cope. This epidemic is raging against the background of Yemen's civil war. Its damage, poor sanitation services are creating conditions in which cholera thrives. The vast majority of the diseases victims and be cured if given the proper medical help, but more than half of Yemen's health facilities no longer function. BBC Radio 2 News.  

August 14, 2017.  We give 'whooping cough immunisation' to babies, because its babies who are brain damaged and killed. Adults get whooping cough and its utterly miserable. Sometimes called the cough of a 100 days as it can go on for 3 months. Before we had immunisation, we had 150.000 cases a year and about 300 children were dying. In 2011, there were 5 deaths, but that has been enough to prompt public health England to introduce a new whooping cough immunisation for 'pregnant woman'. We actively encourage woman to get immunisation while their pregnant. A nasal swap or blood test can confirm if you have whooping cough. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Jeremy Vine Show. BBC Radio 2 

August 14, 2017. The 'celebrity eye surgeon' who ‘saved’ EastEnders actress June Brown from blindness is being investigated by doctors’ governing body the General Medical Council GMC after scores of furious patients, most in their 70s and 80s who paid up to £25,000 for the heavily promoted procedure at the London Eye Hospital, alleged they were left with little or no improvement to their vision following the surgery. Ophthalmologist Dr Bobby Qureshi performed ‘miracle eye surgery’ on thousands of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Daily Mail. 

August 14, 2017'Homeopathy' is the equivalent of throwing an aspirin into lake Tahoe, give it a stir and then drinking the water.  Its so diluted it will not have any effect. James Randi. Retired stage magician and a scientific sceptic. LBC. 

August 13, 2017. UK TV superstar Ant McPartlin today revealed how he was rushed to hospital after an insane pills binge. His secret two-year addiction to 'super-strong painkilling drugs' almost killed him. The Sun News paper. 

August 13, 2017. Ambulances and paramedic teams are being forced to step in to respond to a steep rise in calls from 'mental health patients'. The figures collected from a freedom of information request by Labour MP Lucian Berger reveal that ambulance received more than 30.000 mental health calls last year compared to two years earlier. Over the same period, paramedics spent over 55.000 hours supporting patients struggling with mental health. Sky News. 

August 12, 2017. Former U.S Vie President Al Gore says the World can still solve the climate change crisis despite America pulling out of the Paris 'Climate Change Agreement'. Sky News.

August 12, 2017. At least 60 children have died at a hospital in northern India over the past week amid an 'outbreak of encephalitis', a disease causing inflammation of the brain, common during India’s monsoon season and which is often caused by contaminated food, water or mosquito bites, and disputed reports of disrupted supplies. The hospital has reportedly treated nearly 370 cases in the past two months, of which 129 have resulted in deaths  Those who died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh ranged from babies to 12-year-olds. However, a district magistrate said on Saturday that the children’s deaths were due to natural causes and denied that a lack of oxygen led to their deaths. Euro News. 


August 12, 2017.  The government will consider measures to tackle the rouge use of 'laser pens' after concerns over attacks on pilots,  train drivers, the Isle Of White Ferry has also been attacked. The injuries can be permanent and life changing. We want to see import controls and penalties beefed up immediately. Certificates, fines and imprisonment terms have been introduced for improper use in some countries. Last year the UK had 1250 attacks. Sky News 

August 12, 2017.  A report b y the Royal College of paediatricians and child health has found 621 children and teenagers were treated for 'type 2 diabetes' last year. Sky News. 

August 12, 2017. The Royal college of midwives say woman will no longer be told they should 'have babies' without medical intervention. Sky News.  There was a danger that if you just talk about normal births, and particularly if you call it a campaign, it kind of sounds as if you're only interested in woman who have a vaginal birth without intervention....What we don't want to do is in any way contribute to any sense that a woman has failed because she hasn't had a normal birth. Unfortunately that seems to be how some woman feel. Sky News. Professor Cathy. Warwick Royal College of Midwives.


August 11, 2017. Since August 1,  'contaminated eggs' have been found in at least 15 EU countries plus Hong Kong and Switzerland.* Denmark has found tonnes of contaminated eggs imported from Belgium suppliers. * Britain has imported 7000.000 eggs from Dutch farms linked to the scandal. *  Eggs were contaminated with the pesticide Fipronil, a possible human carcinogen and can harm kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.* The Food Standards agency (FSA) says investigations indicate it is "very unlikely" that the eggs pose no risk to public health. Sky News 

August 11, 2017. Scientists in the United States have created 'genetically modified Pigs' in a step towards using the animal for organ transplant. The researchers used gene editing to remove 25 viruses from Pig cells, and then clone virus-free Piglets. The team said the work represented an important advance in the dress and safety concerns about using organs from other species. BBC Radio 4. BBC Inside Science. 

August 11, 2017. Transcranial direct current stimulation. The institute of psychiatry at Kings College of London, researchers have been trialling, using it to help people with 'schizophrenia' who can find the condition can effect their memory and concentration. The aim of medication for schizophrenia is to reduce symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, but it doesn't touch the difficulties with memory and concentration. BBC World Service Health Check. 

August 10, 2017. If you're 'Facebook feed' is making you angry, blame politics. Political discussions on social media can sabotage your serenity. In-fact they proved to be a source of stress for 42% of frequent feed-checkers. Steve Wright. BBC Radio 2. 

August 10, 2017. About 700.000 'eggs from Dutch farms' involved in an insecticide contamination have been distributed in the UK, the Food Standards Agency has said. It's added, that it was very unlikely that the eggs which were mainly used in process foods such as sandwiches pose a risk to public health. Dutch and Belgium authorities are carrying out raids linked to the scare. BBC 2 Radio News.

August 10, 2017. Its claimed that taking vitamin B3 found in some meat and vegetables could significantly prevent 'miscarriages and birth defects'. Scientists in Australia say their study on mice could change the way expectant mothers are cared for. RNIB Connect. Early Edition News.

August 10, 2017.  'Dying from a broken heart'. People can die within a few days after experiencing a strong emotion that makes them feel as if they've had a heart attack. The loss of a partner, friend can cause this, as well as financial loss. We have hard medical evidence that this evidence is true. The heart actually changes shape when compared to having a normal heart attack. More formally known as stress cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Dana Dawson. University of Aberdeen. BBC World Service Health Check. 

August 10, 2017. The 'Nora Virus' which is affecting athletes at the World athletes championships is hell on earth. Projectile vomiting, serious Diarrhoea. It spreads like wildfire. Sharing a towel, handling food from someone who has not washed their hands. It only takes 18 Nora Viruses to be infected. If you're young, fit and healthy it is not likely to kill you, but it can be fatal if you're older and frail.You can get effected as many times as you like in your life. James  BBC World Service Health Check.

August 10, 2017. A new trial drug for 'Parkinson's disease'. You can't really treat it in the most common sense in trying to stop the disease. All you can do is try to manage the symptoms. There are drugs out there that will boost dopamine levels, to try and combat some of those movement disorders. What you never do in Parkinson's disease is slow the pace of the disease itself. This new trial is to try to stop those brain cells from dying in the first place. In a year long trial, people who we're getting normal therapy predictable got worse. The people, who we're taking the 'diabetes' drug didn't get worse, their symptoms stayed stable over the year. Now a lot of medical research is looking at this concept of re-,purposing, are there already drugs out there for some conditions that might help in something else.  James Gallagher. BBC World Service Health Check

August 10, 2017. 'Corruption in healthcare'. After a 9 million fraud uncovered in Burkina Faso, and a $3 million fraud in Nigeria, as well as investigations taking place in 30 other countries, there are calls for more to be done to put a stop to corruption. Its hidden but can happen anywhere, from the smallest remote clinic, to the billion dollar health systems, from low incomes to the richest place in the World, its the patients who are feeling the impact. Claudia Hammond. BBC World Service Health Check 

August 10, 2017. 'Corruption in healthcare'. If a healthcare worker professional is moon-lighting at a clinic at their own private practice and not providing service in the public system, their actually not giving the resources that those people need and are charging higher amounts. Ghost workers who are not on the payroll. Poor governments and poor rule of law. People being a paid a low wage have to subside somewhere else. Tim Mackey. Director of Global Health. BBC World Service Health Check

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