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December 28, 2017UNICEF says children have become front-line targets and used as human shields in conflicts around the world. UNICEF are trying to prevent major outbreaks of water-bourne diseases, and give children clean water and medication so the number of children killed doesn't rise. Sky News.

December 28, 2017. Dementia symptoms include memory loss and problems thinking, and scientists now claim you can reduce your risk of suffering through exercise. Dementia may not yet have a cure, but scientists are getting closer to discovering how to reduce people’s risk of the condition and slow its onset. The new recommendations for doctors in the United States come as research revealed in April by the University of Canberra endorsed running, walking, yoga and tai chi as ways to boost brain power. Express.

December 28, 2017Cataract delays are blinding patients. Patients are going blind due to six-month waiting lists for cataract surgery. Average waiting times of almost six months are being recorded in the worst areas, with waits increasing by 50 per cent in some parts of England over the past three years. Telegraph.

December 27, 2017One of the pharmaceuticals companies biggest ever scandal. The drug 'Primodos', made by the German drug manufacturer Schering, which is now owned by pharmaceutical giant Bayer. Primodos was given to women in the 60's as a pregnancy test. Many have waited a lifetime for this story to be told. The victims who are all grown-up are still campaigning for the truth concerning the serious side effects of the drug, and the cover-ups. No testing or toxicology tests were done. Primodos was a powerful hormone drug which caused spinal defects in babies, damaged limbs and blood cells, deformed faces of babies, and babies born with Spina Bifida.. Sky News: Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal.

December 27, 2017Drones are being used in Malawi, Africa to deliver life-saving medication from hospitals to those in need in war-torn areas, and places inaccessible due to severe whether conditions. This will save a health worker one-days-travel to access these isolated villages.they were initially launched in Rawanda. BBC World Service: World Hacks.

December 27, 201712% of children in the suburb of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus are suffering from acute malnutrition. The Red Cross says that medical evacuations have begun from a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capitol. Sky News.

December 27, 2017. UK supermarket Tesco has apologised after customers complained that rotten and gone off turkeys ruined their Christmas dinner. Angry customers claimed the centrepiece of their festive meal was either inedible or had made people really ill. Tesco is investigating how these instances may have happened. ITV News.

December 26, 2017A British woman, Laura Plummer has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after being charged with drug smuggling after she was caught trying to smuggle 290 Tramadol painkiller tablets into Egypt. Sky News.

December 26, 2017Doctors are giving medications and other prescriptions that can cost much cheaper in the supermarket. LBC Radio News.

December 25, 2017. £500 to help children with alcoholic parents. Councillors who read a bed time stories for parents who are too drunk will receive £500. Sky News Press Preview: Guardian.

December 25, 2017. Miracle birth that has bought Christmas joy. A mother whose uterus was torn and the baby had moved onto her abdomen. It so happened that at that very moment she was at a ward where there was an expert in this complication who was visiting that ward. It took this gynaecologist a thirty second C-section to save the life of the baby. Sky News Press Preview.

December 25, 2017Children from poor families are far more likely to end up in hospital A&E departments or need emergency treatment for conditions such as asthma and diabetes, according to shocking figures revealing the consequences of poverty in Britain. Experts said education, diet, environment and the pressures on families living on the breadline meant poor children often ended up in hospital when their health issues could have been headed off earlier. The report’s authors warn that the most vulnerable children are being let down by health services. The Department of Health said: “Progress has been made in reducing the rate of emergency admissions for the most deprived children – but more needs to be done. Guardian.

December 24, 2017Studies suggest that in countries like the UK and the U.S, people are cooking less than we did in the past, Market research at MDP found that less than 15% of evening meals eaten at home were cooked, compared to 75% thirty years ago. BBC World Service: The Food Chain.

December 24, 2017According to Forbes Hot Food List 2018, "root to stem" cooking is going to be a big thing. Were all going to be finding unique ways of using every part of our fruit and veg, from toot to tip in an effort to avoid food waste. BBC World Service: The Food Chain.

December 24, 2017. It has been a remarkable year of promise in medical science. The highlights.
Incurable diseases from sickle cell to haemophilia now look as though they can be treated. The defect that causes the devastating degenerative disease Huntington's has been corrected in patients for the first time. + New genetically modified skin that can cover the entire body. + Doctors say they have achieved "mind-blowing" results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A. + Vanellope Hope Wilkins survived being born with her heart outside her body after surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. + A French teenager's sickle cell disease was reversed using a pioneering treatment to change his DNA. + Nearly half of patients have reversed type 2 diabetes in a "watershed" trial, say doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow. + Scientists have, for the first time, successfully freed embryos of a piece of faulty DNA that causes deadly heart disease to run in families, potentially opens the door to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations. + Precise "chemical surgery" has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first by Chinese researchers. + Premature lambs have been kept alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag raising hopes for new ways of caring for premature babies.+ Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies. + It takes between one and 10 genetic changes or mutations to turn a healthy cell into a cancer.+ Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread. + Wounds heal more quickly if they occur during the day rather than after dark. + Embryos that are less than 0.001% human, and the rest pig have been made and analysed by scientists. + Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people's lifespan. + Men who delay starting a family are more likely to have geekier sons. + What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it. BBC News.

December 24, 2017Dementia. One of the best reasons for families to get together over Christmas is to see if they notice any changes to their relatives. Are they still as fast and active as they were?. Its only seeing people after such a long time will you notice any difference. LBC Radio News.

December 23, 2017. We all know that caffeine is actually a drug and stimulant that we readily give to our children. There were young teenagers drinking large drinks of caffeine. It strikes me as interesting that we don't feel any discomfort in dispensing coffee to the youth of today. Professor Walker. BBC World Service: Health Check.  

December 23, 2017Bloating is likely to be a frequent issue this Christmas, and taking probiotic supplements could help. Just remember to store them in the fridge. Bloating is the swelling of the tummy. Boosting probiotics could reduce bloating symptoms. Carrying probiotics in a bag reduces their potency by one to two per cent everyday. Some types of probiotic must be kept in the fridge. Probiotics are very important for the health of the digestive tract, and they can help stop issues like bloating. Probiotics are very sensitive, and if you carry them around in your bag with you lose about one to two per cent of their potency. Research has shown that probiotics don’t just help your digestion, and have a multitude of other health benefits too. Express.

December 22, 1017. Men can now test their 'sperm quality' at home in 20 minutes with a £56.00 mobile home scanner. The 'YO home Sperm Test Kit' turns the camera into a microscope to video a sample on a dish. An app then analyses the footage and gives a rating of 'normal/moderate' or 'low' based on the number and swim strength of the sperm. The device made by US firm Medical Electronic Systems and sold on Amazon, claims to be 97% accurate. Videos can be shared with doctors or kept for private viewing. Metro.

December 22, 2017. A really clever and simple way of helping people with dementia to remember their earlier lives. A film made using photos of different times of their lives, which can not only reduce anxiety for people with dementia, but bring their past life alive for the staff that look after them. When people with dementia watch the films of their past lives, their mood changes, and are getting happier.  BBC World Service: Health Check.

December 22, 2017
Mother-of-two, 34, claims she was left blind, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and covered in a rash 'after having the 'flu jab' and fears she may never recover. Jennifer Whitney (left: before having the shot), from Mukilteo, Washington, had the vaccine due to the insistence of her boss. Tests revealed she had developed multiple sclerosis, which has no cure, and she was left blind for ten months as well as unable to have another child. The mother-of-two's naturopath claimed it was all down to her flu vaccine - despite an array of evidence claiming the shot is completely safe. Mrs Whitney's case comes amid warnings of the worst flu outbreak in 50 years, which has prompted officials to urge the population to get vaccinated. Mail.

December 22, 1017
First 'male contraceptive gel' that can dramatically reduce sperm count is to be trialled on men, and the patch test isn't where you might expect it to be. After more than a decade of research, a trial on the gel will be carried out in April. The method has already been shown to be effective in an initial 6-month study. The sperm count for 89% of men was reduced to just one million sperm per ml. This involved 2 types of gels so researchers will test a lotion that combines them. Trial testing out birth control injection for men was halted due to side-effects. Mail.

December 22, 2017
Eating three apples or two tomatoes each day can repair the damage caused by smoking and also slow down the natural aging of the lungs, reveals study, but only if they are fresh. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health scientists made the findings. They showed two tomatoes each day or three apples can slow down the ageing. The diet was also found to repair damage caused by smoking over 10 years. Mail.

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