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August 21, 2017. Total Eclipse. A once-in-a-century total solar eclipse will be visible in 14 U.S states, from Oregon in the west, to South Carolina to the east. Plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, Looking at the sun at any time can damage the retina. Scientists say there is no pain receptor in your retina, so you won't know your retina is being damaged, so use protective eyewear when necessary. Sky News. 

August 21, 2017.  There are more than 10m people living with arthritis in the UK and Research UK say, 'arthritis sufferers are not getting the help they need'. It affects everyone directly or indirectly. Arthritis costs the NHS 10.2bn pounds every year. By 2030, its estimated that lost days at work will take off £3.43bn from the UK economy, and it will only go up as it is predicted, and 1 in 5 people will have the condition by 2015. Sky News. Older people do suffer from arthritis is true, However, many younger people in Britain are also suffering from arthritis and it cause them pain and affects their everyday life, and there are really good treatments for that if its recognised earlier. Anisur Rahman. Rheumatology professor, UCL.  

August 21, 2017. Drug charities say Britain's facing a 'public crisis over addiction to prescribed medicine'. The number of people seeking help for dependency is said to have soured, and specialists say stories about celebrity addictions are a warning to us all. RNIB Connect: Talking Newspapers. 

August 21, 2017. 'Lavender: natures secret beauty weapon'.  A number of clinical studies have shown that lavender can help to promote relaxation and sleep. Sleeping well can help speed up our skin cell renewal, plus the sleep hormone melatonin increases the activity of antioxidant enzymes to help protect against free radical damage and skin ageing. It can also be a great skin soother to treat minor grazes and stings. Its also good for sunburn, and after-sun skin soother. British writer, TV presenter. Liz Earle. ITV This Morning. 

August 21, 2017. A University of Barcelona study found that cutting down on fat was the least effective way to trim ‘spare tyres’ and 'eating 'good fats' like olive oil', lost more weight than those who controlled calories. Daily mail. 

August 21, 2017. 'Mother's milk has been found to contain natural antibiotic's that could be used in the battle to fight drug-resistant diseases, a study by Vanderbilt University in the US has found. Sugars in breast milk could kill off superbugs: Scientists hope to mimic the antibiotics to help tackle drug-resistant diseases Daily Mail 

August 20, 2017.  Every day teachers ask me, 'what do I do to teach kids a solid work effort. How do I teach kids to be motivated in the long run?'. The honest answers is, I don't know. So far the best idea I have heard is called 'growth mindset'. This is an idea developed at Stanford University and it is the belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with your effort. When kids read and learn about the brain, and how it changes and grows in response to challenge, they're much more likely to persevere when they fail because they don't believe failure is a permanent condition. Angela Duckworth. Academic Psychologist and Science Author.. RNIB Connect. Early Edition. 

August 20, 2017. 'World Mosquito Day' marks the historic discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross in 1897 that female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans, laying the foundations for scientists across the world to better understand the deadly role of mosquitoes in disease transmission and come up with effective innovative interventions. #WorldMosquitoDayTwitter. 

August 20, 2017. Its claimed 'Britain's facing a public health crisis over addiction to prescribed pain killers'. Drugs charity say 12 million more pills are being prescribed now compared to 10 years ago. Heart FM Radio News. 

August 20, 2017. Survivors of  'Sierra Leone’s devastating mudslide' pump water from a contaminated well in the hilltop area of Juba on the outskirts of Freetown.  Aid groups are rushing to distribute water filters and buckets across the capital, in a bid to prevent an outbreak of waterborne disease. The World Food Programme and other United Nations agencies are providing relief supplies, including food and medicine, but the government says they need more resources. The death toll from the flooding that hit Freetown is over 450, with some 600 people still missing with many tragic stories. Some lost entire families. Euro News. 

August 20, 2017. The health secretary has accused Stephen Hawking of 'pernicious falsehood' by suggesting the government wants a US style insurance system after the physicist claimed Jeremy Hunt has been 'cherry picking' evidence to support his claims.  Sky News. Press Preview. 

August 19, 2017. More than 90 people were killed this week in the Philippines in an escalation of 'President Rodrigo Duterte  'war on drugs'' since his election in May last year. The police have confirmed the deaths of more than 3500 people officially turned as 'drug personalities'. The human rights group say that many of those deaths and hundreds of others can be attributed to vigilante death squads, or 'off the books killings'. BBC World Service News Hour. 

August 19, 2017. The health secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the renown physicist Professor Stephen Hawkins have clashed over the way the government is reforming the NHS. 'Professor Hawkins has accused Mr Hunt of 'cherry picking' scientific evidence' to justify the creation of a seven day health service. Sky News.   

August 19, 2017. World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedish-sponsored GA Resolution. #WorldHumanitarianDay.

August 18, 2017.  Health officials say the 'government is prepared to introduce legislation if the food industry' fails to respond to targets to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals. They believe the cation is needed because many people are consuming an extra 200 - 300 calories every day. The targets are expected to be set by public health England within a year. BBC Radio 2 News. 

August 18, 2017. Social media. If you think about 'where eating disorders start', you have to have a vulnerability, then you have to have some triggers, and those triggers are feeling the need to lose weight for some reason, or to eat in a different way, with a bunch of rules for some reasons. There is also immense abuse on social media. There is rising rates of depression, anxiety, loneliness and stress amongst young people globally, and its being instigated by a need to perform online by jealously of watching other peoples lives that seem really fantastic. I've heard people say, maybe if I eat the vegan food diet, that this vegan food blogger is posting, my life will be as perfect as hers, or if I ate this particular food, I'll be as slim as her. It can be overwhelming and unhealthy. Anna Bonne. Food Writer.The Food Chain. BBC World Service.

August 18, 2017. 'It would be lovely to think you can be fat and fit', but it appears that no matter what you think, excess fat is not just extra padding, it's active inflammatory tissue, and as such, it can cause damage to organs. If you're fat and fit, and exercise regular and eating a good diet, that's better than being fat and unfit. Smoking, not eating healthily or exercising is not good. One thing we should not do is elude ourself that being fat is fine. It would be better all round to stay as lean as possible, or at least try to not get even fatter. Dr Ann Robinson. BBC World Service Health Check. 

August 18, 2017. A set of newborn piglets has bought the prospect of 'organ transplants from animals to humans a step closer'. Biologist Luhan Yang of US Biotech from eGenesis and her colleges implanted adapted cells into sows which gave birth to clones that are free of DNA-embedded viruses. The plan is to create pig more immunologically similar to people which should mean transplanted organs are less prone to attack by a recipients immune system. Metro News. 

August 17, 2017. There is no robust evidence that 'eating your placenta' is something that is particularity good, or logical to do. Dr Ann.Robinson.  BBC World Service: Health Check.   

August 17, 2017. A lot of premature births are quite common. Nearly 11% of all births take place before 37 weeks of pregnancy which is the definition of prematurity. Woman who've had a previous premature birth are those most at risk. Woman who've got uncontrolled pother health conditions such as diabetes, or high blood pressure, kidney or heart disease are also at risk. Woman with poor nutritional status, who are starved, or had many pregnancies close together and haven't had time to recover physically. Woman should be reassured. Babies are robust and can withstand quite a lot of trauma. Dr Ann.Robinson. BBC World Service: Health Check. 

August 17, 2017. This study looked at 3 million births. Our findings suggest that a 'woman with an insomnia diagnosis during pregnancy' is at nearly two-fold higher risk of delivering before 34 weeks gestation. Our findings also add to a growing body of research that sleep apnoea may be associated with a risk of preterm birth. This is important because in the United States, 1 in 10 pregnant woman deliver their baby too early, apnoea preterm birth is now a leading cause of death before age 5 globally, and its possible that by treating the disorder is we may be able to reduce the preterm birth rate. globally. Sleep disorders are undiagnosed, and under-treated during pregnancy. Jennifer Felder. University of California. USA. BBC World Service: Health Check. 

August 17, 2017'A midnight snack could raise the risk of sunburn'. It should be avoided if you plan on sunbathing the next day. A study's found the skin has a biological clock which can be disruptive by late-night-snacking, leading it less able to repair itself from damage caused by the sun. Levels of a natural chemical which helps skin to heal have found to be lower when meal times are out of sink. When mice were given food during the day, and at normal eating times, sustained more skin damage from ultraviolet light than mice who only ate at night. Steve Wright Radio 2 

August 17, 2017. Experts are divided on 'how much sun is good for you'. There is no evidence showing that sunlight shortens lives. I wouldn't use the phrase "a healthy tan", but, tanned people do not live shorter lives than untanned people. One message does shine through, just don't get burntDr Richard Weller. University of Edinburgh. ITV News.   

August 17, 2017. What is the most common cause of skin cancer? 'Intense sun exposure', being sunburnt matters what ever age you are, and not just in childhood. Prof Julia Newton-Bishop. ITV News

August 17, 2017. 'How do you choose which sunscreen' to take to the beach? Cost doesn't always equal quality. We test nearly 4000 products every year and we find that time and time again, in the case of sunscreens, we found they they decreased by about 74% over 6 - 8 hours. Nikki Stopford. which. ITV News. 

August 17, 2017. Yale School of Medicine said, 'people who use alternative medicine instead of conventional treatment' to treat cancer are more than twice likely to die within 5 years. They looked at 281 people with cancer who had opted for unproven treatments, then compared them with 560 similarly effected people who had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Those taking alternative medicine for breast cancer were 5.7 times more likely to die within 5 years. Metro News. 

August 17, 2017.   Its fallen under the radar, but the risk is still there. Zika is a virus, its transmitted by Mosquito bites mainly  Prevalent in Central South America, Africa and pother places. Most people will have a flu-like illness and you'll be fine. 'If your pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant', it could be associated with birth defects in babies particularity microcephaly. If you're going abroad, the advice is go online and see what the advice is. Try not to get bitten by using protection for the next 6 months. Dr Ranj. This Morning. ITV.

August 17, 2017 A seven year old girl has been 'permanently scarred by black henna tattoo' she was given in Egypt.  Her arm was covered with chemical burns which medics say, was caused by a chemical reaction known as p-Phenylenediamine (PDD), which is added to make tattoos darker. The Metro News.

August 16, 2017. Researchers at Newcastle university say 'England will need an extra 71.00 care home places by 2025'. People are living longer and that many are needing substantial care in their last years. Living longer can bring more opportunities, but it can mean declining health and that means a greater need for care in a system which is already under great pressure. BBC 1 News. 

August 16, 2017. 20% of parents don't know that 'ALL children should be having their eyes checked regularly' by an optician. Radio RNIB Connect: Early Edition. 

August 16, 2017. Its killing marine life and ending up on our plate. The worrying impact of 'plastic pollution ending up in our oceans'. Scientists have suggested, people who eat seafood are actually absorbing tiny particles of this plastic into their blood stream and its causing unknown affect on their health. Sunrise. Sky News.

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