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October 11, 2017Some of the worlds biggest carmakers are investigating whether they may have inadvertently used sub standard materials in products including vehicles sold in the UK. The Japanese manufacturer Kobe Steel admitted it falsified quality control data. BBC News.

October 11, 2017Pregnant women, children and the elderly can safely eat runny or raw eggs carrying a British Lion mark, according to official guidance that ends three decades of health fears. The new policy from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reverses guidance introduced after a scare over eggs in 1988 and follows a steep fall in the level of salmonella in hens and the number of human infections.Salmonella bacteria can cause food poisoning, which is particularly risky for vulnerable people including pregnant women. More than 30.000 people a year were infected in the lte 1960s and early 1990s, with contaminated eggs among the main sources. Times.

October 11, 2017. World Obesity Day. Untreated, obesity is responsible for a significant proportion of non-communicable diseases including heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and many types of cancer and to take urgent action to treat or prevent obesity.  2.7 billion adults worldwide will suffer from overweight and obesity by 2025. #WorldObesityDay.

October 10, 2017We know from places like Blackpool that depression rates are known to be higher in deprived areas where people struggle with unemployment and poverty.  If you have decent home circumstances,  if you have financial stability, if you don't have a drug or alcohol problem, if your not a victim of domestic violence or abuse, you're more than likely to be able to engage and move on. If you cannot function properly, you cannot earn, if you can't earn, you cant improve your social situation, so an antidepressant might help you function better and remove yourself from those circumstances.  In Blackpool, there are services, no disrespect to the doctors, but the thinking is, have the pills, you're on your own. It then becomes the norm to be taking medication, not the exception. Medication is essential for the 5%, there's absolutely harmful when they're misapplied. medication is very useful for the few, but becomes dangerous and harmful for the many. BBC2: Billion Dollar Deals.

October 10, 2017. The prime minister is saying, they have nowhere to hide as she launches the first ever audit into racial disparity. It will look at how people who are black, and ethnic minorities are treated across areas like health, education and housing. It also reveals they're more than twice as likely to be out of work as white adults. RNIB Connect: Early Edition.

October 10, 2017Britain's chief medical officer is demanding an end to the title 'junior doctor'. Dame Sally Davies says, the label is demeaning and confusing and is often refers to qualified doctors with years of experience. She's backing a campaign by Oxford academics to banish the term. Sky News.

October 10, 2017. The vitamin D pill, a 10 milligram pill reduces asthma attacks by 50%, and also reduced the number of attacks that are usually treated with steroids, the most powerful drugs we've got reduced by one third. This is a big study of 995 patients.Vitamin D does boost the immune system. Vitamin D has also been linked to helping with multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, there's a lot of exciting news. Dr Chris Steele. ITV this Morning.

October 10, 2017Bad lifestyle crippling the NHS. Were living longer but much more unhealthily.  Were eating terrible food and too much of it. Smoking, drinking, obesity And heart disease is a big problem and the NHS cannot carry on like this. Sky News Press Preview. Daily Mirror.

October 10, 2017. Only 2% of elderly patients receive ‘great care’ on NHS study finds. Rising numbers of frail elderly people, many with dementia are placing 'unprecedented' pressure on the NHS and care system. The Care Quality Commission has found there is a two per cent chance of patients receiving 'great care' but a 20 per cent possibility of any care not being good enough. The regulator warned of a fall in the quality of services which could risk the safety of patients and elderly care home residents. And it warned one in eight elderly people do not get the social care in the community that they need. Daily express.

October 10, 2017World Mental Health Day. The objective of raising awareness of the global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma around the world. #WorldMentalHealthDay.

October 9, 2017Declaring your sex could be optional in the next census under proposals aimed at recognising transgender people. News.

October 9, 2017Carbon monoxide readings go up and down. It depends on the time of year, which way the winds blowing, whether you're in the north or south hemisphere. That's going on nearby, whether that's local industries pumping out C02, or forests sucking it up, but after accounting for this variation, background levels of C02 have been going up by 2 parts per million every year. BBC World Service: Crowd Science.

October 9, 2017How can your brain, body and your cells follow time? Instead of having cogs and have gene activity that waxes and waves over the of course of the day, that's how the body keeps time. The discovery made by this trio of scientists relates to the core genes that control time in the human body. Although their research was initially in fruit flies, my analogy is, if you think about your central heating at home, you got the thermostat on and the boiler kicks in, the radiators come on and start to warm up, and when it gets too warm, the boiler clicks on and then it stops. That's how these genes work inside cells, so looking at fruit flies, they discovered a gene called 'period', and it produced a protein, and as that protein builds up it eventually turns off the gene, so it works like your thermostats and that causes the level of  protein to obsolete over the course of 24 hours and there you go, you've built a clock inside your body. The same genes and the same mechanism is found not only in the fruit flies, but all animals, plants, fungi, pretty much everything on earth keeps time with day and night using this cellular mechanism. BBC World Service: Science In Action.

October 8, 2017. When we cook tomatoes, they release a compound called lycopene. A recent study showed lycopene can prevent DNA damage to the skin. BBC 1: How To Stay Young.

October 8, 2017
Precessed foods such as meat that's been either smoked, cured or slated, or other preservatives have been added to it. Eating too much processed meat accelerates our ageing. Its high in saturated fats and salts which raises our blood pressure, and increases our risk of strokes. BBC 1: How To Stay Young.

October 8, 2017Monkey Pox was first discovered in monkeys, but the disease can be transmitted to humanfrom a range of wild animal especially when they are killed and eaten. Monkey pox is a cousin of small pox, like small pox, victims exhibited a blistering rash. But Monkey pox is a much milder disease. According to the who (World Health Organisation), fatality rates are between 1 and 10 percent. Monkey pox also has a much lower rate of transmission from human to human. There have been no reports of fatalities from this latest outbreak so far. BBC News.

October 8, 2017PCBs and PBDEs are persistent organic pollutants. These are chemicals which were made up in the 50s and 60s have since been banned, but the plastics are still in our oceans. We looked at all the fishes and they had extraordinary high levels of contaminates. Everything that goes into the sea sinks. It can only sink to the deepest point and then it has nowhere else to go, so the deepest parts of the world are basically accumulating more and more plastics. The disposable use of plastics is horrendous. Your not going to take out microfibers from the sediments across the entire pacific ocean, but we could stop putting more in. BBC World Service: Science In Action.

October 7, 2017. In thinking about species responses to Climate change, there are lots of places in the world that's going to benefit, and lots of species that will benefit, because the climate will become warmer for them and the conditions they prefer, so wherever you are in the world, if your thinking about how butterflies are responding, then in some parts of the world they could be getting warmer, expanding and shifting their ranges, and those locations will become more species-rich. But the downside is, in other parts it will become unsuitable and they will disappear, so we do a mixture of both looking and recording where things are going extinct, as well as looking to see where things are colonising and turning up for the first time.  BBC World Service:: Science in Action.

October 7, 2017Some woman have denser breasts than others who have a higher proportion of fat in their breast tissue. (Dense breasts are made up of mostly fat and contain little fibrous and glandular tissueYou cant tell by the look or feel. Its something that can only be picked up on x-ray tomography where dense breasts look whiter, and less dense ones darker. .In some countries such as the UK, this characteristics has been largely ignored, but that might change after recent research in the U.S showed that breast density isn't only a major risk factor for breast cancer, for some women, its the most important one. The largest study that's ever been done with over 18,000 breast cancer cases, and over 200,000 woman, by and large, breast density was the most important risk factor whether you were pre-menopausal, or postmenopausal. Breast density accounted for over a third of breast cancers in a pre-menopausal woman and in post-menopausal woman it was 26%. Other risk factors such as family history of breast cancer. Less than 10% of breast cancer develops because of having those risk factors. Breast density is primarily determined by genetics. Its estimated that 45% - 60% of breast density is herdable. The other 45% of breast density can be modified. What modifies it the most is ageing, breastfeeding, tamoxifen or drug used to prevent breast cancer can reduce breast density. BBC World Service: Health Check.

October 7, 2017. California's deadly 'hepatitis A' outbreak could last years, official says. Amid prevention and control efforts in California, the CDC says the state's hepatitis A outbreak could still last months, even years. San Diego and Los Angeles both declared public health emergencies last month. People infected with hepatitis A don't always show symptoms, and even when they do, it can take weeks for them to appear, helping the disease spread undetected. There have been 569 diagnosed cases of hepatitis A and 17 deaths linked to the outbreak since it began in November 2016. Daily Mail.

October 7, 2017The Republic of Ireland's abortion laws are very conservative. Abortion is banned unless a pregnant woman is about to die. And a woman who has one faces 14 years in jail, even in cases of rape or when the foetus isn't viable, abortion is legal. The country will soon vote on whether to change this. Unreported World. Channel 4.

October 7, 2017World Zombie Day. An international annual event that grew from Pittsburgh's first Zombie Walk at Monroeville Mall in 2006. The un-dead will roam the streets as World Zombie Day unleashes hell upon the living to help to help against hunger and homelessness.

October 6, 2017The E.U announce measures worth half a billion pounds to help improve the health of our oceans. Sky News.

October 6, 2017Nigeria's health ministry has warned people to avoid eating monkeys, rats, squirrels and other wild animals known locally as bush meat. The announcement follows a suspected outbreak of the rare viral disease, Monkey Pox. Radio 2 News.

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