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August 29, 2017. high salt intake doubles your risk of heart failure. Heart failure is a condition that comes on very slowly, and gets worse and worse. Its one of the most common causes of hospital admissions in this country in the over 60s. Salt causes an increase in blood pressure and the heart gets tired and starts to fail. The consequences are feeling short of breath, tired and weakness and it gets worse and progresses. The researcher who did this said, its a terrible way to die. I'd rather die of cancer or a heart attack. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

August 29, 2017. HRT and libido. Research done on the HRT patch rather than a pill can improve sex life after the menopause. The patch puts estrogen straight through the skin into the blood stream. A tablet you swallow it, its broken down in the liver before it gets into the blood stream. Basically, it boosts estrogen levels, an improvement in vaginal soreness and dryness which is common in the menopause. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

August 29, 2017. You're never too old to get fit. If middle age men started exercising in their 40s 50s, the risk of getting a stroke was the same as the people whose been exercises throughout their life. It can quickly pay dividends getting into exercise even in your 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

August 29, 2017.  A recent poll revealed that  67% of new mums say becoming a new mum has been harder than they thought it would be and 40% said their birth was worse than expected. 43% said they only get about 4 hours sleep a night. ITV. This Morning. 

August 29, 2017. Statins could halve your risk of breast cancer as well as combat heart disease. The cholesterol-busting drugs, taken by millions of Brits every day, not only help people with heart disease but may also prove a valuable weapon in the fight against breast cancer. The research was presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Barcelona. Daily Mirror. Sky News. Press preview.

August 29, 2017. A major breakthrough in the treatment of facial deformities and head injuries. The publication of the first 3 dimensional reconstruction of a human head using C.T scans. Computer aided aircraft design techniques were adapted to make the cranial imaging possible. The images allow plastic surgeons a far more precise way of planning surgical procedures. This technique has been used already on 150 patients and this technology can be used in any hospital with a C.T scanner. They used computer technology to reprogramme a CT scanner to construct 3D images rather than multiple 2D ones. BBC World Service. Outlook 

August 28, 2017. Sussex police say weather patterns make it very unlikely that a suspected chemical haze that drifted in from the channel yesterday came from northern France. Beaches between Eastbourne and Birling gap.had to be evacuated as hundreds of people experienced vomiting, streaming nose and sore throats. About 150 people were treated in hospital.  Environmental scientists said, officials will be trying to find out what the gas was, and where the gas came from The gas has now cleared. BBC Radio London news.

August 28, 2017. Dentists in the country are saying that a growing alcohol obsession is posing a new threat to the nations smiles. A growing alcohol obsession with prosecco, a fizzy and very sugary. Last year a 3rd or the Worlds prosecco was consumed in the UK. The trend, however, is worrying the nations dentist. Sugar, acid and alcohol is a damaging cocktail. Reporter Jonathan Savage. BBC World Service. NewsRoom. You have all the items that cause decay. You start forming little white lines at the gum margins where the enamel is weakest and becomes softer, and if that continues, the white areas become dark and you start getting proper decay. Do not brush your teeth straight after a glass of alcohol. Wait after an hour or so, and let the enamel re-mineralise and then brush your teeth then. Mervin Druen. London centre of cosmetic dentistry. BBC World Service. NewsRoom.

August 28, 2017. German prosecutors say a nurse serving a life sentence for murdering two patients may have killed a further 84. The former nurse could turn out to be the deadliest serial killer Germany has seen since the 2nd World war. He injected patients with dangerously high doses of heart medication. Judges say it was to shut down the patients cardiovascular systems, in order to resuscitate them and win approval from colleges. But many of them died. He killed at least 37 people and the number of victims could turn out to be more than 100. BBC World Service News

August 28, 2017. New super drug canakinumab that could prevent a heart attack. This study has been done on people who have already had one heart attack. If you have this drug, your risk of having another heart attack is reduced by a quarter which is great and better than statins do. It also effects your chances of having cancer by 51%. This drug affects the inflammation process of the human body. If you can stop the body becoming inflamed, then that can stop the disease progressing. This drug could also stop cancer and protect against gout and arthritis. In the U.S for example, the cost of this drug is very high, costing upwards of $200.000 a year for each patient.. i Paper. Press Preview. Sky News. 

August 28, 2017British children between the age of 5 and 12 are eating 1.4 billion packets of crisps a year. We should swap crisps for nuts when it comes to snacks for children. It follows new research which suggests around 90% of parents would pick the higher fat option. Nut allergies have been one reason parents were worried about giving their children nuts. but for most children, they are thankfully rare. Nuts are a safe good snack, healthy, full of good nutrients, fibre, protein and vitamin and minerals. A packet of crisps for an occasional treat is OK, but if you're giving your kids crisps everyday, you're going to run into trouble. London Live news. Dr Dawn Harper.   

August 27, 2017. The particles we're interested in is ultra fine particles. These are less than a tenth of a micro meter and less in diameter is because of where they might end up in the body. These are very very fine particles that we can inhale into our lungs, but they can also be taken up by the lung and can get into the blood stream and circulate around our body. And when inside the nose they can move up to the structure of the brain through that mechanism as well. It does not matter what these particles are made of. Its the fact they are so small that makes them a problem. Its what enables them to get into the brain. Our research shows pretty conclusively that there is a gradient risk for developing dementia as one lives closer to a major roadway, but for two other disease we looked at,  Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, there was no change in risk that varied with how close you were living to the roadway. People who lived within 50 metres of a major road way and compared those with people who lived greater than 300 metres away, and we found a very clear gradient risk the closer you got to the roads. They were 7% more likely to develop dementia than people who lived farer away from the roadway. Once you were 200 metres away from the roadway, we couldn't find any increase in risk. Professor Ray. Chef environment and occupational health. BBC World Service. Crowd Science.  

August 27, 2017. Trees trap air pollution by catching particles by taking them out of the air were breathing. Not all trees are good at this. Silver birch, Evergreens do a fantastic job. Its not just the leaves that trap the particles. Its the bark, twigs and branches that can mop up many particles. An experiment was done where we placed a row of young silver birth tress outside a row of houses, and placed a particle monitor outside. We had another similar row of houses without the tress and we were able to measure out a 60 - 80 percent reduction in the pollutions at the house with the trees. BBC World Service. Crowd Science.

August 27, 2017. Air pollution can also be a problem indoors. Those chemicals get in when we open the windows or doors. But there are also other sources of gases and particulate matter produced in our home by cooking, heating, electrical's and furniture. In second hand smoke, in solvents, formaldehyde, chloroform. There have been numerous studies of indoor pollutant levels. We are working on modifying plants to help decrease the levels of these compounds. Were working on plants that will be able to degrade all of the major indoor gasses and pollutants.  Stuart Strand. Engineer at the University of Washington. BBC World Service. Crowd Science.

August 27, 2017. The UK is the latest in number of countries to announce it will stop selling diesel and petrol cars by 2014. Recent research has found that the tiny particles found in exhaust fumes cause more than breathing problems and it might be affecting our brains. The World bank reckons air pollution is costing the global economy $225 billion a year through lost labour income. The i-Tree project in the UK is a tool that calculates what it would cost the authorities to do the work the tree does for free. Whether that's removing air pollution or absorbing water that would otherwise go down the drain. Presenter Marnie Chesterton Presenter of BBC World Service. Crowd Science 

August 27, 2017. There are 5 species of Rhinos in the World. 90% of the Worlds population are found in South Africa. Poachers are killing the animals for their horn for the traditional Chinese medicine market. In Vietnam and Laos, Rhino horn is seen as a status symbol, its given as a gift, and very high value. It costs about $50.000 a kilo. No science has shown that it has any medical properties. They have lost a filth of all Rhinos in the last decade. Rhino horns are like finger nails, its just keratin. The thing is, you don't have to actually kill the Rhino to get the horn. You can de-horn a Rhino because the costs of protecting the animal is so high. Rhino horn trade was legal until 2006, then it got banned within South Africa. Its been banned globally since 1977, and since 2006 when South Africa banned the trade of Rhino horn within the country, poaching rates have gone up. Yesterday, we had the first on-line legal auction of Rhino horn in South Africa. BBC World Service: Science in Action 

August 26, 2017.  On the 8 - 9th of September, from 10am - 4pm, Disability Sports Wales is running an accessible sports event at the national indoor athletic centre, Cardiff metropolitan University. King College Campus, Cardiff. You can pop in any time on either day, or stay the whole day and try over twenty sports. Suitable for all impairments. Entrance is free and all ages are welcome. Sports wheel chairs are also available to use. For more info, contact 02920 205 824. RNIB Connect: Early Edition. 

August 26, 2017. From next month, England's NHS will pay for a controversial drug to prevent HIV. It will be available for 10, 000 high-risk patients such as gay men and sex workers. Known as prep, it disables the HIV virus before is can take over the body, although it does not prevent the spread of sexual diseases such as gonorrhoea. Daily Mail. 

August 26, 2017. Woman who suffer a common pregnancy complication are in greater danger of having a stroke three decades after giving birth. Pre-eclampsia, which affects 50,000 woman in Britain every year has been found by scientists to triple the risk of having hardened arteries in middle age. A study has found the arteries of women with a history of pre-eclampsia are 0.2 millimetres thicker in later life. That raises the danger of a blockage or burst blood vessel leading to a stroke. Pre-eclampsia is already known to double the risk of heart disease and also vulnerable to high blood pressure later in life. Daily Mail.

August 26, 2017. Pensioners who learn to line dance are better protected from memory loss and dementia than those who walk or cycle.Dancing can help fight off loss of brain-power as we age and appears to work better over a period of 18 months. In the study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the dance group were found to have a larger hippocampus, suggesting they were better protected from memory loss and dementia. Dancing is a powerful tool to set new challenges for body and mind especially in older age. Daily Mail.

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