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September 6, 2017. Asbestos. Fly tippers dumping toxic hazardous waste - a threat to human health. Contaminated rubbish can kick up the fibrous dust. If inhaled it can damage lungs and can cause cancer. Toxic rubbish containing five different examples of asbestos. ITV News.

September 6, 2017. Asbestos is a very nasty substance, it causes at least five serious human diseases including, lung cancer, and a very particular type of cancer the pleura, the lining of our chest called mesothelioma. it's a very odd word, but everyone who gets it knows exactly what it means. Its a very unpleasant type of cancer and remains incurable to this day and in this country (UK ), and we still see a number of new cases. The biggest risk is those who do the removal and dumping as well as the wider population. Dr Jeremy Steele  Mesomelithomia Charitable Trust. ITV News.

September 6, 2017Since your kids are back at School, steal their colouring books, New research showing colouring books lights up the brain's pleasure centre for an immediate mood boost. Presenter Steve Wright. Radio 2

September 6, 2017 Your steering wheel is dirtier than a public toilet. Researchers from the University of London swabbed steering wheels and found 700 bacteria per square inch. Nearly 9 times more than they found in a public toilet. Presenter Steve Wright. Radio 2.

September 6, 2017.  Two of the fashion industry's biggest conglomerates say they're banning the use of ultra thin models. LVMH and Kering whose brands include Louis Vuitton, Dior and Alexandra Mc-queen have taken the action in response to claims the industry is promoting eating disorders.  Radio 2 News. 

September 6, 2017Denmark is the happiest country.  It's about improving quality of life. I have been on a global treasure hunt looking for pockets of happiness to see what works in  France and Japan for example, and different countries in terms of driving well being for people. And trying to collect a spectrum of cases we can incorporate into our lives to become happier. One of the best particulates of whether people are happy or not is their relationships. It's that sense of togetherness and belonging and sense of community.  Meik Wiking. Author. The Little  Book Of Lykke. ITV This Morning. 

September 6, 2017Worst nurse shortage ever. There are huge amounts of vacancies in the NHS which doesn't necessarily have to be solved by migration. It should be solved by increasing skills of the 1.5 million people still unemployed here. Daily Mirror. Press Preview. Sky News.

September 6, 20178 in 10 young people want social media firms to do more to tackle cyber bullying. Nearly half have received threatening or nasty messages, with 1 in 7 a victim in the past month, so what they're saying is, MP's are about to look into cyber bullying and children's society have said that social media firms need to look into it. Radio 2.

September 5, 2017Asthma drug to stop Parkinson's. A drug called salbutamol is used as an inhaler in asthma. A study of 600.000 asthmatics who were using salbutamol for 11 years. They found that those users were one-third less likely to develop Parkinson's disease.  The drug dampens the activity of a gene that's implicated in Parkinson's disease. It's very early days but an interesting finding. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning. 

September 5, 2017The new research was done on young healthy adults. One group had a high dose of Ibuprofen, and the other group a low dose aspirin. They found that their muscle growth was actually twice as much as in the aspirin group than in the ibuprofen. Muscle strength was less. If you take this to the older age group, then these people's muscles and strength could be affected. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning. 

September 5, 2017A big study involving 1.2 million people over 30 had a heart which was actually 10 years older than their actual age. 64% of men had older hearts and 36% were women. The obvious reasons are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and then life style, obesity, inactivity, smoking and alcohol. If you change your lifestyle, you can rejuvenate your heart.  Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

September 5, 2017.  1 in 70 children will have a nut allergy. 10 years ago, it was 1 in 200 children. ITV This Morning.  

September 5, 2017Olive oil might hold the key to which Alzheimer', which may be caused is by the build up of plaques in the brain. These clusters of protein fragments stop nerve cells in the brain functioning. Doctor Kaddoumi's research showed that the phytochemicals 'oleocanthal' in olive oil stimulated enzymes in the brain cleared the plaque, reducing the chance of Alzheimer developing. This research has only been done on mice, but its very encouraging, and funding for a human trial is in process. Dr. Amal Kaddoumi. ULM University of Louisiana at Monroe.Superfoods. Ch4

September 4, 2017Study after study into Parkinson's has looked at its causes, and numerous potential treatments have been put forward, however, it still remains sadly incurable, but new research has offered some hope. It's been suggested that a drug, 'Exanatide', normally used for diabetes could halt the prevention of Parkinson's. Patients who took the drug during a trial at University College London did not deteriorate. Some even had a slight improvement in their symptoms. Presenter Jeremy Vine: Radio 2. 

September 4, 2017. Exanatide is the name of the drug. the related proteins called Exendin-4 was first discovered in the venom saliva of the Gila monster, which is an animal that lives in the Arizona desert. There's a precedent of finding drugs that are present in animals, and it was found that this drug has an effect on the insulin release in the peripheral circulation, and can control blood sugars very accurately, so this, over the course of several trials became a licensed treatment for diabetes, and during those trials, while they were being conducted, other researches looked to see what Exanatide does to nerve cells in the laboratory, and then also to animal models that we can create that are similar to Parkinson's disease. and in all of those, we found encouraging data that it can protect nerve cells against loss. Professor Tom Falcony. National Hospital for Neurology and neurosurgery. Jeremy Vine: Radio 2.  

September 4, 2017Gambling is a mental health issue and I believe that the NHS needs to step up and people need to go to their GP and ask for a referral to psychiatric services, because clearly, as in my case, there was, and there is a mental health case. There's 'Gamblers anonymous' and 'GamCare' to help with gambling problems. Its about spotting people and intervening early before the problem gets terribly tragic. Tony Franklin. Former gambler. Jeremy Vine. BBC Radio 2. 

September 4, 2017. Why is yawning so contagious?. The part of your brain that looks after movement so controls it, so the primary motor cortex, that's the part that's involved when you see someone yawning and that's contagious. It's called Echo Phenomena and it's not just seen in humans. It's seen in dogs and chimps. Professor at The University of Nottingham. BBC World Service: Crowd Science.  

September 4, 2017. Mosquitoes are attracted to CO2 and the carbon dioxide in our breath. is one factor that draws them to us., as well as through the chemicals and heat from our skin. We know that body odour, which is what the mosquito is responding to can be controlled by our genes. If you have a set of identical twins, the hypothesis would be that those twins would be the same level of attractiveness and the same sort of smell. If you're non-identical, genetically different, you will be sort of random in terms of whether you're attracted to mosquito's. We need to understand how likely it is that someone is going to get malaria, so what we're looking at is developing a drug or pill that you might take before you go on holiday that would cause the body to out-regulate the production of natural repellents. BBC World Service: Crowd Science. 

September 4, 2017. Mosquitoes are on the rise in Northern Europe and the most common is the Northern house mosquito, but other species from more tropical countries like the Asian Tiger mosquito are now being found.  When it gets warmer, they tend to be more aggressive and bite more. Doctor Cyril Caminade - Institute of Infection and Health. The University of Liverpool. BBC World Service: Crowd Science. 

September 4, 2017. What role Mosquitoes play in the World, and will it be OK if they were extinct?  They are food for birds and bats as adults. They are also food for fish and other aquatic organisms, and if you take anything out of an ecological web of life, you're at a risk of the whole thing collapsing. We will never be able to get rid of mosquitoes. Professor James Logan. Head of the Department of Disease Control and Director of the Arthropod Control Product Test Centre. BBC World Service: Crowd Science.  

September 4, 2017. 460 people in the UK die unnecessarily while waiting on transplant waiting lists. We need to ensure England follows Wales and Scotland with a law making all adults to have consented, to 'opt in' to donate their organs unless they 'opt out'. Radio London News. 

September 3, 2017. If we can make artificial spiders silk more stronger, we can do many things with these fibres. Others have made clothing and sports goods. We are more interested in medical applications. So there are some scientific reports that say, if you injure a nerve, then you can put spider silk that you reel from the spider in the gap, then you can regenerate the nerve. These are animal experiments studies done by a German group. Professor Anna Rising. BBC World Service: Crowd Science 

September 3, 2017. There's a cruel irony in the death of 76-year-old Yemeni Doctor Abdula Alkhamesi, as founder of the Red Cress and Humanitarian organisation in Yemen. He's devoted much of his life to the victims of disease, disaster and conflict, and no more so than the past couple of years when a Saudi led coalition has been battling Houthi rebels. But he himself has fallen victim to the conflict which has left less than half the country's health facilities unable to operate, and trying to move the Yemeny people out of the country is severally restricted. Doctor Abdula Alkhamesi died after a failed heart operation. BBC World Service: News Hour 

September 3, 2017. Real Coloured blindness is actually a misnomer. Real coloured blindness which means the ability to differentiate colours is really quite rare indeed. What most people have is colour vision deficiency, where there will be the congenital type, congenital abnormalities in the retinal receptors responsible for colour visions. You can also get the unusual colour vision in people with ocular disorders, we would then call them acquired colour visions defences and they can occur as frequently as (inaudible word) abnormalities can occur, but in the congenital variety, there's about 8% of men who have a colour deficiency of some sort, and about .4% of women, so it's much rare in women as it is in men. RNIB Connect: Early Edition.

September 3, 2017. School anti-obesity initiatives don't make children thinner or more active, a new study shows. Councils spend millions every year on health education drives aimed at making pupils exercise and eat more healthily. The Institute of health research trial said, the depressing answer is that it made no difference. Daily Mail.

September 3, 2017. ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,) the disorder that affects children's ability to concentrate and results in disruptive behaviour might simply be the result of them not getting enough sleep leading scientists to believe.  They said it exasperated by bad habits such as not getting to sleep early and using mobiles and tablets before bed. The theory being proposed at a major scientific conference this weekend will fuel the belief that ADHD is caused - or at least aggravated - by lack of firm parenting. It also raises the question, does ADHD cause sleeplessness?, or does sleeplessness cause ADHD?. ADHD is thought to affect about 1 in 20 children, mainly boys Daily Mail.

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