Towp Health Archives: June - 2017

June 30, 2017. The NHS prescribed a record number of 'antidepressants'. It has seen the number of pills given to patients more than double over the last decade due to doctors handing out the drugs too freely. The Telegraph.

June 30, 2017. A deadly 'mosquito-borne pandemic' poses a greater threat to humankind than global war. Climate change warming the planet is allowing for mosquito's to spread from their usual habitats, posing a risk to many in the northern hemisphere that could wipe out 10 million people without warning billionaire Bill Gates warns. Daily mail.

June 29, 2017. The trouble with dishing out the same 'drugs' to everyone is that we are all different. A drug that lowers my blood pressure might have absolutely no effect on yours. What we have found as we've sequenced the genes of a number of people is that everybody has slight variations and subtle changes in their genes, and these dictate ever so slightly subtle differences in the way cells respond to drugs. The concept is that we use that information to tailor a specific therapy for that one person. Peter Campbell.  Head of cancer genetics and genomics. Wellcome Trust Sanger.  

June 29, 2017.  In Brazil there's a serious outbreak of 'yellow fever'. The worst the country has seen in decades. Brazil's ministry of health has reported that 240 people have died from the disease in recent months. There are concerns it might spread to urban areas. BBC World Service Health Check. BBC 4. 

June 29, 2017. All substances are 'poisons'. It's simply the dose which determines if a substance is poisonous or not. Even water can be lethal if you drink enough of it. Too much leads to coma and even death. Michael Mosley. BBC Four.

June 29, 2017. Animals produce a huge range of different venom's and that many have shown to have remarkable properties. 'Venom's' from Snakes has led to a new type of drug anti-hypertensive drug for treating high blood pressure. While the lethal Cone Snail has produced one of the Worlds powerful pain killers and arsenic used in cancer treatment. Dr Michael Mosley. Pain, Pus & Poisons. BBC Four BBC four.  

June 28, 2017. 'Poisons' had been used to take life whether by suicide, assassination or murder. And yet until the 19th century, surprisingly little was known about how they actually work. Someone who helped change that was the English naturalist and explorer.Charles Waterton, The colourful squire of Walton Hall. Dr Michael Mosley. Pain, Pus & Poisons. BBC Four BBC four.

June 28, 2017. The Arsenic act and other acts that follow finally bought arsenic and the whole range of dangerous chemicals under some sort of control. I do think it was gloriously ironic that it was from all these 'poisonings', accidents and murders that the modern legitimate business of pharmacy emerged. Dr Michael Mosley. Pain, Pus & Poisons. BBC Four BBC four  

June 28, 2017. Cancer 'Immunotherapy' can be a little bit funny. Because it takes the breaks off your immune system and your immune system kicks off, it can give you problems with your lungs, kidney, heart, eye and skin. Dr Matthew Williams Consultant clinical oncologist. Hospital. BBC2.

June 28, 2017. The 'NHS' is in an impossible situation. We're completely screwed. The NHS is caught between some demographic pressures. We have a bigger and older population, but we're also caught in a really nasty wedge. Patients expectations are going up, but increasingly were no longer able to meet them. This country has skimped on health care for a long time. Dr Matthew Williams Consultant clinical oncologist. Hospital BBC2. 

June 28, 2017. Smart phones and tablets can be bad for the skin. Blue-rays in computers and cell phones are damaging rays. Using a 'sunscreen' containing Lutein helps. This Morning. ITV. 

June 28, 2017. Internal sun care like water melon's, grapefruit and goji berries help prevent 'sun damage'.  Using UVA 'and' UVB sunscreen protection also helps protect the skin from sun rays.This Morning. ITV. 

June 28, 2017.  Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiabo has been released from a North Korean prison hospital after being diagnosed with terminal 'liver cancer.' He was sent to prison for attempting to subverse state power. Outside Source. BBC News. 

June 27, 2017. Check your 'Moles' with A.B.C.D.E. = Asymmetry/ irregular shape.  = Borders / ragged edges. C = Colour / irregular colour. D =  Diameter / increase in size especially if large already. E = Elevation / raised surface. Dr Sarah Jarvis. The One Show. BBC1. 

June 27, 2017. A daily dose of tofu can protect against early 'menopause' and maybe prolong fertile years. In tofu and other vegetable proteins, chemicals called phytoestrogen and eating 3 - 4 servings of 'vegetable proteins', tofu, soya, brown pasta, brown bread and cereals lowers the risk of early menopause by 60%. Animal proteins have no effect. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning. ITV.

June 27, 2017. Being sun burnt as child or a teenager will cause long term damage to the skin. It damages the DNA deep in the skin cells, and 30 years later you can develop 'skin cancer' so it's extremely important to apply sunscreen factor 15 minimum. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning. ITV.

June 27, 2017. We tend to have this yuck about 'microbes'. We have got to change our perception of this. There as vital as our liver and kidneys to sustaining our health. Professor Sally Bloomfield.  London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. How To Stay Well. Ch 4. 

June 27, 2017.  Exposure to as many friendly 'microbes or bacteria' as possible is crucial in helping our immune system to work properly as it learns not to attack them. If we don't get this exposure, our immune system starts to react to things it should not such as dust and pollen. How To Stay Well. Ch 
4. 

June 26, 2017. Every day in the UK, 7 teenagers find out they have 'cancer'. Growing Up With Cancer. BBC 1#GrowingUpwithCancer. 

June 26, 2017. A colleague I know has just been given $18 million to run a trial on the 'mind diet'. Professor Margaret Rayman. University of Surrey. Radio 4. The Food Programme.  

June 26, 2017. By 2050, the 'plastic' that ends up in our ocean will weigh more than all the fish a report warns. Sky News

June 26, 2017. Scientists in Britain say they found that 'sunlight' releases a compound from the skin nitric oxide which can help alleviate the symptoms of 'Eczema'. Researchers say the findings could lead to new therapies to treat the condition which causes itchy skin. BBC News. 

June 25, 2017. The boss of one of Britain's NHS trusts has told the Sunday Times that 'patients who are dying' should be told to go on holiday with their family for a better end to their life rather than being subjected to gruelling treatments. BBC Radio 4, News & Sunday Papers 

June 25, 2017. The United Nations says the suspected cases of 'cholera in Yemen' has risen to over 300.000 people and is facing the worse outbreak in the World. BBC Radio 4, News & Sunday Papers. 

June 25, 20127. The Sunday People is warning that scientists fear a 'bird flu' epidemic could be heading our way (UK). The virus called H7N9 is thought to be only 2 mutations away from widespread human to human transmission. More than 1300 cases have been identified mostly in china. Of those effected, 476 have died. BBC Radio 4. News & Sunday Papers. 

June 25, 2017. If  the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (N.I.C.E) agree that the NHS should make 'Sativex' available, it will cost £49 million pounds a year. This could pay for the purchase of 472 ambulances, or treat 5,5000 patients with eating disorders, or pay for 9 million antidepressant drug prescription.Narrator. NHS 2 Billion a Week 

June 25, 2017. 'Sativex' is a cannabis related treatment and yes, we acknowledge that we might have some benefits with Sativex, but that's at a substantial cost and we feel that money could be spent in different ways. Paul Cooper. National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceNHS 2 Billion a Week

June 25, 2017. The UK government set up the the NHS 'cancer drug fund', a ring-fence pot of money just for cancer drugs. In the last full year it has spent £280 million which paid for 55,000 people to get cancer drugs previously deemed too expensive for the NHS. Narrator. NHS 2 Billion a Week 

June 25, 2017. 20 years ago, the highest cost for cancer drugs was £500 compared to today's cost of about £30.000. That's for a single injection. The 'drug companies' charge prices that the market will bear. It's based on American pricing because of the nature of the globalisation of the pharmaceutical industry. They can't have different prices for different countries, so we have to pay the American price. Even the U.S health care system is fighting back against high cost prices. Professor Karol Sikara. Consultant Psychologist. NHS 2 Billion a Week

June 24, 2017.  We have learned how zodiac signs are associated with personality traits. Now scientists from the University of Alicante have found that the 'month people were born' could have influenced the development of some health problems due to foetal development, seasonal changes, changes in UV rays, and viruses. Press Association. 

June 23, 2017. 'Yoga' trials have been done in 7 different prisons in the UK and has proved to have a positive effect.. Feelings of being happy and having energy. It decreased stress. Reduced aggression and certain psychiatric symptoms among prisoners. Amy Bilderbeck. Clinical Psychology, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology. 


June 22, 2017. Cardiovascular exercise such as running, cross fit training, yoga and meditation are effective ways of boosting 'neurogenesis'High Existence.  

June 22, 2017. 1 in 20 'prescriptions' in the UK are given to the wrong person. Ann Robinson. BBC World Service. Health check.   

June 22, 2017. It's very welcome news for people who have to take 'statin drugs' against their high cholesterol every single day for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately its at least 6 years off. The results in Mice look really promising. There is about 50% reduction in the bad cholesterol levels in their blood and less build up of plaques of cholesterol that deposits in the heart. Ann Robinson. BBC World Service. Health Check.  

June 22, 2017. British holiday makers who make bogus 'food poisoning claims' could go to prison. This is due to a huge rise in claims that have left travel bosses embarrassed by a British problem. Radio 2 News.  

June 21, 2017. Eating oily fish such as tuna, salmon or sardines twice a week appears to reduce swelling in joints affected by 'rheumatoid arthritis', a study published in journal arthritis care and research found. Metro News. 

June 21, 2017. The challenges that 'cancer patients' face in finding travel insurance are being investigated by the financial conduct authority. The watchdog is seeking views from firms about the difficulties in providing cover for people who have, or have had cancer. Metro News. 

June 21, 2017. The main reason 'processed meat' effect our bodies is down to chemicals called nitrites used to preserve it which turn into cancer causing chemicals called Nitrosamines when eaten. It's clear eating processed meat does raise the amount of cancer causing chemicals in our bowels. Dr Javid Abdelmoneim. CH 4. How To Stay Well.

June 21, 2017. 
MRSA bacteria is known as a super bug as it's developed a resistance to many antibiotics. Last year a quarter of the 819 patients who were reported to have 'MRSA' blood stream infections in England died within a month of diagnosis. It's mainly associated with hospitals where those with broken skin, and lower immunity are most at risk. Dr Javid Abdelmoneim. CH 4. How To Stay Well. 


June 21, 2017. Uraguain president Tabare Vazquez is a cancer specialists and former smoker. He has declared a public health war against 'tobacco'. He has put his country at the forefront of tobacco control. The Truth About Cancer. BBC World Service.  

June 20, 207. 'Nigeria food aid'. Half of the food aid which is meant for people who have been forced to leave their homes because of Islamists in the north east of the country. 50 of the 100 trucks with lie saving aid are not getting through because of the Boko Haram insurgency. Outside Source. BBC News.  

June 20, 2017. People can die of a 'broken heart'. The stress can damage the heart short term and long term. It causes a very irregular heart beat and can lead to heart failure. The medical term is called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM). Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

June 20, 2017. People who take 'aspirin' to prevent heart attacks and strokes will help thin the blood and prevent clotting are good to prevent clots in the coronary arteries, heart attacks and strokes. The problem is in taking even a low dose aspirin is a risk of haemorrhage in the gut especially the stomach and 20.000 people are admitted each year from gastric haemorrhages with 300 deaths. The elderly and people over 75 should be taking along with their aspirin a proton pump inhibitors (PPI) to reduce acid production in the stomach and reduce the risk of haemorrhage. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

June 20, 2017. 7 million people are on 'statins' to reduce their further risk of heart attacks and strokes. New research done on mice concluded the mice had reduced their cholesterol by more than a half. Reduced fatty deposits in the arteries by two thirds and reduced blood vessel inflammation.  People are not taking their statins because they don't 'feel' any benefits but of course they are. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

June 19, 2017. An experimented undertaken by a number of School children to find out which technique had the most calming effect. Either 'mindfulness', 'Yoga' or 'pet therapy'  They found that all three techniques led to people feeling happy and more confident about their GCSEs, but Yoga and pet therapy came top, neck and neck. The One Show. BBC 1. 

June 19, 2017. 'Builders' have the healthiest jobs in Britain. They are typically active for 7 hours a day, burning 2,500 calories, while I.T workers are active for 24 minutes, burning under 100 a survey by Ironmongery Direct Shows. Metro News. 

 June 19, 2017. The 528 participants in the latest trial - one of the largest studies of 'acupuncture' - were suffering from migraine, acute lower back pain or ankle sprain. Tests found the procedure which inserts needles into certain points showed there is still little research in to whether acupuncture could be useful treatment Colin Fernandez. Science correspondent.

June 18, 2017. I just think it's hugely unfair for patients who for geographical reasons are 'discriminated' against. If we're providing a national health service, it should be the same across the nation and not where you live. Dr Zoe Norris. NHS - 2 Billion a Week. London Live..  

June 16, 2017. 'Dog Napping' is on the rise up 20% over the last 2 years. Thieves steal 5 Dogs a day leaving an estimated one and a half million people effected by the loss of their loved ones 1 in 10 a stolen during a burglary. Half are snatched from gardens and 1 in 10 are stolen while out for walks.. Presenter Eamonn Holmes. This Morning. 

June 16, 2017'Flu season is in Chili' and every year in a population of 17 million, as many as 6500 people are hospitalised and around 500 people die from flu. BBC Health Check. 

June 16, 2017. Cancer research UK and the British association of Dermatologists advise that all 'sunscreens' should be re-applied. Last year a report highlighted that after 6 - 8 hours, an average SDF (Sun Protection Factor.) could be reduced by 74%. This means that over the course of the day an SPF 30 once a day sunscreen could drop to offer as little protection as SPF 8. BBC. 

June 16, 2017. If you use 'sunscreen products' to protect the health of your skin, your body's natural production of vitamin D may be reduced. Vitamin D package warning.

June 16, 2017. The rates of 'melanoma', the most serious forms of skin cancer have soured in the UK over the last decade. They have risen by 45% and 42 cases a day being diagnosed. BBC. 

June 15, 2017. This inventions a magic bullet. It's made childbirth 35 times safer. It has saved 200 million lives. Without it, we would probably be dead. 'Antibiotics'. TV presenter Angela Rippon. BBC.

June 15, 2017. Unborn 'babies' may react to faces from inside the womb. A study found that on a summer day, with no clothing, a foetus gets the same light as in a typical house. Prof Mark Johnson. Birkbeck college. London. 

June 15, 2017. 'Drones' carrying defibrillators could soon save lives by reaching someone whose heart has stopped quicker than an ambulance. Metro news.  

June 14, 2017. A study links daily dose of 'aspirin' to 3,000 deaths a year in the UK. ITV News. 

June 13, 2017. Google's street-view cars have been tracking 'air pollution' after a year of the vehicles driving around Oakland, California. Data localised to individual roads have become available with initial recordings of black carbon, nitric oxide and nitrogen oxide being revealed. BBC NEWS Click.

June 13, 2017. Research looking into people who ate 'carbs' for breakfast make better business deals. Carbs stimulate the release of the positive feel good hormone dopamine. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning. 

June 13, 2917.  Research and on-going investigations over the last 10 years showed that 64 players have died of a heart attack from playing 'football'. 26 of the players who died are from Africa.  BBC More Or Less. 

June 12, 2017. Our ears secrete more 'ear wax' when frightened and afraid than when we are not. Scientists are unsure why, but studies suggest that 'fear' causes the ears to produce more wax. DJ  Steve Wright. Radio 2. 

June 9, 2017. The nations with some of the worse records for 'polluting the seas' with plastic have promised to clean up their act. China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand told a UN summit they will work harder to keep plastics out of the sea. BBC World News. 

June 9, 2017.  'Elderly people' are being advised to take up the tango and ballroom dancing to cut the risk of falls. An expert said dance classes help to keep their balance by maintaining ankle and core muscle strength. Dr Emma Redding. 

June 8, 2017. Severe 'dust particles' in sand storms in Amar, Southern Jordan are reaching very high levels due to more industries, factories and refineries being built. As well as less farming, more urbanisation causing unwelcome eye and nose irritation, blocked nose, asthma, cardiovascular disease. People requiring hospitalisation and death. BBC World Service Health Check.

June 8, 2017. England and Wales have the highest rate of 'autopsies' in the World. In Japan full autopsy's is much rarer because they use CT scanning instead which is something we need to do more of. Guy Richie. BBC Health Check. 

June 8, 2017. There is considerable evidence now going back several decades from family studies, in particular from twin studies showing there's a 'genetic influence' on almost all areas of health and well being. All In The Mind. BBC World Service. 

June 7, 2016. Doing 'yoga' lowers the stress hormone cortisol which makes patients more relaxed and better able to cope with side effects. Researchers at the University of Rochester. 

June 7, 2017. In Mongolia, the death rate from 'liver cancer' is 6 times the global average. Until recently, care for the dying was not on the national health agenda. BBC World Service. Outlook.

June 6, 2017. Announced today, foods to 'keep you regular' are coffee, spicy foods, prunes, avocados, Haribo sugar free gums, broccoli and overly ripe bananas. DJ Steve Wright. Radio 2. 

June 6, 2017. Patients who ate 400 grams of 'mango pulp' everyday for 6 weeks can improve blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV. 

June 6, 2017. The diseases that get the attention and money the are not necessarily the disease that kill the most people. Elizabeth Cassin wants us to understand that we ignore some disease that are not considered sexy or interesting. Tim Harford. BBC World Service. More or Less. 

June 5, 2017. Scientists say they've been able to detect cancer in the blood stream of apparently healthy people years before symptoms appear. There hoping they can now devise a screening test that could be carried out in doctors surgery as part of a routine health check. The development is thought to be several years away. BBC News.

June 5, 2017. There is no evidence to show that money buys happiness. Instead research shows that happy people tend to express gratitude on a regular basis, practice being optimistic. Engaging in frequent acts of kindness. Savoir Joyful events and practice forgiveness. DJ Steve Wright Radio 2. 

June 5, 2017. A clean environment, fresh food, physical activity and medical advances can allow people who are young today to live until 120,” says Professor Vladimir Khavinson, President of the European region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Telegraph. 

June 3, 2017. The Royal Marsden Trust and the Institute of Cancer Research say a new treatment for advanced 'ovarian cancer' is the biggest  breakthrough in a decade. A drug used in trials mimics folic acid to attack ovarian cancer cells / shrinking tumours,. Sky News.

June 3, 2017. The problem with ovarian cancer is it tends to present very very late with symptoms, so people don't really know they have it until the disease is at a stage which is quite far along, which then translates to a poor prognosis. What's needed are more treatment options, screening, and picking up on ovarian cancer at a much earlier stage. Dr Monah Mansoori. 

June 3, 2017. Olive oil's main ingredient 'Oleic acid' could help prevent cancer developing in the brain by stopping genes functioning in the brain. The fatty acids stimulates production of tumour-suppressing molecules. It is still to early to say consuming olive oil can help prevent brain cancer. Edinburgh University.

June 1, 2017.  Dutch fertility doctor Jan Karbaat, who died aged 89 last month is being accused of using his own sperm instead of that of chosen donors to father dozens of children. Daily Telegraph.

June 2, 2017. Toxic mercury in the gold mining industry in Columbia is a major problem. It can effect the lungs, kidneys, skin, eyes as well as the nervous digestive and immune system. Claudia Hammond. BBC World Service Health Check. Mercury is one of the top 10 chemicals that present the highest risk to health. World Health Organisation.  (WHO). 

June 1, 2017. An ongoing study of 10.000 of successful 'dieters' who lost at least 30 pounds or more found that 90% exercised on average 1 hour a day.  78% ate breakfast everyday. 75% weigh themselves at least once a week and 62% watch fewer than 10 hours of TV per week. Presenter Steve Wright. Radio 2.  

June 1, 2017. Being 'in love' is really like being high on drugs. Research has identified the brain cells which are triggered when we get giddy feelings. This occurs on the corticostriatal circuit with a surge of the chemical dopamine, which also happens with illegal drugs. The findings could lead to new treatments for disorders such as autism. The Emory University. Atlanta, USA.

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