Towp Health Archives: August - 2017

August 31, 2017. If you or you know someone with 'wet emacular degeneration'. If you're one of the many people currently receiving injections in the eye to help limit the conditions of wet macular degeneration, well, apparently drugs used to treat blindness-causing-disorders can be successfully administered through eye drops rather than unpleasant and expensive eye injections according to new research led by UCL scientists, and that can be a break through for the millions world wide suffering from wet macular degeneration or other eye disorders. RNIB: Early Edition.

August 31, 2017. The U.S regulators have approved the first gene therapy against cancer. A treatment which uses a patients own immune cells to fight leukaemia. 83% of patients have responded to the treatment. RNIB Connect: Early Edition. 

August 31, 2017. If someone has been attacked with acid, water is the main treatment at the beginning. People think a little bit of water should suffice, but you need 30, 40, 50 litres of water at least. Pouring the water over the acid quickly enough, you can prevent so much long term harm and damage. Remove any jewellery or clothes or anything that's been exposed to the acid.  BBC World Service: Health Check.

August 31, 2017. Were losing over 30 million days a year from conditions relating to arthritis. To find out how it effects us all, search arthritis research UK. 4Music Commercial 

August 31, 2017. Counting steps. An American study found a group who counted steps lost less weight than a group who didn't count. And in a British experiment where 13 - 14 years old were armed with fitbits for 8 weeks, they liked the novelty, but soon got bored with it, so the 10.000 steps goal was unfair because it was so hard to achieve, even when they were in competition with each other. BBC Radio 4. Every Step You Take.

August 30, 2017. The British government is to invest £146 million in discovering new medicines in a bid to help the UK become the World leader in life scientists. Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2.  

August 30, 2017. GPs in the UK have been told to cut the number of hospital referral admissions to save money. RNIB Connect: Early Edition.   

August 30, 2017. British scientists say a new test can identify new cases of meningitis within an hour. At the moment it takes up to two days to diagnose a condition which is caused by bacteria. RNIB Connect: Early Edition. 

August 30, 2017.  Lutein is a type of carotenoid antioxidant that is known for protecting eye health. Along with another vision-boosting antioxidant called zeaxanthin, lutein is abundant in anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting foods. The body cannot produce lutein, and the egg is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there, but there are claims that eggs can even help look after your eyes.  The yolk in the centre is a nice yellow colour because of lutein. Lutein is a naturally occurring compound. It's an antioxidant. Some say its an anti-inflammatory agent. But its main role is to absorb blue light and blue light is harmful to those sensitive photo receptors on the back of the eyes.  The best form of lutein is green vegetables, but the beauty of eggs, is they come with their own fat content which helps the body to absorb the lutein into the blood stream, and subsequently, into the eye. Dr Ian Murray, University of Manchester. Ch 4. Superfoods.

August 30, 2017. The lutein in the eggs comes from the ingredients in the feed
. In the UK the hen's diets are all based on wheat, unfortunately, wheat doesn't contain lutein, so to get the yolk colour, we have to add something else. Many producers will use marigold extracts which is rich in lutein, but they might be using a synthetic pigment that also produces the same colour, but doesn't give you the lutein in the yolk. Under E.U organic regulations, you can't use synthetic colourants in organic eggs, so by default, they will be having marigold in their diet, and that will come through into the egg. Kale and spinach do contain more lutein pound for pound, but the egg is the whole package. It absorbed more lutein into the system making it one of natures super foods. Andrew Jared. Chairman of the British Egg Industry Council. Ch 4. Superfoods.

August 30, 2017. When I was at medical we were taught nothing about
 medical nutrition, nothing about the impact of nutrition on the brain, nothing about micro-bio, because we knew nothing. But there's a huge amount of research emerging now which is promising. The gut brain axis is absolutely fascinating. Dr Michael Moseley. Jeremy Vine show. Radio 2.

August 29, 2017. Eating three portions of fruit and vegetables a day are as good as five at boosting. Those who ate three portions a day had the same mortality rates as those who ate 5. Radio London.

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 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. 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 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, electricals 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 25, 2017. 250kg of single-use plastic pollutes the Worlds oceans every second. Sky news has joined a special expedition around the UK to highlight the growing problems of plastics in our oceans.  We've found plastics in birds nest, in basking sharks, and whales. A single piece of plastic can injure or kill an animal. We should all feel responsible. Sky News.

August 25, 2017. 'Cystic fibrosis, also known as CF is genetic'. It's a condition which severely damages the organs and has no cure. When you live with this disease, the lungs are full of mucus, full of fluid. SF is a fatal genetic disease. The adult life expectancy is 30 years of age. I worry about lung infections. When I eat I have to take medication because my body can't break down food. The pancreas doesn't produce the enzymes required to break down food. There's this quote which comes from Mark Twain. "The fear of life follows from the fear of death, A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time". I'm just trying to squeeze as much out of life without fearing the end.  Jeremy Saunders. Host of the SickBoy podcast. BBC World Service: Outlook 

August 24, 2017. When you consume yoghurt and fermented foods which contain bacteria or yeast, the idea is, they survive the passage through the stomach and get into the intestines and there they can form part of your bacterial flora. Were not just human, we've also got all kinds of other species and microorganisms that live inside and on our bodies, and the idea is probiotics. 

August 24, 2017. 'Shingles is caused by a virus known as the herpes zoster,' the same virus that causes Chicken Pox. It is much more common in older people particularly those who are over 70. There are vaccines available for those over 70 on the NHS. Dr Zoe. This Morning. ITV. 

August 24, 2017. The 'chemical that puts the magic into magic mushrooms isn't just there to get humans high'. Researchers reckon psilocybin, which is responsible for the fungi's hallucinogenic properties, could be a form of insect repellent. Ohio State University team noted that the mushrooms are prey to fun gi eating insects. They suggest psilocybin might protect the mushrooms, or repel insects from a shared food source, by somehow influencing their behaviour. But while psilocybin affects the brain of mammals, there is little evidence that it affects insects. Metro News.

August 23, 2017. One of the big environmental problems currently is the amount of 'methane gas produced by animals' being produced for meat. Food Unwrapped. Ch 4.

August 23, 2017. 'Globally we feed 63,000 tonnes of antibiotics to animals every year.' Pig farmers feed four times more antibiotics to their pigs than cattle farmers do to their cows. In Denmark, instead of 'blanket use' of antibiotics, they treat sick pigs individually. Food Unwrapped. Ch 4.

August 23, 2017. 'Adding black pepper to foods could make them more potent' increasing the vital nutrients throughout the body. Studies have shown it can absorb 30% 40% more iron. Increase vitamin A and zinc. It can also help boost the potency of life-saving medical drugs. Food Unwrapped. Ch 4. 


August 23, 2017. Since he came to power last year, President Rodrigo Duterte has been leading a relentless and ruthless 'campaign against drug traffickers and addicts leaving 5000 already killed'. He  has promised to kill tens of thousands to 'end the scourge of drugs' in his country. The Catholic church is saying, 'enough is enough' and called for 'an end to the waste of human lives'. BBC World Service News hour. 

August 23, 2017. The Liberal Democrat leader 'Tim Farron has said he wants to legalise cannabis' in a bid to stop criminals from profiting, and make drugs safer for people to use. LBC News. 

August 23, 2017. 'Non-employment and older age have been increasingly associated with feeling isolated and underutilised'. Researchers at the University of Glasgow which looked at those who were not working found their status results in poorer social and mental engagements and lower self-esteem. RNIB Connect Radio News.

August 23, 2017. Campaigners have praised a commitment by the top garden retailers not to grow plants with' pesticides linked to a decline in Bee numbers'. B&Q is among nine retailers which is banning suppliers who use them. RNIB Connect Radio News.  

August 22, 2017. They are well known as a super food, but it seems 'the biggest benefits of avocados are yet to be trapped'. The seeds husks of the fruits contain a 'gold mine' of chemicals that could be used to treat cancer and heart disease, found researchers of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The 116 components - many not found in the avocado seeds - include anti-viral agent docosanol. Another is heptacosane, which is thought to inhibit tumour growth. The Metro News.

August 22, 2017. The news this week about 'vitamin C is it could help to fight blood cancer and Leukaemia'. Scientists have found that vitamin C encourages these blood cancer stem cells to kill themselves. Studies have been on mice, but not on humans.The interesting thing is it seems to be having an effect. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.
August 22, 2017. 'Keep fit to get money off weekly shop'. The NHS has some radical proposals to offer families money to keep them fit. If you exercise you'd get money off your shopping. I think we have to be more responsible for our own health. The government is not going to make the food manufacturers clean up their act. Sometimes you're better off eating the cardboard carton than the contents of the pack which is packed full of salt, sugar and horrible additives.  Sky News Press Preview. 

August 22, 2017. It's hoped thousands of people will become fitter thanks to food vouchers, discounted gym memberships and sports gear. They are a few of 'rewards NHS England is planning to offer residents in 10 pilot areas'. RNIB Connect Radio News.

August 22, 2017. The 'NHS is trying some radical proposals to get everyone fit'. They're going to create 10 new health towns. In each new house, sprinting tracks on pavements and outdoor public gyms will be installed.  Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

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 eye-wear 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 10.2 bn 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. 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 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. 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 water-borne 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 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. 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 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 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. 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.

August 16, 2017.  'GPs 'un-confident' discussing physical activity with patients'. A nationwide study has revealed that 80% of GPs in England say they are unfamiliar with the national guidelines, and more than one in seven doctors say they are not confident raising the issue of physical activity with their patients. The Guardian.

August 16, 2017. Scientists in Britain have used 'plants to produce a new Polio vaccine'. They hope the discovery will help eradicate the disease and transform the way vaccines are made. The synthetic vaccine was grown with the leaves of a close relative of the tobacco plant, tricking its immune system into a response. The Polio vaccine was then extracted from the leaves. The scientists say the method is cheap, easy and safer than live vaccines. BBC News. 

August 16, 2017. The President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma  has appealed for urgent support to help his country to help with what he called the 'overwhelming devastation caused by a mudslide' in the capitol. Efforts to recover more people from the muddy rubble that swept through a suburb of Freetown are continuing. Communities that are suddenly high in water where there is a high risk of cholera, disease, and poor sanitation. Hundreds of people have died buried under the weight of wet mud, and many missing. BBC Radio 2 News. 

August 15, 2017.  Scientists say they've taken a step forward in a development of a 'cheaper Polio vaccine'. The team in Norfolk say the drug was created in the leafs of plants. This technology could easily be adapted to tackle other diseases including new threats like Zika  BBC Radio 2 News. 

August 15, 2017. A 10 metre whale made of 250 kilograms of single-use plastic will travel across the UK to raise awareness of the volumes of 'plastics polluting the worlds oceans'Sky News. 

August 15, 2017. When were sometimes, or permanently 'stressed', its not only causes uncomfortable physical and mental sensations, but it can tip over to the real killer, chronic stress. The next time you're having to face a difficult situation, trick your mind and turn your anxious feelings into excitement is key to feeling less anxious and stressful. A great way to relieve stress. TV presenter Fiona Phillips. Early Edition. RNIB Connect. 

August 15, 2017. People can be fat and fit. Meaning blood level, sugar level and cholesterol levels are normal, but you're still at risk of developing heart disease just for 'being over weight'. A simple guide for a man, waist should not be over 38 inches, woman's waist should not be over 32 inches. There are 7 million undiagnosed people with raised cholesterol in the UK. Get to know your numbers and levels. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV.

August 15, 2017. 
An historical medical breakthrough, and a study over 12 years looking how Marmite and yeast extract which contain niacin can significantly reduce 'miscarriages and birth defects' around the World. Dr Chris Steele. This Morning ITV 


August 14, 2017. Thousands of 'vulnerable children' are being left in vulnerable situations. 180.000 children in England weren't deemed to be at crisis point so didn't meet the threshold for help. In London, only 23,000 children were referred, but after an assessment, it was deemed no further action was required. Another issue highlighted is the differences of the threshold from council to council. Depending on a child's situation, help might be provided In one area, but in a neighbouring borough, might be deemed as unnecessary. The council spent almost 8 billion last year on social care but wants to help do more.  BBC News. 

August 14, 2017. The World health organisation says the number of suspected 'cholera cases' has reached half a million. The countries collapsing health service cannot cope. This epidemic is raging against the background of Yemen's civil war. Its damage, poor sanitation services are creating conditions in which cholera thrives. The vast majority of the diseases victims and be cured if given the proper medical help, but more than half of Yemen's health facilities no longer function. BBC Radio 2 News.  

August 14, 2017. The 'celebrity eye surgeon' who ‘saved’ EastEnders actress June Brown from blindness is being investigated by doctors’ governing body the General Medical Council GMC after scores of furious patients, most in their 70s and 80s who paid up to £25,000 for the heavily promoted procedure at the London Eye Hospital, alleged they were left with little or no improvement to their vision following the surgery. Ophthalmologist Dr Bobby Qureshi performed ‘miracle eye surgery’ on thousands of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Daily Mail. 

August 14, 2017'Homeopathy' is the equivalent of throwing an aspirin into lake Tahoe, give it a stir and then drinking the water.  Its so diluted it will not have any effect. James Randi. Retired stage magician and a scientific sceptic. LBC. 

August 13, 2017. UK TV superstar Ant McPartlin today revealed how he was rushed to hospital after an insane pills binge. His secret two-year addiction to 'super-strong painkilling drugs' almost killed him. The Sun News paper. 

August 12, 2017. Former U.S Vie President Al Gore says the World can still solve the climate change crisis despite America pulling out of the Paris 'Climate Change Agreement'. Sky News.
August 12, 2017.  The government will consider measures to tackle the rouge use of 'laser pens' after concerns over attacks on pilots,  train drivers, the Isle Of White Ferry has also been attacked. The injuries can be permanent and life changing. We want to see import controls and penalties beefed up immediately. Certificates, fines and imprisonment terms have been introduced for improper use in some countries. Last year the UK had 1250 attacks. Sky News 

August 11, 2017. Since August 1,  'contaminated eggs' have been found in at least 15 EU countries plus Hong Kong and Switzerland.* Denmark has found tonnes of contaminated eggs imported from Belgium suppliers. * Britain has imported 7000.000 eggs from Dutch farms linked to the scandal. *  Eggs were contaminated with the pesticide Fipronil, a possible human carcinogen and can harm kidneys, liver and thyroid glands.* The Food Standards agency (FSA) says investigations indicate it is "very unlikely" that the eggs pose no risk to public health. Sky News 

August 11, 2017. Scientists in the United States have created 'genetically modified Pigs' in a step towards using the animal for organ transplant. The researchers used gene editing to remove 25 viruses from Pig cells, and then clone virus-free Piglets. The team said the work represented an important advance in the dress and safety concerns about using organs from other species. BBC Radio 4. BBC Inside Science. 

August 10, 2017. If you're 'Facebook feed' is making you angry, blame politics. Political discussions on social media can sabotage your serenity. In-fact they proved to be a source of stress for 42% of frequent feed-checkers. Steve Wright. BBC Radio 2. 

August 10, 2017. About 700.000 'eggs from Dutch farms' involved in an insecticide contamination have been distributed in the UK, the Food Standards Agency has said. It's added, that it was very unlikely that the eggs which were mainly used in process foods such as sandwiches pose a risk to public health. Dutch and Belgium authorities are carrying out raids linked to the scare. BBC 2 Radio News.

August 10, 2017. Its claimed that taking vitamin B3 found in some meat and vegetables could significantly prevent 'miscarriages and birth defects'. Scientists in Australia say their study on mice could change the way expectant mothers are cared for. RNIB Connect. Early Edition News.

August 10, 2017.  'Dying from a broken heart'. People can die within a few days after experiencing a strong emotion that makes them feel as if they've had a heart attack. The loss of a partner, friend can cause this, as well as financial loss. We have hard medical evidence that this evidence is true. The heart actually changes shape when compared to having a normal heart attack. More formally known as stress cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Dana Dawson. University of Aberdeen. BBC World Service Health Check. 

August 10, 2017. The 'Nora Virus' which is affecting athletes at the World athletes championships is hell on earth. Projectile vomiting, serious Diarrhoea. It spreads like wildfire. Sharing a towel, handling food from someone who has not washed their hands. It only takes 18 Nora Viruses to be infected. If you're young, fit and healthy it is not likely to kill you, but it can be fatal if you're older and frail.You can get effected as many times as you like in your life. James  BBC World Service Health Check.

August 10, 2017. 'Corruption in healthcare'. After a 9 million fraud uncovered in Burkina Faso, and a $3 million fraud in Nigeria, as well as investigations taking place in 30 other countries, there are calls for more to be done to put a stop to corruption. Its hidden but can happen anywhere, from the smallest remote clinic, to the billion dollar health systems, from low incomes to the richest place in the World, its the patients who are feeling the impact. Claudia Hammond. BBC World Service Health Check 

August 10, 2017. 'Corruption in healthcare'. If a healthcare worker professional is moon-lighting at a clinic at their own private practice and not providing service in the public system, their actually not giving the resources that those people need and are charging higher amounts. Ghost workers who are not on the payroll. Poor governments and poor rule of law. People being a paid a low wage have to subside somewhere else. Tim Mackey. Director of Global Health. BBC World Service Health Check

August 8, 2017. Millions of 'eggs' were taken off shelves in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland after they were found to contain an insecticide called fipronil, which is used in veterinary products to treat things like fleas and ticks. It is thought to have been used on chickens in Belgium and could be potentially dangerous to humans. However, the FSA insists the risk to public health is very low and the number of eggs affected is extremely small. Sky News. 

August 7, 2017. The 'NHS' could go under unless EU staff are given securities about their future after Brexit, the head of the Royal College of Nursing warned. Some European workers are already leaving and hospitals would not be able to cope if significant numbers followed. The umber of EU workers leaving the profession had increased from 1,173 in 2012/2013 to 3,081 in 2016/2017, Metro News.  

August 6, 2017.  England's children Commissioners are warning 'young people are binging on social media' like junk food and said, people need to balance their time online like they regulate their diet, and is calling on all mums and dads to be more 'proactive' over the summer holidays. RNIB Connect, Talking Newspapers. 

August 6, 2017. 'Sponges' used in the kitchen have been found to have a local density of 54 billion bacteria per cubic centimetres, the same amount estimated to exist in human faecus. Boiling, microwaving or replacing sponges regularly reduced the amounts of bacteria. The Independent.

August 5, 2017. Analysing the stride of 'Usain Bolt' who is 1.95 metres tall. Scientists have now discovered that Bolt has an uneven stride, more uneven than most.  He hits harder with one leg than the other. This is because he has Scoliosis and has a leg difference of about half an inch. Everyone has natural inherited differences. Andrew Udofa, Biomechanics researcher at Southern Methodist University. BBC World Service News Hour. 

August 5, 2017. European Commission scientists estimate that heat waves would cause 99% of all whether related deaths on the continent. BBC World Service News. This study looked at the impact of the 7 most dangerous types of 'weather events', Heat waves, cold snaps, wildfires, droughts, river and coastal floods and wind storms across the European union. Scientists say, the rates of exposure to these disasters are expected to increase from 1 in 20 of the population at the start of the century, to 2 in 3 people near its end. Adina Campbell. BBC World Service News 

August 5, 2017. Scientists warn that 'extreme weather' could kill 150.000 Europeans a year by the end of the century. Heat waves, wild fires, storms and floods could combine to cause the unprecedented number of deaths which was revealed in a report by the Lancet Planetary Health Journal. Sky News 

August 5, 2017. 'Intergenerational care'. For the first time in the UK, a nursery and home for older people will be based on the same site. From September the Children of Apple and Honey nursery and residence of Nightingale House will do activities, lessons and even eat together. Its already an established practice in places such as Canada, Australia, Japan and in parts of Europe to tackle age segregation. It is proving popular. Sky News. 

August 4, 2017. Is your brain male or female? Are brain differences innate or are they shaped by the World around us? With new technology, scientists have recently identified subtle difference in the brains of men and woman. Differences that could help explain perceived strengths and weaknesses. A team of scientists from Philadelphia have mapped the microscopic connections of male and female brains by scanning the brains of over 900 males and females from the ages of 8 to 22. They used an established brain imaging technique to create a detailed map of the connections between the two hemispheres of the brain and discovered the brains we're so significantly different in neuro pathways, they didn't find those differences in children, they only developed in teen years. Woman had a much lower pain threshold than men, and have greater emotional intelligence. The way our brain adapts to its environment is a bigger factor in sex differences than any kind of biological programming. As time goes on, experiences will change structures in the brain and what you do to change your brain and what other people do to you will change your brain. Differences in pathways are determined by experience, where you grew up, how you grew up, how long you were at School and your occupation.  BBC Four. Horizon: Is You're Brain male or Female?  

August 4, 2017. Scientists hailed a 'gene editing breakthrough'. They used gene editing to successfully repair a disease-causing mutation in human embryos. This is a major step towards the prevention of inherited  diseases by removing genetic mutations. Sky News, Press Preview. 

August 3, 2017.  We're still trying to understand this relationship between 'Football and risk of this disease'. Some players in American Football (Soccer) and other contact sports have developed the progressive brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy. (CTE). You can't be certain if someone has CTE until you examine their brains after they've died.  In a new study, pathologists have studied 202 donated brains, more than half of which belongs to former national Football league players, the rest from semi professionals or high school players Of those  202 studies, 177 had evidence of CTE. The college and professional players had more and severe pathology.  We seem it's less about concussion IE, symptomatic hits to the head and more about the accumulative number of hits. BBC World Service, Health Check. 

August 3, 2017. Why is it some people get to a particular age. The brain is another organ  of the body and it has cells and a blood supply so people who have healthier bodies tend to have healthier thinking skills. We've looked at everything from genetic factors, to health and medical factors, biochemical and social factors. In each of those different areas we have found things that are interesting with respect to other people who are ageing less well than others. The people who don't smoke are 'ageing' in thinking skills slightly better than others, as are people who are fitter and those people who also take more exercise. People with more education, people in more professional jobs and people who can speak more than one language have small advantages in this cognitive ageing. Their thinking skills are slightly better than would otherwise expect in older age. Ian Deary | The University of Edinburgh. BBC 1 London. Holding back The Years. 

August 3, 2017. 'Vitiligo' is an auto-immune condition where you're own bodies immune system causes problems and you're immune system is attacking the cells in the skin that produce melanin and melanin  is what produces the pigment in the skin. We don't know why people get it or what cause it. It's definitely a genetic predisposition. Dr Zoe Williams. This Morning. ITV. 

August 3, 2017. Engine idling at the side of the road contributes to 'air pollution' and can lead to an £80 fine. UK. #Don'tBeIdle. The Westminster Reporter. Special Edition. 

August 2, 2017. The survival rate for 'pancreatic cancer' is only about 7% here in the UK which is sadly very low. Alex Ford Chief Executive, Pancreatic Cancer. BBC Four, World News Today. 

August 2, 2017.  'Afghanistan' has one of the lowest standards of medical care in the World. Doctors often aren't highly trained and their equipment is pretty basic, but a former Afghan, and an emergency medic living in the North East of England is using augmented reality to help today's victims of violence in his home-land. His Telemedicine system allows doctors in war-zones to get help from specialists in the West. BBC Four. World News Today. 

August 1, 2017. 60 people have died in the UK in the last 8 months after taking the pain killing drug Fentanyl. The national crime agency said a further 70 deaths are also being investigated. BBC London News 

August 1, 2017. 'Children in China' suffering from terminal illnesses are receiving little or no palliative care. The care for adults was blossoming, but the care for children was virtually non existent. The main difficulties is, trying to get people to understand we weren't killing children, that we're not not fighting for them because we are. What's relatively easy to deal with is their physical symptoms. What's more difficult is their effects of their abandonment, the loss, confusion and hurt that mummy and daddy aren't there any more, what have I done to deserve that. We teach the importance of touch, speaking gently, and cuddles to give the child the will to eat, the will to live, and even if they don't live for very long, they will know that they were loved. Lyn Gould Co Founder and CEO of Butterfly's Children's Hospice. BBC Four. World News Today.    

August 1, 2017. Doctors in Mosel have told Sky news they urgently need more international support to help cope with the overwhelming numbers of people suffering from life-changing in juries and psychological damage after the 'Iraqi city's liberation' from Islamic State. Sky News Press Preview.  

August 1, 2017. 'Flu virus'. Vaccine scientists are working on a universal flu vaccine, so hopefully 5 years from now, we''ll have a vaccine that will tackle every strain of flu. Dr Zoe Williams. This Morning. ITV.  

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