TOWP Health Archives: December - 2017

December 31, 2017. How to save someone who has had a cardiac arrest. If you can get to someone early and provide them with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation.), you can potentially double their chance of survival. If you can get a defibrillator there too, they're six times more likely to pull through. BBC World Service: World Hacks.

December 31, 2017New flu super-jab breakthrough to replace vaccine that fails the elderly. The injection used this year as part of the £100 million winter vaccine campaign will be scrapped for those over 75 next winter and replaced with a new jab experts hope will prove more effective. The present vaccine is altered each year to protect against the three strains most likely to be circulating. The new vaccine has compounds which make the virus more visible to the immune system, so it is better able to cope. Express.

December 30, 2017. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) regulates ads across all media. Most are legal, decent, honest and true. Last year the ASA removed thousands that weren't. Smooth Radio.

December 29, 2017British meat manufacturers Finnebrogue have worked with Spanish chemists to produce the first nitrate-free bacon, called Naked Bacon, which will be available in supermarkets from January. Scientists have managed to produced bacon that does not include nitrites from vegetables or curing agents. The World Health Organisation (WHO) currently warns that bacon cured with nitrites is as dangerous as asbestos and smoking, because the chemicals produce carcinogenic nitrosamines when ingested. 34,000 bowel and colon cancer deaths each year are directly attributable to diets which are high in processed meat. Sky News.

December 29, 2017When cooking all red meat, don't over-heat or char it. Be careful when barbecuing meat. Cooking meat at a low temperature is very important. Don't cook any meat at a too high temperature. Denis Lynn: Chairman of Finnebrogue. Sky News.

December 29, 2017More than 40 doctors, nurses and fire-fighters from the UK are travelling to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh for a six-week mission to help Rohingya refugees who have contacted Diphtheria. Sky News.


December 28, 2017UNICEF says children have become front-line targets and used as human shields in conflicts around the world. UNICEF are trying to prevent major outbreaks of water-bourne diseases, and give children clean water and medication so the number of children killed doesn't rise. Sky News.

December 28, 2017Cataract delays are blinding patients. Patients are going blind due to six-month waiting lists for cataract surgery. Average waiting times of almost six months are being recorded in the worst areas, with waits increasing by 50 per cent in some parts of England over the past three years. Telegraph.

December 27, 2017Drones are being used in Malawi, Africa to deliver life-saving medication from hospitals to those in need in war-torn areas, and places inaccessible due to severe whether conditions. This will save a health worker one-days-travel to access these isolated villages.they were initially launched in Rawanda. BBC World Service: World Hacks.

December 27, 201712% of children in the suburb of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus are suffering from acute malnutrition. The Red Cross says that medical evacuations have begun from a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capitol. Sky News.

December 27, 2017. UK supermarket Tesco has apologised after customers complained that rotten and gone off turkeys ruined their Christmas dinner. Angry customers claimed the centrepiece of their festive meal was either inedible or had made people really ill. Tesco is investigating how these instances may have happened. ITV News.

December 26, 2017Doctors are giving medications and other prescriptions that can cost much cheaper in the supermarket. LBC Radio News.

December 25, 2017. Miracle birth that has bought Christmas joy. A mother whose uterus was torn and the baby had moved onto her abdomen. It so happened that at that very moment she was at a ward where there was an expert in this complication who was visiting that ward. It took this gynaecologist a thirty second C-section to save the life of the baby. Sky News Press Preview.

December 24, 2017Studies suggest that in countries like the UK and the U.S, people are cooking less than we did in the past, Market research at MDP found that less than 15% of evening meals eaten at home were cooked, compared to 75% thirty years ago. BBC World Service: The Food Chain.

December 24, 2017According to Forbes Hot Food List 2018, "root to stem" cooking is going to be a big thing. Were all going to be finding unique ways of using every part of our fruit and veg, from toot to tip in an effort to avoid food waste. BBC World Service: The Food Chain.

December 24, 2017. It has been a remarkable year of promise in medical science. The highlights.
Incurable diseases from sickle cell to haemophilia now look as though they can be treated. The defect that causes the devastating degenerative disease Huntington's has been corrected in patients for the first time. + New genetically modified skin that can cover the entire body. + Doctors say they have achieved "mind-blowing" results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A. + Vanellope Hope Wilkins survived being born with her heart outside her body after surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. + A French teenager's sickle cell disease was reversed using a pioneering treatment to change his DNA.  + Scientists have, for the first time, successfully freed embryos of a piece of faulty DNA that causes deadly heart disease to run in families, potentially opens the door to preventing 10,000 disorders that are passed down the generations. + Precise "chemical surgery" has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first by Chinese researchers. + Premature lambs have been kept alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag raising hopes for new ways of caring for premature babies.+ Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies. + It takes between one and 10 genetic changes or mutations to turn a healthy cell into a cancer.+ Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread. + Wounds heal more quickly if they occur during the day rather than after dark. + Embryos that are less than 0.001% human, and the rest pig have been made and analysed by scientists. + Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people's lifespan. BBC News.

December 23, 2017Bloating is likely to be a frequent issue this Christmas, and taking probiotic supplements could help. Just remember to store them in the fridge. Bloating is the swelling of the tummy. Boosting probiotics could reduce bloating symptoms. Carrying probiotics in a bag reduces their potency by one to two per cent everyday. Some types of probiotic must be kept in the fridge. Probiotics are very important for the health of the digestive tract, and they can help stop issues like bloating. Probiotics are very sensitive, and if you carry them around in your bag with you lose about one to two per cent of their potency. Research has shown that probiotics don’t just help your digestion, and have a multitude of other health benefits too. Express.

December 20, 2017What exactly is house-hold dust? Dust is the falling apart of the things of our daily life. If you're indoors its about half-clothing, pieces of materiel. About a quarter of dead skin and other bodily detritus, and a quarter indoor magic, and some specific manifestation of your individual life. There are many tiny little animals and worms are floating in that dust along with the other stuff. Dust is very much alive. Its full of toxic chemicals that come out of our everyday products like our furniture, cloths and flooring. Even in children's toys. There were over 40 chemicals in indoor dust. Many of them are toxic and have been linked to health hazards like developmental and reproductive toxicity and even cancer. We shed 17 million micro-organisms an hour. BBC World Service: CrowdScience.

December 20, 2017Model reveals ‘hell’ of having her leg amputated due to toxic tampon. Lauren Wasser thought she was getting the flu. Hours later she was in hospital having her leg amputated, all because of a ‘toxic’ tampon. Lauren Wasser grew up surrounded by models and lived a glamorous lifestyle most girls envy. So when she lost her right leg in 2012 to a near fatal bout of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) caused by a tampon, she thought she would never model again. But since then the 28-year-old’s career has taken off and she has become an avid campaigner about teaching girls the dangers of TSS. Liveleak.

December 20, 2017Drugs are too expensive for the NHS – and people are paying with their lives’. Don’t blame the NHS for denying vital medication, say members of a new activist group,Just Treatment. Blame the pharma companies hooked on huge profits. Just Treatment wants to have full transparency of the drug industry to reveal how much public and private investment was made in the development of a medicine, how much drug companies spend on marketing and sales, full disclosure of all trial evidence, and full openness on the prices being charged. An NHS England spokesman responds: “As the NHS goes into the most financially challenging few years in its history,  responsible pharma companies understand they too need to play their part. We’re already striking innovative deals that enable us to widen access to medicines for patients while driving maximum value for taxpayers.” Guardian.

December 19, 2017An outbreak of legionnaires' disease in Majorca which claimed the life of a British tourist and affected 19 other British holidaymakers has been traced to a hotel Jacuzzi. A spokesman added: “The tourists affected stayed in Palmanova between August 13 and October 13. The disease, which isn't contagious and can’t be spread directly from person to person, is usually caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water. It can be particularly serious in people with pre-existing health conditions. Most deaths occur in people who are 70 or older. Express.

December 19, 2017. I'm carrying my sick baby so she can be an organ donor. We want to help other poorly children to survive. When I pass away, I will happily give -up my organs to help others. Hayley Martin. ITV This Morning.

December 19, 2017.  Little girl with heart condition who has spent every Christmas in hospital donates 1,000 presents to hospital patients. Lilly was born with seven holes in her heart and spent every Christmas in hospital is finally spending her first Christmas at home with her family, but has begged her mum to let her go back and deliver presents to poorly kids. Liveleak.

December 18, 2017UK pop idol Darius Danesh nearly died after drinking water from the river Thames.  He was showing off a charities new water filter, but there was a mistake and he ended up getting meningitis and was in a coma, but he's all right now. Heat Radio.

December 18, 2017The mysterious death of a pharmaceuticals billionaire and his wife in Toronto is now being investigated by homicide detectives. Police reports say Barry and Honey Sherman died of “ligature neck compression” meaning they were both strangled. Toronto is abuzz about the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman, who were known for making a fortune in the tough business of generic drugs, and giving a lot of it away to charity. The couple were found hanging from a railing by the side of their pool on Friday by a real estate agent. Barry Sherman founded Apotex Inc in 1974 and built it into one of the world’s biggest generic drug makers, which made him one of Canada’s richest people. But despite his immense wealth he lived a relatively modest life, preferring to give much of it away to charity. Liveleak.

December 18, 2017
Shigellosis has been reported at schools in the Guildford and Woking area, with 17 confirmed cases it’s been reported. Letters were sent to parents of children at schools in the area, informing them of the outbreak. According to The Mirror, the letter said: “We are aware of a number of families where older children and adults have also been affected." Public Health England (PHE) has contacted schools and GPs in the area to provide advice on how to prevent the infection from spreading. Express.


December 17, 2017Over 100,000 people are living with H.I.V in England alone. ITV This Morning.

December 16, 2017. The microscopic dust that cover our clothes and bodies are the mute witnesses that show unfaithful of all our movements and all out encounters. Insignificant traces of dust could hold the key to solving a crime, and tell us who was present at the scene. Dr. Edmond Locard (1928 recording) - Funding father of forensic crime scene investigations: BBC World Service: CrowdScience.

December 16, 2017. One of the worlds richest couples has been found dead. Barry Sherman, a pharmaceutical millionaire and his wife Honey were found dead in their basement in Toronto, U.S. Police are treating their death as suspicious. BBC Radio 1.

December 16, 2017A new hospital in Dubai is entirely dedicated to treating camels. The Dubai Camel Hospital opened last week and cost 40 million dirhams ($10.9 million). According to its director, Mohamed Al Buloo. Camels remain an important part of the Gulf Arab state’s heritage. Camel races and camel beauty pageants are a favourite recreation for locals, and some beasts fetch millions of dollars at auctions in the country. LiveLeak.

December 16, 2017Hospitals to reveal avoidable deaths. The NHS in England is set to become the first health system to public figures on avoidable patient deaths. By the end of the month, 170 out of 223 trusts will publish data on deaths they believe could have been prevented. Metro.

December 15, 2017. We do see on friends social media feeds, and on TV adverts, we see all these images of the perfect Christmas and feel a bit of pressure to make sure that our Christmases look just like that which of course it can't be because it's not real life. Steve Buckley. M.I.N.D. Heat Radio.

December 15, 2017The gruesome 'body farm' where the dead are left to rot in open cages. Rows and row of dead bodies are lined up in metal pens in the remote Texan field as part of scientific research into how corpses rot. The evidence gathered here can be used in a court of law and researchers have been called to give evidence for the prosecution and defence. The bodies can also be used to help with facial reconstruction. By using the skulls and images of those who volunteer for the open burial scientists can help police to reconstruct what an actual victim may have looked like. The law does not allow body farms in the UK but there have been calls for that to change. Dr Danny Wescott has spent a number of years leading the research of skeletons. He said: "It allows us to see how bodies decompose. Mirror. Lauren Fruen.

December 15, 2017Aussie Flu. Vitamin C won't protect you from deadly virus, urges government. Aussie flu will “almost inevitably” come to the UK, experts warn, as Australia endures its worst flu outbreak for almost 50 years. Vitamin C won’t be able to protect against the deadly flu virus, Public Health England (PHE) claims. Flu outbreak in Australia has been the worst for 50 years, and has reportedly caused a number of deaths. Professor Robert Dingwall warned Aussie flu could be the most serious outbreak of the the virus since the 1968 pandemic that killed more than a million people worldwide. At least 170,000 cases of flu were reported during the Australian winter this year. But, PHE has warned that vitamin C isn't enough to prevent infection from the virus, which experts claim will make it to the UK. The best way to protect against flu is to have the vaccine if you are eligible, eat a healthy balanced diet to maintain a healthy immune system, and practice good hygiene by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it in the bin and washing your hands.Express.

December 14, 2017Babies with chest infections. Reflux and allergies can cause it. The most likely cause is the child could have had some infection. Investigate further if its getting worse, or lasting a very long time, or if its effecting the child's growth and development, or If the baby has got wheezing and not a cold, it could be a post infection so get your child checked out. Dr Ranj. ITV This Morning.

December 13, 2017. The baby born with her heart growing outside her body. Premature girl beats eight-in-a-million odds to survive and defies doctors who gave her 'next to zero' chance. Vanellope Hope Wilkins was expected to be born on Christmas Eve this year, but she had to be born prematurely by caesarean section on November 22. The condition, ectopia cordis, was discovered during a scan after nine weeks. It showed her heart and part of her stomach were growing on the outside. Experts say they don't know of a case in the UK where a baby has survived it. Her heart is now. It took an incredible team of 50 doctors, midwives and nurses to safely deliver her in an operation rarely successfully performed in Britain. Mail.

December 12, 2017. Don't lick the bowl. When your in the kitchen making dough, don't lick the bowl because raw flour, raw dough has been found to possibly contain Ecoli bugs and other bugs. There have been outbreaks in New Zealand and the United States from eating raw flour. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

December 12, 2017A tax on meat in many countries looks increasingly likely as governments strive to comply with the Paris Agreement, an investor group has warned. The possibility of a behavioural tax, also known as a "sin tax", has been increased by a global consensus around the role meat plays in both climate change and illnesses including cancer, according to the Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) investor network. The forum, which informs investors of the risks involved in intensive livestock farming, has produced a report claiming that meat could soon be taxed in the same way as tobacco and sugar. City Am.

December 11, 2017. The head of one of Britain’s biggest NHS trusts has resigned, saying the government is being “unrealistic” about the challenges facing the health service. Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service and a crossbench peer, announced that he was stepping down as chairman of King’s College Hospital NHS. Times.

December 11, 2017. Britain's faces a chaotic Black Monday with more snow due and swathes of treacherous ice on the roads as temperatures dropped to -8C. Cars were abandoned and some suffered crashes as the UK's road network ground to a halt. Mail.

December 9, 2017. Steven Hawkins has restarted his public dispute with health secretary Jeremy Hunt by joining a legal action aimed at preventing an NHS shake-up which he fears will lead to privatisation and rationing of resources. Sky News.

December 9, 2017. If you think exercise is good for your lungs, a new study by the University of Kent might change that perspective. Its found that too much exercise is having an opposite effect on professional footballers in England. The study which was presented at the British Thoracic Society found that a third of players tested had what is know as 'exercise induced asthma'. Exercise induced asthma is a condition that effects how well you can breathe out and it usually occurs after you've done a bout of hard exercises. 90% of people with asthma will be effected by exercise induced asthma. We have also seen a large number of elite athletes that have it. A study demonstrated that 28% of elite football players have exercised induced asthma and when we look at specific sports like swimming, the percentage is really high up to almost 70%. BBC World Service: News Hour.

December 9, 2017. Scientists estimate that 12 million tons of plastics end up in the ocean every year, but they can only find 1% of it. What happens to the rest of it is a mystery. The 'Turn A Tide' team will help researchers understand what's happening to plastic far out to sea. And that would be a big win for ocean science. Sky News.

December 9, 2017Studying the genetics of the naked mole-rat can help us humans extend our lives. We've also done studies in the Bowhead Whale, the longest lived mammal. If we can discover what the tricks are of other species longevity, we may be able to apply that knowledge to human health and fight diseases. The goal is to develop therapies that help people live longer and healthier lives. BBC World Service: CrowdScience.

December 8, 2017The big freeze: Britain blanketed in snow with more on the way as Arctic blast is set to bring 10 days of sub-zero temperatures with lows of -12C as Storm Caroline continues to batter the UK. An Arctic air flow in the wake of the storm has caused temperatures to plummet with up to 20cm (8in) set to fall over higher ground today, with 2in (2-5cm) possible across areas including Devon and Cornwall. Some 8cm of snow has already fallen in Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands while parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and areas to the west of the Pennines have also seen a covering. Mail.

December 7, 2017. Why does my nine year-old wet the bed? It could be the bladder isn't expanding properly, so that could mean your child is constipated, or they've got an over-active or a nervous bladder that twitches and therefore they need to wee when they really don't need to. It could be that they produce too much wee by drinking too much fludis in the evening, or they are not sensing their bladder is full. There is a great charity called ERIC. Go online and they have lots of advice for parents. Dr Ranj Singh. ITV This Morning.

December 7, 2017. Cancer patients and people with severe mental illnesses are going without essential medication because of shortages that cost the NHS 180 million pounds in 6 months. Sky News: Press Preview: Times.

December 7, 2017As the dreaded 'Aussie flu' is expected to wreak havoc here after already blighting Australia, it is expected that most of us will succumb to a sore throat before the clocks go forward to signal the start of summer. Alasdair Mace, an ear, nose and throat consultant based at Charing Cross and St Mary's Hospitals in London, says you should avoid drinking a hot toddy this Christmas as alcohol is dehydrating and can worsen a sore throat. Taking aspirin can dampen your immune response and vaping provides no beneficial effect to the throat. Mace said. He added that using a humidifier can counteract the drying effect of central heating while eating oranges and oysters may also help.Mail.

December 6, 2017. New research has revealed the levels of pollution is so bad, its impacting the health of unborn babies. A report in the British Medical journal linked London's road traffic pollution to an increased risk of a low birth-rate.  ITV News.

December 6, 2017. Bargain beauty. A toxic gamble. Many people are falling foul of fake cosmetics. Cheap designer cosmetics are putting people at risk which could leave you with nasty side-effects. Including skin rashes, allergies, chemical burns, and problems with the nervous-system and brain. Advice is to buy from reputable sources. ITV News.

December 6, 2017. The rate of food allergies has tripled in 10 years and scientists think the Western diet could be the trigger. Food allergies have seen a 377 percent spike in the last decade. The other specific foods category accounted for a third of all allergies leading experts to believe preservatives and sugars could be the cause. An analysis conducted by non-profit FAIR Health extensively analysed private health insurance claims between 2007 and 2016 to find the data. A New York allergist said that the increase in peanut allergies may be due to people avoiding them at an early age in a failed attempt to decrease the risk. Mail.

December 6, 2017Not enough people know how to do CPR, a skill that almost anyone can do. Knowing the correct technique can be the difference between life and death. Radio London.

December 5, 2017Shops are being urged to put new safety guidelines on packs of nappy-sacks. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says, 17 babies have suffocated on the bags since 2001. Premier Radio.

December 5, 2017. Monthly jab to 'prevent' migraine. A self-injection is the first new migraine treatment in twenty years and will be coming out early next year. The professor said, its one of the few true holy rails of medical research. Another said, it's the real deal. . Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

December 5, 2017. Buying slippers for an elderly friend could save the NHS 2.3 billion pounds a year. This news comes from the University Hospital of Wales and Cardiff where they have treated over 500 patients a month for falls. They recommend 'good' fitting slippers with a 'back' and not slip-on slippers. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.


December 5, 2017Cheese fights heart disease. A daily portion of cheese will reduce your risk of heart attack by 14%. Cheese is rich in protein and minerals. High in calcium. Cheese boosts the levels of good cholesterol and reduces the levels of bad cholesterol and also contain fatty acids which help prevent clogging of the arteries. The leader of this research said, a study of 1 million cases showed there is no link between eating dairy products and an increased heart disease or stroke. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.


December 5, 2017. The food chain Co-Op is the first supermarket to sell food after the 'best before' dates to stop food waste. Sky News.

December 4, 2017. 34 is the age we wise-up to reality. Two in five adults said their taste for adventure mellowed over time, and half said they've become more aware of their fragility as time has worn on. Metro.

December 4, 2017. Plastic pollution in ours oceans and rivers. Sir David Attenborough has said the 'future of humanity' depends on people taking action to protect the planet. Metro.

December 4, 2017.Garlic could ward off hospital super-bugs. Ajoene in vegetables destroys the biofilm in resistant bacteria, which helps antibiotics work again, a Danish study finds. Metro.

December 4,  2017Philippines prepared for 'worst-case scenario' after 733,000 given dengue vaccine that could worsen disease. The health department was checking hospital records for acute cases of dengue.Those who had been vaccinated "are being followed up for adverse effects". Out of more than 211,000 suspected cases of dengue fever in the Philippines last year, at least 1,000 people had died, according to government figures. Independent.

December 3, 2017. The British Heart Foundation says the waiting lists for a heart transplant has nearly trebled in the last decade. Sky News.

December 3, 2017'You fear for your sanity': BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley reveals how tinnitus diagnosis has left her with a constant 'whistling sound' in her ears following years of loud music concerts. British broadcaster Jo Whiley, 52, admitted that when 'you're young you think you're immortal', adding that risks to fans of exposure to loud music weren't known back in the day. Metro News.

December 3, 2017. Britain faces lengthy Arctic blast thanks to the 'La NiƱa effect' as forecasters predict Two 60 mph storms will hit the country next week with more snow to follow. Metro.

December 2, 2017Campaigners are warning that domestic abuse costs the NHS 1.3/4 billions of pounds every year. The charity 'Saving Lives' is calling for the health services to employ more trained advisers. Heart FMDecember 2, 2017. A national domestic abuse charity called for more help for domestic violence. The Duchess of Cornwall was in Stoke earlier this week to meet survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Only 1 in 5 women who suffer from abuse will call the police. Sky News.

December 2, 2017The journal the Lancet has revealed that Scarlet fever hit its highest level in fifty years. and England is experiencing an unprecedented rise in scarlet fever with the highest incidence for nearly 50 years," said a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. And there are also epidemics in Hong Kong, South Korea and parts of China and these don't show any signs of letting up. Its spread through close contact of individuals whose infected, the droplets that they breathe out will be contaminated. The immediate environment around them will be contaminated. Its treatable with penicillin. BBC World Service: Health Check.

December 2, 2017. 'Pimp My Zimmer' might seem an unlikely name for a health campaign, but its taking place in nursing homes in parts of Britain. The idea is to reduce the number of falls older people have because it was hard to find which zimmer frame belonged to which patient. A third of over 65s experience one fall a year, rising to half in the over 80s. Older people have the highest risk of death and injury from falls, and the risk increases with age. Falling increases significantly when you start taking four medications, and with each additional medication, the risk increases by 14%. Walking frames sometimes known as 'zimmers' tend to be Gray making it hard to know which is theirs. So School children are helping older people to make them more beautiful and to encourage health boards to buy more colourful walking frames. BBC World Service: Health Check.

December 1, 2017. The care quality commissions inspectors found that during the twelve months up to march this year, 28,500 X-rays at the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth had not been properly reviewed by a radiologist, or an appropriately trained clinician. For some of the doctors who were reviewing the X-Raysthey felt they were not confident or competent enough do so. As a result, at least two eventually fatal cancer patients were missed. They blamed it on a shortage of radiologists. Patients should contact the hospital directly if they have any concerns. ITV News.

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