Friday, 16 February 2018

Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function

Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function

Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes.

The WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs is co-chaired by President Tabaré Vázquez of Uruguay; President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka; President Sauli Niinistö of Finland; Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation; and Sania Nishtar, former Federal Minister of Pakistan. via WHO news Read More Here..

What you need to know about bread

Ultra-processed foods have been linked to cancer - so should we be worried about eating bread? via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters

Many cases of seemingly sporadic ovarian cancer might actually be inherited from paternal genes. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Probe provides rapid lung investigation

Scientists develop technology that goes inside the lung to make fast diagnoses of infection. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Scientists have developed a lung probe that finds infections

The probe provides access deep inside a patient’s lung, which means doctors will be able to diagnose lung conditions much quicker and more accurately. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

'I have Parkinson's at 39 but it's no reason to panic'

Marathon runner Aaron found he had Parkinson's aged 39 but through his love of exercise he's found a way to combat the symptoms. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Is loneliness affecting your health?

BBC Radio 4 wants you to take part in an experiment on the extent and effects of loneliness via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Individualized, supportive care key to positive childbirth experience, says WHO

WHO has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions.

Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year. Most of these occur without complications for women and their babies. Yet, over the past 20 years, practitioners have increased the use of interventions that were previously only used to avoid risks or treat complications, such as oxytocin infusion to speed up labour or caesarean sections. via WHO news Read More Here..

Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'

French researchers studied effects of highly-processed foods, such as cakes, bread and chicken nuggets. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Lena Dunham undergoes hysterectomy after chronic pain

The Girls star reveals the pain of endometriosis led her to have surgery to remove her womb. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Statement of the Sixteenth IHR Emergency Committee Regarding the International Spread of Poliovirus

14 February 2017 – The sixteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 7 February 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference. via WHO news Read More Here..

'Xanax made my daughter an aggressive zombie'

A mum describes how she had her daughter arrested after she became violent because of the drug alprazolam. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

'Punished for a crime I hadn't committed'

Joanna is one of at least 9,000 non-smokers in the UK diagnosed with lung cancer every year. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Russian court rejects mother's adoption bid after breast surgery

A court took her two adopted boys from her after the surgery saying she identified herself as a man. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Pakistan gang 'stole spinal fluid from women'

The gang obtained the fluid from more than 12 women, including a teen, to sell on the black market. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Monday, 12 February 2018

US teacher dies after opting out of 'costly' flu medicine

The school teacher died after she chose not to take the medicine because of its price. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Josh Quigley cycled the world after surviving suicide

Josh Quigley rode over 10,000 miles to raise awareness of mental health issues after attempting to take his own life. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Transgender child: 'I think I'm a girl in a boy's body'

Keira Puddefoot, 13, who is transgender, was previously known as Lucas. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

New blood pressure guideline creates a new level of disease affecting people previously deemed healthy

From NEJM:

The guideline defines normal blood pressure as below 120/80 mm Hg and elevated blood pressure as 120 to 129. What is now called stage 1 hypertension was previously labeled “prehypertension” — a term meant to alert patients and to prompt physicians to provide lifestyle education

By reclassifying people formerly considered to have prehypertension as having hypertension, the guideline creates a new level of disease affecting people previously deemed healthy. According to this definition, about 46% of U.S. adults have hypertension, as compared with about 32% under the previous definition.

The guideline recommends daily sodium intake of less than 1500 mg — a goal that’s difficult for many people to achieve and that was derived from short-term studies.

The primary change in recommendations regarding pharmacologic therapy is the elimination of beta-blockers from first-line therapy for patients with primary hypertension.

Read more here:

Redefining Hypertension — Assessing the New Blood-Pressure Guidelines | NEJM http://bit.ly/2nVBJgJ via CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog More READ

Menstruation taboo

How a traditional final rites ritual exposed a generational divide. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Warning hundreds of fire deaths may be linked to skin creams

Skin creams containing paraffin are a fire risk, but most products do not contain a warning. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Schizophrenia patients calmed by video game

The patients learnt to use the technique in their daily lives to reduce the power of hallucinations. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Take sick children to pharmacies first, parents told

Visits to GPs and A&E for "self-treatable" conditions cost the service £850m a year, NHS England says. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Peter Rabbit film producers apologise over allergy scene

Sony Pictures "regrets" a scene in the film where bunnies pelt a character with blackberries. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Is social media causing childhood depression?

Do children spend too much time online and does social media use make them anxious and unhappy? via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Dorset schoolgirl 'lost confidence after fat letter'

A cricket-loving schoolgirl says she lost her passion for the sport after receiving the letter. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Weight Loss Without Exercise, Diet Alone

12 February 2018 Weight loss is supposedly simple math; if you expend more energy than you consume, you'll lose weight. The equation doesn't care much if you burn more, consume less, or combine both approaches. Unfortunately, the body doesn't always perform as a simple equation, but rather a complex system which reacts in ways [sometimes] counter to your own goals. Numerous studies have looked into the results of weight loss without exercise and have come to interesting conclusions.
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Dystonia chronic pain 'completely changed my life'

Ann Pierce-Jones used to be full of confidence but now lives "day-to-day" in chronic pain. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Why you should love your 'saggy boobs'

Blogger Chidera Eggerue wants women to celebrate breasts of all shapes and sizes. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Saturday, 10 February 2018

'I could've recovered from anorexia sooner'

A woman says it was only when she had therapy as an adult that she started to recover from anorexia. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Friday, 9 February 2018

Mum explains she kept teen pregnancy secret

Lucy Sherwood explains why she kept her pregnancy secret at the age of 15. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Sexual pain

One woman's story of a decade of wrongly diagnosed sexual pain has inspired a play - and with it, the hope that other women with sexual dysfunction can be helped. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

First human eggs grown in laboratory

The feat could lead to new ways of preserving women's fertility. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Thursday, 8 February 2018

What's going on in a toddler's brain?

Scientists want to find out more about how very young children develop a sense of self. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

US suicides 'spiked after Robin Williams's death'

There were 10% more US suicides than expected in the five months after the actor's death. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

The promising leukaemia trial treatment

Simon Cox reports on developments in the treatment of the most common form of leukaemia. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Food may influence cancer spread

Study slowed breast cancer spread by blocking the nutrient asparagine. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Rochelle Bugg's cancer blog for bereaved children

31-year-old Rochelle blogs to try and help other young people who have lost a loved one. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Winter Olympics: Soldiers replace security staff after norovirus outbreak

More than a thousand private guards are withdrawn at Pyeongchang as 41 suffer vomiting and diarrhoea. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Your choice of social media service/website/app may reveal your personality

This study from Germany present included 633 students.

Use of computer games was found to be negatively related to all personality and mental health variables: self-esteem, extraversion, narcissism, life satisfaction, social support and resilience.

The use of platforms that focus more on written interaction (Twitter, Tumblr) was linked to depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms.

In contrast, Instagram use, which focuses more on photo-sharing, was linked to positive mental health variables.

References:

What does media use reveal about personality and mental health? An exploratory investigation among German students http://bit.ly/2nxE7ef via CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog More READ

Over-training osteoporosis

Bobby Clay reveals how over-training led her to develop osteoporosis but she's now back running. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Airlines get tough on 'support pets'

Airlines are banning more animals, after rising requests to travel with emotional-support pets. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

E-cigarettes 'should be on prescription'

A review into e-cigarettes found they were far safer than smoking, Public Health England says. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

HPV vaccine offered to men who have sex with men in England

England is following Scotland and Wales, who have already introduced vaccination programmes for men. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Bowel cancer 'never crossed my mind' before diagnosis

Caroline Richards was just 34 when she was diagnosed, and is now raising awareness of the symptoms. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

The extraordinary healing powers of music

The US National Institutes of Health is exploring the relationship between music and the brain. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

Monday, 5 February 2018

Fentanyl: The synthetic opioid being bought on darknet

Robert Fraser died after taking what he thought was ecstasy, it turned out to be fentanyl. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

President Trump: NHS 'going broke and not working'

The UK health secretary hits back saying "all get care no matter the size of their bank balance". via BBC News - Health Read More Here..