Glasgow more polluted than London, WHO says

Glasgow more polluted than London, says World Health Organization

  • Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – Glasgow is one of the most polluted parts of the UK, an air quality report has shown.The World Health Organization (WHO) said it had tested 51 towns and cities for fine sooty particles linked to heart disease and premature death.Glasgow had…
  • In total, 44 towns and cities across the UK failed the WHO’s air quality test.The organisation was measuring particles that were smaller than 2.5 microns across – known as PM2.5s.Outdoor air pollution is estimated to cause 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK and cost the country ÂŁ22.6bn.Health impactDr…
  • “This is a really direct and tangible impact on UK health from the drivers of climate change, and taking action on air quality should be a priority.
  • “The authors acknowledged that European Union air quality guidelines were far less stringent than those of the WHO, with an upper safety limit for PM2.5s of 25 micrograms per cubic metre.
  • Diesel-powered vehicles, which generate pollution particles, were one of the “key drivers” of poor air quality, Dr Hillman said.

The World Health Organization says 44 towns and cities in the UK failed its air quality test.
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Alzheimer’s may be able to spread through blood transfusions

Alzheimer’s may be able to spread through blood transfusions

  • Now a study has found that an Alzheimer’s protein can spread between mice that share a blood supply, causing brain degeneration.
  • Now a study has found that, when a healthy mouse is conjoined with a mouse with Alzheimer’s plaques, it will eventually start to develop plaques of beta-amyloid protein in its own brain.
  • Song’s team conducted their study on mice with a gene that makes the human version of beta-amyloid, because mice don’t naturally develop Alzheimer’s.
  • The team then surgically attached mice with this Alzheimer’s-like condition to healthy mice without the beta-amyloid gene, in a way that made them share a blood system.
  • It is the first time that beta-amyloid has been found to enter the blood and brain of another mouse and cause signs of Alzheimer’s disease, says Song.

A protein might be capable of spreading Alzheimer’s through blood transfusions and surgical equipment, but we don’t know yet how much of a risk this is
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No surgery for smokers or the obese: Policy in UK stirs debate

A local UK health group will delay or deny routine surgery to obese patients and smokers

  • For an indefinite amount of time, it plans to ban access to routine, or non-urgent, surgery under the National Health Service until patients “improve their health,” the policy states, claiming that “exceptional clinical circumstances (will) be taken into account on a case-by-case basis.”
  • Other groups in the UK have implemented similar policies, but patients eventually get surgery if they are unable to lose weight or stop smoking, they said.
  • CCGs are National Health Service bodies that plan health care services for their areas, and the groups for Hertfordshire argue that improving health before surgery improves outcomes and reduces the amount of time spent in the hospital during recovery, helping the patient — and the health service budget.
  • ‘Best interests of the whole patient population’ – – “The consultation proposals were developed by local (general practitioners) and public health doctors, with the best interests of the whole patient population of our area in mind,” said Dr. Hari Pathmanathan, a Hertfordshire practitioner and chairman of the East and North…
  • In response, the East and North Hertfordshire CCG provided National Health Service reports highlighting the need for doctors to optimize the health of their patients for the best results from enhanced recovery after surgery and showing that medical triggers have been shown to promote long-term behavior change, such as changes…

One local health group in the UK is adopting a policy that delays or denies routine surgery indefinitely to patients who smoke or are obese.
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Vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks

  • Browse our interactive map to track outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases around the globe.
  • The map uses information published by news, governments and global health organisations to plot outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease over time, including measles, mumps, polio, rubella and whooping cough (pertussis).
  • Originally created and published by the US-based Council on Foreign Relations in 2008, this interactive tool is widely recognised by the global health community for its role in raising awareness of the continued prevalence of easily preventable diseases.
  • Learn more about important health issues at www.cfr.org/health.

The map uses information published by news, governments and global health organisations to plot outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease over time, including measles, mumps, polio, rubella and whooping cough (pertussis). Originally created and published by the US-based Council on Foreign Relations in 2008, this interactive tool is widely recognised by the global health community for its role in raising awareness of the continued prevalence of easily preventable diseases.
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South Africans holds #BlackMonday protests over farm murders

  • Image copyright – Zel Athena Archer – – – – Demonstrators are blocking motorways in South African in protest at the murder of white farmers.
  • People have been posting their pictures on Instagram:The BBC’s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg says the protests are already causing racial divisions after some demonstrators were seen carrying the flag from the apartheid era, when South Africa was governed by its white minority and black people were not allowed to vote.Arts…
  • The protest comes three days after two white farmers were sentenced to more than 10 years in prison each for forcing a black man into a coffin.
  • They intend to appeal against the sentence.Those behind the protests have urged people to wear black:While most photos appear to show only white protestors, some show a racial mix:Why now?The protest was organised to show outrage at the killings of farmers, especially after the death of a white farmer in…
  • The fact-checking site Africa Check found back in 2013 that white people in South Africa are less likely to be murdered than any other racial group.The spokesman for the priority crime police unit, known as the Hawks, Brigadier Hangwani Mlaudzi told the BBC’s Milton Nkosi that the police did not…

White farmers in South Africa block motorways in a protest against murders.
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FDA moves to revoke soy health claim

The FDA is questioning the claim that soy protein reduces heart disease risk

  • “We are proposing a rule to revoke a health claim for soy protein and heart disease,” said a statement from Susan Mayne, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • “For the first time, we have considered it necessary to propose a rule to revoke a health claim because numerous studies published since the claim was authorized in 1999 have presented inconsistent findings on the relationship between soy protein and heart disease.”
  • The FDA has been evaluating health claims on packaged foods since 1990, it said.
  • Mayne was careful to note that there is still evidence that shows a benefit between soy protein and heart disease, however, “the totality of currently available scientific evidence calls into question the certainty of this relationship,” she said.
  • If it does, the FDA said, a qualified health claim , which requires less scientific evidence, may be permitted if the agency feels there is evidence to support one.

The US Food and Drug Administration called into question the health claim that soy protein reduces heart disease risk, proposing a rule to revoke the claim.
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The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

  • Image copyright – Supplied – – – – A cancer charity has appointed a digital nurse to combat “fake news” online, which they say leaves patients “scared and at risk of bogus cures”.
  • Sugar gives you cancer – – – – – – – Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – – Image caption – – Some people mistakenly believe that sugar can give you cancer – – – – Ellen said some patients misguidedly think sugar causes cancer.
  • “There’s no way you can take sugar out of your diet completely,” she said.Vitamin C cures cancerEllen said: “I had a call once where a couple had been to a clinic and paid lots of money to be treated with vitamin C, which they were told could cure cancer.”
  • In fact, half of all cancer cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over.
  • But in recent decades, it is young people who are having the greatest increase in being affected.Sharks don’t get cancer – – – – – – – Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – – Image caption – – A great nurse shark was found to have skin…

A cancer charity said myths online leave patients “scared and at risk of bogus cures”.
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