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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 10/6/16)

Hello and welcome to our weekly round-up of news, views and stats from the world of Health Insurance and Health in general. Our aim is to give you a snapshot of what has been happening in the Health scene in the past 7 days, as reported by the National Media.


Women ‘nearly twice as likely to have anxiety’ as men – BBC News 

  • Women are nearly twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, a global review reveals.
  • Its authors from Cambridge University say that as well as women, young people under 35 and those with health problems are particularly affected.
  • The review of 48 published pieces of work says more research is needed to find out which other communities are at high risk.


Artificial Intelligence 'outsmarts cancer' – BBC News 

  • Early trial data shows a drug developed using artificial intelligence can slow the growth of cancer in clinical trials.
  • The data, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference, showed some tumours shrank by around a quarter.
  • Scientists said we were now in an explosive stage of merging advances in computing with medicine.


New blood test targets depression – BBC News 

  • UK scientists have developed a blood test to help doctors pick the best drug for patients with depression.
  • The blood test, described in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, is the culmination of years of investigation.
  • Experts also point out that medication is not the only answer when it comes to managing depression.


Harvard study links aspirin therapy and cancer prevention – Harvard Health 

  • A Harvard study published March 3, 2016, in JAMA Oncology adds to increasing evidence that aspirin is associated with a small reduction of overall cancer risk.
  • Researchers looked at aspirin use among almost 136,000 men and women in two studies over 32 years.
  • They noted that regular aspirin use—taking either a 325-mg tablet or an 81-mg tablet two or more times per week—was associated with a 3% reduction in cancers over all.


Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds – Guardian 

  • Scientists say finding is alarming, and shows that harm caused by air pollution to the lungs, heart and brain has been underestimated
  • Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide.
  • Valery Feigin, director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at Auckland University of Technology, said that the extent of the problem had taken researchers by surprise.


Force food firms to reduce salt and sugar content, charities urge – Guardian 

  • Alliance of top health charities also calls for mandatory smaller portions and other action to reduce early deaths by 250,000
  • The group also wants GPs to prescribe exercise for patients much more often, and the government to consider a blanket ban on alcohol advertising as part of a concerted drive to stop so many people dying early.
  • The Richmond Group, which represents 12 charities including Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF), is demanding “brave action” to stop 250,000 Britons suffering a preventable death by 2025.


Noel Edmonds: 'My dad died of ignorance, I got prostate cancer because of stress' – Telegraph 

  • Noel Edmonds' controversial comments about the cause/cure for cancer have sparked fierce debate on social media
  • In an interview on This Morning, the Deal or No Deal host said that his prostate cancer was cured by an electric magnetic pad costing £2,315, prompting fierce criticism from cancer survivors and patients.
  • A Twitter user, in conversation with Edmonds on Twitter this week, commented: "I think Noel Edmonds should stick to what he's good at. Presenting quiz shows and beard trimming, rather than curing cancer."


Married people more likely to survive cancer as their spouse will 'nag' them into going to the doctor – Telegraph 

  • Married people are far more likely to survive cancer than those who are single, research suggests.
  • A study of 60,000 people with a range of blood cancers found that on average those with a spouse were a fifth more likely to survive than those without.
  • Findings contrast with our conclusion in a blog post this month – “How Does Being Single Affect Your Health”. In that post, we surveyed that the studies and evidence and came to a mixed conclusion about singleness/marriage and health.