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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 17/6/16)

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.


Cancer risk from coffee downgraded – BBC News 

  • The cancer risk of coffee has been downgraded, with experts concluding there is inadequate evidence to suggest it causes the disease.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, had classed coffee as "possibly" carcinogenic since 1991.
  • But the expert group has now decided there is insufficient evidence to say whether it causes cancer or not

Record 12,208 people with dementia reported missing in Japan – Guardian 

  • National Police Agency reports increase of 1,452 from 2015 as country tries to tackle challenges posed by super-ageing society
  • The over-64s already comprise just over a quarter of its 128 million population.
  • Japan is at the forefront of devising ways to tackle the challenges posed by a super-ageing society, including the stigma attached to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.


A brisk 15-minute walk a day lowers death risk for older adults – Telegraph 

  • Older adults need only walk briskly for 15 minutes a day to cut their risk of dying early, a new study has shown.
  • Just 15 minutes of exercise a day was found to lower the risk of death by 22 per cent over the 12 year study period.
  • Other activities which count towards the 15 minute a day goal include weeding the garden, tennis or cycling.

More than 500 children with Type 2 diabetes - just 16 years after first ever case – Telegraph 

  • More than 500 children in England and Wales are now suffering from type 2 diabetes, just 16 years after the first reported case.
  • The figures in the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit have been branded a “wake-up call for the nation”, as the Government faces calls to tackle the rising levels of childhood obesity which is fuelling the diabetes surge.
  • Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 is largely preventable and is closely linked to lifestyle, in particular diet.


Porridge may protect against cancer, Harvard study suggests – Telegraph 

  • A large bowl of porridge each day may protect against death from cancer, the biggest ever analysis of the benefits of whole grains has shown.
  • Oats have long been considered a super-food, staving off illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.
  • But now a major review by Harvard University has found that whole grains also seem to prevent early death and lower the chance of dying from cancer.

Tai chi may be as good as physical therapy for arthritis-related knee pain – Harvard Health 

  • Boston researchers published a recent study in a major journal detailing their work with 200 adults with painful osteoarthritis.
  • The tai chi group improved more than the physical therapy control group in measures of depression, in certain measures of quality of life, as well as knee pain.
  • The improvements the participants saw by 12 weeks lasted for a full year.

World Blood Donor Day 2016: How to donate blood in the UK – Independent

  • On Tuesday last week, World Blood Donor Day was encouraging people to donate blood - an essential liquid in the healthcare system allowing medical procedures we take for granted to take place.
  • Blood donation is a simple, virtually painless process that takes less than an hour to complete but the number of donors must be rapidly increased to ensure a reliable supply of blood for those who depend on it.
  • Anyone between the age of 17 and 66 can donate blood as long as they are fit and healthy and weigh more than seven stone 12 lbs. Those over 70 who have donated within the last two years may continue to do so.

Heart disease is not caused by high cholesterol so taking statins is 'waste of time', research finds – Independent

  • Research findings prompt row over efficacy and prescription of cholesterol-busting statins
  • An international team of scientists reviewed 19 previous studies, involving 68,000 people, and said they found no link between high levels of LDL cholesterol, the so-called “bad cholesterol”, and heart disease in the over-60s.
  • The authors have called for a re-evaluation of statin prescriptions, saying “the benefits from statin treatment have been exaggerated”.