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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 27/5/16)

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.


Using your phone could give you cancer, says major new study – The Independent 

  • The scientific community has been divided on the issue since it was first raised in the early 1990s.
  • The report is an in-depth peer reviewed study conducted by the US government and represents a significant development in long running controversy over how mobile phones impact on users' health.
  • The study is thought to be one of the largest and most in-depth analyses of mobile phones and cancers, costing the US government $25 million to carry out over the course of several years.


'Long-lasting' sunscreens may be wearing off within hours and risk skin damage, watchdog says – From The Independent 

  • A number of popular ‘long-lasting’ sunscreens may not be providing the coverage they claim as they wear off within hours, a consumer watchdog has warned.
  • Four sunscreens were tested by Which?
  • Lisa Bickerstaffe, British Skin Foundation spokesperson, told The Independent that anyone exposed to strong suns should be vigilant about reapplying creams, regardless of claims.


Mum gives birth to ‘heaviest baby’ in India, weighing 15lb – BBC News

  • An Indian woman has given birth to a 15lb (6.8kg) baby girl that doctors say could possibly be the heaviest child ever born in the country.
  • The baby was born by Caesarean section
  • The infant weighs the same as a six-month-old in a country where new-born babies normally weigh 2.5-3.5kg.


Eating fruit during pregnancy could make your child smarter – From the Telegraph 

  • Child development experts in Canada found that women who eat fruit during their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to smarter children than those who do not, or eat very little fruit.
  • Benefits for high fruit diet had thought to be preventing Alzheimers or preventing weight gain, but now there could be a new benefit.
  • "We found that one of the biggest predictors of cognitive development was how much fruit mothers consumed during pregnancy. The more fruit they had, the higher their child's cognitive development." said the author of the study.


E-cigarettes are still ‘a bet’ and diseases may emerge within 10 or 20 years, warns Imperial College – The Telegraph 

  • Diseases caused by e-cigarettes could emerge within 10 or 20 years, researchers have warned as new figures showed the numbers of people vaping in Britain has nearly doubled in recent years.
  • “There are quite a few studies that show e-cigarettes have some health risks in the short term and we don’t know about the long-term.
  • "There may be a health benefit if they help people stop smoking which is worth the side effects. But we just don't know yet. We don't know what will happen in 10 or 20 years." – Dr Filippidis of Imperial College


Westerners red with envy at Burger King Japan’s Aka Burger – From The Drum 

  • Burger King Japan has again pushed the boundaries of fast food aesthetics, this time releasing a jarringly red 'Aka' burger range.
  • The Akas, which come with buns, cheese and Miso hot sauce are altered with powdered tomato extract.
  • They will retail only in Japan for a limited time with the Aka Samurai Beef burger available for ¥690 (£3.50).