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.
Being overweight and having a large waistline increases risk of prostate cancer – The Guardian
- Every 4in (10cm) increase in waistline raises risk of developing fatal cancer by 18%, University of Oxford study finds
- The risk of being killed by a fatal strand of the disease also rises if a man has a high body mass index (BMI), the report said.
- The study, by scientists at the University of Oxford, examined more than 140,000 men across eight countries with a mean age of 52 years.
Organic food is no healthier than normal produce, professor says – Telegraph
- Organic food is not better than other produce in Britain because food standards are already so high, a leading expert in food sustainability has said.
- "I think the main reason that people eat organic is they feel they are contributing in some way to doing something. Feeling powerful about food.” said Professor Fresco, author of Hamburgers in Paradise
- A review of 237 studies on organic food in 2012 by Stanford University found that there was no evidence that going organic boosted health, although it seemed to taste better. Perhaps the placebo effect in place?
'I assumed he was being scatty': My husband was diagnosed with dementia at 50 – Telegraph
- While there are some 850,000 people living with some form of dementia in the UK, just five per cent of sufferers are under 65, which makes Chris’s story all the more moving.
- In hindsight, she says, the signs had been there for a while before his diagnosis. She had taken to calling her husband Victor Meldrew, thanks to his sudden mood swings: aggression being a typical symptom of dementia.
- Dementia is a loose term used to describe different degenerative disorders that trigger a gradual loss of brain function - thinking, remembering and reasoning.
New study says that it’s okay to let babies cry at night – Harvard Health Publications
- Many new parents worry about their baby crying at night. As they listen to them cry, new parents wonder, Will this make her too stressed? Will it damage her emotionally? Will it ruin our relationship?
- A new study in the Journal Pediatrics concludes that it’s ok to let your baby cry.
- The Advice from Harvard is: If your baby is waking up crying at night, talk to your doctor. There are lots of reasons babies cry at night. But if your doctor tells you that everything is okay, don’t feel that you have to respond to every single cry.
Paranoia 'reduced with virtual reality' – BBC News
- Patients who suffered persecutory delusions were encouraged to step into a computer-generated Underground train carriage and a lift.
- The study was led by Prof Daniel Freeman, a clinical psychologist at Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry. He told the BBC: "At the heart of paranoia is the unfounded belief that people are under threat.
- "With virtual reality we can help the person to re-learn that they are safe, and when they do that, the paranoia melts away."