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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 8/7/16)

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.

 

How to get a good night's sleep: The tips you need to knowTelegraph

  • Researchers have discovered a link between sleep and a woman's brain power.
  • Poor sleep affects one in three Brits
  • The academics, from the Max Planck Institute in Munich, found that a good night's sleep can boost women's intelligence - and that an afternoon nap has the same power for men.

 

The crazy, conflicting advice about when women should have childrenTelegraph 

  • Women are given conflicting advice over when to conceive
  • Leading experts think girls as young as nine should be given fertility tips to help them fall pregnant later in life.
  • The Telegraph says that that is “just the latest in a long line of confusing, conflicting - and often downright crazy - fertility 'advice' for women.”

 

Genes which raise risk of prostate cancer discovered by scientistsTelegraph 

  • Genes which raise the risk of prostate cancer have been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes that the disease could be caught early and treated more effectively through screening.
  • Nearly one in eight men who develop prostate cancer carry mutations in genes which repair damage to DNA.
  • As well as offering a new way to find those at risk of developing the disease, it also suggests that those men could be helped through new drugs which target those mutations.

 

Miracle baby defies the odds to reach first birthdayTelegraph 

  • A miracle baby who spent half of his life in hospital due to major heart defects has defied the odds to reach his first birthday.
  • Little Braydon Boyland celebrated the momentous milestone with his family on Monday after a gruelling year of surgeries and check-ups.
  • He was born with three heart defects and doctors had warned there was a one in four chance he would not survive his first surgery.

 

How much exercise do you need to do to lose weight?Independent 

  • The most significant health benefits come from minimal exercise - with more strenuous regimes providing fewer or no gains, a study has found.
  • The study contradict NHS guidelines for adults
  • The ‘lowest effective dose' - the smallest amount of exercise that can yield health benefits - was found to be 15 minutes of moderate exercise daily, amounting to 105 minutes weekly.

 

Meal portion guide reveals 80% of parents overfeed their childrenIndependent 

  • Nutritionists warn of more pre-school children at risk of obesity than ever before
  • A meal size guide for children and toddlers has been launched to encourage parents to cut portions.
  • Nutritionists warn more pre-school children are at risk of obesity than ever before.

 

Antidepressant and diabetes drugs prescriptions riseBBC News 

  • The latest data for England shows prescriptions for antidepressants and drugs to tackle diabetes have gone up.
  • But doctors are giving out fewer antibiotics, the Health and Social Care Information Centre report suggests.
  • Figures show that more than one billion prescriptions were issued by doctors and other health staff in 2015 - more than double compared to a decade ago.
  1. E.coli outbreak: salad may be to blameBBC News 
  • An outbreak of E. Coli affecting more than 100 UK people could be linked to eating contaminated mixed salad leaves, public health officials say.
  • To date, 109 people are known to have caught the bug - 102 in England, six in Wales and one in Scotland.
  • coli O157 infection can cause a range of symptoms, from mild diarrhoea to bloody diarrhoea with severe abdominal pain.