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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 26/8/16)

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.


Certain carbohydrates do not make you gain weight; research says – Independent 

  • Carbohydrates have largely been shunned by the health-conscious in recent years but certain kinds do not actually cause weight gain, research has indicated.
  • White rice and potatoes are healthier if prepared in certain way
  • "Carbohydrates per se will not make us gain weight. Certain fibres that we get from carbohydrates can be of benefit to us." commented consultant dietician Rebecca McManamon, from the British Dietetic Association.


Being the primary breadwinner is bad for men's happiness and health, study finds – Independent 

  • Men who provide the majority of their family’s income take a hit to their health and psychological wellbeing, new research has found.
  • 'Men don't get any brownie points for being a breadwinner, it's just the status quo,' says sociologist Christin Munsch
  • Data gathered over 15 years from a group of men and women in heterosexual marriages showed men’s levels of health and happiness declined when they took on more financial responsibility than their partner.


Humans caught the common cold from camels, scientists discover – Independent 

  • The first human to catch a cold appears to have got it from a camel, according to new research.
  • Experts warn the success of the cold virus in spreading across the world shows the potential for a pandemic by the deadly MERS virus, which also came from camels
  • Researchers at the University Hospital of Bonn in Germany had been investigating MERS when they made the unexpected discovery.


Viruses 'more likely to lead to infection' in the morning, says report – Independent 

  • Viruses are 10 times more likely to cause illness in their victims if the infection is contracted in the morning, and late nights increase the impact even further, according to a study by the University of Cambridge.
  • Infections also likely to have greater impact on those who do late night shifts
  • The findings could help governments decide the best course of action when pandemics break out


Sugar tax: Government plans criticised as ‘feeble’ while food bosses say measures are too tough – Independent 

  • The Government is set to kick-start its long-awaited campaign to combat obesity amid an outcry from health campaigners that is “feeble” compared with what was expected, and protests from the food and drinks industry that it is far too tough.
  • The food and drinks industry’s involvement in the campaign will be voluntary, and only if it fails to reach the targets set will the Government consider using ‘other levers’
  • Theresa May is understood to have overruled what she considers to be symptoms of a “nanny state”.


Concerns raised over teenage pregnancy 'magic dolls' – BBC News 

  • Teenage pregnancy prevention programmes which use "magic dolls" to simulate the needs of a new baby do not work, according to a study in The Lancet.
  • Some teenage pregnancy education programmes involve 'magic dolls' being looked after for a weekend
  • Similar programmes are used in schools in 89 countries, including the US.


Barbecued rare burgers 'pose food poisoning risk' – BBC News 

  • The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to eat burgers that are pink in the middle, to avoid the risk of food poisoning at summer barbecues.
  • It says cases of food poisoning double in summer months - in part due to undercooked meat.
  • Officials say burgers must be cooked until they are steaming hot all the way through.


Depression: A revolution in treatment? – BBC News 

  • It's not very often we get to talk about a revolution in understanding and treating depression and yet now doctors are talking about "one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry for the last 20 years".
  • It is based around the idea that some people are being betrayed by their fiercest protector. That their immune system is altering their brain.
  • But many don't respond to existing therapies and so some scientists are now exploring a new frontier - whether the immune system could be causing depression.