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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 18/11/16)

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.


Terminally ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body – BBC News 

  • A 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be preserved, in case she could be cured in the future, won a historic legal fight shortly before her death.
  • The girl, who was terminally ill with a rare cancer, was supported by her mother in her wish to be cryogenically preserved - but not by her father.
  • She wrote to the judge explaining that she wanted "to live longer" and did not want "to be buried underground".


Australian woman gets pregnant twice in 10 days BBC News 

  • An Australian woman who was told she might never become pregnant says she has given birth to twins conceived 10 days apart.
  • She apparently conceived twins at different times despite only having unprotected sex once during that time.
  • It is very rare for a woman to conceive a second time when already pregnant.


Molecules found on phones reveal lifestyle secrets – BBC News 

  • Molecules found on mobile phones reveal an astonishing amount about the owner's health and lifestyle - including their food preferences and medication.
  • Californian scientists found traces of everything from caffeine and spices to skin creams and anti-depressants on 40 phones they tested.
  • We leave traces of molecules, chemicals and bacteria on everything we touch.


Ambulance worker gives birth in car near Wolverhampton – BBC News 

  • An emergency services worker who refused to call an ambulance after her waters broke gave birth at the roadside.
  • The 35 year old gave birth to son William on the way to New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.
  • Sarah, who works for West Midlands Ambulance Service, was told she was in early labour and to go home when she first went to hospital with husband Stuart, 40, on Friday.


Infants' brains attuned to baby talk and nursery rhymes – BBC News 

  • Researchers in Cambridge believe that babies learn best when their brain waves are in sync with their parents'.
  • The research indicates that babies need to feel safe, secure and loved for brain connections to be properly formed to enable them to learn effectively.
  • The findings are emerging from a baby brain scanning project at Cambridge University.

Alcohol-linked cancer deaths could reach 7,000 a year by 2035, study suggests – Independent 

  • Around 135,000 people will die from cancer caused by alcohol over the next 20 years, costing the NHS £2 billion, figures show.
  • Of those 7000 deaths a year, 3,674 will be oesophageal cancer, 1,369 will be bowel cancer and 835 will be breast cancer
  • The report also forecasts there will be more than 1.2 million hospital admissions for cancer caused by drinking over the 20 years, which will cost the NHS £100 million, on average, every year.


'I felt like I was going mad': The nightmarish side effects women experience on the pill – Independent 

  • Millions of women use contraceptives, but it can wreak havoc on the bodies of some
  • Easy to take and non-invasive, the pill is one of the most popular forms of contraception. But the side-effects can be a pot-luck depending on the individual.
  • Common side-effects include nausea, headaches, increased appetite and weight gain


Glass of wine before cigarette 'can prevent damage' – Independent 

  • Wine prevented the release of micro-particles from artery walls which indicate smoking damage
  • The vino contains chemicals that protect against short-term damage to the lining of blood vessels, a study suggests.
  • Scientists investigated the effects of smoking on the blood and arteries of 20 healthy-non-smokers who volunteered to inhale from three cigarettes.