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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 16/9/16)

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.


E-cigarettes helped 18,000 people quit smoking in 2015 but long-term effects still unknown – Telegraph 

  • E-cigarettes may have helped 18,000 people quit smoking last year, but the long-term side-effects are still unknown, research has shown.
  • 8 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes
  • Analysis by University College London (UCL) and Cancer Research UK found that the rise in vaping has probably helped thousands to give up traditional cigarettes.


Motherless babies possible as scientists create live offspring without need for female egg – Telegraph 

  • Motherless babies could be on the horizon after scientists discovered a method of creating offspring without the need for a female egg
  • The landmark experiment by the University of Bath rewrites 200 years of biology teaching and could pave the way for a baby to be born from the DNA of two men.
  • Three generations of mice have already been created using the technique. They are fit and healthy and now researchers are planning to test out the theory using skin cells.


Sugar industry 'began blaming heart disease on fat as early as 1960s' – Telegraph 

  • The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease - in part by pointing the finger at fat - as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents.
  • The analysis, which was published earlier this week, is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University.
  • It marks the latest example of how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition.


What to eat in pregnancy: the new rules according to the experts – Telegraph 

  • Last month, scientists from King’s College London and the University of Bristol reported that a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy could alter a growing foetus’s DNA, leading to brain changes that raise the risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Advice for pregnant women is ever-changing and controversial
  • In July, a review in the journal ‘Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin’ said multivitamin supplements marketed to pregnant women were “an unnecessary expense”.


Nutritional experts reveal the UK's unhealthiest high street breakfasts – Independent 

  • A team of health analysts have revealed the unhealthiest high street chain breakfast in the UK.
  • Study reveals there is little difference between fast food chains and 'higher-end outlets' such as Pret
  • Dr Wayne Osborne and health website labelled Wetherspoons’ Large Breakfast as the most calorific, boasting 1531 calories.


Weekend lie-ins make you more tired, researcher claims – Independent 

  • Many see it as an essential at the end of a busy week but doctors have now warned against indulging in the weekend lie-in.
  • Researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute claim sleeping in late on Saturday and Sunday messes with the natural rhythms of your body making you feel worse rather than more rested.
  • Psychologist and sleep researcher Susanna Jernelov told The Local: “It’s partly because of our circadian rhythm, so when you sleep in later, it’s like giving yourself a bit of jet-lag and jet-lag makes you less bright and perky.”


Eating three rashers of bacon a day raises the risk of dying from heart disease, new study shows – Independent 

  • Review of previous research also concludes that it raises cancer mortality risk by eight per cent
  • The research by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, studied the dangers of eating red meat such as beef, veal, pork, lamb and mutton and processed varieties such as ham, sausages, bacon, frankfurters and salami.
  • It found that eating more than 100g of unprocessed meat a day also increases the risk of advanced prostate cancer and bowel cancer by 19 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.


Zika virus: Several people from Northern Ireland treated – BBC News 

  • Several people from Northern Ireland have been diagnosed with the Zika virus.
  • It is understood a person was treated as recently as last week.
  • It is believed those diagnosed with Zika had all travelled outside of Northern Ireland.


The many myths of back pain – BBC News 

  • Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and in the UK it is one of the main reasons people miss work.
  • As with anything so common, myths have developed over time about what causes it and how best to deal with it.
  • We know that the best way to tackle back pain is to keep moving, but if fear stops people from doing that recoveries can be hindered, or even reversed.