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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 30/9/16)

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.


One in six young people 'eat fast food twice a day'BBC News

  • One in six young people eat fast food twice a day, according to a survey of the nation's eating habits.
  • The BBC Good Food Nation Survey found that most people eat fast food on average on two days per week.
  • But in the 16 to 20-year-old category one in six ate fast food at least twice a day, with one in eight eating the same among 21 to 34-year-olds.


Common painkillers 'increase heart failure risk'BBC News

  • Taking a common kind of painkiller is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, a study suggests.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen and diclofenac, are commonly used to treat pain and inflammation.
  • The British Medical Journal study looked at 10 million people, aged 77 on average, who took the drugs.


Young women at 'highest mental health risk' BBC News 

  • Young women are the highest risk group in England for mental health problems, according to new data from NHS Digital.
  • One in five women reported a common mental disorder such as anxiety and depression in 2014, compared with one in eight men, according to the study of mental health and wellbeing.
  • Young women also have high rates of self-harm, and post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorders.


Prescribing holidays 'could help fight infections'BBC News 

  • Scientists are investigating whether prescribing holidays, music or a change of scene might boost our immune system and help us to fight off disease.
  • In tests on mice, they discovered that sprucing up their living space, with a running wheel, toys and a colourful box, did wonders for their T cells.
  • The Queen Mary University of London researchers said the same approach should be tested on humans.


Eating a Mediterranean diet ‘could help lower risk of heart disease’ in BritonsIndependent 

  • Britons who eat a Mediterranean diet could significantly lower their risk of developing heart disease, according to new research.
  • Around 12.5 per cent of cardiovascular deaths in the UK could potentially be avoided if British people switched to a Mediterranean diet, the study says
  • Traditionally, the Mediterranean diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and olive oil, low in red meats and has moderate quantities of dairy, fish, poultry and wine.


Health of more than 90% of world’s population affected by air pollution ‘emergency’, WHO says Independent 

  • More than nine out of every 10 people on the planet live in areas where air pollution breaches official safety limits – and millions of people are dying as a result, according to new research by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Almost all of England is above the WHO safety limit with places where the air is considered safe to breathe largely confined to the rural north-west and parts of Cornwall and Devon.
  • By contrast the vast majority of Scotland’s air is below the limits, except for the central belt, particularly Glasgow. Northern Ireland is also largely clear, apart from Belfast and a strip down the east coast.


Five fertility risks you may not have considered, from working in an office to being a chefIndependent

  • Both men and women can improve their fertility with lifestyle changes
  • As many as 3.5million people in the UK have infertility issues, and factors from age, to genetics and their environment can affect a person’s chance of conceiving.
  • Factors to consider working in a kitchen, using a laptop and cycling.


Living with animals is good for your health, study suggestsIndependent 

  • Growing up on a farm appears to be good for you, according to new study.
  • Adults who grew up on a farm were less likely to have allergies with the women also showing 'significantly higher' lung function
  • The academics commented on the remarkable “consistency” of the effect across 14 different countries, saying this supported the idea that it was due to some kind of “biological mechanism”.