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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 1/7/16)

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.


Infertility: Fifth of women between 35 and 44 take longer than a year to conceive Independent 

  • Almost a fifth of women aged 35 to 44 have struggled to conceive, with those settling down later in life more likely to report infertility, a large study suggests.
  • Research also found university-educated women were more likely to have problems conceiving
  • Jessica Datta, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who led the research, said: “Our research has implications for women pursuing careers in an uncertain labour market.

Smartphone contraceptive apps rarely work and can cause unplanned pregnancy, scientists warn – Independent 

  • Women are at risk of having unplanned pregnancies by using menstrual cycle apps in place of traditional conception, new research has warned.
  • The apps were initially designed to help couples conceive, but many women are using the fertility tracking information as a form of contraceptive instead
  • The apps use the dates of a woman’s period, her temperature and other symptoms to determine fertility levels.


Is it safe to put your baby in a box? The facts about cot death – Telegraph

  • New parents are given cardboard boxes for their baby
  • It takes its inspiration from a Finnish scheme, where state funded boxes have been supplied to new mothers for 75 years, and are credited with the significant reduction in baby deaths from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) or 'cot death' as it's widely known.
  • However, claims that these boxes reduce SIDS rates need unpicking, say the Telegraph


10,000 cases of skin cancer a year for ‘sun, sea and sangria’ generation – Telegraph 

  • The rise of package holidays has contributed to a huge increase in skin cancer among middle-aged and older people, new figures show.
  • 10,000 people aged 55 and over are diagnosed with melanoma each year in Britain
  • Cancer Research UK said the ‘sun, sea and sangria’ generation were finally paying the cost of decades of cheap package holidays, and the desire for deep tans.


Lowest ever level of teen drinking bucks overall trend – Telegraph

  • Underage drinking among modern social media-obsessed teenagers has fallen to its lowest level since records began.
  • Drinking among teenagers under 16 has been in steep decline since 2003, having hovered at around 60% for the previous 15 years.
  • Academics have argued that the downward trend, which is mirrored by rates of drug taking and teenage pregnancy, is due to teenagers spending less physical time in each other’s company and more on social media.


Butter not bad for health…but what you spread it on might be – Telegraph 

  • Butter is a middle of the road food unlikely to do much harm or much good
  • Butter is not that bad for health but may have earned a bad reputation because it so often spread on unhealthy foods, such as white bread, new research suggests.
  • A review of nine studies involving more than 600,000 people found that butter was only weakly associated with total mortality, and not linked to cardiovascular disease at all. It even seemed to protect, slightly, against diabetes.

Is the tide finally turning in favour of home births? – Telegraph 

  • The majority of UK births still take place in hospitals rather than at home, but this may be slowly changing
  • The 28-year-old model Lily Cole gave birth to Wylde at home in London with her partner, as she had wanted. But Cole's is a rare home-birth success story in the current maternity landscape.
  • "The system has to change," says midwife Annie Francis. "It is fragmented, women are unhappy in it, midwives are unhappy in it and we don't get good outcomes."