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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 7/10/16)

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.


Omega-3 oils in farmed salmon 'halve in five years'BBC News 

  • Levels of beneficial omega-3 oils in farmed salmon have fallen significantly in the past five years, a study shows.
  • Despite this, the analysis shows that farmed salmon is still one of the richest sources of these fatty acids.
  • But the industry is exploring new ways to arrest the decline - which appears to be due to the type of feed given to the farmed fish.


Medical advances increase life expectancy but make people spend far more of their lives being illIndependent 

  • The health gains being made are masking a growing amount of illness, disability and deaths from non-communicable diseases
  • People are getting healthier, living longer – and spending more time with often debilitating illness and disability.
  • Death rates from communicable diseases have fallen sharply, adding to a major overall increase in life expectancy. But that extra time appears to be spent more and more unhealthily.


National Dyslexia Week: Why young people should embrace dyslexia, not hide from itIndependent 

  • Dyslexic entrepreneur Debra Charles explains how having a learning disability should not be a source of anxiety for new students starting university this term
  • We’re halfway through Dyslexia Awareness Week, which for me is an opportunity to highlight the positive attributes often ignored when people discuss this common so-called 'learning disability'.
  • There is also the government’s Disabled Students Allowance scheme, which can give you that financial boost for specialist equipment, such as computer software


Is it safe to eat 1,200 calories a day?Independent 

  • That's the potentially dangerous challenge thousands of people are setting themselves in pursuit of the perfect body.
  • Countless apparent fitness gurus swear by the saying "1,200 is plenty", while the indulgences of the holiday season have caused Google searches of “1,200 calories” to spike every January since 2005.
  • But restricting food can impact fertility and cause anxiety, a dietitian has warned.


October is best month to begin dieting, new research suggests Independent

  • October is the best month to start a diet, new research has suggested.
  • Due to negligible weight change during the summer months, most people are still at their lowest weight as autumn begins.
  • However, weight gained through over indulgence during the holiday season can take up to five months to lose, according to researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.


Scientists find possible link between depression and taking the pill Independent 

  • Women taking the pill have an increased risk of developing depression, a study has found, with teenagers facing an increased risk of 80 per cent.
  • The research by Danish academics found that the most popular type of pill, the combined oral contraceptive, increased the risks of a woman aged between 20 and 34 also being prescribed antidepressants by 23 per cent.
  • But among girls aged 15 to 19 the risk of depression while on the combined pill rose by 80 per cent – and by 120 per cent for those on the progestin-only pill.


Warning over alternative medicines danger for children after autistic boy, 4, hospitalised by supplementsTelegraph 

  • Doctors have warned of the dangers of alternative medicines after a four-year-old autistic boy was admitted to hospital suffering adverse effects from a cocktail of supplements.
  • The child, who was not named in a report of the incident, had been vomiting and constipated for three weeks
  • Police were even called to investigate a naturopath who had advised the family to give their son a combination of 12 different complementary therapies including calcium, vitamin D, camel milk and zinc


Seven in 10 deaths fuelled by diet and lifestyle factors, study findsTelegraph 

  • Bad diets and unhealthy lifestyles have become the biggest threat to life expectancy, fuelling seven in 10 deaths, a major Lancet study has found.
  • The research on almost 200 countries found that increases in life expectancy - achieved thanks to improvements in sanitation and immunisation - are being eroded by the global obesity crisis.
  • The Global Burden of Disease study gathered data on 249 causes of death, 315 diseases and injuries and 79 risk factors in 195 countries and territories between 1990 and 2015.