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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 23/9/16)

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.


Four in 10 children not going to dentist, NHS figures showBBC News 

  • More than 40% of children in England did not see a dentist last year, NHS statistics show - a figure the British Dental Association says is embarrassing.
  • The BDA said regular dental check-ups were the key to preventing tooth decay in children and urged the government to invest in educating the public.
  • Tooth decay remains the most common reason young children go to hospital.


Period pain affects 'most women workers'BBC News 

  • Most women workers have experienced period pain that affects their ability to work, a survey suggests.
  • A YouGov survey of 1,000 women for BBC Radio 5 live's Emma Barnett programme found 52% had, but only 27% had told their boss period pain was responsible.
  • Nine out of 10 of the women reported having period pain at some point.


Childhood vaccinations 'down again'BBC News 

  • The percentage of under-twos in England receiving most routine vaccinations is down slightly for the third year in a row, NHS figures show.
  • Uptake of the first dose of measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given at around one-year-old has also fallen - to 91.9% coverage in 2015-16.
  • MMR coverage has been falling in recent years, the NHS Digital data shows.


Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100BBC News 

  • Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade.
  • At a press conference in San Francisco, they said their ultimate goal was to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century".
  • Tech leaders are increasingly turning their attention to health.


'Hangover-free alcohol’ could replace all regular alcohol by 2050, says David NuttIndependent 

  • The new drink, known as 'alcosynth', is designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol but doesn’t cause a dry mouth, nausea and a throbbing head
  • The Imperial College Professor and former government drugs advisor told The Independent he has patented around 90 different alcosynth compounds.
  • Two of them are now being rigorously tested for widespread use, he said – and by 2050, he hopes alcosynth could completely replace normal alcohol.


Red wine could boost brain power due to compound found in grapes, scientists believeIndependent 

  • Northumbria University is seeking volunteers to test the effects of consuming resveratrol, which is found in red grapes' skin.
  • The team believes the substance may boost mental function by increasing blood flow to the brain and wants to test the theory with the help of healthy volunteer subjects.
  • A study on people aged 18-35 has already been carried out, with some participants demonstrating improved performance when their mental function was tested.


Say goodbye to the avocado: why aubergines are the next big superfood Telegraph

  • Kale, avocado, cauliflower and salads have all been replaced as the hottest ingredient in the kitchen by an unlikely, hitherto unsung hero: the humble aubergine.
  • Aubergine’s resurgence is mainly thanks to the Middle Eastern food trend, spearheaded by Yotam Ottolenghi.
  • Indeed, aubergines are so in vogue right now, vegans are using them to make (pardon the ghastly portmanteau) “fakon”, or fake bacon.


Living with a partner can halve risk of becoming overweight, study findsTelegraph 

  • Living with a partner can half the risk of becoming overweight for people at risk from unhealthy lifestyles, new research suggests.
  • A study of patients with type 2 diabetes revealed that those who cohabited with a spouse or partner had approximately 50 per cent less risk of being above the 25 body-mass index (BMI) thresholds than patients who do not, regardless of their gender.
  • The study by Yokohama City University tracked 270 patients with type 2 diabetes over six years