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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 12/8/16)

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.


Change alcohol advice to show benefits of moderate drinking, Camra tells GovernmentIndependent

  • The Government is being urged to hold a new consultation on alcohol consumption, after a study showed that most people believe that drinking in moderation is part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • The campaign group points to scientific studies that show moderate drinking can protective against health problems including cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and certain forms of cancer
  • A survey of more than 2,000 adults revealed that over half disagreed with official health guidelines, and that they should be the same for men and women.


Research suggests being lazy is a sign of high intelligenceIndependent 

  • New research seems to prove the theory that brainy people spend more time lazing around than their active counterparts.
  • Results of the study revealed the thinking group were far less active than the non-thinkers
  • Findings from a US-based study seem to support the idea that people with a high IQ get bored less easily, leading them to spend more time engaged in thought.


Asthma pill could prove 'game-changer' for people with severe symptomsIndependent 

  • 'For me, it felt like a complete wonder drug and I can’t wait for it to be available,' says a trial patient
  • The medicine, Fevipiprant, is the first new asthma pill to be developed in 20 years – users still mostly use inhalers or steroids to relieve their symptoms.
  • But taking Fevipiprant twice daily was shown to “significantly decrease” asthma symptoms and improve lung function, reduce inflammation of the lungs and repair the lining of patient’s airways, according to scientists from the University of Leicester.


How turmeric became the spice of the summer - and why you should put it on your faceTelegraph

  • Still starting the day with a green juice? You might think it’s the height of healthsome fashion, but this summer, the drink to be sipping is a turmeric latte.
  • The vivid golden drink, made from cold-pressed turmeric juice and nut milk, first gained popularity in the States and Australia, but is now gaining a following in the UK as a healthy alternative to coffee
  • The trend follows turmeric emerging as the hottest superfood on the block - Google’s recent Food Trends report named the spice as the 'breakout star’ ingredient of the year, with internet searches rising 56 per cent since November


Warning over refillable water bottles: is yours harbouring dangerous bacteria?Telegraph 

  • According to new research, drinking from refillable water bottle can be “many times worse than licking your dog's toy” in terms of the amount of bacteria it will bring you into contact with.
  • “Based on the 12 water bottles we tested, we found that reusable drinking containers may be crawling with an alarming number of viable bacteria cells: more than 300,000 colony-forming units per square centimeter (CFU/sq cm),” Treadmill Reviews said.
  • Do you rinse your bottle after each use?


Cot deaths at record low as winters get warmer and pregnant women stop smokingTelegraph 

  • The number of cot deaths in England and Wales has fallen to the lowest number since records began, figures show.
  • In 2004 there were 207 sudden infant deaths. By 2014, the latest figures available, the number had dipped to 128, according to provisional data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
  • The decline is thought to be the result of warmer winters and a drop in smoking rates among pregnant women.


Round of house chores a day helps stave off five common killer diseasesTelegraph 

  • A round of housework each day significantly lowers the risk of developing five deadly diseases, scientists have said, but only if the stint is more than an hour longer than that currently recommended by the Government.
  • Around 90 minutes of moderate exercise reduces the chances of breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, a survey of 26 years’ data has found.
  • Published in the BMJ, the study recommends a rough daily recipe of 10 minutes’ stair climbing, vacuuming for 15 minutes, gardening for 20 minutes, running for 20 minutes and walking or cycling for 25 minutes.


More than a third of female students 'have mental health problems'BBC News

  • One in three female students in the UK has a mental health problem, a survey suggests.
  • This compared with about a fifth of male undergraduates, the YouGov survey of 1,061 students found.
  • Universities UK said institutions were working hard to develop good services that linked in with the NHS