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We update this page every friday with the past weeks health news articles, curating 5 – 10 a week depending on the news released and covering the latest studies, research and cutting edge findings.

We like to think of this page as a go to place to get weekly updates of the most interesting, informative, trustworthy and current health news from around the web.

 

Health News Articles – August 2016

Week 1

1. Do the roots of laughter originate from Smiling baby monkeys?

baby monkey

Researchers at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute believe that the spontaneous smiles that chimp infants display when snoozing can be considered as the evolutionary origin of human smiles and laughter.

The studies author Masaki Tomonaga states…

About a decade ago we found that chimp infants also display spontaneous smiles, Since we see the same behavior in more distant relatives, we can infer that the origin of smiles goes back at least 30 million years, when old world monkeys and our direct ancestors diverged.

Read the full story at Kyoto University

 

2. Brains of Obese people ’10 years older’ than lean counterparts

brains

Research led by the University of Cambridge has found that from middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals 10 years their senior.

White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions.

Read full report at University of Cambridge

 

Health news July 2016

Week 4

1. Peoples noses reveal a new class of Antibiotics

snot Antibiotics

Researchers at the University of Tubingen looked to the human body to try and find a new class of antibiotics, avoiding the usual route of soil (Nearly all antibiotics were discovered in soil bacteria) and their findings are fascinating.

By analysing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, the resulting drug, lugdunin was found which could treat superbug infections.

Read the full report at BBC Health

 

2. Inflatable Bounce Houses – as bad as a parked hot car

parked hot car

A study by the University of Georgia has revealed that Heat safety issues in closed inflatable bounce houses can put children at risk.

Creating a microclimate environment similar to a parked car when hot can cause serious injuries to children.

Read the full story at the University of Georgia

 

Week 3

1. Child development – Dads play key role

dads key role

A new study has found some of the most conclusive evidence to date of fathers’ importance to children’s outcomes.

Research showed that fathers play a huge role in their children’s development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills as they grow…

Read full story at the Michigan State University

 

2. Sepsis should be treated as urgently as heart attacks

immune system

Experts estimate that between 5,000 and 13,000 deaths a year could be avoided, if doctors consider sepsis early on when treating patients unwell with infections.

Sepsis is caused when the body’s immune system over reacts to infection and can lead to severe organ failure and death if not treated early.

Read the full story and BBC Health

 

3. Major driver of human evolution – Viruses!

evolution

In an amazing new study researchers have found that a mind blowing 30 % of all protein adaptations since humans’ divergence with chimpanzees have been driven by viruses!

Big-data analysis was used to reveal the full extent of viruses’ impact on the evolution of humans…

Read full story at Genetics Society of America

 

4. Obesity Risk cut by early bedtime for preschool children

child obesity

Data obtained from 977 children who were part of the study of early child care and youth development found that pre school children who are in bed and asleep by 8 p.m. are far less likely to become obese teenagers.

Read the full health news article at Ohio state university

 

Week 2

1. Rising rates of Syphilis and gonorrhoea

sexual disease

Public Health England  have just released data showing that the sexually transmitted infections Syphilis and gonorrhoea are continuing to rise in England.

Between 2012 and 2015, cases of syphilis increased by 76%, from 3,001 to 5,288, while gonorrhoea infections rose by 53%, from 26,880 to 41,193, data reveals.

Read the full story at BBC Health

 

2. Infertility – possible link to HHV-6A infection of the uterus

fertilization

Italian researchers have published a new study and found signs that make them beleive HHV-6A is implicated in female infertility.

They found that HHV-6A in the uterine biopsies of 43% of women with unexplained infertility compared to 0% of controls.

Read full health news article at HHV-6 Foundation

 

3. Data shows Viral hepatitis ‘kills as many as Aids or TB’

hepatitis-b-virus

Research in the Lancet suggests that Viral hepatitis has a death toll matching Aids or tuberculosis and is one of the worlds biggest killers, they also estimate it led to 1.45m deaths in 2013.

Comparing it to World Health Organization data for Aids-related deaths in 2014 of which there were 1.2m deaths, while TB led to 1.5m deaths.

Viral hepatitis spreads through contact with infected bodily fluids or through contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B and C being the biggest killer, causing serious liver damage and predispose people to liver cancer.

Read the full story at BBC Health

4. Autism – New neurons reveal clues

Image Credit – SALK

A new study co-led by Salk Institute scientists found that early on in the life of some people with autism spectrum disorder, their brains grow faster than usual.

A cutting-edge stem cell technique was used to unravel the mechanisms driving the mysterious phenomenon of excess brain growth, affecting as many as 30% of people with autism.

They managed to turn skin cells from people with autism spectrum disorder into neurons. A very interesting read…

Read full story at SALK institute 

 

Week 1

1. Small doses of Anti-HIV drug might help treat Alzheimer’s

Alzheimers

A team of researchers led by Irina Pikuleva of Case Western Reserve University, looked into the drug Efavirenz and its effectiveness as an treatment for Alzheimer’s.She says…

The evidence strongly suggests, at doses a hundred times lower than prescribed for treating HIV, efavirenz might be an effective therapy for stimulating cholesterol turnover from the brain and slowing or preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Read the full article at The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

 

2. Social workers stress levels & job performance studied

stress at work

The Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) has examined the relationship between the ability to manage emotions in oneself and others with stress.

It tried to assess if burnout rates would reduce over time if emotional intelligence training was supplied to social workers.

Read the full story at the University of East Anglia

 

3. Immune system can fight disease by attacking itself

immune system t-helper-cell

In the war on Pemphigus vulgarise, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have refined the technique of using the immune system as a way of fighting disease by changing the T-cells targeting mechanism, so they attacked only the part of the immune system causing it.

Pemphigus vulgarise causes severe blistering of the skin as well as the lining of the mouth, where some B-cells start producing antibodies which then attack the glue holding skin cells together.

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

4. Increase in Kidney disease linked to Air Pollution

air pollution

Respiratory and cardiovascular diseases have long been linked to air pollution but now a new study indicates that it also likely causes damage to the kidneys.

Dr. Hou from the Southern Medical University, in Guangzhou, China states that…

Our primary finding is that the frequency of membranous nephropathy has doubled over the last decade in China. We show that the increase corresponds closely with the regional distribution of particulate air pollution

Read more in the article, entitled “Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution and Increased Risk of Membranous Nephropathy in China,” at http://jasn.asnjournals.org/

 

5. A mild electrical current for better sight

better eyesight

According to a Vanderbilt University study, applying a mild electrical current to stimulate the visual cortex of the brain for just 20 minutes, can improve vision for about two hours.

Those tested with worse vision saw the most improvement.

Co-author Geoff Woodman, associate professor of psychology said…

Could we make someone’s vision better—not at the level of the eye, like Lasik or glasses, but directly at the level of the brain?

Read the full story at the University of Vanderbilt

 

 

Health news June 2016

Week 4

1. Children’s Health Endangered by Fossil Fuel Combustion

fossil fuel

The University of Columbia has identified the root cause of much of the health problems of children today as fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution.

They say that children now bear a disproportionate burden of disease due to their inherent biological vulnerability.

The single most important action we can take for our children and their future is to cure our addiction to fossil fuel” said Perera, a professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School.

Read the full story at the University of Columbia

 

2. Possible Cancer Prevention from Broccoli Sprout Extract

Broccoli

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partnered with UPMC CancerCenter today announced that a new study showed that Broccoli sprout extract protects against oral cancer in mice and proved tolerable in a small group of healthy human volunteers.

Read the full story at the University of Pittsburgh

 

3. Up to 50% of people living in the UK suffer constant pain

chronic pain

In a new study of data combining 19 studies (involving around 140,000 people) to try and get a “best estimate” for chronic pain it was found that between a third and a half of UK adults experience pain that lasts for more than 3 months.

So they estimate around 28m people in the UK  live with chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis.

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

4. A better way to predict Diabetes discovered

diabetes

Scientists at the University of Toronto have found a better way to predict diabetes in pregnant women and view it has a much more accurate method than the current glucose tolerance test.

The test focused on a way to predict which pregnant women who had Gestational diabetes would go on to develop type 2 diabetes therefore allowing them to make lifestyle changes that could help them prevent this from happening.

Occurring in 3 to 13 per cent of all pregnant women, Gestational diabetes is defined as glucose intolerance that is first identified during pregnancy.

Woman with Gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 20 to 50 per cent within five years after pregnancy.

Read more that the University of Toronoto

 

Week 3

1. Statin drugs reduce infection risk in stroke patients

heart pulse

 

In health news this week, researcher Doug Weeks at the Washington State University released a study showing that he analyzed more than 1,600 hospitalised patients records who suffered a stroke and found statins reduced the risk of infection by 58%.

This leads him to conclude that statin drugs can dramatically lower the risk of infections in stroke patients.

Read the full article at Washington State University

 

2. Approval of a new pioneering cancer drug combination

cancer drug

A trial that showed the most aggressive and deadly type of skin cancer in 69% of patients being shrunk by therapy using a combination of two pioneering cancer drugs.

This has made the NHS decide to adopt it throughout the UK, in a decision that is one of the fastest in NHS history.

The pairing of the drugs unleashes the immune system on tumours, harnessing the body’s own defences in a field known as immunotherapy and experts say this now gives “new hope” to cancer patients.

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

3. Nerve Cells grown in a lab make Heart Cells Throb

A type of lab-grown human nerve cells can partner with heart muscle cells to stimulate contractions researchers at Johns Hopkins report.

They say that…

“Our work advances the possibility that we might one day be better able to predict which drugs will negatively affect the functioning of our vital organs by simply testing them on lab-grown cells”

A really interesting read…

Read full article at John Hopkins University

 

4. Vitamin D may not be as good as we think for Health problems

Vitamin D

Nothing beats the feeling of warm sun rays on your face

Research at the University of Alberta has looked into the evidence for 10 common beliefs about vitamin D and it’s health benefits.

These beliefs range from the ability of vitamin D to improve depression, prevent rheumatoid arthritis and treat Multiple Sclerosis, however the study found very little evidence that Vit D has much effect at all.

Read the full story at the University of Alberta

 

5. Four hours after learning, Exercise to ‘boost memory’, study finds.

Exercise after learning

A study has found that by doing intensive physical exercise four hours after learning something new, you’ll ‘Boost your memory’ and increase the chances of remembering the information you have learnt.

Proteins are released when exercising that are linked to boosting the memory related section of the brain and this study on 72 people has found that the timing plays a very important role.

Read the full article – BBC Health

Week 2

1. Research finds that Natural killer cells have a memory

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Special immune cells can “remember” pigmented cells when they come into more frequent contact with a specific contact allergen a study at the University of Bonn and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich has found.

The researchers decoded a new mechanism of how the immune system can specifically attack pigmented cells of the skin.  It was previously believed that these so-called natural killer cells did not have an immunological memory for the body’s own tissues.

These findings could offer help in the fight against the skin-depigmenting disease Vitiligo but may also offer new options for the treatment of malignant melanoma.

Read the full story at The University of Bonn

 

2. ‘Halt’ multiple sclerosis with new treatment, says study

immune system

Health news this week showed a study in The Lancet which looked at 24 patients aged between 18 and 50 from three hospitals in Canada found that aggressive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).

It must be noted that this treatment does come with serious risk however as one person died. For the other 23 patients the treatment greatly reduced the onset of the disease.

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

3. New findings that Autism is not just a disease of the brain

neurons in the brain

New findings suggest that Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are linked to defects in the peripheral nerves found throughout the limbs, digits, and other parts of the body that communicate sensory information to the brain.

Generally believed to be caused by defects in the brain this study published in Cell has shed some light on the fact that some aspects of the disorder are due to defects in the peripheral nerves.

Read the full story here from Cell Press

4. Major blood cancer is 11 distinct diseases

blood cells

A major type of aggressive blood cancer called Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) is not one but 11 distinct diseases, results from genetic analysis suggests.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine put the reason why some patients respond much better to others to treatment down to genetic differences.

With around 3,000 new cases every year in the UK Cancer Research UK suggest this study could offer new insights into cancer.

Read the full article – BBC Health News

 

5. New Drug for Psoriasis

Psoriasis

Psoriasis affects around 3% of the world’s population causing itchy, dry and red skin. Scientists at North Western University have come up with a new drug called ‘Ixekizumab’ that cleared or almost completely cleared 80% of patients who had moderate to severe psoriasis.

Ixekizumab works by neutralizing a pathway in the immune system known to promote psoriasis.

Read the full story at Northwestern EDU

 

Week 1

1. Brain’s trigger for binge behavior

brain signals

Researchers at John Hopkins University found that when certain neurons were suppressed in rats they were less motivated for a treat of sugar.

Leading them to believe these neurons could be the link between external triggers and the tendency to overindulge, a problem faced by people addicted to food, alcohol, and drugs.

These Health news findings are available online in Neuron.

Read full article at John Hopkins University

 

2. A new class of protein found that could treat cancer & other diseases

Researchers at Georgia State University have designed a protein that can effectively target a cell surface receptor linked to a number of diseases, leaving potential for it to be used to fight many diseases including cancer.

Read the full article at Georgia State University

 

3. Scientists discover an inherited gene for MS

genes

Canadian researchers from The University of British Columbia studied the DNA from hundreds of families affected by MS in search of a gene that could cause the disease.

Their findings…  a gene that causes a rare but inherited form of multiple sclerosis affecting around 1 in a 1000 MS patients and according to the researchers, proves the disease is passed down generations.

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

4. New York City can now enforce sodium warnings on menus

salt levels

Health officials in NYC can now enforce a rule requiring restaurants chains with 15 or more locations across America to post warnings shaped like a salt shaker next to all menu items with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, according to a new state appellate ruling.

Sounds like a good idea, something all cities and countries should be doing?

Read full story at the American Heart Association

 

5. Prostate cancer and waist size linked?

Waist size

University of Oxford study (presented at the European Obesity Summit in Sweden) has found that men with a larger waist could be 13% more likely to get prostate cancer.

The findings came from studying 140,000 men across eight European countries and looked at links between body measurements of men in their 50s and prostate cancer risk over 14 years.

They found Men with a waist size bigger than 37in (94cm) were at most risk of getting the disease.

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

Health news May 2016

Week 4

1. Harnessing Venoms for Drug Discovery

venom for health discovery

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have come up with a method for identifying venoms that can be aimed at a specific target in the body for therapeutic use.

For example they found a venom that can block a certain protein on T cells, this protein is implicated in multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.

Once known, they then find an optimized, long-acting variant of a venom that blocks this protein.

Read the full story at Scripps

 

2. Cancer death rate in teenagers causes alarm

health of teenagers

A study that analysed data from across 27 countries in Europe found that teenage survival rates for cancers such as leukaemia are a lot lower than the survival rates of younger children.

A lack of clinical trials, differences in tumours and delays in diagnosis / treatment are believed to be the reasons why.

Read the full article – BBC Health News

 

3. Air pollution fosters heart disease, study finds.

air pollution

Picture – MESA Air

The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air) has found direct evidence that air pollution, even if under the regulatory standards, leads to an acceleration of hardening of the arteries, which can cause heart attacks.

Read more here at the University of Washington

4. ‘Dramatic’ cut in antibiotic prescriptions

antibiotics

Image SCIMAT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

We reported last week that a global antibiotics revolution was needed and this week came the news that latest figures show UK doctors are taking heed to the warnings and prescribing less antibiotics.

According to NHS improvement, prescriptions were down by 2.6million but that still means there were around 34 million prescriptions in 2015-16.

The question is, could this also be down to budget?

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

5. Experience Plays Powerful Role in Early Stages of Brain Development

brain health

Research from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)  studied two sets of neuron cells, excitatory (enhance signals) and inhibitory (tone down signals) which begin life looking exactly the same but then develop into their different set roles. They wanted to try to find what determines these roles.

They now believe that external stimulation from the world around them causes the inhibitory neurons to split into two different types of neurons, each with a different job in the brain.

If true this could help with insight into how brain circuits develop and could help find better ways to treat neurological disorders such as autism, depression and schizophrenia.

Read the full story at Scripps

 

Week 3

1. Global antibiotics ‘revolution’ needed

health news Antibiotics

Science Photo Library

A review led by Lord Jim O’Neill on Antimicrobial Resistance stresses we must act fast and change the way we view and use antibiotics.

The review suggests if we don’t move now to change the way the world uses the drug, we could end up with Superbugs killing up to 10 million people a year (1 person every 3 secs!)

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

2. Bright light alters metabolism

light exposure

Scientists at Northwestern have found that people exposed to bright light had increased insulin resistance compared to those exposed to dim light.

 “In theory, you could use light to manipulate metabolic function.”

A previous study by researchers at Northwestern had found that the majority of people they tested with high light exposure in the morning, weighed less, so they decided to look into this further.

Read the full story at Northwestern EDU

 

3. Consumer products such as hand soap & toothpaste, rapidly disrupts gut bacteria

hand soap

After first appearing as a hospital scrub in the 70’s, the antimicrobial agent Triclosan is now found basically everywhere, toothpastes, bin bags, kitchen utensils, shampoos, deodorants, toys & socks.

A study by researchers at Oregon State University has now found this antimicrobial and anti fungal agent can have a massive impact on gut bacteria.

A very interesting read!

Read the full article here at Oregon State University

 

4. New brain-training tool to help people cut drinking

drinking

Professor Paul Dolan, (author of the bestselling book Happiness by Design) has made his online tool first seen of the BBC programme ‘Lose Weight for Love’ available to the public and free to use.

The brain training tool uses a simple brain training exercise called ‘cognitive bias modification’ (CBM) and aims to reduce the users preference to alcoholic drinks, changing peoples behaviour. Health news that could help us all 😉

Read the full article here at the London School of Economics

 

5. ‘Immediate aspirin’ advice for minor stroke

stroke

Scientists at Oxford University say that the benefits of taking aspirin immediately after having a stroke have been “hugely underestimated”.

Although doctors have long advised the drug to be taken after a stroke the scientists now believe there should be no delay in taking it, with their findings showing that the biggest benefit lies in the first few crucial hours after having the stroke.

The chance of a minor stroke leading to a major stroke with more long-term damage are far greater in the first few days.

Read the full article – BBC Health

 

6. A new way to battle cancer?

treatment

A study by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet have studied and found a way to help the immune system get better at recognising and then killing tumour cells leading to a possible new way of treating the disease. Researcher Mikael Karlsson states…

We’ve found a new way of using antibodies for immunotherapy that activates immune cells, called macrophages, in the tumour

Read the full article here

 

Health News – Week 2

1. Study finds no link between mobile phones and brain cancer

mobile phone health

An Australian 30 year study has concluded that there seems to be no match between the huge increase in mobile phone use over that period and the number of brain cancer cases, there was no corresponding spike.

However they didn’t know information such as how often people had their phones to their heads and it was only a small number of participants.

Read the full article – NHS

 

2. Should the 2016 Olympic Games be postponed or moved due to the Zika Virus?

Zika Virus

But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?

Dr Amir Attaran recently wrote in the Harvard review and a raised a very good question…

Should this years Olympic and Paralympic Games really still go ahead with such a high risk of it massively speeding up the rate at which the Zika virus spreads worldwide?

After reading his piece we have to agree NOT!  With an estimated 500,000 tourists flying into Rio for the Games, potentially becoming infected, and returning home.

A very scary thought!

3. Canine clues to brain tumour discovered

Cancer in dogs

PLOS Genetics published a study of 25 different breeds of dog that found 3 genes linked to a severe type of brain tumour, Glioma. Humans also suffer from Gliomas and they are often incurable.

They hope this will help us discover more about this type of tumour and give us a better idea of how the disease develops.

Read the full article – BBC Health News

 

4. Does Homeopathy Work? The American Chemical Society believe is doesn’t

The American Chemical Society believe that homeopathic remedies could be putting people’s lives at risk and are at best a harmless way to throw money away.

They point to a study by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council who ran 176 tests of Homeopathy and found no evidence that it was no more effective than a placebo for 68 different health conditions.

Could homeopathic asthma treatments for example be putting people at high risk? Asthma UK argue that complementary therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and yoga should be used as a compliment to traditional medicines.

The Independent covers this story very well here.

 

5. Being overweight ‘may be less unhealthy’

body weight

Picture : SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

At first you may think this is a strange message to convey, we did to, but the article does stress that advise about being obese still remains exactly the same and that being over weight is not healthy or desirable.

However the Danish study that looked into death rates compared to body weight found that in the 70’s you were at a much higher risk than you are now a days. A highly debated finding though…

Read the full article – BBC Health News

 

Week 1

1. Embryo study shows ‘life’s first steps’

human health

Picture – BBC Health SPL

News of scientists in the UK and US growing embryos for the first time past the normal time of implant into the womb is sure to stoke ethical debate.

The growth was stopped just before reaching the legal limit of 14-days old.

Could this revolutionise the knowledge we have in the very beginnings of human life?

Read the full article – BBC Health News

 

2. Common Medication Linked to Dementia

health news articles

A small Indiana University study has found that there is a possible link between some common medication older people take for a range of conditions such as asthma, allergies or sleeping problems and creating a higher risk of dementia.

The study can only show an association and has not found they actually cause dementia.

Read the full article – WebMD

 

3. Google owned Deep Mind has access to 1.6 million NHS patients data

Current Health News NHS

According to a document obtained by new scientist, google owned AI company Deep Mind has a data sharing agreement with the NHS in the UK going way past the figure publicly announced.

It only applies to the data each year from three London hospitals run by the Royal Free NHS Trust – Barnet, Chase Farm and the Royal Free.

It does however also include patient data from the last five years.

Read the full article – Newscientist

 

4. Breast cancer: Scientists hail ‘milestone’ genetic find

breast cancer breakthrough

Picture – BBC Health / SPL

The largest study of its kind published in Nature, looks into new ways of treating and preventing breast cancer and could go some way to helping create new drugs to treat the disease. Cancer research UK see the findings as an important discovery.

Scientists say the study has helped them gain a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer.

Read the full article – BBC Health News

 

5. Short bursts of intense exercise ‘as good’ as endurance training

current health news

study carried out by researchers at McMaster University in Canada has looked into the possibility that sprint interval training (SIT) was a time-efficient exercise strategy compared to traditional moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT).

The results are very interesting….

Read the full article – NHS

 

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