Antibiotic resistance 'toolkit' launchedFri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT
"Antibiotics: 'national threat' from steep rise in patients who are resistant to drugs,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The Mail Online reports that there were, “600 reported cases of drugs failing because of resistant bacteria last year”.
What isn’t made very clear is that these 600 cases were of one very specific form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria called carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE).'Peeing' in pool may create harmful byproductsFri, 07 Mar 2014 09:58:00 GMT
“Peeing in the pool could be bad for your health,” the Mail Online reports. As well as being unpleasant and socially unacceptable, new research suggests that a chemical in wee can react with chlorinated swimming pool water, creating potentially harmful byproducts.
The study in question used lab tests to study the reaction between a chemical found in urine (uric acid) and the chlorine in swimming pools. Researchers found that the combination of these substances can form some potentially harmful chemicals, known as nitrogen-containing disinfection byproducts (N-DBPs).<HIV 'gene hack' offers new treatment hopeThu, 06 Mar 2014 11:48:00 GMT
“HIV gene therapy using GM cells hailed a success after trial,” reports The Guardian, while the BBC tells us that an “immune upgrade” could offer “HIV shielding”.
These headlines come following a small trial that examined whether it was safe to inject genetically modified white blood cells into people with HIV. This was achieved, but the study did not show whether HIV could actually be treated.<WHO says halving sugar target has extra benefitThu, 06 Mar 2014 09:58:00 GMT
“Halve sugar intake, say health experts,” The Daily Telegraph reports, while The Guardian tells us that “a can of coke a day is too much sugar”.
The widespread media reports follow new draft international guidelines looking at the healthy maximum recommended levels of sugars in the diet.Parental smoking 'ages' children’s arteriesWed, 05 Mar 2014 11:48:00 GMT
“Passive smoking causes lasting damage to children's arteries, prematurely ageing their blood vessels by more than three years,” BBC News reports.
The news is based on emerging evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke damages children’s arteries. This news is concerning, as the thickening of blood vessel walls (atherosclerosis) is known to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life.<High protein diet not as bad for you as smokingWed, 05 Mar 2014 09:58:00 GMT
“People who eat diets rich in animal protein carry similar cancer risk to those who smoke 20 cigarettes each day,” reports The Daily Telegraph.
We have decades of very good evidence that smoking kills and – fortunately for meat lovers – this latest unhelpful comparison with high protein diets largely appears to be a triumph of PR spin.Do short people also have smaller IQs?Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:42:00 GMT
“They’re already called ‘vertically challenged’ – but are short people intellectually challenged too?” is the headline in the Mail Online. The website reports on a gene study which found taller people were more likely to have a genetic makeup associated with increased intelligence.
The study analysed 6,815 unrelated people and found some relationship between height and intelligence, although this relationship was not very strong. They also found evidence that this relationship could be due to shared genetic factors. The researchers hope this and future studies will help them better understand the links between height, IQ, and health.Angry outbursts may up heart attack riskTue, 04 Mar 2014 09:58:00 GMTChildhood nightmares link to psychotic experiencesMon, 03 Mar 2014 11:48:00 GMT
“Regular nightmares in childhood may be an early warning sign of psychotic disorders,” BBC News reports. While many children have the occasional nightmare, a history of regular nightmares could be the sign of something more serious, the news reports.
The study in question followed more than 6,000 UK children and found that those whose mothers reported them as having regular nightmares over at least one period up to age nine were significantly more likely to report having had a “psychotic experience" at age 12.How seaweed could slow the obesity tidal waveMon, 03 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT
“Seaweed could be key to weight loss, study suggests,” BBC News reports.
UK researchers have looked at alginates that occur naturally in “kelp” seaweed (the variety that resembles large blades). They found that these alginates may help reduce the amount of fat the body digests.<Last updated: 15 December 2009