Key Quotes - Health

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Last update: Sunday 24th February
 
The average lifespan in the UK is expected to rise slightly from 80.8 years to 83.3 by 2040, research shows. In the world league table of longevity, Britons are expected to move up from 26th to 23rd place. But they are easily outranked by the Spanish, whose predicted average lifespan of 85.8 years puts them first in the list, compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
HealthThe Sentinel – 17th October 2018
 
Medicine risks “going back to the dark ages”. Health officials warned as it emerged that cases of some drug-resistant infections are on the rise. Public Health England (PHE) launched a new campaign warning that people could be putting themselves and their families at risk by taking the drugs when they don’t need them. PHE has calculated that if antibiotics become ineffective then three million operations and cancer treatments would become life-threatening.
HealthThe Sentinel – 23rd October 2018
 
Dogs could be trained to sniff out malaria in people after trials showed the animals were able to smell the deadly disease on socks worn by infected children. Researchers from Durham University said their findings could potentially lead to the first rapid and non-invasive test for malaria. Although the research is in its early stages, scientists hope trained sniffer dogs could help to stop malaria spreading between countries and lead to infected people being identified earlier.
HealthThe Sentinel – 30th October 2018
 
Taking antibiotics in infancy has been linked to a higher risk of obesity, a study suggests. US researchers said the drugs may alter gut bacteria, making a child more susceptible to weight gain. The study, published in the journal Gut, found the effect was more pronounced among youngsters who used the drugs for a prolonged period. Data on more than 333,000 infants was examined.
HealthThe Sentinel – 31st October 2018
 
Millions of people with arthritis will lose around five years’ worth of “quality life” due to the condition, research has suggested. The Versus Arthritis charity said the roughly 10 million sufferers in the UK face an average of half a decade during their lifetime when the ability to work, spend time with loved ones and do the simplest of movements without pain is severely impacted by the condition, which leads to joints becoming inflamed or damaged.
HealthThe Sentinel – 5th November 2018
 
Tens of thousands of British children are having their tonsils removed “unnecessarily”, a new study suggests. Researchers said seven in eight youngsters given the procedure were unlikely to benefit. These “unnecessary” procedures cost the NHS tens of millions of pounds a year, they added. The most common reason for a tonsillectomy – the surgical procedure to remove the tonsils – is a recurrent sore throat.
HealthThe Sentinel – 6th November 2018
 
An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study suggests. GPs should ask their patients about herbal and supplement usage to identify potential side effects, according to the authors of a small study published in the British Journey of General Practice. The most commonly used supplements were cod liver oil, glucosamine, multivitamins, and vitamin D.
HealthThe Sentinel – 25th September 2018
 
It’s quite clear that alcohol can damage the brain – but could it, in moderation, have a protective effect? That is the possibility raised by a new study of 9,000 civil servants in London, which found that those who had consumed alcohol within recommended limits in middle age were significantly less likely to develop dementia in later life than those who abstained (but heavy drinkers were at even greater risk).
HealthThe Week – 11th August 2018
 
Going teetotal is the only way to avoid risking health with alcohol, scientists have claimed. A major global study has concluded there is no safe limit to alcohol consumption. Previous research suggests moderate levels of alcohol – around one drink a day for women and two for men – may protect against heart disease. But the American authors of the new study insist that any benefits from drinking alcohol are outweighed by the harms.
HealthThe Sentinel – 24th August 2018
 
The number of babies dying from unexplained causes has increased for the first time in three years, new figures show. There were 219 deaths caused by sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or without a known cause in England and Wales in 2016. This is up from 195 the previous year and the highest number since 2013 when there were 252. SIDS is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an otherwise seemingly healthy baby.
HealthThe Sentinel – 21st August 2018
 
Diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat should be avoided due to a possible association with shortened life spans, scientists in the United States have warned. Eating carbohydrates in moderation seems to be optimal for health and living a long life, the research published in the Lancet Public Health Journal found. The primary findings were confirmed in a meta-analysis of studies on carbohydrate intake including over 432,000 people from more than 20 countries.
HealthThe Sentinel – 17th August 2018
 
Patients who smoke are being “discriminated against” with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The British Lung Foundation claims Clinical Commissioning Groups are “prioritising saving money over saving lives”. But it said that as people who smoke are likely to be frequent users of NHS services, it will eventually lead to a greater burden and any savings will only be in the short term.
HealthThe Sentinel - 16th July 2018
 
The number of stillbirths in England and Wales has fallen to a record low, according to official figures. There were 2,873 stillborn babies in 2017 compared with 3,112 in 2016, a decrease of 7.7%. This is the lowest number since records began in 1927, the Office for National Statistics said. The rate decreased from 4.4 per 1,000 births in 2016 t0 4.2 in 2017, the lowest in 90 years. In 1927, there were 26,021 babies stillborn and 38.3 per 1,000 births.
HealthThe Sentinel - 19th July 2018
 
The rapid rise in referrals for gender dysphoria among children has led the Equalities Minister to demand an inquiry to determine what is behind it. Penny Mordaunt MP is keen to understand why there has been a 4,400 per cent rise in the number of girls being referred for treatments in the past nine years.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 17th September 2018
 
The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy recently published 'guidance' on who is a woman, saying we shouldn't assume "that being a woman necessarily involves being able to bear children, or having XX sex chromosomes, or breasts”.
HealthChristian Concern - 26th July 2018
 
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