Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
Week Beginning 8 April 2002
Safe Limits Of Fish Oils Exceeded?
Many fish oil products on the market in the UK are likely to exceed new European Union safety limits for pollutants, due to be imposed in July. A study by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found that only one-third of the brands marketed there fall within the limits, which define levels of dioxins permitted in fish oils and fish oil capsules. One brand, Solgar Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, has dioxin levels five times greater than the EU limits. The best performing was Eskimo-3 Stable Fish Oil Supplement, which is well within the limit and also contains low levels of PCBs, a related chemical. Many of the same brands are on sale in the UK.
More Tomato Benefits
A new study suggests that tomato sauce could reduce the risk of prostate cancer by a third. US researchers say men who eat tomato-based products just twice a week are up to 37 per cent less likely to get the disease. Dr Edward Giovannucci, who led the 12-year study at Harvard Medical School, says tomato skins contain high quantities of lycopene, an antioxidant that scientists believe can help fight disease.
The Daily Mirror
Early Risks For Obesity Identified
New research, published in the American Journal of Pediatrics, claims that babies who gain weight too quickly in their first four months could be condemned to a lifetime of obesity. The study, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, found a correlation between obesity at age seven and excessive weight gain as babies. The scientists believe the brain establishes feeding and appetite patterns in the first few months of life.
The Daily Mail
Happy Times In Late Middle Age
A new survey shows that Britons are happiest between the ages of 65 and 74. According to research by Boots, people experience a rise in well being throughout life, and this peaks after retirement. The Wellbeing 2002 survey examined five key factors: sense of control, optimism, being happy with your looks, fitting into a social group, and having good health.
The Daily Mail
Maggot Therapy Gaining Popularity
Maggots are fast becoming a popular treatment for healing wounds in UK hospitals. They are currently one of the most effective means of treating wounds that are infected by the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can cause life-threatening illness in hospital patients. Doctors at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, Cumbria and the Princess Wales Hospital in Bridgend, in south Wales, have been experimenting with maggots for healing infected ulcers over the past few years and papers on the success of maggot therapy have recently been published in medical journals. A bigger follow-up UK trial on the efficacy of maggot therapy is currently waiting Medical Research Council funding approval. If it is approved, West Cumberland Hospital will be one of the trial sites.
The Daily Mail
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