Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
Week Beginning 13 May 2002
The English have extolled the virtues of tea as a pick-me-up for centuries now. But the English may not just have potty (or should that be teapotty?) notions. Because there is growing evidence of tea’s health benefits. The latest research published this week certainly supports these views. Because scientists in Taiwan say long-term time tea drinking may help strengthen the bones. In a study at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Tainan, the highest overall bone-mineral density was found in people who had consumed tea regularly for more than 10 years; their hipbone density was 6.2 per cent higher than in non-habitual tea drinkers. There were no significant differences between tea drinkers of one to five years and non-habitual drinkers. Similar results were found regardless of type of tea consumed.
The Daily Mail
Parental Stress Predicts Later Heart Disease For Offspring
There is a growing body of evidence for the effects of early-life experience on later health problems. One of the most interesting area is that of parental influences. One of the greatest influences it seems is stress. In particular the means by which parents cope with life’s stresses. Now experts say children whose parents cope badly with stress may be at increased risk of heart disease later in life. Parents who avoid conflict or do not express their feelings set a poor example for their offspring, according to researchers in the US. The implications can be particularly serious if there is a family history of high blood pressure. Psychologists from West Virginia University found that the offspring of parents with high blood pressure who do not cope well in stressful situations are even less likely to be able to deal physically and mentally with stress.
Modern Comforts Increase Eczema Risk
It seems sometimes that the more modern life attempts to overcome those irritating inconveniences the greater the risks to our overall health. One of the growing concerns is the increasing prevalence of eczema amongst our youngsters. Now medical research from the UK, published this week, reveals an extraordinary link – one that we would certainly not expect. The findings of the research have shown that about one in five children develop eczema because of the increasing use of soaps and detergents, and because homes have become warmer and less well-ventilated, according to a study. Less than 5 per cent of children in the UK developed the skin complaint in the 1950s but now up to 20 per cent of youngsters are affected at some time, the research says. Dr Michael Cork, a consultant dermatologist at Sheffield University, links the drastic rise to more frequent washing with soaps, shower gels and bubble baths, as well as the use of baby wipes containing perfumes and alcohol.
The Daily Express
Don’t Balls It!
Whilst screening of breast and cervical cancer is well established, it is distinctly notable that testicular cancer, a highly treatable disease, is very much underplayed. This is in no small part to men’s reluctance either to regularly check themselves or to seek medical assistance if abnormalities are recognised. This reluctance has been highlighted by a new study from the Netherlands. There doctors have highlighted the fact that embarrassment and ignorance are causing young men to fail to have lumps in their testicles examined, despite the importance of early diagnosis in cases of testicular cancer. Doctors from the University Medical Centre St Radboud, at Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, writing in The Lancet, say a treatment delay of more than three months can lead to a significant reduction in the chance of surviving for five years. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer affecting men aged between 15 and 49, and there are more than 1,600 new cases in the UK each year.
The Daily Mail
Veggies Beat Meaties
There is a well-directed document concern about the state of childhood and teenage diets. Particularly with relevance to later health. One of the biggest concerns is the decline in vegetable consumption by youngsters. Hence the increasing number of government initiatives aimed at encouraging schoolchildren to eat up their veggies. But these attempts received a significant amount of support this week, through new research from the USA. It seems that vegetables beat meat eating hands down in the health stakes. For vegetarian teenagers have a healthier diet than those who eat meat, according to researchers from the University of Minnesota, in the US. They found that teenage vegetarians are more than twice as likely as meat eaters to get less than 30 per cent of their calories from fat. They are also up to twice as likely to eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables daily. The research is published in the journal Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine.
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