Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
News Beginning Wk 17 Sept 2001
Arthritis Linked To Hair Dye
There were growing concerns this week about the link between hair dyes and arthritis. A new report suggests that women who dye or bleach their hair regularly could be at an increased risk of developing the disease. Medical scientists based in Sweden conducted a survey of more than 400 people with the condition as well as over 800 healthy people. They asked questions about people’s lifestyle, illnesses, allergies and stress. They found that women who had used hair dye or bleach for 20 years were twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who did not dye their hair. It is thought that chemicals in the products may affect the immune system.
No Fry-Ups For Lorry Drivers
New EU legilastion will hit truckers hard it was reported this week. It really is a case of shape up or ship out – particularly when it comes to those traditional roadside meals. Lorry drivers will now have to undergo regular health checks, including cholesterol and blood pressure tests, if they are to be allowed to drive on the Continent. This might mean that some drivers will have to substitute their morning fry-up for, say, a healthier fruit and cereal breakfast instead. The new EU legislation requires that they also take a 420-hour course to learn about healthy eating, road rules in different countries and to get practical advice about their vehicles.
The Daily Telegraph
Pain Linked To Cancer
A strong link between pain and cancer prediction was announced this week. Scientists have found that people who experience pain regularly are twice as likely to die from cancer, compared to people who do not experience pain. One survey analysed reports of pain from 6600 adults between the ages of 18 and 85: it found that nearly 50 per cent had pain in a part of their body, about 15 per cent had pain all over and the rest experienced no pain at all. Eight years later, 654 of these people had died and a group of scientists from Manchester University analysed the causes of their death. They discovered that the people who reported regional and general pain had both a higher death rate and a higher probability of having died from cancer. Analysts think the results indicate that pain may be an early symptom of undiagnosed cancer.
The Daily Telegraph
Elderly At Risk From Anti-Depressants
Research from Canada has highlighted a possible link between anti-depressants, for instance Seroxat, and gut bleeds in the elderly. According to reports, the researchers found that anti-depressants known as selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were linked to a risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in elderly patients. The more powerful the drug the higher the risk is said to be.
The Daily Express
New Health Insurance Plan
Norwich Union Healthcare revealed its plans for a shake up of healthcare in the UK this week, including the introduction of a radical new health insurance scheme. Under the new scheme, everyone would pay premiums based on his/her salary and insurers would be obliged to accept all interested applicants, regardless of the state of their health. Everyone would be required to carry ‘stakeholder’ insurance and the amount paid in income tax would decrease. All insurers nationwide would offer the same, pre-agreed, package of care and clients would be free to choose their insurance company and free to buy extra services if required.
The Daily Telegraph
Massive Food Waste In Hospitals
Anyone who has ever been a patient a hospital will recognise the subject of our last news story this week. A new report by the Audit Commission, published this week, has highlighted the immensity of food waste and poor food provision in the NHS. According to the Commission one in three NHS hospitals fails to make sure that patients get the food they need. Meals are regularly served cold and inedible, while elderly patients are rarely assisted at meal times. Up to 40 per cent of NHS patients are malnourished, according to the Government’s public spending watchdog, and more than a third of dieticians believe the choice of hospital food is inadequate. Sir Andrew Foster, Controller of the Audit Commission, comments: ‘There is a big need to improve. Around a third of trusts need to better manage their resources.’
The Sunday Telegraph
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