Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine

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Week Beginning 20 May 2002

Health Affected By Domestic Violence

Violence in the home can not only have immediate physical and psychological effects but affects long-term health. These are the latest findings published this week. A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that as many as two out of three women in some parts of the world have suffered domestic violence. The study indicates that many women suffer significant health problems because of violent partners, but that few are prepared to report domestic violence to the authorities. Meiko Yoshihama, who is leading the WHO study in Japan, says these women are generally less healthy than those who have not been attacked, and are more likely to smoke, to consume larger amounts of alcohol and have psychosomatic symptoms.

The Daily Mail

Costly Gloves

Wearing protective gloves are an essential part of the working lives of health workers. But there is growing evidence that the latex gloves used throughout the country are costing the NHS an awful lot of money each year because of one real problem with them. Allergies.

These allergies to the latex gloves worn by health staff could be costing the NHS billions of pounds, it has been claimed. Around 3.6 million people in the UK are allergic to latex, including up to 17 per cent of all nurses who have to wear the gloves to protect themselves against infections such as hepatitis and HIV. Campaigners warn that sick pay, re-training and compensation could cost the NHS a fortune. The Latex Allergy Support Group and the National Association of Theatre Nurses met this week to discuss ways of reducing the number of people who develop allergies.

The Times

Cancer In Food

We are now just beginning to understand how what we at affects our risk of developing cancer in our lifetimes. This weight of knowledge was added to this week following an announcement by the Food Standards Agency. The Agency has now confirmed a Swedish study which discovered that a substance that may cause human cancer is widespread in food. The agency has found that acrylamide, which has been shown to cause cancerous tumours in rats, occurs in a range of high-carbohydrate foods including crispbreads and cooked potatoes. However, the FSA says people should not change their cooking or eating habits. The organisation says acrylamide, which is used to treat municipal water supplies and as an aid to papermaking, may be present in many cooked and prepared foods, but there is little knowledge of what, if any, effect eating such foods would have on human health.

The Daily Mirror

Lung Health Linked To White Wine

More good news for you oenophiles, and we suppose good news for the wine trade as well. We have heard a great deal lately about the health-boosting affects of wine. And yes, you guessed it, there was yet more evidence to digest this week (or should that be drink in?). For according to a report issued by US medical scientists, wine, and in particular white wine, has medicinal properties that help to keep the lungs healthy. The researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York have found that people who drink a few glasses of white wine on a regular basis have stronger lungs than those who never touch it. Drinking red wine can also help to make a person’s lungs healthier but not to the same extent. The results of the study were presented at the American Thoracic Society’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Times

Soya Milk OK For Babies?

There has been a lot of controversy about lately. Concerning what in particular? Well, the dear old, and seemingly innocuos soya bean has been the culprit of the fuss and bother and hot faces. The issues, a hotly contentious one indeed, is whether it is acceptable to feed babies soya milk. Now, however, it is hoped that the arguments will calm down. Because this week parents have been advised that it is safe to feed soya infant formula to their babies despite evidence suggesting it may affect the ability to fight off infection and disease. Research from the US shows that chemicals contained in soya can suppress the immune system of rats and researchers say those parents who have no medical reason for feeding their infants soya formula should consider changing to cow’s milk or breast-feeding. However, the UK Food Standards Agency says parents should continue to give their children the soya product if advised to do so by their doctor.

The Daily Mail


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