Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
Week Beginning 22 July 2002
Caffeine alert to parents
EU bosses ruled yesterday (18/07/02) that health warnings for children will have to be put on high-energy drinks. The European Commission has decided parents must be told that drinks with a high caffeine content could make youngsters hyperactive. Drinks with 150 milligrams of caffeine per litre will be labelled, normal colas are not affected, while quinine which is commonly found in tonic water, will also have to be identified.
The Daily Mirror
Poor diets 'cost NHS over £2 billion'
A study has revealed that poor diets could be costing the NHS up to £2.43 billion a year. Junk food and high-fat meals are linked to a range of complaints such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, and if the healthiest people improved their diets, economic benefits would be startling, according to David Winter, senior lecturer in Econometrics at Bristol University. His report, Economic Cost of A Poor Diet, was commissioned by Waitrose.
Why the obese do not feel full
Obese people eat too much because of a hormone that stops them feeling full, according to researchers at Imperial College, London. They have discovered a 'hunger hormone', levels of which rise just before a meal and fall when people are full. In lean people, the amount of the hormone, known as ghrelin, goes up and down sharply, leaving them feeling sated but in those who are obese, it does not rise so sharply before a meal and does not fall away afterwards. Ghrelin levels remain constant so fatter people do not realise they are full. The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Study considers tomato’s role in fighting heart disease
A study being conducted at Newcastle University, in Australia, could elevate the tomato to the status of a major weapon in the fight against coronary heart disease. Evidence collected by nutrition and dietetics postgraduate student Sheryl Lazarus shows that tomatoes can help reduce the incidence of blood clotting that leads to strokes or heart attacks by up to 70 per cent. She is now looking for volunteers to help with the research and hopes to prove that eating tomato-rich foods can have a protective effect.
The Daily Express
Cancer risk for obese women
Research indicates that younger women who are obese may be at a much greater risk of bowel cancer. Until now there has not been clear evidence of this effect, although it was known that there is an association in men. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, have found that clinically obese pre-menopausal women are twice as likely to develop the disease. They suspect excess body fat is a source of increased insulin, which has been linked with increased bowel cancer risk.
The Daily Telegraph
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