Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
WEEK BEGINNING 23 JULY 2001
Tea Best Drink Of The Day – Especially For Your Heart
According to a new joint study by National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, published this week, drinking a cuppa may actually reduce the chances of heart disease by improving the function of artery walls. There has been increasing evidence in recent years that antioxidants in tea might halt the cholesterol-induced damage of arteries, and this latest study greatly supports that body of evidence.
The function of blood vessels is very much dependent on the integrity of the uppermost cells of the vessel wall. When this function begins to break down we begin to see the typical features of atherosclerotic disease and consequently cardiovascular disease, such as angina and aneurysms.
Professor Joseph Vita, of Boston University, comments on the latest tea study: ‘We’ve shown that black tea may help reverse this dysfunction.’
Stammering caused by brain fault
New research provides a further insight into the cause of stammering. The study adds weight to growing evidence that the disorder is linked to brain malfunctioning and not as has been largely held the result of specific environmental factors. Researchers at Tulane University in New Orleans used magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of 16 people with the speech defect and 16 healthy people. They found that the left and right temporal lobes were significantly larger in adults who stammered, and that these subjects had more abnormalities in the shapes of their brains. In addition, a frontal lobe area of the brain, known as the pars triangularis, was larger in left than in right-handers. Both this area and another one near to it, the pars opercularis, were larger in men than in women. The study authors, who have published their findings in the journal Neurology, commented: ‘Our data indicated that sex and writing hand seemed to be related to some anatomic features.’
The Daily Telegraph
Further Evidence Of Passive Smoking
Yet further evidence for the risks of passive smoking this week – in particular its action on the heart of recipients. Researchers have discovered that as little as 30 minutes of passive exposure to cigarette smoke is enough to cause damage to the heart, with consequent reduction in its ability to pump blood. Thirty non-smokers were used in the trials, the results of which have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Daily Telegraph
Obesity Risk Of Sports-Shy Girls
Big evidence published this week supporting physical activity for children. Medical researchers have confirmed what many of us have feared, girls who do not participate in regular physical activity run a far greater risk of obesity and its related diseases in later life. The findings of the study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, show physical activity is on the decline at a very early age, paving the way for an unhealthy and inactive childhood. In addition, girls of primary school age are only half as sporty as boys. Leader of the study, physiotherapist Juliette Hussey, said: ‘It is very worrying because if you do exercise when you are young you are more likely to be active throughout your life, meaning you are less likely to suffer heart disease and diabetes.’ The number of seriously over weight children has doubled in the past decade. One in ten children under four suffer from obesity that will leave them at risk of heart disease and diabetes.
DVT Latest: Airlines Must Give You More Space For Your Money
The report of the latest study by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) into deep vein thrombosis has just been published and, as expected, has some damning things to say about airlines. Including highlighting the fact that aeroplane seats provide insufficient room for the modern age’s taller and larger people, according to a study commissioned by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA report concludes that the current legal requirements do not give enough room and will recommend that passengers get an extra two inches of space. The Joint Aviation Authority, the European regulator, is also concerned at the growing toll of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which has been linked to the cramped conditions of economy class passengers. The Joint Aviation Authority will decide how the CAA report into airline seat space should be implemented. A recent study conducted at Ashford Hospital, near Heathrow airport, estimated that 15 Britons die a year from DVTs developed on long-haul flights.
Sunday Sleep Is A Big Problem
In an age when many of us are suffering from what medics call TATT (Tired All The Time) yet more gloom for the insomniacs amongst us. A new study by the NOP has revealed that sleeplessness is worst on Sundays as people prepare for the week ahead. Jessica Alexander, spokesperson for The Sleep Council discussed the findings: ‘The prospect of getting up to go to work in the morning is the obvious explanation for the result. It is also probably to do with the disruption of routine, because good sleep is related to having a good routine, which can get disrupted on weekends’. The research discovered that over 60 per cent of the 1000 respondents to it questionnaire complained of sleep problems and three times as many respondents had trouble nodding off and having a good sleep on a Sunday night compared to a Saturday night.
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