Archive for July 2016


Information for travellers visiting Zika affected countries

Based on available evidence, WHO has issued no general restrictions on travel or trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission.

However, WHO is advising pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus oubreaks. This advice is based on the increased risk of microcephaly and other congenital malformations in babies born to pregnant women infected with Zika virus. Microcephaly is a condition where a baby is born with a small head or the head stops growing after birth.

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A cheat’s guide to staying active

You might need to take a seat for this… or maybe you already have.
Scientists are again warning of the many dangers of a sedentary working lifestyle sitting at a desk all day – but they do offer the ray of hope that if you can squeeze in just one hour of being active, all is not lost. So, with this in mind, here are five ways to be more active without too much effort – or going anywhere near a gym:

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How to make a salad that everyone wants to eat

There was a time when the word “salad” referred to little more than a pile of iceberg lettuce. It was ornamentation, sometimes doused in a sickly-sweet, carrot-colored dressing described, inexplicably, as “French.”

No one then may have actually wanted to eat a salad. It was punishment, a self-flagellation for all the truly delicious things we had been eating, for the jiggle we were slowly accruing. If you threw in a couple of cherry tomatoes and a few croutons so stale they resembled moon rocks, you could tote one of those travesties to a summer potluck, and people would practically thank you for bringing something healthful.

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How to deal with a medical emergency on the Space Station

A major medical emergency has never occurred on the International Space Station – but what would happen if it did? And what lessons could be learnt for treating similar emergencies on Earth?

When Tim Peake blasted into orbit in December, he knew that the 40 hours of medical training he’d received would prepare him for most health problems during his six-month stay on the International Space Station.

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Could artificial sweeteners make people more hungry?

Artificial sweeteners can boost appetite by activating hunger pathways in the body, scientists have found in animals.

In fruit flies and mice, the mismatch between sweet taste and fewer calories sends the body into “feed me” mode, the journal Cell Metabolism reports.

But UK nutritionists say this does not mean the same is true in humans.

They say low calorie sweetened foods can help people keep weight off and are better for our teeth than sugar.

The researchers, however, say more work is needed to make sure that the billions of people who regularly consume sugar substitutes don’t have the same reaction as they saw in their animal tests.

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‘Wash salad’ advice after two die from E. coli

Although this article refers to washing salads in European communities, as more communities worldwide become  used to buying prepared salads in the market place, some lessons on washing salads could be learned.

Shoppers are being reminded to thoroughly wash mixed salad leaves amid concern that this food could be the source of an E. coli outbreak that has killed two and infected more than 150 people in the UK.

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Reduce belly size

Belly fat: What’s the best way to get rid of it?

Muffin top, spare tyre, blubber, belly fat, beer belly – a multitude of names but they all mean the same thing. Abdominal fat. And in the summer many turn to quick fixes to get rid of it, writes Saleyha Ahsan.

The problem with belly – or abdominal – fat isn’t just the way it looks on the beach. It could be a sign that your health is at risk.

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Viral hepatitis ‘kills as many as Aids or TB’

Viral hepatitis is one of the leading killers across the globe, with a death toll that matches Aids or tuberculosis, research in the Lancet suggests.

The report estimates that hepatitis infections and their complications led to 1.45m deaths in 2013 – despite the existence of vaccines and treatments.

World Health Organization data shows there were 1.2m Aids-related deaths in 2014, while TB led to 1.5m deaths.

The WHO has put forward a global strategy to tackle hepatitis.

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