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21/10/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Children 'need daily vitamin D' as rickets cases triple
Official figures show that 4,638 children admitted to NHS hospitals in 2013-14 were found to be suffering a vitamin D deficiency, compared with 1,398 cases in 2009-10. Experts said a significant cause of the problem was children spending too much time on computers and gaming consoles during the summer, and being left with low stocks of vitamin D when winter arrived.
 
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21/10/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Junk food worse for men
New research suggests that junk food could be more harmful to men than women. Scientists at the Obesity Research Institute in the US found that male and female brains were not equal in their biological response to a high-fat diet. It found that the brains of male laboratory mice exposed to a high-fat diet developed brain inflammation and heart disease that were not seen in the females. The research is published in Cell Reports.
 
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21/10/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Plastic found in cleaning products could be destroying your sex life
New research suggests that phthalates could damage women's sex drives. A team from the University of Rochester found that women with the highest concentrations of the chemicals, which are used to make plastic flexible, in their bodies were far more likely to suffer low libido. The annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine was told that those with low levels reported no problems.
 
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21/10/2014
The Times
By: Presswatch
Traffic pollution may damage lungs of unborn babies
Pregnant women who live in polluted areas risk damage to their children's lungs, a study has found. "During these early stages of development and rapid growth, immature lungs may be highly vulnerable to permanent harmful effects of environmental factors including air pollution", Eva Morales, the study's co-author at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, said.
 
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21/10/2014
Daily Telegraph
By: Presswatch
Lifestyle, not genetics, key to heart risk
US research suggests that doctors and health insurers should take less account of family histories and pay more attention to lifestyle habits when estimating the risk of a future heart attack.
 
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21/10/2014
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
The NHS must once again start receiving annual multimillion-pound increases in its budget to help it survive a "perfect storm" of pressures, the boss of the service's economic regulator has warned; Freedom of Information requests have disclosed that spending on private ambulances by the National Health Service has almost doubled in just two years; Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce today that dozens of extra foreign doctors have been drafted in to help NHS hospitals head off a winter crisis; Cases of the MRSA superbug have more than halved in four years saving £22.5m in treatments, figures show; A plan to send fire crews and former soldiers to deal with medical call-outs has been criticised as "emergency services on the cheap" that could cost lives.
 
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