This week in health

Bringing together some of the biggest news stories in the world of health, this week’s talkhealth news roundup will focus on some wide-ranging topics. Obesity has been one of the biggest health topics of the week, with many papers and news sources running stories around concerns of the current portion servings and calorie intake in the UK. Alongside obesity, this week’s update also includes news on international women’s day, prostate cancer and acne. Read on below for your full breakdown of the biggest news stories this week.

The UK going on a diet?

Dominating much of the health conversation this week, there were plenty of reports making the rounds about Britain’s need to go on a diet. The report stated that many adults and children routinely consumed too many calories. Off the back of this report, Public Health England have set the target of reducing calorie consumption by 20% by 2024.

In fact, the report showed that 20% of children aged between 10-11 were overweight. Much of the blame was placed on the rise in portion sizes, and this is what the report targeted as an area for improvement. You can check out a visual representation of how portion sizes have risen here.

This comes hot off the trail of Cancer Research UK’s latest ad campaign, which highlighted that being obese or overweight is linked to 13 different types of cancer.

Should you have any diet tips, questions about weight, or any concerns on obesity, you can join in the discussion here at talkhealth.

Prostate Cancer

One of the most publicised health topics this week was prostate cancer. Anyone who watched The Great Celebrity Bake Off will have seen the touching video of Bill Turnbull addressing his own combat with prostate cancer. He signs the video off urging men to ensure they get their prostates checked. Alongside this, Famous TV figure, Stephen Fry announced his battle with cancer a few weeks back.

This wasn’t the only prostate cancer news to hit the headlines this week though. A new study found that routine blood tests for prostate cancer may not be saving lives as it was previously thought. The results of this recent study found that this test may miss some fast-growing cancers. However, there is new research underway to discover new ways to identify prostate cancer, including MRI scans.

You can head to the men’s health section of the talkhealth forums to find out more about prostate cancer.


Acne and other skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis can have huge physical and emotional impacts of individuals. So, the latest news that sulphur may be the key to clearing acne up for good should be cause for celebration.

The study states the sulphur was once a popular ingredient in skin care regimes but fell out of popularity due to it’s stench. However, the latest research seems to indicate that sulphur may be the key to unlocking breakthroughs in acne care. It also seems that many skincare brands are picking up on this, with sulphur becoming a key component in a lot of product formulas.

If you have any other regimes or solutions to acne or want to learn about some of our community’s suggestions, you can head to our dedicated acne forum here.

International Women’s Day

It was international women’s day yesterday, and to celebrate, we put together a list of some of the most influential women in health, which you can check out here.

Social media was awash with fantastic news pieces, information and shout outs to some of the most inspiring women working in health today and you only had to open Twitter to see this huge outpouring of praise and gratitude for women across the globe. Be sure to check out #InternationalWomensDay to see some of the best tweets out there.

In conjunction with this, our online clinic for gynaecology is still open, when you can ask any questions or concerns you have around the subject and have them answered by leading experts in the field.

Award winners

Finally, four dementia scientists have won the brain prize award for their ground-breaking work on Alzheimer’s disease.

The scientists, including UK-based John Hardy, Bart De Strooper and Michel Goedert, were awarded the prize due to their research and work into unpicking key protein changes that can lead to the disease.

Much of the drug discovery work being done today into the disease owes a debt of gratitude to their pioneering research. It is hoped that with all the cutting-edge research underway that new treatments can be found for dementia which currently has no cure and affects over 50 million people around the world.

That’s it for this week’s roundup of the news in the world of health. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog for weekly health updates, as well as posts from experts and our wide range of bloggers.



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