If you’ve missed out on all the latest health news this week (29th April) then take a look at our round-up of this week’s top stories!
Diet rich in coffee, fruit & vegetables could cut cancer risk
A new study from the University of Navarra and the University of Jaen, Spain has found that a diet high in Phenolic acids (found in fruit, vegetables and coffee) has a protective effect on the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.
In a study of 1,028 women, they found a 65% reduced risk of breast cancer in women consuming foods rich in phenolic acid. Sources of this can also be found in red wine, cocoa and whole wheat, rice, corn and oats.
A groundbreaking blood test can identify MS & CFS
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a blood test that can accurately detect Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
The test is based on how a person’s immune cells respond to stress. With blood samples from 40 people, 20 with chronic fatigue syndrome and 20 without, the test accurately flagging all chronic fatigue syndrome patients and none of the healthy individuals.
Charity urges more people to get blood pressure checked
Up to four million Britons aged under 65 are living with untreated high blood pressure, according to the British Heart Foundation. Around 1.3 million are younger than 45. High blood pressure links to a number of severe health issues, including heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia The charity describes it as a ‘ticking time bomb’ and urges people to get their blood pressure checked.
A new type of dementia has been identified
Millions of elderly people have a type of dementia that has been misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. The condition, limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE) shares similar symptoms to Alzheimer’s. This may explain why a cure for dementia cure has not yet been identified.
800,000 asthma sufferers have sacrificed food to afford medication
A new survey by charity Asthma UK has revealed that 800,000 asthma sufferers in England have cut back on food to pay for their medication or skip doses to save money.
Asthma UK said that three-quarters of people had told the charity they struggle to pay for their prescriptions and that the average cost is around £100 a year but thousands are paying in excess of £400 for their inhalers and allergy medication.
National Walking Month 2019
As it is National Walking Month this month, the Mason Mile, the family well-being charity which encourages individuals and families to become more active, has put its support behind the initiative and is encouraging the UK to ‘take more steps’ in May.