If you’ve missed out on all the latest health news this week (22nd April) then take a look at our round-up of this week’s top stories!
Eating late could increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes & diabetes
A recent study by the Medical Research Council found that late-night eating increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Their research found that this disrupts people’s body clock, causing the glucose-controlling hormone insulin to be released at the wrong time of day.
This can affect blood pressure, hormone levels, disrupt sleep and make people more prone to serious illness said Dr David Bechtold.
Is screen time bad for babies?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that children under the age of two should not have any sedentary screen time, including computer games, on tablets and children aged between two and four should only have an hour a day.
The new WHO guidelines are aimed at tackling child inactivity, a leading risk factor for global mortality and obesity-related ill health. The guidelines have been challenged by fellow academics, who suggest there is no evidence to back up these claims.
6,000 non-smokers die of lung cancer every year
Public Health England warns that up to 6,000 non-smokers die of lung cancer every year. As lung cancer is still viewed as a disease of smokers, and largely self-inflicted, diagnosis in non-smokers is often late and funding for research is reduced because of the social stigma.
Yet, 6,000 people who have never smoked die in Britain each year from the disease, a larger number than are killed by cervical and ovarian cancer combined.
Are e-cigarettes dangerous?
Professor Martin McKee, a top scientist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has told Public Health England to stop ignoring the dangers of e-cigarettes. He warned nicotine in e-cigs is not harmless and said we don’t know true long-term effects of vaping. Therefore, he argues, they shouldn’t be recommended by the NHS as a means to help quit smoking.
This follows a recent finding that e-cigarettes contain toxins known to cause asthma and other lung diseases.