Diet Life Style 

Tax sugary drinks by 20%, say doctors

    Media caption The British Medical Association says a 20% tax on sugary drinks should be introduced to tackle obesity An extra 20% tax on sugary drinks should be introduced to tackle the obesity crisis, the British Medical Association says. It estimates poor diets are causing around 70,000 premature deaths each year. In a major report on unhealthy diets, the body called for the extra money raised to be used to subsidise fresh fruit and vegetables. The Food and Drink Federation said the measure would not change diets. There…

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Electric pants aim to stop bedsores

    Could electricity beat bedsores? Underwear designed to jolt the buttocks with electricity may be able to prevent dangerous open wounds called pressure sores, claim researchers. Sores form when people are stuck in one position for too long, which compresses the skin and cuts off the blood supply. Canadian academics said that in a short trial on 37 people, the mild current mimicked fidgeting and prevented the sores forming. The Royal College of Nursing said sores cost the NHS up to £2bn a year. Pressure sores are a common…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Herbal food supplement labels ‘can be misleading’

    Some herbal food supplements do not contain what they claim on the label, a study has found. The BBC health series ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor’ teamed up with experts from University College London to test a selection of products bought from high street shops or online retailers. Of 30 ginkgo products tested, eight contained little or no ginkgo extract. In one case of milk thistle, unidentified substances were present in place of milk thistle. All the evening primrose products performed well. The UCL team tested around 70…

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‘Softener’ may help kill cancers

    It may be possible to “soften-up” cancers before hitting them with chemotherapy drugs, researchers suggest. A study, published in the Cancer Cell, uncovered how tumours can become resistant to commonly used drugs. The University of Manchester team suggest drugs already in development may be able to counter this resistance to make chemotherapy more effective. The approach has not yet been tested in people. The team were looking at a class of drugs called taxanes, which are used to treat a range of cancers including breast and ovarian. The…

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HIV: UN meets goal to treat 15 million

    The goal to get HIV treatment to 15 million people by the end of 2015 has already been met, says the United Nations Aids agency. The landmark figure was reached in March – nine months ahead of schedule. It follows decades of global efforts and investment to get antiretroviral drugs to those in need – such as people living in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2000, when the UN first set goals to combat HIV, fewer than 700,000 people were receiving these vital medicines. According to UN Aids, which has…

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