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Supersized Chocolate Bars Banned in UK Hospitals

Supersized Chocolate Bars Banned in UK Hospitals

NHS CEO has asked hospitals shops to not stock chocolate bars or other confectionary items offering more than 250 calories. The order also puts ban on drinks having more than 5 grams of sugar per 100 ml.

Rising obesity level has prompted medical experts. NHS currently employs 1.3 million people across the United Kingdom. Latest estimates suggest that 700,000 NHS workers are overweight or obese. NHS offers services to nearly one million patients everyday.

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Researchers develop camera capable of seeing through human body

Researchers develop camera capable of seeing through human body

A team of experts from Proteus EPSRC interdisciplinary research collaboration claimed to have developed a prototype camera capable of seeing through the human body. The camera that can see through the human body using light has been designed to help physicians track medical tools called endoscopes, which are commonly used to examine patients’ internal conditions.

Previously, it was not possible for doctors to track where an endoscope is located in the patient’s body. Sometimes they need to know such tools’ location to guide it to the right place.

Slow walkers are twice at risk of heart-related death: Study

Slow walkers are twice at risk of heart-related death: Study

Middle-aged healthy slow walkers face a significantly higher risk of dying due to heart disease than those who walk at a brisk pace, a new study revealed.

A team of researchers at the University of Leicester followed more than 420,000 individuals over a period of 6 years to assess death rates. They were surprised to find that slow walkers were 1.8 to 2.4 times more prone to die of heart disease.

Professor Tom Yates, who led the study, said that people’s walking pace could be a strong indicator of overall health and fitness.

Carbs, not fats, are bad for your health: Research

Carbs, not fats, are bad for your health: Research

A large study could prompt nutritionists to rethink and alter their views on current nutritional standards as it suggests that carbs, not fats, are bad for health.

A team of researchers led by Mahshid Dehghan of the McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute found that it is not the fat in your diet that increases the risk of premature death; rather too many carbohydrates, particularly the refined, processed type of carbs, might be the real killer.

Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Lack of sleep tied to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Children who do not get enough sleep face a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than other kids who usually get enough shuteye, a new study by a team of British researchers has revealed.

Obesity and high blood sugar levels are already known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body fails to properly use or produce adequate of the hormone insulin to alter blood sugar into energy.

Now, the new study revealed a strong link between lack of sleep and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes among children.

Immunotherapy is safe for people with Type 1 Diabetes: Study

Immunotherapy is safe for people with Type 1 Diabetes: Study

An immune system therapy can help diabetic people with type-1 of the disease by keeping insulin production steady, a small clinical trial by a team of British researchers showed.

The researchers said the therapy, which is similar to an allergy shot in the manner it works, can keep people with type-1 diabetes safe.

Dr. Mark Peakman, a professor of clinical immunology at King's College London in England, said they found that the immunotherapy had the potential to stop the attacks on beta cells that make insulin.

Diabetes drug shows promise against Parkinson’s disease

Diabetes drug shows promise against Parkinson’s disease

A new promising clinical trial has suggested that a drug that is normally used to control type-2 diabetes may also play a crucial role in halting the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

In the clinical trial involving 62 patients, researchers found that the medicine successfully halted the headway of the Parkinson’s disease. However, the medicine was not found efficient in preventing brain cells dying, which causes the devastating disease.

Getting less than seven hours of sleep is detrimental to health: Study

Getting less than seven hours of sleep is detrimental to health: Study

Missing out on a full night’s sleep time and again can be detrimental to one’s health in a number of ways and can contribute to diseases like obesity, a new study has warned. A team of researchers at the University of Leeds in England studied sleeping and eating patterns of more than 1,600 adults, and estimated that those who were getting less than 7 hours of sleep had become victims of obesity.

Lifestyle changes can significantly reduce dementia risk: Study

Lifestyle changes can significantly reduce dementia risk: Study

The devastating condition of dementia can be prevented by looking after brain health and ensuring some lifestyle changes throughout life, a new study suggested.

Currently, there are an estimated 47 million people around the globe who have been struggling with the condition of dementia. By 2050, the number of people with the condition could swell to an estimated 131 million.

Toxic Compounds on Mars Could Make it difficult for life to thrive on Red Planet

Toxic Compounds on Mars Could Make it difficult for life to thrive on Red Planet

Toxic compounds in the Martian soil could make it difficult for bacteria to thrive on the planet and could also lead to trouble for other life forms on the red planet, a new research report published in journal Scientific Reports has informed. Mars has high amount of radiation and its atmosphere has much lower concentration of carbon dioxide compared to that on our planet. Scientists have been trying to search for signs of life on Mars and trying to evaluate if the planet could support life in future.

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