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Promoting health through the life course

Virtual pictures of overweight children as adults trialled to shock parents into action

Health experts in a part of the UK have adapted 3D modelling techniques to encourage families of overweight youngsters to make major lifestyle changes. Parents have been shown virtual images of their children as overweight adults to shock them into action in a new strategy aimed at reducing health risks associated with obesity. Parents saw digitally manipulated pictures of their children in adulthood and in many cases were shocked into making major lifestyle changes in a trial run by experts at the University of Newcastle involving 2,200 families

May 20, 2017
The Independent, telegraph

Durex Wants to Break India's Condom-Buying Taboo

India has condom use of less than 6% in a country also battling the world’s third highest HIV burden. It also has more married women without family planning than any other country. Reckitt Benckiser Group is trying to counter that with its release in India of ‘Durex Jeans,’ two condom packs in packaging resembling the leather patches sewn on denim jeans and displayed in jar-like bowls on drugstore counters. The aim is to help consumers overcome the embarrassment of buying a product linked with sex, a taboo subject in conservative India

March 26, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Walking linked to improved brain function

A moderate intensity walking regime may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests. Participants in a small study with vascular dementia who walked three hours per week for six months had improved reaction times and other signs of improved brain function, the Canadian research team reported

May 26, 2017

When western lifestyle diseases migrate south

An article which was originally published in Le Monde Diplomatique discusses how diseases traditionally associated with the lifestyle of the developed world, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease, have migrated south, and now, by 2030, experts believe they may kill more people in Africa than communicable diseases such as HIV/Aids, if no action is taken to urgently remedy the situation

May 23, 2017
Equal Times

Expert decries neglect of non-communicable diseases in Africa

A leading Nigerian health expert has called out the gross neglect of non-communicable disease in Africa. Dr Abdulrahman Jafar identified hypertension and diabetes as NCDs which have proven to be far more deadly than communicable diseases. He said governments should engage medical experts to sensitise the populace on what they should know and encourage them to go to hospitals

May 18, 2017
Pulse Nigeria

Bhutan making its people healthier, happier by beating noncommunicable diseases

In 2014, Bhutan undertook a nationwide survey to collect, analyse and disseminate health data to get a scale of its problem. 39% of people were overweight or obese, 36% had raised blood pressure and half were not engaged in vigorous physical activity. Now Bhutan is zeroing in on NCDs. Tax on alcohol is now 100% and districts are implementing a WHO-backed alcohol control plan. Strong tobacco laws ban production, sale and use in public places and taxation is high together with strong promotion of physical activity

May 17, 2017
World Health Organization

Obesity on rise as quarter of European teens eat sweets daily

A quarter of adolescents eat sweets or chocolate every day and 14% have a cola or other sugary drink daily, according to a WHO report showing obesity rising among teenagers. Too many young people are in a harmful cycle and most will not outgrow obesity. About four in every five adolescents who become obese will continue to have weight problems as adults. They then develop chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and face psychological issues such as low self-esteem, depression and social isolation

May 17, 2017
The Guardian, Irish Independent, Food Navigator

Too little focus on lifestyle, preventing symptoms in peripheral artery disease

A study shows that many patients with peripheral artery disease, a common cause of chronic disability and mobility restrictions in the elderly, aren’t counselled on lifestyle changes and medications that can help prevent symptoms from worsening. Researchers examined data from 2005 to 2012 in a nationally representative sample of 1,982 patients with PAD and found consistently low use of recommended medications and lifestyle counselling to relieve syptoms and prevent complications like infections, open sores, strokes and heart attacks

May 10, 2017

Good heart health extends the ‘golden years’

Better heart care during young adulthood and middle age means people end up living longer and spending fewer years in later life with any kind of chronic disease, according to new research. This prolonged good health also saves money on health care and reduces health care spending, the research team said, pointing to helping people better understand the development of risk factors and the linkage to disease earlier in life

May 5, 2017

Kenya: Diet Puts Children At Risk of Developing Diabetes

The chair of the Diabetes Association of Kenya called menus in schools ‘frightening’ saying schools are feeding children with lots of carbohydrates. The situation is made worse by unregulated development that leaves no room for playgrounds in schools and marketing that encourages the consumption of foods that not only contain carcinogens but also predispose them to cancer. What data on diabetes there is indicates that it is 3% in rural areas and 14% in urban ones – pointing at the potential scale of the problem 

April 25, 2017
allafrica.com, Daily Nation

Natural deaths in SA linked to unhealthy lifestyles

With around 10,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed in South Africa each month clinics are being overwhelmed with cases that are often not easy to manage by the time it has been diagnosed, usually at a fairly late stage. With the financial market downgrading the rand to junk status, there is growing alarm that the cost of imported medicines will soar, as will insurance premiums, so basic healthcare will become sketchier for many and too pricey for the rest 

April 24, 2017

On your bike: Cycling to work linked with large health benefits

People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely, and governments should do all they can to encourage more active commuting, scientists said. In a study in the British Medical Journal researchers said there was a 45% lower risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower risk of heart disease compared to non-active commuters

April 19, 2017

High-fibre diet key in fight against diabetes, study show

A diet that boosts good bacteria in the stomach could be the key to reducing the risks of diabetes, an Australian study has found. Researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University found for the first time that a diet rich in fermentable fibre stopped mice from developing Type 1 diabetes. The researchers recognised further study work in this area is required

March 28, 2017
Standard Media
March 29, 2017
Hans India
March 28, 2017
Press Trust of India

BSF losing more men to lifestyle diseases, mental illness than operations: Director General KK S...

More Border Security Force personnel are dying of mental illnesses and lifestyle diseases than in the line of duty, BSF Director General, KF Sharma said on Tuesday. As a consequence of the study the force is taking some remedial measures to control lifestyle disease by including yoga in the daily routine and changing the dietary

March 21, 2017
Times of India

'Guns don't kill soldiers... SAMOSAS do': India's 'fat soldiers' paramilitary forces lose more m...

The South African Stroke and Heart Foundation said for many South Africans salt intake is too high with much of it hidden in processed food and bread. The nation may have more ‘supertasters,’ with the gene prevalent in Africa, which may mean that South Africans in particular are driven to eat more salt by greater taste sensitivity

March 16, 2017
Daily Mail

Health systems

SOCSO: 6,500 employee deaths in 2016 owing to non-communicable diseases

In a report for Free Malaysia Today the social security organization (SOCSO) revealed that non-communicable diseases are a major cause of death of employees under the age of 60, with over 6,500 such cases reported last year and NCD linked deaths rising steadily since 2006

March 17, 2017
Human Resources Online
March 16, 2017
Free Malaysia Today

'Guns don't kill soldiers... SAMOSAS do': India's 'fat soldiers' a cause for concern

New statistics from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs reveal the leading cause of death among personnel from the military and the police is not combat but ill health. The seven forces have lost 1,067 men in combat or counter-insurgency operations over a period of three years but more than three times as many – 3,611 – died due to poor health and illnesses, in which heart disease and suicide are the leading causes of death

March 16, 2017
Daily Mail

Communicable diseases

U.S. life expectancy varies by two decades depending on location

A new study shows that even as life expectancy is rising across the U.S. there are some places where lifespans are getting shorter and geographical inequalities are being more pronounced. For instance a baby born in Oglala Lakota County South Dakota can expect to live to 66.8 years, while a child born in Summit County Colorado can expect to live to 86.8 years on average. Researchers found risk factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, hypertension and diabetes explained 74% of the variation in longevity in the United States 

May 8, 2017

Dogs, grandkids can keep COPD sufferers active

Walking a dog and spending time with grandchildren keeps people with impaired lung function more active than their peers who don’t have these outlets, researchers say. Staying physically active is important for people with chronic pulmonary disease and finding things that motivate patients to do so is central to planning interventions

March 17, 2017

Quality sleep, balanced diet key to good health

Adequate sleep, along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, is essential for good health. In fact, with enough quality sleep, a person can hold a number of diseases at bay

March 17, 2017
Times of India

Studies show why desk jobs are bad for heart, waist

A new study, led by Dr William Tigbe, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, provides further evidence that spending too much time sitting down is bad for your health and waistline. The study found that workers who have a desk-bound job have bigger waistlines and an increased risk of heart disease

March 15, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

How Organic Produce Can Make America Less Healthy

Bloomberg highlighted the Environmental Working Group’s annual ‘dirty dozen’ list which is designed to scare people about pesticides on fruit and vegetable and make you buy organic. Bloomberg pointed out that ‘organic marketing could be dissuading some consumers from buying fruit and vegetables at all, and that is really not healthy’

March 9, 2017