The Health News United Kingdom August 23 2017

Overview

  • Sales of bottled water have exceeded those of cola for the first time as warnings about the dangers of sugar begin to hit home, according to research. UK consumers bought 1.77 billion litres of plain water in the year up to July 15, as against to 1.72 billion litres of cola.
  • More than ten million people in the UK suffer with arthritis but the crippling condition remains largely “invisible”. Despite being the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, it has been warned many of those afflicted struggle in silence and so are not receiving the support they need.
  • Health officials says that pork products at a leading supermarket in the UK may have infected shoppers with a form of hepatitis that can cause liver failure and death.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 23rd of August 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/19/bottled-water-sales-outstrip-cola-first-time/

According to new research, sales of bottled water have exceeded those of cola for the first time as warnings about the dangers of sugar begin to hit home. UK consumers bought one point seventy seven billion litres of plain water in the year up to July fifteen, as against one point seventy two billion litres of cola. Industry leaders said total sales of water were expected to reach four point seven billion by two thousand twenty one, but warned that, while fizzy drinks sales were falling, the trend was being bucked by “millennials” – those born in the eighties and nineties – attached to unhealthy diets. The analysis by The Grocer comes ahead of the introduction next year of a sugar tax on fizzy drinks, which will add between six p and eight p duty onto a three hundred thirty milliliter can. Despite the positive growth in consumption of bottled water, only twenty five percent of people currently drink a bottle at least once a week, according to Simon Oldham, commercial director for Highland Spring Group.

Cola sales generated one point sixty nine billion pounds in the twelve months to July fifteen, almost twice that of plain water.This week, Public Health England said it would ask supermarkets, restaurants, and takeaway chains to shrink thousands of products in an effort to cut their calorie content. Pizzas, ready meals, crisps and burgers are all being targeted by health officials as part of the Government plan.Ministers have suggested that they may legislate if industry fails to comply with the voluntary guidance.

http://news.sky.com/story/arthritis-sufferers-struggling-in-silence-from-invisible-condition-charity-warns-10998674

More than ten million people in the UK suffer with arthritis but the crippling condition remains largely “invisible”, according to campaigners. Despite being the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, it has been warned many of those afflicted struggle in silence and so are not receiving the support they need. Arthritis Research UK is launching a campaign to highlight the impact of the debilitating condition on society. Research commissioned by the charity predicts the number of working days lost as a result of the two main forms of the condition, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, will rise to twenty five point nine million by two thousand thirty, dealing an annual blow to the economy of three point forty three billion pounds. Combined the conditions currently cost the NHS ten point two billion pounds, some eight point twenty five percent of the health budget.

The study also revealed the human cost of arthritis, with more than three-quarters of people with the condition reporting their home and social lives were compromised by the condition, and more than half feeling they were a nuisance to their families.However, the report found arthritis remained largely “invisible” from the public as the symptoms cannot be physically seen.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/uk-supermarket-sausages-may-have-infected-shoppers-with-hepatitis-e-a3616251.html

Pork products at a leading supermarket in the UK may have infected shoppers with a form of hepatitis that can cause liver failure and death, health officials said. Researchers at Public Health England (PHE) investigated the shopping habits of those infected with hepatitis E and found that a recurring feature was that they had all eaten ham and sausages from one particular supermarket. In a report published last month the government agency said the virus strain has not been detected in British pigs, and infections could be the result of eating products made outside the UK. PHE stressed that this “does not infer blame on the supermarket” and along with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said they will not be naming the store.

The Sunday Times reports the research was carried out between two thousand fourteen and two thousand sixteen, and that it is estimated one hundred fifty thousand to two hundred thousand Britons are infected with the virus by imported pork every year. Researchers found the “own brand” sausages were significantly associated with infection. Since two thousand ten PHE said there has been an “increase in the number of non-travel cases” of the hepatitis E virus – with figures showing infections have risen from from three hundred sixty eight in two thousand ten to one thousand two hundred forty three in two thousand sixteen. Hepatitis E, caused by the hepatitis E virus, generally results in a mild and short-term infection unless the person has a pre-existing liver disease or is pregnant. Symptoms of the virus can include feeling flu-like, yellowing of the skin and eyes, tiredness, fever, vomiting and loss of appetite. In rare cases it can cause liver failure and prove fatal.

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