The Health News United Kingdom February 26 2018

  • An investigation by scientists has shown that sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear. It said the problem was increasing as people snacked more. Alcohol,fruit teas, flavoured water, squashes, diet drinks and sweetened drinks are acidic drinks.
  • Specialists have claimed that children are struggling to use and pencils because the excessive use of touchscreen phones and iPads is damaging their dexterity. Paediatric doctors, handwriting experts and orthopaedic therapists are warning that although youngsters can swipe a screen, they no longer have the hand strength and agility to learn to write correctly when they start school. Increasingly the use of digital screens is replacing traditional skills such as drawing, painting and cutting out which boost fine motor skills and coordination.
  • Record numbers of people have died unnecessarily in cases related to the cold this year as figures show the country has the highest number of winter deaths from cold and flu for almost 20 years. Examples of avoidable deaths include infections such as pneumonia taking hold because the immune system is slower due to low temperatures and heart attacks and strokes which can also be triggered by cold conditions. The data reveals there have already been 33,464 avoidable deaths this winter (December 1 to mid-February).

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 26th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43141587

An investigation by scientists has shown that sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of three hundred people with severe erosive tooth wear. It said the problem was increasing as people snacked more. The researchers said that fruit squashes, cordials, fruit teas, diet drinks, drinks with sugar and flavoured water are all acidic and can cause wear and tear to teeth.
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The researchers found people who had drinks such as water with a slice of lemon or hot fruit-flavoured teas twice a day between meals were more than eleven times more likely to have moderate or severe tooth erosion. But this figure was halved when the drinks were taken with meals. Sugar-free soft drinks were as erosive as sugar-sweetened ones, the report said. And vinegars and pickled products could also lead to tooth erosion. Alcohol,fruit teas, flavoured water, squashes, diet drinks and sweetened drinks are acidic drinks. Water, tea, coffee, milk and sparkling water are drinks that are not acidic.
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The latest research shows that most children and adolescents in Britain have tooth-surface loss due to dental erosion. It is also recognised as a major cause of tooth damage in older generations.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/25/children-struggle-hold-pens-excessive-use-ipads-claim-experts/

Specialists have claimed that children are struggling to use and pencils because the excessive use of touchscreen phones and iPads is damaging their dexterity. Paediatric doctors, handwriting experts and orthopaedic therapists are warning that although youngsters can swipe a screen, they no longer have the hand strength and agility to learn to write correctly when they start school. Increasingly the use of digital screens is replacing traditional skills such as drawing, painting and cutting out which boost fine motor skills and coordination.

Sally Payne, the head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust said:  “Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not be able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.”
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A recent study in found that fifty eight percent of under-twos had used a tablet or mobile phone and many nurseries have installed interactive ‘smartboards’, digital cameras and touch-screen computers to try to expose children to gadgets at an early age.

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Without activities such as manipulating playdough, holding scissors and scribbling with pencils and crayons, muscles in the shoulder, elbow and wrist needed for writing do not develop. Teachers have reported that some children do not even know how to receive a pencil or paintbrush, because they no longer have the dexterity to grasp the objects. And the problem has become worse in the past decade.
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In two thousand fourteen, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers warned that rising numbers of children are unable to perform simple tasks such as using building blocks because of overexposure to iPads.
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Shirley Shayler,  headmistress of Millfield Prep School, also recently cautioned in The Telegraph, that swiping on tablets was damaging children’s ability to write.

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/923627/UK-health-death-cold-flu-pneumonia-stroke-heart-attack-avoidable-deaths-met-office-weather

Record numbers of people have died unnecessarily in cases related to the cold this year as figures show the country has the highest number of winter deaths from cold and flu for almost twenty years. Examples of avoidable deaths include infections such as pneumonia taking hold because the immune system is slower due to low temperatures and heart attacks and strokes which can also be triggered by cold conditions.

The government figures compiled for the Sunday Express by Intelligent Health, a company which alerts hospitals to weather conditions that cause a spike in admissions, come as the country faces the coldest week in March for one hundred fifty years with heavy snow and severe frost forecast this week.  The data reveals there have already been thirty three thousand four hundred sixty four avoidable deaths this winter (December one to mid-February). By the end of March it is predicted this will rise to over forty five thousand – the highest for eighteen years.

The figures have led to calls from health experts for the Government urgently to reduce fuel poverty and improve its housing stock so people can afford to stay warm. The plummeting temperatures are also set to put more strain on already overstretched hospitals.

The data reveals Britain has the most avoidable deaths in northern Europe with almost sixteen percent of its annual deaths classified as avoidable.  Next is Belgium on fifteen point seven percent, followed by Austria thirteen point two percent, and the Netherlands on twelve point three percent.

A recent report by housing charity Shelter found forty eight per cent of families in social housing who reported issues around poor or unsafe conditions were ignored or refused help.

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