The Health News United Kingdom September 13 2017

Overview

  • People with diabetes have a much greater risk of developing problems with their feet, due to the damage raised blood sugars can cause to sensation and circulation. It said the Diabetes UK said that total number of major and minor procedures have risen to 23 every day – which is compared with 20 every day between 2010 and 2013.
  • Researchers have found that regular use of bleach and other common disinfectants has been linked to a higher risk of developing fatal lung disease.
  • According to UK researchers, there is “surprisingly limited” evidence that light drinking during pregnancy poses any risk to the baby.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 13th of  September 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/851652/type-2-diabetes-amputations-record-high-uk

Diabetes UK has branded the rate of diabetes-related amputations in England a ‘national scandal’, following the publication of new data this week. It said the total number of major and minor procedures have risen to twenty three every day – which is compared with twenty every day between two thousand ten and two thousand thirteen. People with diabetes have a much greater risk of developing problems with their feet, due to the damage raised blood sugars can cause to sensation and circulation. Data published by Public Health England and the National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network, and analysed by Diabetes UK, revealed the twenty five thousand five hundred twenty seven major and minor amputations reported during the period two thousand thirteen to two thousand sixteen to be a record high. This represents an increase of more than three thousand total amputations when compared to the previous three-year period of records.

Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are three point five million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated five hundred thousand who are living undiagnosed with the condition.

People should be aware signs and symptoms of diabetes are not always obvious and the condition is often diagnosed during GP check ups.Noticeable symptoms include urinating more than usual, particularly at night. Tiredness could also be an indicator a person is suffering from diabetes. Feeling thirsty and needing to drink more water can be a symptom of type one and two diabetes. Diabetes UK is set to launch its two thousand seventeen Putting Feet First campaign to promote the importance of people living with diabetes understanding how to spot the early signs of a foot problem and take care of their feet.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/11/regularly-using-bleach-linked-to-higher-risk-of-fatal-lung-disease

Researchers have found that regular use of bleach and other common disinfectants has been linked to a higher risk of developing fatal lung disease. The use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) , according to research looking at cases of the disease in more than  fifty five thousand nurses in the US.

The thirty-year study by Harvard University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) found that those who used the products just once a week had as high as a thirty two percent increased chance of developing the condition.

COPD affects an estimated one point two million people in the UK, describes a group of lung conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis that make it difficult to move air in and out of the lungs because the airways have been narrowed.

Nearly twenty five thousand people per year die from the disease in England, which is the third highest death rate in Europe. Disinfectant use has previously been associated with an increased risk of respiratory problems such as asthma. The everyday use of bleach currently has no specific health guidelines, but the researchers hope this will be investigated. The researchers analysed data from a mass study on female US nurses commenced by Harvard in nineteen eighty nine. Intwo thousand nine, they looked at those who were still working as nurses who had no history of COPD and tracked them until May this year. During that period, six hundred sixty three were diagnosed with the condition.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41225593

According to UK researchers, there is “surprisingly limited” evidence that light drinking during pregnancy poses any risk to the baby. They reviewed all the available studies done on the topic since the nineteen fifties and found no convincing proof that a drink or two a week is harmful.
According to the Bristol University team, this does not mean it is completely safe. They say women should avoid all alcohol throughout pregnancy “just in case”, as per official guidelines. But women who have had small amounts to drink in pregnancy should be reassured that they are unlikely to have harmed their baby. The Chief Medical Officer for the UK, Professor Dame Sally Davies, updated her advice last year to advocate total abstinence. Before that, pregnant women had been told they could drink one or two units – equivalent to one or two small glasses of wine – a week. There is no proven safe amount that women can drink during pregnancy, although the risks of drinking heavily in pregnancy are well known. Getting drunk or binge drinking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and premature birth and can lead to mental and physical problems in the baby, called foetal alcohol syndrome.

It is hoped the findings will help pregnant women make an informed choice about alcohol.
The risk of harm to the baby is likely to be low if a woman has drunk only small amounts of alcohol before she knew she was pregnant or during pregnancy. Women who find out they are pregnant after already having drunk during early pregnancy, should avoid further drinking, but should be aware that it is unlikely in most cases that their baby has been affected.

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