The Health News United Kingdom July 11 2017


  • British Nutrition Foundation’s survey shows children thought cheese comes from plants and strawberry jam must be included in their daily fruit diet – an evidence that children must be educated of healthier food choices.
  • Cancer cases among women are rising six times faster than in men – obesity being one of the factors of womb and ovarian cancer.
  • Gonorrhoea – caused by oral sex and a decline in condom use – is spreading fast and becomes harder to treat according to WHO.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 11th of July 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

Cheese comes from plants, tomatoes grow underground and fish fingers are made of chicken, according to many young children quizzed on their knowledge of where food comes from.

Nearly a third (twenty nine percent) of five to seven-year-olds thought that cheese came from a plant, not an animal, while one in four older primary school pupils (aged eight to eleven) thought the same.

Around one in ten (eleven percent ) of eleven to fourteen year-olds and a similar proportion of fourteen to sixteen year-olds (ten percent) thought that tomatoes grow underground.

While seventy three percent of five to seven-year-olds and ninety two percent of eight to eleven year-olds knew that fish fingers are usually made from haddock or cod, eighteen percent of the younger pupils thought they were made of chicken, along with six percent of the older group.

The findings did however show thirty one percent of eleven to fourteen year-olds and twenty eight percent of fourteen to sixteen year-olds say that they know lots about healthy eating and try to follow it, while almost half of the younger group and forty eight percent of the older children say they know lots but either do not follow it or do not always follow it.

The survey by the British Nutrition Foundation for its Healthy Eating Week questioned five thousand and forty UK children between April twenty four and May tweleve.

Roy Ballam, BNF managing director and head of education, said: “Schools and families can and should successfully work together to, in turn, educate children and then motivate them in their endeavours to make healthier choices.

“Furthermore, the links between physical activity, health and diet should be frequently highlighted by the Government’s programmes.”

Cancer cases among women are rising six times faster than in men.

According to Cancer Research UK, unhealthy lifestyles are responsible for the rise in cancer cases among both sexes – but women are bearing the brunt of the increase.

Obesity is one of the factors that can increase the risk of cancers that only affect women, such as womb cancer and ovarian cancer. Cervical and oral cancers are also on the rise in women.

Smoking rates are now falling across the UK – but lung cancer figures are beginning to reflect women who took up the habit over recent decades. The charity says that cancer rates will continue to climb nearly six times faster in women than men over the next twenty years.

Cancer cases will rise by around zero point five percent  for men and three percent for women, meaning that an estimated four point five million women and four point eight million men will be diagnosed with cancer by 2035 two thousand and thirty five.

Sarah Toule, head of health information at World Cancer Research Fund, said: “Cancer is a devastating disease and it is concerning that rates are predicted to rise so sharply in women, especially as so many cancer cases could be prevented.

The World Health Organization has said that oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread. It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat, and in some cases impossible.The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics.

About seventy eight million people pick up the STI each year and it can cause infertility.

The WHO analysed data from seventy seven countries which showed gonorrhoea’s resistance to antibiotics was widespread.

Doctor Teodora Wi, from the WHO, said there had even been three cases – in Japan, France and Spain – where the infection was completely untreatable.

Gonorrhoea can infect the genitals, rectum and throat, but it is the last that is most concerning health officials. Doctor Wi said antibiotics could lead to bacteria in the back of the throat, including relatives of gonorrhoea, developing resistance.

Thrusting gonorrhoea bacteria into this environment through oral sex can lead to super-gonorrhoea.

A decline in condom use, which had soared because of fears of HIV/AIDS, is thought to help the infection spread.

The infection is spread by unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex. Symptoms can include a thick green or yellow discharge from sexual organs, pain when urinating and bleeding between periods.

However, of those infected, about one in ten heterosexual men and more than three-quarters of women, and gay men, have no easily recognisable symptoms.Untreated infection can lead to infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and can be passed on to a child during pregnancy. The WHO is calling on countries to monitor the spread of resistant gonorrhoea and to invest in new drugs.

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