The Health News United Kingdom January 16 2018

  • Waitrose has become the first UK supermarket to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks, amid concerns about their impact on young people’s health and wellbeing. The move puts popular brands like Monster, Rockstar and Red Bull on the same level as scratch cards, petrol and spray paint. According to The Guardian, young customers at the retailer’s stores will be asked to produce age identification when purchasing energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre.
  • Cases of scarlet fever have rocketed in Wales over the past six weeks – and are almost twice as high as in the same period last year. In the six weeks to January 7, covering December and the festive period, 170 suspected cases of scarlet fever were reported in Wales to Public Health England, which gathers all the data for both England and Wales. The number of reports is much higher than over the same period in the previous 5 years.
  • A lack of basic awareness of how to keep our hearts healthy is putting lives at risk, medics have warned. While cholesterol is widely-known as an important factor in determining long-term health, most people don’t know about the importance of both blood flow and blood pressure. According to the Press Association, over half of UK adults (57%), currently don’t know their blood pressure readings and nearly a quarter (23%) of over 35s have never had their blood pressure checked.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 16th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/90745/waitrose-bans-under-16s-from-buying-energy-drinks

Waitrose has become the first UK supermarket to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks, amid concerns about their impact on young people’s health and wellbeing. The move puts popular brands like Monster, Rockstar and Red Bull on the same level as scratch cards, petrol and spray paint. According to The Guardian, young customers at the retailer’s stores will be asked to produce age identification when purchasing energy drinks containing more than one hundred fifty milligrams of caffeine per litre. The BBC says that a single five hundred milliliter can of a typical high street energy drink contains one hundred sixty milligrams of caffeine – equivalent to around two shots of espresso coffee.

Currently, UK law only mandates that such drinks display a compulsory health warning which states: “High caffeine content. Not recommended for children or pregnant or breastfeeding women or persons sensitive to caffeine.” Simon Moore ,the retailer’s director of technical and corporate social responsibility said “These drinks carry advice stating that they are not recommended for children, so we’re choosing to proactively act on that guidance.”

So far, no other supermarkets have announced plans to follow in Waitrose’s footsteps. In two thousand fifteen, Morrisons abandoned a pilot scheme of similar measures following a two-year trial which was never rolled out beyond six test stores.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/cases-scarlet-fever-soared-wales-14149309

Cases of scarlet fever have rocketed in Wales over the past six weeks – and are almost twice as high as in the same period last year. In the six weeks to January seven, covering December and the festive period, one hundred seventy suspected cases of scarlet fever were reported in Wales to Public Health England, which gathers all the data for both England and Wales.
The number of reports is much higher than over the same period in the previous five years.

There were ninety eight cases reported in two thousand sixteen and two thousand seventeen, as well as a previous peak of one hundred twelve in two thousand fifteen and two thousand sixteen – and just twelve in two thousand thirteen and two thousand fourteen. Bridgend and Swansea saw the highest number of reports over the six-week period, with 19 each, up from six and fourteen respectively in the same weeks in two thousand sixteen and two thousand seventeen.

Scarlet fever causes a blotchy, pink-red rash and mostly affects children under ten years old.
It was a common cause of childhood death in Victorian times and, even today, in rare cases it can cause severe illnesses such as pneumonia, sepsis and liver and kidney damage.
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The usual treatment for the fever is a ten-day course of antibiotics, with the symptoms disappearing within twenty four hours of starting the medication.
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Symptoms of scarlet fever develop within a week of being infected. Early signs include a sore throat, a headache, a high temperature, swollen glands in the neck and being sick.
This may be followed by a rash on the body, which is made up of pink-red blotches and usually starts on the chest or stomach, a red face and a white or red tongue.

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/health/blood-pressure-heart-health-medical-14136203

A lack of basic awareness of how to keep our hearts healthy is putting lives at risk, medics have warned. While cholesterol is widely-known as an important factor in determining long-term health, most people don’t know about the importance of both blood flow and blood pressure.
America has recently redefined what constitutes a high blood pressure, and were the UK to follow suit seven million more of us would be classified as having high blood pressure.

According to the Press Association, over half of UK adults (fifty seven percent), currently don’t know their blood pressure readings and nearly a quarter (twenty three percent) of over thirty fives have never had their blood pressure checked. While healthy blood flow is another key pillar of cardiovascular health,three point seven million (seven percent) UK adults think nothing affects it, and over a quarter are unaware everyday triggers such as stress, air pollution and weather can impact blood flow.

Now two medical researchers are calling for more education and understanding around the so-called ‘three pillars’ of heart health – blood pressure, cholesterol and blood flow. Medical nutritionist Doctor Sarah Brewer, who studied at Cambridge, and research chemist Doctor Niamh O’Kennedy, are spearheading a new campaign. According to the pair, blood pressure and blood flow are often neglected as they are difficult to measure and we can’t see or feel them – unless something is seriously wrong. Yet they are absolutely vital to the way our bodies function and are linked.

Yet nearly a quarter of UK adults over thirty five have never had their blood pressure tested, according to new research.This new research reveals that 3.7 million (seven per cent) people in the UK think that blood flow is consistent and that nothing affects it. They think that if their heart is pumping, their blood must be pumping fine too.

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