The Health News United Kingdom January 15 2018

  • A study has found that cycling does not negatively affect men’s sexual health or urinary function. Researchers compared cyclists with runners and swimmers and found their sexual and urinary health was comparable. The study’s authors said that  the findings contrasted with previous studies that suggested cycling could negatively affect men’s sexual function. They said the benefits to cycling “far outweigh the risks”.
  • Britain’s tooth decay epidemic saw around 170 youngsters have teeth extracted in hospital every day last year, with sugar blamed for creating an “oral health crisis”.
    New NHS spending data shows there were 42,911 hospital procedures to remove multiple teeth from patients aged 18 and under in 2016-17 at a cost of more than £36 million.
  • Several Boots stores “temporarily” ran out of the flu vaccine on Friday as scores of Brits scrambled to get vaccinated against the virus. The stores reported a “high level of demand” for the service amid growing concerns about the severity of flu viruses circulating this year. It comes as NHS trusts across the country reported faced rising numbers of flu cases and respiratory illness, with 48 flu-related deaths in England so far this winter.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 15th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42651568

A study has found that cycling does not negatively affect men’s sexual health or urinary function.
Researchers compared cyclists with runners and swimmers and found their sexual and urinary health was comparable. The study’s authors said that  the findings contrasted with previous studies that suggested cycling could negatively affect men’s sexual function. They said the benefits to cycling “far outweigh the risks”.

Some two thousand seven hundred seventy four cyclists from the UK, US Canada, Australia and New Zealand were surveyed, along with five hundred thirty nine swimmers and seven hundred eighty nine runners, using a range of questionnaires that measured sexual health and urinary function. Sexual health and urinary function were comparable in all three groups, researchers said, although some cyclists were more prone to urethral strictures – a narrowing of the urethra.

There was also no significant difference between high intensity cyclists – those who have cycled for more than two years more than three times per week and averaging more than twenty five miles per day – and recreational cyclists. Authors of the study, published in the Journal of Urology, said their findings contradicted previous research that suggested cycling negatively affected erectile function. They said that these studies lacked comparison groups and were limited by small sample sizes.
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The cyclists did have statistically significant higher odds of genital numbness, the study found. But by standing more than twenty percent of the time while cycling the odds of this were significantly reduced.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/13/uk-oral-health-crisis-170-youngsters-day-have-teeth-extractedas/

Britain’s tooth decay epidemic saw around one hundred seventy youngsters have teeth extracted in hospital every day last year, with sugar blamed for creating an “oral health crisis”.
New NHS spending data shows there were forty two thousand nine hundred eleven hospital procedures to remove multiple teeth from patients aged eighteen and under in two thousand sixteen and two thousand seventeen at a cost of more than thirty six million pounds.

It marks a jump of almost a fifth (seventeen percent) in the number of extractions performed on young people over the past four years, up from thirty six thousand eighty thirty three in two thousand twelve and two thousand thirteen. Hospital teeth removals take place when a patient requires general anaesthetic, which cannot be given by a dentist. Past data has revealed that the NHS has spent one hundred sixty five million pounds on such treatment since two thousand twelve.

Council chiefs said the spike represented a crisis in dental health, brought on by excessive sugar intake among young people.The findings were also condemned by the British Dental Association, which accused the Government of indifference to the problem. Chairman Mick Armstrong said: “These statistics are a badge of dishonour for health ministers, who have failed to confront a wholly preventable disease.”
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The Local Government Association’s or LGA, which represents three hundred seventy councils in England and Wales, called for a crackdown on unhealthy foods and soft drinks to combat spiralling cases of tooth decay. Limiting the amount of sugar in soft drinks and putting a teaspoon labels on food to indicate sugar it contains would help slash consumption.

An NHS England spokeswoman said: “In supporting the ‘dental check by one’ campaign, NHS England is working with the dental profession to help an additional seventy thousand more children see a dentist before they reach their second birthday.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/boots-temporarily-runs-out-of-flu-vaccine-on-friday-as-brits-scramble-to-get-protected-against-virus-a3739246.html

Several Boots stores “temporarily” ran out of the flu vaccine on Friday as scores of Brits scrambled to get vaccinated against the virus. The stores reported a “high level of demand” for the service amid growing concerns about the severity of flu viruses circulating this year.
It comes as NHS trusts across the country reported faced rising numbers of flu cases and respiratory illness, with forty eight flu-related deaths in England so far this winter.

The main strains circulating continue to be flu A HthreeNtwo , known as Aussie flu, A HoneNone, known as swine flu, and flu B. The Daily Telegraph reported that ten Boots stores in the Midlands, east of England, South and South West had run out of the vaccine.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: “We’ve seen a very high level of demand in the recent week from people looking to protect themselves and their families against flu this winter and has meant some Boots stores temporarily ran out of stock for a limited time.”
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People aged under nine or over sixty five can get a free flu jab, as well as people who are pregnant or have certain medical conditions. A Department for Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: “Vaccines are the best protection we have against flu. As well as getting the jab from a pharmacy, patients can also book an appointment with their general practitioners.”

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