Testing the level of caffeine in the blood may be a simple way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, according to new research. The study found that people with the debilitating condition had “significantly lower” levels of caffeine in their blood than people without the disease – even if they consumed the same amount of caffeine. Study author Doctor Shinji Saiki, of Juntendo University School of Medicine in Japan, said: “Previous studies have shown a link between caffeine and a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, but we haven’t known much about how caffeine metabolises within the people with the disease.” People in the study with more severe stages of the disease did not have lower levels of caffeine in the blood, suggesting that the decrease occurs from the earliest stages of the disease, according to Doctor David Munoz, of the University of Toronto in Canada, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study. He said: … [Read more...] about Caffeine level in blood may help diagnose people with Parkinson’s disease
FOX hunting with dogs has been outlawed since legislation was passed by the Labour government in 2004.But it hit the headlines again after PM Theresa May said she would allow a free vote on repealing the ban if she won the 2017 General Election. What is the latest on the issue?Fox hunting with dogs was banned in 2004 amid complaints by animal welfare campaigners who argued it caused suffering to wild animals chased and killed by hounds.But the ban - which forbids the use of dogs to hunt foxes and other wild mammals in England and Wales - did not end traditional hunts.Many hunts now follow a scent trail instead of a fox, or work around loopholes in the law.While campaigning for the 2017 General Election, May said she was in favour of hunting and a vote "would allow Parliament the opportunity to take the decision on this".A leaked email from Benjamin Mancroft, master of the Foxhounds Association, said a Conservative landslide in the election could result in enough votes for a repeal of … [Read more...] about Is fox hunting illegal in the UK, could the ban be repealed and what has Theresa May said about the blood sport?
Would you believe cooking for one can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Yes, eating alone is bad for you, particularly if you’re a man. Men increase their risk of developing obesity by nearly half. This, however, doesn’t apply to women whose risk stays pretty much the same whether they eat alone or with other people. The problem is, the number of people living alone is rising all over the world – in the UK it’s approaching a third of households – and researchers believe feeling lonely can lead to unhealthy choices when eating. Among the reasons for more solo living are people waiting longer to settle down or get married, and a rise in the number of divorces and relationship breakdowns. Researchers from Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, studied 7,725 adults. They found men who ate alone had a 45% increased risk of being obese and were 64% more likely to develop a … [Read more...] about Eating alone can increase your risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol – and it’s worse for men
A YOUNG father was left vomiting blood and so incapacitated that he couldn't tell doctors he had been bitten by a spider.Jordan Rassas, 24, also feared his arm would be amputated to stop the infection spreading to his heart, lungs, and other vital organs.The father-of-two suffered an allergic reaction after being bitten by a false widow spider - Britain's most venomous arachnid.He was bitten while asleep in bed and remembers being woken up by the bite before flicking the spider away, reported the Sunday Mirror.The energy consultant from Blackpool thought nothing of it but noticed that it gradually began to swell throughout the day.He decided against going to A&E but when he went to pick up a friend from a party he had to pull over as he was vomiting blood.The friend insisted they go to hospital but by the time they got there he was so ill he couldn't tell doctors what happened to him.He said: "Within seconds I was on a bed with syringes and needles in my arteries. They cut my … [Read more...] about Dad-of-two, 24, left coughing up blood and a dislocated elbow after being bitten by a spider as he slept in bed
THIS year 4,653* people in Hampshire registered to give blood for the first time. Will you join them in 2018 and help to save lives? NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people to make a new year’s resolution that can change someone else’s life, not just their own. In just one hour you could make a quick and easy resolution which saves lives. Across England 900,000 people gave blood in 2017. This new year people in Hampshire are being asked to be part of an amazing group of people who save lives. NHS Blood and Transplant needs around 200,000 new donors every year to maintain the supply for life-saving blood donations. Donors are needed from all blood groups and communities but there is a particular need for more people from black and Asian communities to donate to help provide the right mix of blood. Mike Stredder, director of blood donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s new year and like many of us, you may be thinking about the year … [Read more...] about Blood donors