The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third childKate wore a baby pink dress to an event todayShe stepped out with husband Prince William and her brother-in-law Prince HarryKate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 35, joined her husband Prince William, 35, and her brother-in-law Prince Harry, 33, at a charity event today.The pregnant royal wore a pink dress with flower motif appliquéd on.The 60s inspired smock dress featured a black velvet trim around the neck and a black belt just above Kate’s growing bump. She wore velvet pumps with a heel to the event at Paddington Station. Kate, William and Harry joined children from the various charities Her sparkling sapphire engagement ring was on her finger, and she wore a silver watch on the same wrist.She held a black clutch bag in her right hand.The Duchess’s hair, which was cut slightly shorter recently, was curled and blow … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton displays blossoming bump in BABY pink floral dress – is it a clue?
Diabetes sufferers have to be careful what they consume in their diet in order to manage symptoms such as excessive thirst and hunger, fatigue and blurry vision.This is because certain foods can cause blood sugar levels to spike - dangerous for diabetics who’s bodies struggle to deal with sugar in the bloodstream properly.While patients can enjoy sugary foods in moderation and sparingly, there is a sweet-tasting vegetable that could help steady blood sugar levels.Despite its name, sweet potatoes are considered to be perfectly safe - and even beneficial - for diabetics to consume. Low GI foods - such as sweet potato - have less of an immediate effect on blood glucose levels, meaning they are suitable for type 2 diabetes sufferers. They are high in fibre and have a low glycaemic index.The glycaemic index - commonly shortened to GI - measures how carbohydrates influence blood sugar.Low GI foods - meaning … [Read more...] about Diabetes diet: THIS popular carb could help manage type 2 symptoms
Cancer cells could be benefiting from sugary foods.Eating sugar stimulates cancers to grow and continue to develop, the scientists claimed.The more sugar consumed, the more aggressive the cancer can become, they added.The findings could have “sweeping consequences” for diet recommendations in cancer patients.“Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth,” said Professor Johan Thevelein, researcher working on the study.“Thus, it is able to explain the correlation between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumour aggressiveness.”The Warburg effect explains how cancer cells quickly bread down sugars.Scientists had long been studying the effect, but weren’t sure whether the Warburg effect was a symptom of cancer, or a cause of it. This link between sugar and cancer has sweeping … [Read more...] about Cancer patients could be UNKNOWINGLY helping tumours to grow by eating SUGARY FOODS
Gay rights campaigners have backed an NHS policy demanding that doctors and nurses start asking all patients from the age of 16 about their sexual orientation. NHS England has issued a new standard requiring staff to “record sexual orientation at every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists”. It argues that the data is needed to ensure it meets its obligations under the 2010 Equality Act and will help it better tackle health problems that are more prevalent among lesbian, gay and bisexual people. These include sexually transmitted diseases, mental health problems, alcohol and drug dependency and social isolation in old age. Patients are not obliged to answer, but Conservative politicians including Jacob Rees-Mogg and the former children and families minister Tim Loughton have attacked the measure respectively as “intrusive and Orwellian” and “political correctness … gone bonkers”. The policy does not … [Read more...] about Gay rights activists welcome NHS questioning of patients over sexuality
THE NHS faces a ticking time bomb because today’s youngsters lead such unhealthy lifestyles, a report warns. Poor diets, smoking and a lack of exercise are leaving more teenagers at greater risk of lifelong ill-health, researchers say. But the health service is not set up to deal with them or the burden they will pose in the future. Child health expert Dr Rakhee Shah, who worked on the study, said: “These data show that we are witnessing a ticking young people’s health time bomb. “Although young people are frequent users of health services, they often seem invisible and their needs are often not met effectively.” The report, by the Association for Young People’s Health, identifies the late teens as the peak age for exposure to health risks with lifelong implications. Teenagers eat too much sugar, half have tooth decay and a fifth are obese. Almost all smokers start before 25. Six in ten chlamydia cases are in young adults and eating disorders are … [Read more...] about Young people’s unhealthy lifestyles means the NHS faces a ‘ticking time bomb’
Critics say the perceived benefits are a placebo.Homeopathy is said to work, including using herbal medicine, to help the body heal itself.But the Royal Veterinary College London reviewed major studies over three decades and concluded there were no robust studies which showed a benefit of homeopathy in animals.Professor Peter Lees, who led the study, said his research had examined more than 50 trials or trial reviews, which had implications for humans. It is scientifically implausible that homeopathy has any effect Professor Peter Lees He said homeopathy was “unethical and outrageous”, adding: “It is scientifically implausible that homeopathy has any effect. It cannot have any benefit and by giving homeopathy you may be withholding alternative drug based products which may have some benefit.“Ultimately homeopathy is quackery and using it may prolong suffering and … [Read more...] about Homeopathy is just a ‘trick of the mind’ according to latest study
A no deal Brexit could place up to a £500 million a year added strain on the NHS, health bosses have warned. A report backed by the NHS Confederation suggests that tens of thousands of British pensioners living in Europe could be forced to return home if the Government is unable to strike a deal with the EU to continue existing healthcare arrangements. It warns that patients could suffer dramatically if reciprocal rights to healthcare were scrapped because they could face huge medical bills if they fall ill while travelling abroad while the cost of travel insurance could prove prohibitive for people with existing conditions. Brussels and the UK are currently negotiating on what will happen to those rights after Britain’s point of withdrawal in March 2019. A report compiled by the Brexit Health Alliance suggests a no agreement outcome would potentially put the future of some 190,000 UK pensioners... … [Read more...] about No deal Brexit could place £500m a year added strain on NHS, health chiefs warn
The children’s commissioner has launched a savage attack on the head of the NHS, accusing him of denigrating research that shows an “unacceptable” lack of children’s mental health provision. In a highly unusual move, Anne Longfield has published an open letter to Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, accusing him of ignoring young people’s experiences of the service and the frustrations of their parents. Laying out a list of grievances against him and his team, she also threatens to use the law to compel him to hand over data on waiting times for children’s mental health services. Longfield made the decision to go public with her complaints – published on the commissioner’s website – after Stevens rubbished many of the claims in her recent report into children’s mental health, an issue she identified as her top priority after consulting with children. “Many told me about their desperate attempts, sometimes … [Read more...] about Children’s tsar savages NHS over ‘unacceptable’ mental health care
THESE super-fit girls can lift weights without breaking sweat. But the one place that isn’t their strong point is the bedroom. New research shows too much exercise can kill your sex drive. The University of North Carolina in the US studied people’s exercise habits and libido levels. It found those who train for a long time at high intensity suffer an almost instant loss of sex drive. Exhaustion from training leaves some too tired to perform, while pushing yourself with extreme exercise can lead to an under-functioning pituitary gland, meaning low levels of testosterone and oestrogen. Women also need a certain level of body fat for the reproductive system to work effectively. Too much exercise and too little body fat can cause it to shut down, nipping passion in the bud. Here, four fitness fans tell JENNY FRANCIS how working out in the gym and enjoying hard training has affected their love life. NIKKI HARVEY worries a “zero sex drive” will push away her … [Read more...] about Four women reveal how their love of the gym has left them with zero libido
NHS England will today announce the plan for food sold in canteens, shops and vending machines. Trusts that fail to comply face losing a share of £150million in extra funding. Health chiefs say they want to target “super-sized” snacks but the move could see chocolate, sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks outlawed in almost all hospitals in England. A standard 58 gram Mars bar contains 260 calories. Sugar is the new tobacco. Ban it Tam Fry Latest figures show more than half of 1.3 million NHS staff are overweight or obese. The diktat covers food and drink sold to staff, visitors and patients. The ban will come into force in April. Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “A 250-calorie chocolate bar is a quite sufficient snack for anybody. Sugar is the new tobacco. Ban it.” Hospitals will have to ensure four … [Read more...] about NHS launch ban on ‘supersized’ chocolates and packets of crisps
People are being denied care at overburdened sexual health clinics after a wave of closures and huge delays to a controversial new self-testing scheme for diseases such as herpes and syphilis, health experts are warning. Six long-established sexual health clinics around London have shut in recent months as part of a planned switch from face-to-face consultations to online services. Sexual health shake-up in south-west London unsafe, experts say Read more Problems accessing sexually-transmitted infection (STI) services are being compounded because the internet-based system, via which people can order a home-testing kit, is many months behind schedule. “We are hearing about emerging evidence that shows patients are being turned away from sexual health services in London because of huge pressures clinics are facing,” said Dr Elizabeth Carlin, President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), which represents specialist doctors in the … [Read more...] about STI warning as clinics close in London and self-testing is delayed
GETTY LESS LIKELY: This revolutionary study could reveal why bald men are less likely to get cancer During their lifetimes, at least half of British men will experience a form of male pattern baldness – and this could be a blessing in disguise.This is because new research has found that taking a common hair loss treatment can help to ward off prostate cancer.A study from Chungbuk National University in South Korea has found that males who take the male pattern baldness drug called finasteride saw their PSA levels reduced by a third. 10 warning signs of prostate cancer Prostate cancer is very hard to detect, but problems with urination is a good early warning sign. Check out the top 10 warming signs here. 1 / 11 … [Read more...] about Men with THIS type of hair are 33% less likely to get cancer
HEALTH-CONSCIOUS Lucy Mecklenburgh has packed her diet with a protein punch - yet ended up being cruelly mocked by trolls for her quirky twist on a traditional breakfast. The former Towie star's latest selfie sees her all smiles as she tucks into a boiled egg with raw carrot and peppers as dipping soldiers. The brunette beauty looks delighted as she heaps the yolk onto the crudites, while flashing her toned abs in a black Ellesse sports crop top. In her image caption, she revealed the reason for her boiled breakfast and wrote: "I'm joining British Lion eggs, attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the most people dipping egg soldiers simultaneously!" Yet the 26-year-old's social media followers were left outraged that her salad snacks made the grade as soldiers, which are usually made from strips of toast. One raged: "That’s not a soldier love, that’s a vegetable. You have no business dipping a carrot into a dippy egg." Another quizzed: "Who dips carrots in egg? … [Read more...] about Lucy Mecklenburgh cruelly trolled when outraged fans discover her bizarre eating habit
If you think running a marathon is the quickest ticket to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems. Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, Lee recommends five other types of workouts. They generate benefits that range from weight loss and muscle building to protecting your heart and brain and strengthening your bones. The findings are detailed in a Harvard Medical School health report called "Starting to Exercise" which recommends some of the best exercises for your body. Here they are. 1. Swimming "You might call swimming the perfect workout," write the authors of the Harvard Healthbeat newsletter, which summarizes the report's key takeaways and gives insight from Lee. In addition to working nearly every muscle in your body, swimming can raise your heart rate to improve heart health and protect the brain from … [Read more...] about A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body
When Apple launched their health tracking app in 2014 and didn’t include any features that allowed women to monitor their reproductive health the company was widely ridiculed. As critics pointed out women have been tracking their periods for hundreds of years – in many ways they were at the forefront of the quantified self movement. Apple corrected their blunder but it drew attention to the nascent group of start-ups who were developing apps that claimed to track a woman’s fertility. Today, the choice is staggering, from Kindara – a free app that allows you to track all manner of fertility markers, from your body temperature to the appearance of your cervical fluid – to Ovia, which includes in-app purchases, and allows you to monitor your moods and periods as well as other metrics. While the marketing and details vary, the message is the same: use this app and you can pinpoint when you ovulate, and hence the days when you are most fertile. Packed with … [Read more...] about Can an app really provide effective birth control?
Family doctors, nurses and other medical staff in England will be able to quiz patients on their sexual orientation under government plans. People over the age of 16 visiting their local GP or hospital may be asked to confirm whether they are straight, gay, bisexual or other from 2019. The NHS guidance apparently asks medical professionals to keep a record of the patient’s answer during face-to-face consultations. The health service said the move was to keep in line with equality legislation to ensure those who do not identify as heterosexual are treated fairly. Individual NHS trusts will decide whether to opt out of the move, and patients will not be forced to answer. An NHS England spokesman said: “All health bodies and local authorities with responsibility for adult social care are required under the Equality Act to ensure that no patient is discriminated against. “This information standard is designed to help NHS bodies be compliant with the law by consisting … [Read more...] about Patients in England to be quizzed over their sexuality
Left-wing campaigners have become disturbingly adept at manipulating the English language to achieve their ends. “Liberals” back authoritarian curbs on free speech. “Progressives” endorse only the most backward of economic policies. Tax cuts have become “costs” to the Treasury, and any move to cut actual spending is now labelled a tax. One of their greatest triumphs is the innocuous-sounding Childhood Obesity Plan. Influenced by all sorts of crypto-socialist groups, it purports to be the Government’s strategy for trimming the number of obese children in Britain, and it does include some sensible measures to achieve just that: healthier school meals, clearer food labelling, use of technology to allow parents easily to track what their children eat each week. Enabling better choices is a worthy aim. But the meddling types who decide these things have turned the Plan into a monster – nothing... … [Read more...] about Better fat than the nanny state, freedom is all-you-can-eat
Artificially intelligent nano-machines will be injected into humans within 20 years to repair and enhance muscles, cells and bone, a senior inventor at IBM has forecast. John McNamara, who works at IBM Hursley Innovation Centre, in Hampshire, submitted evidence to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee, which is considering the economic, ethical and social implications of AI. Mr McNamara said that within just two decades, technology may have advanced so much that humans and machines are effectively ‘melded’ together, allowing for huge leaps forward in human consciousness and cognition. “We may see AI nano-machines being injected into our bodies,” he told Peers. “These will provide huge medical benefits, such as being able to repair damage to cells, muscles and bones – perhaps even augment them. “Beyond this, utilising technology which is already being explored today we see the creation of technology that can meld the … [Read more...] about AI implants will allow us to control our homes with our thoughts within 20 years, government report claims
As of April 2019, anyone aged over 16 will have to say whether they are gay, straight or bisexual.NHS England refused to give details about how the information will be collected and there are fears that patients may be quizzed by GPs, nurses or even receptionists.Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “It sounds intrusive and Orwellian.”Health chiefs say NHS organisations and councils must ask so they can create better data on gay and bisexual people’s health in England.Gay rights groups have warned that failing to do so could break the Equality Act 2010.An official NHS directive published last week said sexual orientation monitoring should take place “at every face-to-face contact with the patient, where no record of this data exists”.The instructions suggest patients could be asked the personal question frequently if the records are not properly shared between different parts of the NHS.There are also fears about the … [Read more...] about Patients visiting NHS will have to say if they are GAY under ‘Orwellian’ new plans
Medical query? Doctor Hilary is here to help If you need have a medical question, Dr Hilary is here to help. I suffer from chronic bad breath, and have tried several mouthwashes and chewing gum and visited the dental hygienist. My doctor suggested charcoal biscuits, which have no effect. I also take lansoprazole for acid reflux. What do you recommend? Lynda, via email There are many causes of chronic bad breath, including diet, smoking, tonsillitis, dehydration, gum disease, mouth breathing at night and acid reflux. Charcoal biscuits help absorb gas in your bowel that’s otherwise excreted through your breath. But you might like to give CB12 mouthwash a go, which claims to neutralise sulphur compounds and give fresh breath for 12 hours. Or try clinically tested oral rinses and lozenges from The Breath Company. After having an MRI, my son became very ill and was diagnosed with gadolinium deposition disease.He has pain in his bones, muscle contractions and sometimes … [Read more...] about I suffer from bad breath and have tried many ideas, what do you recommend?