WHO has launched the “Illicit Trade Protocol” in order to eliminate all forms of illicit tobacco trades.

This year, World No Tobacco Day falls on Sunday 31st May. The World Health Organisation use this opportunity every year to remind the global population of the serious health risks associated with smoking.

WHO’s key message is not only to remind people of the risks of smoking, but also that in order to tackle the tobacco battle, the illicit trade industry must be stopped. The growth of illicit trade is allowing criminal groups to prosper and extend their illegal businesses thanks to the money made on illegal tobacco products.

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There are between 70,000 and 100,000 people living with this chronic life-threatening disease worldwide.

A new combination drug therapy could provide hope for thousands of cystic fibrosis sufferers and greatly improve their quality of life.

Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease that affects the respiratory and digestive systems. Due to DNA errors, unusually thick mucus is formed in the lungs of the sufferers that results in damage to the lungs. This can lead to infection, breathing issues and hinder digestion. Cystic fibrosis sufferers currently have to undergo rigorous daily treatment in order to eat and breath normally.

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The way we store food can influence how much we eat.

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Cocoa is rich in antioxidant flavanoids known as flavanols.

We all love to read about the “health benefits” of dark chocolate right? Does the title “To improve a memory, consider chocolate” ring a bell? This article was published last year by the New York Times and had chocoholics across the world rejoicing. The irresistible headlines about the benefits of dark chocolate suggested that it had miraculously climbed up the food ladder from junk food to superfood.

It is not surprising that the majority of research “proving” the health benefits of chocolate are largely funded by the chocolate industry. So to what extent can we trust this information? Read More →

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Young people are unaware of the damage caused by overuse of headphones.

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The most effective way of preventing rabies is by vaccinating dogs.

At least one person dies every ten minutes from rabies. This is a shocking statistic for a disease that is nearly completely preventable and virtually eradicated in a number of countries.

Rabies continues to be the cause of an estimated 59,000 deaths every year. Asia and Africa are the worst affected regions by far; 60% of all rabies-related deaths occur in Asia with 35% coming from India alone. Africa has a smaller percentage at 30% but this is still a significant figure.

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Exercising in hot climates increases your core body temperature.

If you are an avid sportsperson, you should be aware of the effects of exercising in extreme climates that your body may not be used to.

You also need to know what you can do to avoid putting your health at risk. Read More →

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Oliver Cloutier won first-place at the Hydro-Quebec science expo for his discovery.

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Although usually sold as a yellow powder or capsule form, DNP is also available as a cream.

Interpol has issued a global warning about the dangers of the diet pill known as 2.4-Dinitrophenol, or DNP. The world police agency raised the alarm in 190 countries by issuing an Orange Notice alert that declares the pills as an ‘imminent threat’ for its consumers.

The dangers associated with the consumption of diet pills containing DNP have been known for some time. However, it is only since the hospitalisation of a critically ill French man and the recent death of 21 year old British woman Eloise Parry, that the International Criminal Police Organisation has taken action. The latter died in a hospital on 12 April after taking an overdose of the online-purchased pills which are believed to have contained a highly toxic industrial chemical. Read More →

britishexpatsUntil recently, 2.2 million British expats living in the EU, Switzerland or Norway, could coincide their visits “home” with a visit to their doctor too. However, new rules have been put in place to stop British expats from accessing the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) so easily.

NHS services used to be free for British expats who needed treatment during a visit home. However, new rules have made receiving free medical treatment in the UK impossible without a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by their new country.

British expats will also be asked to declare their residential status in the UK if they wish to benefit from the NHS. If this is no longer the case (and they are not holding a valid EHIC), they will be forced to pay upfront for medical care, even in emergencies. Read More →