Weekly health news roundup: 11 August 2014

11/8/14 health news

Top health stories this week, Ebola patient transferred to Spain, and the benefits of aspirin.

International health news

  • Daily aspirin cuts cancer risk – Taking an aspirin everyday could cut the risk of digestive cancers in people aged between 50-65, according to an international study.
  • Low vitamin D linked to dementia – People with severe vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing dementia says the largest study on the topic.
  • How healthy are natural sweeteners? – Agave syrup and stevia are sweeping the shelves as safer alternatives to artificial sweeteners, but how healthy are they?

Health advice

  • What is oil pulling? – The recent trend for natural, chemical-free options when it comes to health includes oil-pulling, but what is it, and does it work?

Country health updates