International health news
- Fizzy drinks linked to heart diseases and diabetes – Research links the consumption of fizzy drinks to the development of visceral fat around vital organs, which can cause deadly diseases.
- Do you have phantom vibration syndrome? – Phantom vibration syndrome means that people think their mobile phone is ringing or vibrating when it’s not. Scientists believe that this has to do with the fact that we are so alert for phone calls and messages, we misinterpret slight muscle spasms as proof of a call.
- New Ebola treatment not effective – The treatment which infuses Ebola patients with blood from those who survived the illness shows less results than expected.
- Black pudding the new superfood? – The blood sausage, traditionally eaten with a full English breakfast, is being celebrated as a great source of iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
- Music undoubtedly contributes to good health – According to a review in the American Journal of Public Health music is “the most accessible and most researched medium of art and healing.” But there is more…
Country health updates
- UK: Junior doctors on strike – The strike, organised by the British Medical Association, is over an ongoing dispute about new contracts.
- Germany: A new male contraceptive has been invented – German carpenter Clemens Bimek claims that his invention, an implanted valve, stops the flow of sperm. The valve can be opened by the wearer at any time so that fertility can be restored.
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