International health news
- Lack of sleep may set the stage for Alzheimer’s disease – More evidence shows that during the deep sleep the brain clears out toxins, including the toxins that form Alzheimer’s plaques. A disruption in sleep may promote Alzheimer’s plaques.
- Bionic eye helps woman see for the first time in six years – Rhian Lewis is the first person outside Germany who got an implant placed in her eye to restore sight after retinitis pigmentosa left her blind.
- Social relationships are important for a better health – Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA found a healthy social network reduces an individual’s risk of health issues such as heart disease and obesity.
- How to survive the back to work blues – Staying healthy and easing yourself back into work can help you banish the back to work blues.
Country health updates
- UK: Dental care is at ‘Third World’ level – Dentists and dentistry professionals say the NHS dental care system is inadequate in providing proper care to the people in England. Figures show that 48 per cent of the adult population and 31 per cent of children in England have not been to a dentist for two years.
- Norway: Norway considers banning tobacco sales – The Norwegian Medical Association wants a smoke-free society by the year 2035. In order to reach that goal, the group has proposed a ban on the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2000.