Weekly health roundup – 14 November

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International health news

A strain of MRSA that is resistant to antibiotics is now spreading outside hospitals. In the first study of its kind, the deadly superbug has been tracked across the East of England for a year and found to be transmitting into the community.

In a recent poll, it was found that only 1% of women are aware that an excessive need to urinate more can be a symptom of ovarian cancer. There are approximately 4,100 deaths a year from ovarian cancer in the UK alone.

Country updates

Wildfires in North Carolina are said to produce as much pollution in a few days as cars do in the entire year. This could cause severe health problems to those returning to their homes in the state.

A measles outbreak has been recorded in Venezuela, with 570 cases having been reported in the state of Bolivar.

Health advice

A new app can help first responders determine the severity of a stroke by assessing the stroke on one of the apps several “stroke scales”. Based on the results, the app recommends the type of facility where the patient can receive appropriate treatment.

According to the American Heart Association, 60% of heart attack patients don’t complete cardiovascular rehab. Tai Chi is a recommended form of rehab because the slow movement helps to work the muscles more.

In a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, it has been found that red meat intake is associated with higher chance of non-fatal heart attacks in a Latin/Hispanic population transitioning to a Western diet. This is even more significant when consumption is over 110g per day.