Weekly health roundup – 26th September

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International health news

Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance. A large majority of the drugs being developed are changes to current kinds of antibiotics, which only provide short term solutions.

Thousands of women suffer long-term problems after cervical cancer treatment. Two thirds of women have had at least three potentially life-changing physical problems such as bowel or urinary infections, chronic pain and a negative impact on their sex life.

Country updates

1 in 10 young people across New Zealand seeking mental health advice may be on the waiting list for more than two months. Many mental health workers are not being adequately paid.

School girls in Jamaica aged between 9 and 14 will receive the HPV vaccine next month, which should protect them against cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of death amongst women in Jamaica.

New research suggests that stroke victims in the UK will rise by 59% over the next twenty years. High blood pressure and people living longer are both factors fuelling the rise, which could increase the number of stroke victims by 2 million.

Health advice

Common ear infections should not be treated by antibiotics. This is amid concerns that antibiotics are being overused and therefore reducing effectiveness. Instead, parents should focus on treating the infection with paracetamol or ibuprofen.

A recent study links regular nut consumption with weight management. The study found that people who ate nuts not only had less weight gain but also had a five percent lower risk of becoming overweight or obese.

There are 10 foods that scientists suggest contribute to long term health. Bad diets are now a leading cause of death globally. Foods such as coffee, salmon, nuts and turmeric are all products that should be consumed.