Health Roundup December 12

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International Health News

Liver cancer is becoming one of the most prevalent killers in developing countries. This rise in cases has been attributed to various factors such as increases in hepatitis B and C and alcoholism. Overall the number of cancer cases has increased from 13.1 million in 2005 to 17.5 million in 2015. This news has overshadowed the success of public health organizations in reducing infant mortality rates and deaths from infectious diseases in these countries.

A new study has given further insight into why men tend to develop coronary artery disease much earlier than women. Researchers analysed genetic markers on the Y chromosome and found that 15-20% of men fall into a group which are 50% more likely to develop coronary artery disease than others; even when other factors like lifestyle and age are removed. This research adds further basis to the belief that heart disease runs in families and may pave ways for further studies and treatment.

Country updates

New research suggests that substance abuse is more prevalent in North Korea than experts previously suspected. The findings of the research carried out by a research centre in South Korea has found that a third of the adult population in North Korea, otherwise known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), consume substances that are recognised as illegal on a global level. It is hard to classify this research as conclusive, considering the information about the citizenry of the DPRK still remains incredibly private, however; according to a regional newspaper, illegal drugs were reclassified as ‘commodities‘ in 2003, allowing for their legal sale and production.

Health Advice

Keeping stress levels to a minimum is a vital part of staying healthy, and there’s some easy ways to do this. Making lists to help manage your time better, ensuring you get enough sleep and drinking enough water are all small things you can do that surprisingly will help you feel more relaxed this festive season.