Weekly Health Roundup – 10th October

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International Health news

Obesity may be linked with increased cancer risk. According to reports, 40% of cancer diagnosis can now be linked to being overweight or obesity.

Cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, are responsible for claiming around 17.5 million lives a year, making them the world’s biggest killer. By 2030 this figure is expected to rise to 23 million.

Advanced heart failure was reversed by a newly discovered ability for muscles to regenerate. Following a study on mice with induced heart attacks, their hearts recovered to full function and were able to pump blood as sufficiently as healthy hearts.

Country Updates

A post-Ebola workshop is to take place in Ghana. The workshop will focus on improving disease monitoring and early warning systems for diseases in Africa.

Luxembourg is the country with the best healthcare system. The country’s average life expectancy is 82 years old.

Health Advice

A toddler was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as retinoblastoma. She was diagnosed after her grandad realised that she had one red and one white eye after taking a photograph on a family holiday.

Meditation may help to prevent heart disease. Meditation is linked to reducing stress, anxiety, depression, improved sleep and overall well-being.

Drinking more water can cut UTI risk in half. This means that there will be less of a need for antibiotics and therefore less chance of antimicrobial resistance.