1/11/20 Articles in the news

Interesting articles in the news this week! Key points from the articles can be found below. Click on the links for the full articles!

Covid-19 Updates

BBC news: “Long Covid”: Why are some people not recovering?


· Some people that have been infected by Covid are left struggling with symptoms including lasting crippling fatigue, persistent pain and breathlessness for months (“Long Covid”)

· Can destroy people’s quality of life

· Can also affect people with relatively mild infections of Covid

· Potentially due to virus lingering in body, an overactive immune response in the body triggered by coronavirus, immune system does not return to normal after covid

Lifestyle Medicine

Independent: Exercise most effective lifestyle choice for preventing dementia, researchers say


· Regular exercise is the single most effective lifestyle choice people can make to reduce their risk of dementia, according to one of the most extensive studies yet into people’s long-term health outcomes

· Out of five behaviours- exercise, not smoking, a low bodyweight, a healthy diet and low alcohol intake- exercise was found to be the most effective at improving long term health

· Research showed that healthy lifestyle is more beneficial than any medical treatment

Female Health

Independent: Six most common cancers for women and the symptoms to look out for


it’s important to contact your GP if you experience any of the symptoms below and are worried!

1) Breast Cancer- unusual changes in breasts (eg Lumps)

2) Lung Cancer- Persistent cough that gets worse over time and/or coughing up blood or rust-coloured sputum (spit), chest pain, tiredness, unexplained weight loss

3) Ovarian Cancer- bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, changes in urinary habits

4) Melanoma skin cancer- irregularities on skin, a new or existing mole/growth that has changed in size, shape, feel or colour, along with itching, tenderness, crusting or bleeding

5) Bowel cancer- change in bowel habits, blood in stool, weight loss, pain in abdomen or back, fatigue

6) Uterine cancer- Irregular and abnormal bleeding from vagina, particularly in post-menopausal women

Mental Health

The Guardian: “I was just sat in my room all day”: lonely students seek mental health support


· University students are struggling with loneliness and anxiety due to campus lockdowns

· Nightline, a phone line run by student volunteers has reported higher demand than usual, as self-isolation takes its toll on students’ mental health

· Situation especially demanding for students in halls who have been grouped into households with people they have never met before

· Young people amongst the most vulnerable of deteriorating mental health during Covid outbreak, according to a study led by University of Glasgow

Global Warming

Science Daily: The uncertain future of the oceans


· Ocean plays key role in climate change by absorbing considerable amount of atmospheric CO2 emitted by humankind

· However, this leads to acidification of the oceans, with far-reaching consequences for many marine organisms and for oceanic carbon cycle

· Scientists at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel have now been able to show for the first time that ocean acidification influences the carbon content of sinking organic material


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