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Is there a link between poultry and infertility? We deserve to know | Letters
I have been told that no research is being done in Britain to establish whether there is a causal factor between eating chicken and declining male sperm counts, writesBaroness Jean CorstonLetters and articles on the apparent decline in male fertility, and its probable causes, have been in our newspapers for years, with the cause variously ascribed to diet, exerciseor the environment. Nearly 20 years ago, as a member of the House of Commons select committee on agriculture, we held an inquiry into the poultry industry. Some of us were appalled by the industrialisation of poultry production, with birds crowded together and gi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Food science & drink industry Animal welfare Farming Farm animals Environment Biology Human biology Business UK news Politics World news Medical research Source Type: news

Britain's vainest man plans to spend even MORE on surgery
TOWIE super fan  Sam Barton, 25, from Sutton Coldfield, has spent tens of thousands on emulating his idol, Joey Essex, in a string of operations - including one on the NHS. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exposures to automatic dishwashing rinse aids reported to the United Kingdom National Poisons Information Service 2008-2016 - Day RC, Bradberry SM, Sandilands EA, Thomas SHL, Thompson JP, Vale A.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the toxicity of rinse aids which are used as drying aids to remove water from crockery. METHODS: Enquiries to the UK National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) were analysed retrospectively for the period January 2008 to De... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

British Library project discovers two new words – thanks to Guardian readers
Our callout for dialectal words and phrases uncovered two words unknown to British Library researchers working on the Evolving English WordBankIt ’s not every day you discover a new word, or at least a new meaning for an old word. But when the Guardian asked its readers to contribute their favourite dialect words, it discovered not one, but two.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Pamela Duncan, Rachel Obordo and Guardian readers Tags: Language Science Source Type: news

Symptomatic Treatment of Uncomplicated Lower UTIs Symptomatic Treatment of Uncomplicated Lower UTIs
Might symptomatic treatment with NSAIDs be just as effective as antibiotics in the treatment of uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection in women?The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Weatherwatch: rescuing weather records from Ben Nevis
More than 3,000 ‘citizen-scientists’ have transcribed into digital form the 1.5m observations made at the Ben Nevis weather observatory from 1883 to 1904In 1883 a weather observatory was opened on Britain ’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. For the next 21 years the summit observatory was manned continuously by three meteorologists, with detailed measurements taken every hour, day and night, throughout the year. This week around 3,600 “citizen-scientists” finished transcribing the 1.5m observations int o digital form. “We will be able to better examine particular storms and unusual weather event...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kate Ravilious Tags: Meteorology Weather UK news Renewable energy Science Source Type: news

Cannabis use doubles in the U.K.: Thousands are now using it for anxiety, epilepsy, pain control
(Natural News) Medical marijuana use seems to be on the rise around the world. While there is no shortage of controversy when it comes to the medicinal value of cannabis, the number of people turning to this plant medicine for relief continues to grow — especially in the United Kingdom. Across the pond, some 250,000... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blog: Hammond ’ s budget left public services gasping for air
Yesterday, Philip Hammond delivered his second budget as Chancellor. The last one was uninspiring, unraveled quickly and showed just how out of touch with modern Britain the Conservative Party is. A few months after that debacle, his party lost its majority and nearly tumbled out of power. In the days and weeks that followed, Hammond and his beleaguered boss Theresa May implied they understood the message the public had sent them. They told us they had changed. They told us things would be different. For UNISON’s 1.3 million members, there was even the suggestion that proper pay rises for public servants might at lon...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 23, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News budget pay up now Source Type: news

It ’ s all kicking off – footballers on racism, sport, and public services  
A few famous faces showed up at UNISON head office recently, for an event on behalf of anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card. UNISON is one of the backers of Show Racism the Red Card, and we took the chance to catch up with some of football’s greats to talk sport, public services and racism. Rachel Yankey Rachel Yankey plays for the England national team. She was the first woman to be registered as a professional footballer in England, and is the most capped player ever to play for England (ahead of male goalkeeper Peter Shilton). She also has an OBE. Rachel on racism “Show Racism the Red Card is about ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article black members racism show racism the red card Source Type: news

What's the difference between explorers, anthropologists and tourists?
Criticism of explorer Benedict Allen, rescued in Papua New Guinea, raises an important question: when is it legitimate to travel to remote communities?An anthropologist, an explorer and a tourist walk into a bar. They ’re each clutching a spear. The anthropologist describes how it was presented to her on her seventh fieldwork season by the elders of the tribe. The explorer regales them with the tale of how he won the spear upon completing an initiation challenge the tribe had set for him, filmed for a documenta ry. The tourist explains that he paid $10 for his at the market, and needs to get back now otherwise the cr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mary-Ann Ochota Tags: Science Anthropology Colonialism Travel Research Source Type: news

Arthritis Didn't Afflict Famed Clone Sheep, Experts Say
THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2017 -- Dolly the sheep did not have early onset osteoarthritis after all, according to new research. Experts at the University of Glasgow and the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom said their findings dispel original... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 23, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Three to four cups of coffee per day slash disease risk
British-based researchers reviewed more than 200 existing studies to assess whether coffee is, in fact, good for your health. Here's what they found. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Biosimilars for Psoriasis: Determining Similarity Biosimilars for Psoriasis: Determining Similarity
In this review, the International Psoriasis Council explains how biosimilars are evaluated in a clinical setting.The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Proposed Cuts in Foreign Aid Could Cause Malaria Resurgence Proposed Cuts in Foreign Aid Could Cause Malaria Resurgence
If U.S. President Donald Trump cuts 44% of the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) funding, a significant proportion of the global budget for malaria control, there would be a worldwide resurgence of malaria, British researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Fine Young Cannibals ’ Roland Gift answers our health quiz
The singer, pictured, who is about to start a two-week British tour, answers questions about his health including can he run up the stairs and does he get his five a day. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish Government to Start Minimum Alcohol Pricing on May 1 Scottish Government to Start Minimum Alcohol Pricing on May 1
Minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland, aimed at improving public health in the northernmost part of the United Kingdom, will be introduced on May 1 next year, Scotland's devolved government said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

In The First Brexit Direct Hit, UK Carbon Traders Are Set To Lose £400m on 1st January
After a humiliating failed attempt at blackmail, the UK government has been unable to block an amendment that will render British carbon permits worthless in six weeks time. The direct impacts of Brexit are starting to hit. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dave Keating, Contributor Source Type: news

Flu WARNING: Shock level of winter DEATHS sparks flu jab rally cry for elderly
THE SECOND highest level of excess winter deaths in eight years has prompted calls for hundreds of thousands of elderly people across Britain to receive the flu jab. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Budget leaves public services “gasping for air”
Commenting on the Budget today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Chancellor says he wants to make Britain ‘fit for the future’ – but his deeply disappointing Budget has left public services gasping for air. “All public sector workers needed a real pay rise today, not yet another let down. Healthcare assistants, care workers, school receptionists and other public servants struggling to get by can’t survive on wages that bump along at the bottom while prices soar. “This was a Budget to match the dull and gloom of a November day. The hopes of NHS ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget dave prentis NHS pay public services Source Type: news

Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Death From Cancer Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Death From Cancer
A very long-term follow up of men observes a possible link between poor cardiorespiratory fitness and death from cancer later in life.British Journal of Sports Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Diabetes drug 'could be used to end agony of transplant rejection'
AN EXPERIMENTAL diabetes drug could be used to end the agony of transplant rejection, British scientists said. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An elegant solution to a quantum problem
The theory of electromagnetic polarisation has been under development for more than 150 years since British scientist Michael Faraday provided the first experimental evidence of the interaction between electricity, magnetism and light. An EU-funded project is now helping to fit together the missing pieces of the puzzle. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 22, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Proposed cuts in foreign aid could cause malaria resurgence
(Reuters Health) - If U.S. President Donald Trump cuts 44% of the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) funding, a significant proportion of the global budget for malaria control, there would be a worldwide resurgence of malaria, British researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Shame Silences Britain's Male Slaves, Stops Them Seeking Support Shame Silences Britain's Male Slaves, Stops Them Seeking Support
Male survivors of slavery in Britain are often overlooked compared with female victims because shame stops many men speaking out and seeking support, campaigners said on Monday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Is a Common Shoulder Surgery Useless?
TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 -- New research casts doubt on the true effectiveness of a common type of surgery used to ease shoulder pain. A British research team tracked outcomes for patients who underwent " decompression surgery " to treat shoulder... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 21, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

UN Agency Defers Action Cutting Ties to Tobacco Industry
Close-up of a woman hands hold and broke a cigarette. Credit: BigstockBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 21 2017 (IPS)Back in November 2008, the 193-member General Assembly decided, by consensus, to ban smoking and tobacco sales at the UN headquarters in New York: a ruling observed by all affiliated agencies worldwide, including the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) which has severed links with the tobacco industry. But there still remains one holdout: the 187-member International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva whose Governing Body, which meets three times a year, has postponed once again its decision on whe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Drug firm Concordia overcharged Britain's health service with 6,000 percent price rise
LONDON (Reuters) - Drug company Concordia overcharged Britain's health service millions of pounds for an essential thyroid drug by abusing its position as the only supplier, the country's Competition and Markets Authority said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Britain says Canada's Concordia overcharging health service for thyroid drug
LONDON (Reuters) - Drug company Concordia overcharged Britain's health service millions of pounds for an essential thyroid drug by abusing its position as the only supplier, the country's Competition and Markets Authority said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Effects of Superfine Sheep Wool in Infantile Eczema Effects of Superfine Sheep Wool in Infantile Eczema
It's generally recommended that wool be avoided by persons with eczema. But could superfine merino wool actually reduce the severity of pediatric mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis?The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

NSF-funded scientists to present on long-term ecological research findings at AGU fall meeting
Find related stories on NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Program at this link. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria this fall. Wildfires that raged across California and British Columbia this summer. Unseasonable cold snaps in South Florida in past winters. How do such events shape and re-shape ecosystems? And how do events from past decades affect the ways in which ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243731&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. (Source: NSF News)
Source: NSF News - November 20, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Risk of stillbirth is double in pregnant women who sleep on their backs, study finds
Pregnant women might increase their risk of a stillbirth if they sleep on their backs during their third trimester, a new study has found. The research, published Monday in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, is the largest of its kind and the clearest evidence yet that sleeping conditions during pregnancy could have significant effects on […]Related:Thousands of strangers gave a sick child an early Christmas. Days before Thanksgiving, he died.A dying vet needed CPR. Hidden video shows his nurse laughing instead.The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines (Sou...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest: Paris picked as future home of EU banking agency
Paris has been picked to succeed London as host city of the European Banking Authority once Britain leaves the European Union (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Amsterdam has been picked to host the European Medicines Agency after Britain leaves European Union.
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The standard variable tariff has had its day
Commenting on the announcement today (Monday) that energy company Centrica/British Gas is to phase out standard variable tariffs (SVT) for its customers, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “This should be welcome news for both British Gas customers and its employees. It should lead to cheaper bills for households and much more certainty for its workforce, at a time of much upheaval in the energy market. “It looks like the SVT has very definitely had its day with the largest energy supplier in the UK putting it on notice. British Gas now needs to introduce new competitive prod...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release British Gas Energy Source Type: news

Joseph Banks: botanical work on Cook's voyage finally makes it to print
Life-size prints of hundreds of plant specimens collected by the British naturalist come together in FlorilegiumThe publishing deadline was missed by more than 200 years, but finally the work of one of the great men of the Enlightenment has been printed and distributed, sharing with the world the detailed botanical work of Joseph Banks on his journey aboard James Cook ’s Endeavour.Cook ’s mission when he left England in 1768 was ostensibly to chart the transit of Venus – a measurement that would allow the estimation of the distance from the Earth to the sun, which would aid navigation. However, Cook had b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 20, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Michael Slezak Tags: Books Australia news UK news Plants Environment Source Type: news

Blog: Tax cuts for the rich have cost the country dear
When it comes to austerity, the Conservatives have often argued that “there is no alternative”. When he was Chancellor, George Osborne inflicted painful spending cuts on our country, our communities and our public services. Now, of course, George Osborne has sought to reinvent himself as a small ‘l’ liberal and a newspaper editor. Yet the choices he made – and they were choices – still have a lasting impact. The prime advocate of the “no alternative” doctrine may have left Parliament, but the effect of his cuts will be felt for generations. Yet the brutal approach to public s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News budget Tax Source Type: news

Britain has drinking problem because we put freedom first
Countries that value independence have the highest consumption levels, say Lusiada University in Porto. Two in five men and a quarter of women in Britain drink more than once a week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rickets WARNING: This is to blame for mysterious rise in bone condition
BRITAIN'S dismal cloudy, wet and cold summers are to blame for the mysterious rise in rickets, a new study suggested. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK
Brexit is still well over year away but two cities on Monday will already be celebrating Britain's departure from the European Union (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Robot-controlled vehicles could soon be restocking military front lines with ammo, food, fuel
(Natural News) The British Army has conducted an initial test of its new line of robotic vehicles during a scheduled exercise in Michigan in the United States. Driverless robotic all-terrain 4x4s were run by unseen British soldiers using Xbox controllers as the Ministry of Defence told the public on Tuesday, November 14 that it will... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer, Novartis Agree UK Price Cuts for New Breast Cancer Drugs Pfizer, Novartis Agree UK Price Cuts for New Breast Cancer Drugs
Pfizer and Novartis have agreed price cuts for their rival breast cancer drugs Ibrance (palbociclib) and Kisqali (ribociclib) to ensure they can be used routinely within Britain's state-funded health service.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt taken down by Ralf Little
The 37-year-old British actor, famous for his appearance in the Royle Family, then sent a public tweet to the Tory: 'If I'm wrong, sue me. I double dare you.' It sparked a week-long war of words. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sexual harassment at work causing women depression
Most victims are female, but complaints by men have risen, found  a University of Texas study. An earlier poll found 1 in 5 British women and 7% of men have suffered sexual harassment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Circulating Vitamin D Concentration and Risk of Seven Cancers Circulating Vitamin D Concentration and Risk of Seven Cancers
Using a comprehensive Mendelian randomization study, the authors sought to determine whether there is a linear association between vitamin D status and cancer risk.The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Link between obesity and cancer is not widely recognized
(Oxford University Press USA) A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has shown that the majority of people in the United Kingdom do not understand the connection between weight issues and cancer. Obesity is associated with thirteen types of cancer, including those of the breast, kidney, bowel, and womb. However, after surveying 3293 adults, taken as representative of the UK population, researchers found that only a quarter of respondents were aware of the link between obesity and cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 17, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Decrease in sunshine, increase in rickets
(University of Toronto) A University of Toronto student and professor have teamed up to discover that Britain's increasing cloudiness during the summer could be an important reason for the mysterious increase in rickets among British children over the past few decades. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Frederick Kurzer obituary
My friend Frederick Kurzer, who has died aged 95, was reader in chemistry at the Royal Free hospital school of medicine and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for more than 70 years.The son of Jacques Kurzer, a dealer in oriental rugs, and his wife, Rosa (nee L öwy), Frederick was born in the spa town of Carlsbad (now Karlovy Vary) in the German-speaking area of what was then Czechoslovakia. With one sister, Dorothy, he lived in Carlsbad and went to the localschool until 1939, when the family fled to London to escape the Nazis. He attended Clark ’s college, Cricklewood, and from there went to Regent Stre...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Stanley Langer Tags: Chemistry Hospitals Czech Republic Second world war Source Type: news

What Exactly Motivates and Retains Health Workers —and How Do We Measure It?
November 16, 2017The quirks, preferences, and priorities that drive our decisions are tough to nail down.Human beings do weird things sometimes.Or maybe the things we do as individuals onlyseem weird to others because they don ’t know our particular quirks, preferences, and priorities. Think about it: Why do you live where you live? How did you choose your job? What makes you go back to work day after day? The answers are different for us all.Maybe we want to live close to our family. Maybe we love the city life, or our hometown is the only place we want to live. Or maybe we choose our jobs based on what pays the bes...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Indian man has metallic wire hanging out of his eye
Ophthalmologists at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi revealed the strange incident in the British Medical Journal Case Reports. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colorado biotech shares soars after patent issued in Europe
Shares in Arca Biopharma Inc. were soaring in early Thursday trading after the biotech reported that one of its treatments for cardiovascular disease has been issued a patent in Europe. The Westminster biotech reported that the European patent was validated in: Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Shares in Arca Biopharma (Nasdaq: ABIO) were up more than 30 percent in early Thursday trading, rising 37 cents to $1.55. The company… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news