This week in health – 19 October 2018

By | October 19, 2018

October is flying by, but don’t worry if you’ve been too busy to keep up with the health news because we’ve scanned the latest stories for you.

Drinking coffee could be good for your skin

This week the Daily Mail reported that drinking coffee could be good for your skin. “Having four cups per day lowered the risk of rosacea by 20 percent in comparison with those who drank one cup per month”, according to the Mail Online website. The article explains how studies by a research team in the US found that only caffeinated coffee improves the chances of reducing the risks of getting rosacea. “Researchers theorize coffee lowers the risk because it has anti-inflammatory properties and narrows blood vessels, which reduces redness.”

Evidence has been found in the past that drinking coffee could help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes and depression.

Read the full article on the Mail Online.   

Did you know that talkhealth provides a free support programme for anyone with rosacea? You can learn more about it and sign up, if you wish. If you’d like to talk about your experiences and support others with the condition, perhaps you’d like to join our free talkrosacea forum.

Adrenaline shortage advise for parents and carers

In our ‘This week in health – 28 September’ blog, we informed you about the current adrenaline pen shortage warning. Now, the NHS is advising pharmacists to “check whether young children are in urgent need of adrenaline pens before dispensing the devices” , says the BBC.

If a child who needs a pen doesn’t yet have one they will be provided with the two pens available in the standard prescription. The article states that “the new NHS guidance to pharmacists and dispensing doctors relates to 0.15mg pens, prescribed to children who weigh less than 25kg (four stone).”

Read more about this story on the BBC.

Track the NHS’s performance in your area

We all know that the NHS is under immense pressure every day. But did you know that you can see how the NHS service is faring in your area with the NHS tracker?

You can check performance levels for the four key NHS waiting-time measures of A&E treatment, cancer care, planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements, and access to psychological treatment such as counselling.

Learn more about how best to use the NHS tracker on the Health section of the BBC News website.

News from talkhealth

Have you read the other blogs we posted this week? One of our very own bloggers, Trishna Bharadia, talks about her charity work on multiple schlerosis, while a new infographic shows the true cost of the NHS. It was World Menopause Day on Thursday, 18 October so we posted two pieces about the condition and how best to live with it. And another post that went live today talks about the upcoming World Psoriasis Day on 29 October. As always, you can read any of our blogs here.

Wherever you are in the world, enjoy the weekend!


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