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It’s been a week of research and scientific breakthroughs

Moderate intake of red meat raises bowel cancer risk, a study from Oxford shows

Eating a bacon sandwich, beef or sausages on just four days a week significantly increases the risk bowel cancer, despite being well within government dietary guidelines, experts have warned.

The equivalent of one bacon rasher or lamb chop a day, on average, raises an individual’s risk of bowel cancer by around 20 per cent, the University of Oxford researchers said.

Read more on Guardian.

Also, did you know it’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. At ZPB we are continuing to support this campaign and creating and sharing infographics throughout April to highlight some of the staggering statistics.

Heart and kidney disease deaths cut by a third by ‘breakthrough’ diabetes drug

Research from Australia and the UK has shown that a once-a-day blood sugar lowering drug, canagliflozin, reduced cases of kidney failure and death by a third in diabetic patients. A major breakthrough that could help millions of people.

Read more on the Independent.

Late ultrasound scan ‘would save lives’

The team from the University of Cambridge, estimated around 15,000 undiagnosed breech births, 4,000 emergency C-sections and the deaths of up to 8 babies a year could be prevented with a late-term scan.

The UK is one of the only countries in Europe which does not offer a late-term scan at around 34-36 weeks.

Read more in BBC. 

WHO releases first guidelines on digital health interventions

This week WHO released 10 new recommendations for how countries can use digital health technology, to improve the populations health, including how it can help health workers communicate more efficiently. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Harnessing the power of digital technologies is essential for achieving universal health coverage”, but this guideline only sets out a fraction of the many benefits of digital health.

Read more from the WHO.


Quote of the week

Our quote of the week comes from Adrian Chiles, who recites the story of accompanying his friend through radiotherapy treatment.

“The radiotherapy department can be hell, but it’s also a place you feel lucky” 

Read more from the Guardian.

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