HEALTH NOTES: One in ten British men have never used sunscreen – claiming it is ‘boring’
One in ten UK men have never used sunscreen, according to a survey.
Reasons cited included finding the application ‘boring’ and thinking that the sun was not strong enough to cause harm.
Despite this, 80 per cent of the 2,000 people who were polled were aware that sunburn increases the risk of cancer.
Research shows that almost nine in ten cases of melanoma, skin cancer could be prevented simply by wearing sunscreen.
Those who get sunburnt once every two years are three times more likely to develop melanoma.
The neck is the most common area of the body for men to get burnt, followed by the scalp and the back.
One in ten British men have claimed they have never used sunscreen with many suggesting it is ‘boring’ despite the protection it provides against skin cancer
Research shows that almost nine in ten cases of melanoma, skin cancer could be prevented simply by wearing sunscreen
The NHS has launched a new website to support carers who look after people suffering with eating disorders.
The site, mindedhub.org.uk, offers information about everything from little-known physical signs, such as skin damage, to effective medications.
As well as advice for parents looking after children, there is detailed guidance relating to adults.
The online tool has been created by some of the UK’s leading eating-disorder psychiatrists, to offer support while patients await specialist treatment.
The number of children and young people waiting for eating-disorder treatment has quadrupled since 2020.
At least 1.2 million Britons suffer an eating disorder such as bulimia, binge-eating disorder or anorexia, which is the deadliest form.
A new type of MRI scan could be used to spot a hidden but deadly heart condition. Every year about 1,000 Britons are diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, where a harmful protein called amyloid accumulates in the heart muscle.
If untreated, the heart becomes stiff and unable to effectively pump blood around the body, leading to heart failure. Symptoms such as breathlessness are often mistaken for other heart conditions.
Now UK experts have developed a new imaging technique that uses radio waves to measure the space between cells in the heart where amyloid collects, identifying the extent of the condition. Rapid diagnosis means patients can be started on chemotherapy treatment, which is effective at clearing the protein.
French scientists have discovered why work leaves you exhausted. A study found that after periods of prolonged concentration, a toxic compound builds up in the brain. Glutamate, also found in milk and cheese, collects in the brain’s frontal regions, triggering signals that induce tiredness.
In a study, published in the journal Current Biology, 20 volunteers were given easy tasks and 20 received challenging ones. Those in the latter group developed high levels of glutamate in the prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain responsible for concentration.
A study found that after periods of prolonged concentration, a toxic compound builds up in the brain. Glutamate, also found in milk and cheese, collects in the brain’s frontal regions, triggering signals that induce tiredness