Sussex school criticised over STI testing, dry roast peanuts 'more allergenic' and women less grumpy than men think
A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Monday 22 September.
A Sussex school has been drawn into a row over its decision to offer STI testing to pupils age 15 and 16, as part of their personal, social and health education, the Guardian reports.
The school have explained that this is part of a long running NHS scheme which shows pupils how easy testing is and teaches them how to find and use the service – rather than to identify pupils with an STI.
But parents have said it is ‘humiliating’ for their children, and criticised the school for not informing them.
The BBC reports that dry roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction as the roasting process concentrates compounds that prime the immune system for the future.
The study on animal models found a much more acute immune response when exposed to dry roasted samples, and could potentially explain the lower allergy rates in East Asian countries where peanuts are often raw, boiled or fried.
Researchers are now looking at ways to reduce the build-up of allergy-triggering compounds in the roasting process.
And finally, the Telegraph reports that ‘grumpiness’ is apparently the latest bitter battleground for the UK’s men and women, with a new study showing women report they feel ‘grumpy’ for the equivalent of 10 days a year on average, though men think it’s closer to eight hours each week.
The survey of 2,000 men and women, conducted by vitamin brand Healthspan, identifies chief ‘triggers’ for bad tempers, including feeling fat, worrying about money, fearing their partners were ‘not listening’ and bad weather.