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Teenage mental health 'timebomb', chocolate regulates insulin and why the newspapers are suddenly talking about care.data

A round-up of the health news headlines on Monday 20 January.

 

The Metro is warning of a ‘teenage mental health timebomb’ this morning, after a poll found half of children and young people have been bullied and a third don’t know where to turn for help when feeling down.

The findings emerged in a poll of 2,000 participants aged between 11 and 25, conducted for YoungMinds. Lucie Russell, the charity’s director of campaigns, said: ‘Every day, we hear about the unprecedented toxic climate children and young people face in a 24/7 online culture where they can never switch off. We are sitting on a mental health timebomb.’

The newspapers are filled with information about NHS England’s flagship data-sharing programme care.data, with the Independent and the Guardian both leading on this story. They seem to have woken up to the fact that the data will be on sale for researchers and private companies - even though Pulse reported this many moons ago - although they still report that only pseudonymised data will be available - and this is not always going to be the case (see story here).

Finally, some good news for you chocolate and red wine lovers, researchers have shown that the flavanoids contained in these foodstuffs help to regulate insulin levels. Professor Aedin Cassidy from the University of East Anglia said that: ‘Small changes to the normal diet you have can have significant effects on prevention efforts.’ Daily Digest is celebrating by breaking out the Lindor.

 

 

Readers' comments (1)

  • In terms of quality of life, mental health issues are surely just as important as physical health ones.

    Sadly, resources for these conditions don't seem to be a priority.[1]

    1. Hawkes N. England’s mental and community health services face deeper cuts than hospitals. BMJ 2014;348. 10.1136/bmj.g289 (http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g289).

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