Our round-up of the health headlines on Tuesday 19 July.
Celebs may do their weekly food shop in Harrods food hall but NHS Wales has a grocery bill that looks like they’ve bought the whole store. The Trust has spent £1.25 million pounds on gluten free bread for patients with coeliac disease. The cost of supplying the loaf through pharmacies is a staggering £32 per loaf compared to the £2.25 it costs in supermarkets. They also spent £11.54 for pasta which costs just £3.20 in the shops according to the Mail.
The Mail also reports a little girl who suffered a phobia of playgrounds, actually had a brain tumour. Poppy Worthington would shake and cry in agony at the movements of the swings and roundabouts because unbeknown to her mother she was suffering from a brain tumour.
We all know passive smoking is bad for you but scientists have now discovered that it could have damaging effects on fathering a healthy baby. The Independent reports today it can also increase the chance of miscarriages and birth defects.
The Telegraph reports today scientists are developing a new class of drug that could kick statins to the curb. Cholesterol ester transfer proteins work by raising the levels of good cholesterol and stabilise blood sugar levels. The drug could be used to fight heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
The Government will scrape back £1.5 billion pounds from Private Finance Initiatives by squeezing the costs to reduce wasteful spending. Costs are set to be reduced at the £835 million Queens Hospital in Romford after the Government discovered savings could be made within the £76 billion of schemes.
The sight of empty nut shells and wrappers can help cut your calorie intake by up to 40% a study has revealed. The Express reports according to scientists, seeing empty wrappers and shells reminds us of how much we have eaten and encourage us to cut down.
The Care Quality Commission has hit back at accusations it ignored a whistleblower who told them about abuse by carers at Castlebeck care home. They accused South Gloucester Safeguarding Children Board of not investigating the whistleblower’s claims.