Here at Health Debate, we’re always on the lookout for new developments within the health industry. Medical and scientific advancements are made every day and only a handful of notable achievements and breakthroughs make the mainstream news. Health Debate seeks to shed light on the topics that too often miss the spotlight, so here are 10 of our personal favourite medical news stories from across the globe:
Eating whole grains cane prevent type 2 diabetes
Medical News Today recently reported that people who eat whole grains on a day-to-day basis are far less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg worked for many years and carried out research on tens of thousands of people in order to grasp a firmer understanding of whether eating whole grains can influence a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes.
Their research discovered that eating any type of whole grain daily help to keep type 2 diabetes away. Professor Landberg and his team claim that “there has not been one study that indicates eating whole grains on a daily basis leads to any negative health effects.”
Only last month Barnes and Noble (currently the largest book retailer in the US) revealed that their anxiety-focused books had seen a massive sales increase over the last year. In fact, they claimed that they had seen a 25% increase in sales since June 2017.
Does this surge in sales indicate anxiety is on the rise? The American Psychiatric Association ran a poll on 1,000 US citizens in 2017 and their research claimed that millennials were the most anxious generation. Similarly, the same poll was conducted in 2018 and anxiety cases had risen a further 5%, with millennials remaining at the top of the pile.
How to tell if stress is impacting your sleep
It’s now common knowledge that everyone should aim to get 7-9 hours sleep every night, but can stress lead to erratic sleeping patterns?
Recent reports conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that over 35% of US adults actually hit less than 7 hours sleep. Experts similarly warn that consistent lack of sleep can result in lasting physical and mental health issues. While one night’s bad sleep isn’t going to cause any long-lasting damage, persistent sleep deprivation, however, will.
The takeaway from the research is that lowering stress levels before going to sleep will drastically improve both the duration and the quality of their sleep. Implementing simple lifestyle changes such as consistent exercise, diet, socialising and lowering caffeine intake will lower stress levels and enhance your sleeping routine. Stress and sleep are linked, and it is vitally important that those who do suffer with sleeping for 7-9 hours seek ways to improve their lifestyle in order to reach the recommended sleeping hours.
New Study NHS cancels one in seven major operations on the day of surgery
A seven-day “snapshot” study revealed the impact of how minimal staff and hospital bed shortages are leading to on-the-day cancellations and therefore bigger waiting lists. The snapshot detailed one week in Spring where staff were asked to record any and all cancellations and delays for the study. The results highlighted that patients waiting for major operations (involving an overnight stay and use of a bed) are cancelled more frequently than those who are able to leave the hospital on the day of their operation.
Due to this, doctors are having to prioritise emergency operations such as cancer operations and births. Therefore, those who do not require immediate medical attention are forced further down the waiting list.
However, a spokesperson did state that only a “tiny minority of operations – just one in 100 – is cancelled on the day, and this report provides only a selective, limited snapshot of surgery in England, where the NHS is funding more routine operations and more people are undergoing treatment than the year before.”