AOC and Sanders tout NHS after video of Brits gasping at US healthcare goes viral

The New York congresswoman and Vermont senator highlighted how normal the concept of free healthcare is in the UK A number of progressive American politicians have tweeted PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) Ambulance call out? $2,500. Childbirth? $30,000. Our NHS is not for sale, pic.twitter.com/q9z4r6Ni6g the UK government pays about half what the US does towards healthcare spends more than $10,000 a year on healthcare, and 52% of all debt collection actions include unpaid medical bills. A significant number of Americans go broke trying to pay off their medical debt 45,000 Americans die annually because they dont have healthcare. As one Brit in the video succinctly puts it: Man, so if youre poor, youre dead. The takeaway message from Brits in the video …

Sweet spot: Norwegians cut sugar intake to lowest level in 44 years

Norway has had a sugar tax since 1922 and more recently has created separate taxes for confectionary and sugary drinks Norwegians are eating less sugar than at any time in the last 44 years, the health directorate in Oslo has said, announcing that annual consumption per person had fallen by more than 1kg a year since 2000. We are not yet down to the recommended intake, but we have actually already reached our target for sugar reduction set for 2021, Linda Granlund, the divisional director of public health, Public Health England said in September that consumption of sugar in England had risen by 2.6% between 2015 and 2018, blaming a general increase in people eating very sugary products, of which …

Scientists develop slippery toilet coating to stop poo sticking

Spray-on surface could prevent bacteria building up and reduce household water use The toilet brush need never leave its holder again. Scientists have created a super-slippery coating that helps usher excrement on its way without leaving traces behind. The spray-on coating, which is slipperier than Teflon, reduces adhesion of even tenacious faeces by up to 90%, tests suggest, so far less water is needed to flush them away and leave the toilet clean. Researchers at Penn State University believe the coating could slash Writing in the journal Nature Sustainability, Wong, who has co-founded a company to sell the coating, describes how all of the comparison surfaces displayed extreme stickiness to the faeces, while the Less coating appeared to shed its …

Risks of cannabis use for mental health treatment outweigh benefits

New study shows evidence of positive outcomes is scarce while symptoms can be exacerbated The use of cannabis medicines to treat people with depression, anxiety, psychosis or other mental health issues cannot be justified because there is little evidence that they work or are safe, according to a major new study. A review of evidence from trials conducted over nearly 40 years, Photograph: PR Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. The authors looked for evidence of an effect of medicinal cannabinoids in trials conducted in depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychosis. They found 83 studies in 3,000 people. But the evidence of a positive effect was sparse. There was, they …

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis advice about jogging and self-care is not enough | Suzanne Moore

Physical exercise can help, but we need to understand what it is about the way we live that makes so many of us ill, writes Suzanne Moore Is there a problem in this sad old world that cant be solved by physical jerks? I find myself muttering this, because wherever I go someone is coming up behind me, breathing heavily: a runner. Some of my best friends are joggers pushing themselves up hills, finishing marathons it keeps depression and mood swings at bay and its free. Its a good thing, but I cannot be alone in finding underwhelming the advice about looking after ones mental health as if it is physical health. For example, there is the jo@samaritans.org or 1-800-273-8255. …

Legal weed faces its first crisis as vaping deaths spark health scare

Cannabis vape sales sink amid questions over illness apparently associated with THC and nicotine products More than 800 Americans have fallen ill and, as of Friday, with reportedly fell 15% the first week of September. But the scare arguably strengthens the argument for a fully legal and regulated market. Its a complicated situation, said Sally Nichols, an executive with California cannabis company San Francisco-based report vaping within the last year. Parents worry vapers will graduate to cigarettes, though nicotine e-liquid or juice is also seen as a way to help adult cigarette smokers quit. (Puff for puff, nicotine vaping is generally considered far less hazardous than cigarette smoking, or at least was before the current scare.) The legal markets for …

Uproar after research claims red meat poses no health risk

One expert says findings by international experts represent egregious abuse of evidence New research that claims red and processed meat is probably not harmful to our health has caused controversy among experts who maintain people should cut down. The World Health Organization has classified red and processed meats as cancer-causing. Public health bodies worldwide urge people to limit their intake of red and processed meat to reduce their cancer risk. The NHS advises that people who eat 90g of meat a day equivalent to three thin slices of roast meat should cut down to 70g. Aside from public health, calls are multiplying for people to cut back on meat consumption because of the climate emergency and the greenhouse gas emissions …

‘Like a sunburn on your lungs’: how does the climate crisis impact health?

Children, pregnant women and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and heat but the impact is already felt across every specialty of medicine The climate crisis is making people sicker worsening illnesses ranging from seasonal allergies to heart and lung disease. Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and rising heat. But the impact of the climate crisis for patients, doctors and researchers is already being felt across every specialty of medicine, with worse feared to come. article in the New England Journal of Medicine lays out dozens of similar studies to show how the climate crisis affects each practice of medicine. Renee Salas, a co-author of the report, …

‘I had to adjust to life with a different penis’ the pain and positives of an elective circumcision

After a diagnosis of phimosis, I quickly had the operation. The experience was demeaning, comical and extremely painful but Im happy that I did it My doctor was explaining, with some awkwardness, the procedure I was soon to undergo. The skin around your well … when I was at school we would have said bell-end. I was in my mid-20s, and about to have an elective adult circumcision. After experiencing some problems with bleeding and tearing, I had been diagnosed with phimosis, a condition in which the foreskin retracts with difficulty or not at all. It had taken me a while to get to the GP about something that felt somehow shameful but, after diagnosis, everything progressed quite quickly. Before …

US health officials urge people to stop vaping as third death reported

Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise healthy young people US health officials warned people not to vape until they determine the cause of a severe respiratory illness, which has killed at least three people and hospitalized many more. Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise healthy young people, they said on Friday. Possible cases have been identified across 33 states and one US territory. Symptoms of the illness include vomiting, nausea, shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain. All confirmed cases appear to have a kind of non-infectious pneumonia, called lipoid pneumonia, developed when oil is inhaled. In all confirmed cases, patients vaped …

Five ways to be sober-curious (and make a success of not drinking)

Staying alcohol-free at social events can be daunting, but be open to the new experience and own it Be clear about why youre abstaining The most recent survey on sober-curious movement, as coined by author Ruby Warrington in her 2019 book of the same name. The first step is to get really clear about why you are abstaining, Warrington says. Maybe youre sick of hangovers, want to perform better at work, or have a health and fitness goal. It can help to write these reasons down somewhere you can access them easily, to remind yourself when you feel your resolve wavering. Embrace sober firsts Once youve established your reasoning, Warrington says that you should continue to attend social functions, seeing …

I broke down: New Oregon law will let students take mental health days

Move meant to change the culture surrounding mental health at a time when suicide is the second leading cause for death among 15-to-34 year olds On a Saturday evening at the beginning of her senior year in high school in north-western Oregon, Lori Riddle started having trouble breathing. She was helping with a dance for freshman students, when her peripheral vision began to fade and she started shaking and crying. It was just the feeling of being around people, I felt trapped almost, said Riddle, now 18 years old and headed to the University of Nevada. I broke down and I ran outside. It was one of many panic attacks she would have during the school year. With the help …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

‘Everything is better without alcohol, and I really do mean everything’: readers on drinking

After Gay Alcorn wrote about giving up alcohol for a month readers responded with their own tales of struggle, indulgence and enjoyment This week Gay Alcorn wrote about giving up alcohol for a month and how Old Man of the Sea for most of my adult life. I dont need alcohol to unwind Best wishes, Gay. I stopped drinking two and a half years ago and with the benefit of distance, I can now say these things are true:1. Alcohol made me feel good only in that it satisfied the craving for alcohol. Now the craving is gone (give it three months) I dont need alcohol to unwind. In fact, Im much less wound.2. Everything is better without alcohol, and …

Why smelling good could come with a cost to health

Fruity, floral, musky from candles and cleaning products to lotions, soaps, lipstick and cologne, we live in a scented world. What is lurking in the air? About 50 to 300 distinct chemicals. BCPP study of personal care and cleaning brands. The chemicals identified were linked to chronic health issues, including cancer. When we took a harder look at beauty and personal care products we found that many chemicals of concern were hiding under the word fragrance, said Nudelman. While virtually all Americans are exposed to fragrance chemicals on a daily basis, women have a greater body burden, largely from beauty and cosmetics products absorbed through the skin. The average American woman uses 12-16 products a day, many containing fragrance. Besides …

How to make a friend of your anger

There is no quick fix to anger issues, but working through them can be a journey that sheds light on who we are and how we perceive the world Its easy to feel hijacked by our anger. After all, anger was one of the primary evolutionary feelings: it was designed for survival. It knows only on and off. But this means that once the trigger is pressed, often by a trivial event, we end up in noise and miss out on the detail and complexity of our humanity. Our capacity for empathy is reduced and we want only to survive, hide, hurt, blame or punish. Many people come to me expecting a quick fix or a solution to their anger. …