Study looking into whether there is a meat and cancer link
A new study from the UK is looking at whether there is a link between eating meat and cancer. The study is of 70,000 vegetarians to find out more information. A previous study was conducted which found a diet rich in animal protein led to a fourfold increase in the risk of death from cancer or diabetes however they only surveyed 6381 people. Read more
The study is being conducted by the University of Oxford’s cancer epidemiology unit.
For many years celebrities speaking out about their personal health issues has resulted in higher awareness and behaviour change by the public. While this is a good thing there is also the belief that it is a mixed blessing. Professor SImon Chapman from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health, has said that while it can be a good thing, like when Kylie Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis saw an increase in women in the high risk age group having mammograms. It also led to an increase in younger women at low risk of breast cancer having mammograms, which exposed them to unnecessary radiation, Chapman says.
There is also an issue where celebrities are linked to foods or habits that don’t have good evidence to back their use – being a model or a movie star doesn’t confer a degree in nutrition science.
WHO releases new guidelines halving their previous recommended amount of added sugar in diets
The World Health Organisation has today released draft guidelines which has your daily sugar intake should be 5 per cent of your total calories which is half of what they previously recommended. They made this decision after reviewing about 9000 studies, WHO's expert panel believe this level of sugar intake will help combat obesity and cavities. Read more
The draft guidelines have been published online and WHO is inviting the public to comment via their website intil the end of March.
A new study by QLD researchers have released results of the study which has shown the HPV vaccination program is working and saving lives. The study was a population-based study and shows women who are fully vaccinated are far less likely to develop cervical cancer than other women. Read more
The study is the first ‘real world’ study that looks at how the HPV vaccine performs.